"Celebrity voices are impersonated. No celebrities were harmed in the filming of this episode."
— Jay Sherman, The Critic
"Wait, Carmen Selectra? Doesn't he mean Carmen Electra?"
"No. No, he doesn't."
"Wow, you know Lucius Sweet? He's exactly as rich and as famous as Don King, and he looks just like him too!"
— Homer Simpson to Moe, The Simpsons
"The villain is the young and hustling Senator Vane with 'a big appeal to the young and disadvantaged' (i.e. Commies)—just like Jack-Bobby-Teddy. The description of Mrs. Vane makes one think irresistibly (and intentionally) of Madame Onassis—not to mention Harold Robbins, Jacqueline Susann, and the horde of other writers who take such people and put them in books thinly-revealed rather than disguised."
— Gore Vidal, "The Art and Arts of E. Howard Hunt"
"Captain Cook is an interesting character. On the one hand, he seems like he could just as easily be a parody of another iconic science-fiction franchise... The very British Patrick Stewart — who rather infamously used to make fun of the Doctor Who actors at the Royal Shakespearean Society, according to Lalla Ward — played the lead role in the series. Despite the fact that Jean-Luc Picard was clearly meant to be French, Patrick Stewart’s Britishness shone through, right down to the character’s fondness for tea. Much like Cook, the show would often feature Picard sipping tea on the ship while his officers engaged on risky missions planet-side.
Like Picard, Cook is constructed with a decidedly British stiff upper lip. He repeatedly defines himself as an 'explorer', a description that implies a far more academic and distanced style than the Doctor is used to. He’s rather detached and cold, maintaining emotional distance...he makes it clear that his relationship with his traveling companion is rather more rigidly defined than that between the Doctor and Ace. 'Now, now, Mags. No use in getting upset, and that’s an order.'"
Yahtzee: So this is our guy on the left, Ryan...
Gabriel: Neil Gaiman.
Yahtzee: —Yes, Neil Gaiman.
Gabriel: Staring at Ryan, I can't help but imagine that's exactly what Neil Gaiman wore for, like, the six weeks after he saw the original Terminator movie.
—Let's Play Dreamweb
"The last I heard from Deee-lite was back when Miss Kier sued this playstation game called Space Channel 5 because they allegedly ripped her off for the lead character. I've played it, it's basically Simon with a dance beat, it's okay. (And yeah, the lead character is totally her, but she didn't win the lawsuit.)"