The Trouble with DeBlasio(‘s Trek Knowledge)

Let this be his last halloween battlefield.

As an old school Trekkie and confirmed nerd, I just can’t even.

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  1. Grommit Gunn says:

    I can not…

  2. Kathy says:

    It could be he was emulating Sir Patrick Stewart on SNL

  3. DrDaveT says:

    I guess at this point we should be glad he didn’t refer to The Force…

  4. Kylopod says:

    @DrDaveT: My karate instructor when I was in my teens at one point said “May the Force be with You,” and then identified that line as being from Spaceballs.

  5. Scott says:

    His shirt should be red for “expendable”.

  6. CSK says:

    I have just one question: Why?

  7. Kathy says:

    Getting trek and other popular SciFi mixed up or wrong seems to be a common humorous trope.

    In The Big Bang Theory, you get the Air Force colonel who says “I’m not asking you to build the Death Star from Star Trek.”

    And there was a meme showing Capt. Picard with the quote “Use the Force, Harry,” attributed to Gandalf.

    BTW there’s a reasonably good YouTube video out there that shows Batman fighting Darth Vader.

    It must have been particularly hard for Batman, as he usually does not fight super villains who wear capes.

  8. Kylopod says:

    @Kathy: A while back Obama used the phrase “Jedi mind meld.” Everyone assumed he was showing his innerderacy, but he could have been trolling us.

  9. @Kathy: I thought about those memes (and almost posted one).

    I don’t think that is what is going on here.

  10. Kathy says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    The best trolling, though, was in The Big Bang Theory, when Wil Wheaton turned up at a showing of The Force Awakens in a classic Trek uniform.

  11. Jay L Gischer says:

    There is a T-shirt that shows a Dalek, which has the inscription “Oh, R2D2! I loved him in Star Trek!”

    You would think, though, that DeBlasio has someone on staff that can gently make a few corrections. I mean, you could have ignored that stuff and been fine, but you wanted it to land, right?

  12. dazedandconfused says: