When Worf Met Webster


There was a time back in the early-1990s when a young Chris Cummins began a letter writing campaign to his local PBS station in order to get them to screen The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Whether it was his persistence or just a coincidence, they did a few months later. These days there is no need for such actions, or is there?

Instant gratification is a fickle mistress. On one hand it is amazing to have practically every TV show ever made available at our fingertips instantly. But the evil mirror universe flipside of this phenomenon is that the things that aren’t available make life all the more frustrating.

What I’m saying here is that Worf once appeared on Webster, and I desperately need to see that.


Here’s what we know: On March 10th, 1989, the very last episode of Webster aired. It featured Emmanuel Lewis’ cherubic everyman somehow winding up on the bridge of the Enterprise. Worf was there. Banter ensued. Then Webster was assimilated by the Borg and his series’ ended with him destroying George, Katharine and the Earth. Okay, that last part is bullshit. But let your mind dwell on that shithouse bonkers image for a minute: Webster on the Enterprise. I want to know how this occurred. I want to know why this occurred. I want to know where Gene Roddenberry was when this was occurring. As pathetic as this may sound, I have thought about this episode more than I have the meaning of my own existence. Hell, I obsess over this even more than I do the video for Billy Ocean’s “Loverboy.” Trust me, that’s saying a lot. But “Webtrek” remains elusive to me. It has yet to be made available on DVD. YouTube, Vimeo, or any of the thousand of other ways people watch video online. I have never interviewed Michael Dorn (or Lewis for that matter), but if such an occasion ever arises, you know what my first question will be.

Has anyone reading this seen the episode in question? If so, pour every detail — no matter how large or small — about it into the comments below. I need, nay, I must learn more about this brief moment in history when two series collided for no good reason. To finally unravel its meaning would be to gain new insight into not only myself, but the universe as a whole.