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Fry learns that in the 31st century, everything related to Star Trek: The Original Seriesnote  has been forbidden. With Leonard Nimoy (who stayed on Earth because he leased an apartment and didn't want to be associated with playing Spock) in tow, he takes the crew on a quest to find the 79 episodes, and discovers the rest of the main cast- and an energy being who claims to be the number one fan of the show.

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  • Absentee Actor:
    • Like in the previous episode, Hermes and the Professor do not appear.
    • In-universe, McCoy is silent (DeForest Kelley having already been deceased at that point) and Scotty doesn't appear, replaced by Welshie.
  • Actor Allusion: Melllvar is handing out copies of his fan screenplay but he notes that he didn't print enough copies so 'George and Walter will have to share'. This is something that actually happened to both actors while working on Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • Appease the Volcano God: When Star Trek is banned, Trekkies were executed "in the manner most befitting virgins".
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • At first Fry appears to be in life support a la Captain Pike in the original series, but after his testimony is over, he steps out and lets Bender in, revealing that it's actually a communication device (which is completely unnecessary, but that's Zapp for you). Being a huge Star Trek fan, Fry of course plays it up for all its worth.
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    • Zapp asks for information on why Star Trek was banned, provided by "someone with a sexily seductive voice". Nichelle Nichols opens her mouth to speak...
    George Takei: With pleasure.
  • Basement-Dweller: Melllvar is revealed to be one when his mother calls him for dinner.
    Fry: All this time we thought he was a powerful super-being, yet he was just a child.
    Melllvar's Mother: He's not a child, he's 34!
  • Blatant Lies: Bender's first claim when he's put on trial is to claim he never met Fry before.
  • Boldly Coming: To no-one's surprise, William Shatner manages to seduce Leela.
  • The Cameo: Jonathan Frakes, replacing Nimoy in the head museum.
    "Yes! Front row!"
  • Continuity Nod: Zapp brings up that time he and Leela slept together, again.
  • Court-Martialed: Planet Express is being court-matrialed by Zapp Brannigan, so you'll know they'll get a fair trial.
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  • Creator Backlash: In-Universe; Bender's question to Melllvar provokes a gem of a line from Walter Koenig.
    Bender: Can people who hate Star Trek leave?
    Koenig: Good question.
    Melllvar: No, you have to stay even longer.
    [Bender and Koenig groan]
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Leonard Nimoy gets a few dry remarks in, such as when the two crews find Leela and Shatner making out.
      Fry: We decided to work together.
      Nimoy: So did they.
    • Having been forced to return to life as a head in a jar, Nimoy is rather unimpressed with Fry's optimism at the end of the episode.
      Fry: Look, Leonard! We're light enough to keep the tapes! Isn't that great?
      Nimoy: I'm living in a gefilte fish jar.
  • Dull Surprise: In-universe. None of the Trek cast are impressed by Melllvar's clichéd and poorly-written script, and don't even bother trying to act.
  • Funetik Aksent: Much to Walter Koenig's annoyance, he briefly agrees to speak in his Fake Russian accent at Fry's request.
    Koenig: When we woke up, we had these bodies.
    Fry: Say it in Russian.
    Koenig: [groans] Ven ve voke up, ve had these wodies.
    Fry: Eeeee! Now say "nuclear wessels".
    Koenig: NO!
  • The Ghost: James Doohan doesn't appear (he declined to participate in the episode), although he is mentioned twice.
  • Great Offscreen War: The Star Trek Wars (not to be confused with the Star Wars Trek).
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During the brawl between the crews, Bender grabs Nimoy by the legs and spins him around to hit Kelley, Koenig, and Takei.
  • Hanging Judge: Zapp, to no-one's surprise. After asking Fry whether he pleads guilty, he takes Fry's response of "not guilty" (two bleeps for no) as "double guilty" and prepares to kill him.
  • He's Dead, Jim: Parodied. The soldiers throwing the Trekkies into a volcano says this after each Trekkie is executed.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Invoked when Nimroy is reunited with Shatner.
    Nimoy: I feel like hugging you!
    Shatner: Well, I would except you have no body.
    Nimoy: Ha, ha, ha.
    Shatner: And we're both men.
