Star Trek fans are no joke.
Thanks to their ardent support, the franchise has yielded five (soon to be six) television series and 13 feature films. But they can also be highly critical of new installments in the Star Trek canon, like when the franchise was rebooted in 2009 with Chris Pine as James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock.
Pine is hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time this weekend to promote Wonder Woman, but back in 2009, he and Quinto appeared on “Weekend Update” to address die-hard Trek fans before the release of the Star Trek reboot.
“We understand that you’re concerned about the way we’re handling your beloved franchise,” Quinto began.
The actors began detailing all the specific ways in which their new movie falls in line with Star Trek lore — corresponding star dates, the Kolinahr ceremony, and the highly important transporters.
“I swear, the transporters on this Enterprise utilize the… um…,” Pine starts to stumble, as Trek fans in the audience (played by Kenan Thompson and Bobby Moynihan) glare at him. “Oh god, I have no idea what I’m talking about.”
The actors then plead with the fans to stop harassing them with angry phone calls in the middle of the night.
“At least I think they’re angry. I can’t understand them. They’re either speaking Vulcan or Hebrew,” Pine says helplessly, until a surprise guest rescues them. Live long and prosper!
SNL airs Saturday at 11:30 p.m. with host Chris Pine and musical guest LCD Soundsystem.