Saturday Night Live has decided to take a shot at billionaires and Star Trek.
Saturday Night Live isn’t above cracking jokes at celebrities and entertainment properties. It’s practically the lifeblood of the show. So, it should come as no surprise that they did just that this past Saturday with Owen and Luke Wilson taking center stage as Jeff Bezos and Jeff Bezos’ brother. While the segment was about how outlandish these billionaires are with their desire to travel space, they also somehow roped in Star Trek into the conversation.
The sketch focused mainly on dunking on guys like Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk were essentially mad individuals who were treating space as a game, but it also focused on the idea that Trek would actually greenlight a show showcasing these men and their enormous egos.
That said, watching the SNL version be an out-and-out Star Trek villain is perfect.
SNL takes a subtle jab at Star Trek?
It’s hard to argue that in the context of the sketch that there wasn’t some flack thrown at Star Trek as well. After all, it was their brand they’re choosing to associate with these men, who are largely pretty unlikable guys.
Why put these guys in a Trek sketch and not a Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica sketch? It might have to do with the fact that Star Trek is pumping out more shows than they know what to do with. It could be some satirical take that there’s so many Star Trek shows that they’re running out of ideas. It could just be that it’s an easy target or that the writers just thought “why not?”
It still felt a bit unnecessary to think that Trek would ever greenlight a show like this. No matter your thoughts on the current franchise, they’re above this.
Still, it’s subjective, and if you enjoyed it, more power to you.