  • Hope Spot: During the flashback, the cast and Trek actors manage to flee Melllvar's planet. He gives chase, only for them to run into the Nimbus. Just as Leela thinks they're safe, Zapp arrests them. You'd think Leela would've known better than to rely on Zapp.
  • How We Got Here: The episode opens with the court-martial and the testimony flashes back to the main events of the story. At the end, it's revealed that the trial took place in the middle of being chased by Melllvar, who is still in pursuit.
  • Illegal Religion: Star Trek became a religion in the ensuing centuries, until it got out of hand and was banned.
  • Interrogation Flashback: Most of the episode consist of these, as Fry, Bender and Leela are interrogated by Zapp.
  • Involuntary Battle to the Death: Spoofed when Melllvar pits the Planet Express crew against the Star Trek cast in a battle to see which is more worthy of his devotion. This episode is the current source for the trope's quote.
  • Let's Mock the Monsters: Upon seeing Melllvar, Bender calls him a "cheesy effect". Welshie pays the price.
  • Macgyvering: Parodied when Fry tries to make a bow string from caterpillars. It doesn't work.
  • Metaphorgotten: William Shatner, trying to talk Leela down.
    Shatner: Leela, please. This is just what Melllvar wants. We're just pawns in his diabolical game of checkers.
  • My Nayme Is: Melllvar is spelled with three Ls.
    George Takei: I think I've done enough conventions to know how to spell "Melllvar."
  • No-Sell: Unsurprisingly, Nimoy's attempt to use the Vulcan Nerve Pinch on Bender doesn't work at all.
  • On Second Thought: The Star Trek cast note how, psychosis aside, Melllvar wasn't that bad of a host, giving them immortal bodies and a paradise to live in (not to mention a full bar). When Fry adds that all they'd have to do in return was put up with one really annoying Trekkie, the cast decide to leave as quickly as possibly.
    Leonard Nimoy: Truly, it was a paradise.
    Fry: And all you had to put up with was one really annoying Star Trek fan.
    William Shatner: Let's get the hell out of here.
  • Once for Yes, Twice for No: When Zapp interrogates Fry, who appears to be in a Captain Pike-like life support device and can only beep. When Zapp asks Fry if he pleads guilty, Fry beeps twice, which Zapp interprets as a "double yes".
  • Phlebotinum Overload: Leela's plan to destroy Melllvar by blasting it with energy from the power thrusters, overloading him, "like putting too much air in a balloon". It backfires, as Melllvar just absorbs the energy and becomes more powerful. ("Like a balloon and... something bad happens!")
  • Red Shirt: Welshy, who replaced Scotty's actor for live tours, is unceremoniously killed off just to show how nuts Melllvar is.
  • Say My Name:
    • Courtesy of Fry: "WELSHY!"
    • And of course, during the trivia contest:
      Leela: Who did the Captain maroon on Ceti Alpha V?
      William Shatner: KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!
  • Self-Insert Fic: Melllvar has the cast act out a script he wrote in which he supposedly saves the crew of the Enterprise.
  • Series Continuity Error: This episode explicitly states that Star Trek and all mentions of it had been banned for centuries, despite countless episodes openly referencing it. It gets lampshaded in the commentary:
  • Shout-Out: Many, to Star Trek.
    • In the flashback explaining what happened to the Trek religion, the ship shooting the tapes into space is an Eagle from Space: 1999.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Parodied when Leela takes the stand and uses the Captain Pike machine to tell Zapp to "Go *bleep* yourself."
  • Special Guest: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, and Walter Koenig.
  • Stereotype Reaction Gag: George Takei says, "I find that offensive," when William Shatner asks him to do a karate chop, stating he feels Shatner is assuming he knows karate simply by being Japanese.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Played for Laughs with Welshie, filling in for James Doohan, whose health was declining by this time.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: "I am literally angry with rage!"
  • The Voiceless: DeForest Kelley is depicted this way, since Kelley died in 1999.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Shatner's reaction to reading Melllvar's fan script.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Discussed when Leela and Shatner are forced to fight each other.
    William Shatner: You know, there is no right way to hit a woman.
    Leela: Then do it the wrong way.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The Trek actors are all forced to give up their new, youthful bodies in order to escape Melllvar.

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