Super Fun Video (especially for Trekkies)

Have you seen this?  It is a worthy successor of the VW Darth Vader commercial.

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. Jaybirdnbham says:

    Oh my goodness! Thanks for my best laugh of the day! :-)

  2. frjim4321 says:

    Quinto is an amazing actor. Loved him in”Heroes.”

    Good clip, thanks!

  3. lizaanne says:

    I knew there was a reason we liked you Father. This seals the deal. ;-)

  4. Gregg the Obscure says:

    A rare literal lol. But did you have to use the tag to remind us of these gentlemen’s faults? [?]

  5. James0235 says:

    Fr., I believe the Obscure one is referring to “This entry was posted in Liberals”

  6. Rob in Maine says:

    Heh. I haven’t heard the Bilbo song since Dr. Demento.

  7. Art says:

    “Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.”
    – David Mamet

  8. Michelle F says:

    Thanks Fr. Z! That was great!

  9. jflare says:

    LOVE IT!

    (Um, should I have some idea of who Zachary Quinto..IS?)

  10. Supertradmum says:

    “I have no ego to bruise.” I would take the Mercedes.

  11. Palladio says:

    Went to a Star Trek convention: LOVED IT. Heard the Shat–force of nature, possibly not of this world. Nice people, Trekkers, or Trekkies, or whatever. Counselor Troy was there, too: looks no problem. Met Capt. Pike, perhaps most moving of all. Such a wonderful series, really.

    On another note, R. I. P., Seamus Heaney, raised a Catholic, possibly lapsed.

  12. Quanah says:

    I wonder if they had to pay Leonard extra to sing that song again, either that or the man has a great sense of humor and can laugh at himself. Hearing it was quite unexpected and genius.

  13. Heaney died? I have read some of his stuff. He won the Nobel some years ago in poetry. I also have his translation of Beowulf in an audio book form… somewhere in storage. Definitely Catholic and lapsed and pretty angry about it from what I could tell. Irish.

  14. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Sorry for my infelicitous phrasing. My intent was to ask why this was “posted in liberals” so as to remind us of these fellows’ faults. They were, after all, quite engaging and funny and not demonstrably liberal for those few moments.

  15. APX says:

    Bah Humbug! I’ll stick with my Honda. You can fit a stand up bass in it and still comfortable fit four people in it.

  16. Supertradmum says:

    Fr. Z., ah you do not read my blog. I had the announcement of the great poet’s death on it last week. Sad, but the norm now and has been for some time for Irish poets and novelists to be angry old men concerning the Church. Boring, now. “Tis the times. Still, we have and are losing the best poets. Few to take over the helm…

  17. jflare says:

    “Counselor Troy was there, too: looks no problem.”

    Not sure what the last part meant; I believe her name is spelled “Troi”, but I could be wrong.

  18. HyacinthClare says:

    jflare, Mr. Quinto played a very Spock in 2009 in (what I considered enormously entertaining) prequel to the Star Trek series.

  19. HyacinthClare says:

    darn! Very YOUNG Spock…

  20. HyacinthClare says:

    OK, I didn’t get the connection with the song about Bilbo. Someone more culturally savvy… Quanah? Help?

  21. Del says:

    Everything you need to know about the Bilbo Song:

  22. ChristianO says:


    In the late 1960s, while Nimoy was trying to parlay his Star Trek fame into a sideline gig as a singer (which musical career did not live long, nor did it prosper), he recorded a goofy, terrible novelty song called “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”. That’s what he was singing to himself behind the wheel in the commercial. For me, that was the funniest part of the whole thing.

  23. HyacinthClare says:

    Thank you, everybody! Now I get it! I had never seen that. That makes this twice as funny!

  24. The Masked Chicken says:

    “In the late 1960s, while Nimoy was trying to parlay his Star Trek fame into a sideline gig as a singer (which musical career did not live long, nor did it prosper), he recorded a goofy, terrible novelty song called ‘The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins’.”

    I have pristine copies of both Mr. Spock’s music from Outer Space, and Leonard Nimoy Sings… in vinyl.

    That being said, (alert: food fight), most true geeks do not consider the alternate universe Trek to be canonical. We can tell because: 1) non-geeks love it, 2) it is making tons of money. J.J. Abrams wrote a mass-market movie using the Trek characters that would appeal to, basically, anybody. Do you know how many scientist vocations came out of the 1960’s and 1970’s because of the original Star Trek? No vocations from these movies, I’ll bet.

    In fact, there are two restorational projects going on to make original universe Trek, again. The first, Star Trek, phase 2, is a continuation of the original five year mission. You can download the episodes, here:

    James Cawley does a very good Kirk. Some of the original cast members (Chekov, Sulu, Rand, Tasha Yar (in a different role)) have appeared in the episodes and Majel Roddenberry voiced the computer (so it has recognition by the Roddenberry family). David Gerold (Trouble with Tribbles) wrote an episode. Morally speaking, these are all over the map. They have an episode where they play Amazing Grace, but also an episode showing a homosexual relationship (sadly, the David Gerold episode). The episode with Sulu, however, is very moral and involves self-sacrifice.

    The second restorational project involves the holographic Doctor, Chekov, Tuvok, Harry Kim, Jonas Quinn (from Star Gate SG-1). It is called, Star Trek: Renegades:

    The Chicken

  25. jflare says:

    Wow! Talk about how make-up and dress make a difference! I have a copy of the “Star Trek reboot” movie–I like it quite a little, actually. ..But I didn’t recognize the fellow in this clip at all.

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