Cultural References

Star Trek (TV)

"That baby face looks real pretty for someone who got jumped. So what, you get hit in the head?"
"No, some kind of a..."
"He used the Vulcan death grip?"

Damn, Liam. First you are horrid to Molly and Shirley Temple, and now you mock Mr. Spock? You are so looking for tribbles to eat your innards. Liam challenges Thumper's account of how he lost his drug money by the Vulcan death grip, which doesn't exist. I mean, of course it doesn't exist, but it didn't even exist on Star Trek. The Vulcan nerve pinch could only stun, not kill. Not that I'd know any better than Liam, but that's what geek friends are for.

2.17 "Plan B"

"Hello, Chip. Dick. Faceless Star Trek crew members."

Star Trek, The Original Series, was all about the cheese. William Shatner hamming it up as Captain Kirk, Leonard Nimoy smarting it up as Spock, and sexy sexy Nichelle Nichols, uh, sexing it up as Uhura. Aside from them and others in the main cast, there were always countless nameless extras to go along on missions. They also tended to be the ones who died on said missions. Veronica is probably hoping the line-less frat boys will have the same fate.

3.04 "Charlie Don't Surf"

"Please, Mac. I could really use the help."
"Resistance is futile."

The fandom convention circuit. Tribbles. A hefty royalty check or two for Wil Wheaton. Another cultural contribution from the Star Trek body of work (Star Trek: The Next Generation specifically) is the oft-appropriate phrase "Resistance is futile." Spouted here by the adorable Mac, who seems like she'd be way tougher to resist than the Borg cyborg race who spawned the phrase initially.

3.09 "Spit & Eggs"

"You're like one of the nerds from Revenge of the Nerds with your Star Trek references."

In the epic battle between Good and Evil, there have been two great wars waged: The United Federation of Planets versus the Klingons and the Nerds versus the Jocks. For the side of Good, we have two groups stressing the importance of equality and cooperation and having a certain proclivity for wearing outlandish costumes. For the side of Evil, the Klingons and Jocks fight for their right to be tyrannical jerks with prominent foreheads and an overwhelming need to overcompensate. Okay, I might be generalizing a bit, but if you want this to be quick and painless, bear with me. Veronica, friend of the Nerd (and all other disenfranchised peoples), is wholly on the side of Good in this double-dealing, cheatin', and stealin' world — but that doesn't mean she has to know all about Star Trek and the capabilities of Hearst's supercomputer. Even with that wry observation of Mac's full-on geekitude, our crusader for truth still snarks her way into the hearts and minds of Trekkie convention-goers everywhere.

3.20 "The Bitch Is Back"
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The Wrath of Khan (Movies)

Episode Title: "The Wrath of Con"

The VM writers played their part in creating a rabid fan base filled with geekish creatures who go to extraordinary lengths to support and celebrate their favorite show. So it's only right that homage should be paid to one of the earliest cult hits of them all — Star Trek. The show only lasted three years (and the third was on a wing and a prayer), but the maintained interest of the fans led to spin-off series and movies, the second and arguably best of which was The Wrath of Khan. Khan's lust for revenge and Spock's sacrifice made it well worth the ticket price, even for non-Trekkies. As for we...Ronnies?...Marsians?...nutters?, the Mystery of the Week with the two con men may be throwaway, but the flashbacks are gold dust.

1.04 "The Wrath of Con"
Trekkies (People)

"You didn't get all sweaty in your Wookiee suit, did you?"
"Yuk it up. You know, it's not all Trekkies and Star Wars nerds. I was there because Dave Gibbons has a new graphic novel that he scripted as well as drew."

When you talk about nerds, the "Star" movie/TV show nerds are the first that come to mind. Combined, the two franchises have 11 TV shows, 16 movies, millions of actions figures, and billions of fans lusting over metal-bikinied Princess Leia, shiny-domed Jean-Luc Picard, and sometimes (ew) an extraordinarily tall, very hairy Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But the Star Wars fans don't have as cool of a nickname as the Trekkies. I guess that's because "Starries" or "Warries" or "StarWarsians" just didn't flow. Neither does "Kashyyykies."

Dave Gibbons is a British writer and graphic artist best known for illustrating a little comic called Watchmen. Never heard of it? Then shame on you! Shame! It was only the best comic in the history of ever and a thrilling deconstruction of the superhero genre. Max was probably referring to Gibbon's 2005 graphic novel The Originals, which he wrote and drew. Who's a big nerd now?

3.11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves"
The Wrath of Khan (Movies)

"You're like Kirk in Wrath of Khan; you refuse to believe in the no-win scenario."

"Kha-a-a-a-a-a-a-n!" Perhaps one of the best sci-fi one-liners ever to grace the silver screen. Definitely one of the best uttered by William Shatner. Maybe 'cause it was just the one word. Anyway, it's from the second movie in the Star Trek series, The Wrath of Khan. The beginning of the film sees our hero, Admiral James Tiberius Kirk, training a young Starfleet Lieutenant, played by an equally young Kirstie Alley. The particular training exercise is the no-win scenario, something that Kirk refuses to believe in. There's always a way out. And, like most heroes, including Veronica, he's right. Ka-a-a-a-ne!

3.20 "The Bitch Is Back"

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