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March 5, 2013 9:58 AM   Subscribe

I Knew You Were Tribbles (When You Dropped In). Metafilter's own tribbladour Cortex serenades you with his ST:TOS-inspired version of Taylor Swift's tribblesome pop song.
posted by hot soup girl (20 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
This makes me unreasonably happy.

I do really love Taylor Swift though so that opinion may not be universal.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 10:02 AM on March 5, 2013


We are never ever ever ever going on an away mission together.
posted by The Whelk at 10:02 AM on March 5, 2013 [21 favorites]


How soon until the screaming goat remix?
posted by phong3d at 10:27 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm partial to "Teardrops on My Vulcan Lute," but whatevs.
posted by Harvey Jerkwater at 10:34 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I was kind of hoping Cortex would have worked in a clip from the Trials and Tribble-ations episode. Seems like it would be appropriate.
posted by adamrice at 10:35 AM on March 5, 2013


At home, we may or may not have tried to come up with other Taylor Swift songs to suggest for Star Trek parodies for about 15 minutes last night while we made dinner. I regret that I've already been bested by two suggestions in this thread but I do not regret that use of my time.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:36 AM on March 5, 2013


Cortex is fast becoming a one-man Trek fandom. I am in awe.
posted by He Is Only The Imposter at 10:39 AM on March 5, 2013


Hi!

a clip from the Trials and Tribble-ations episode

I had a few different more elaborate ideas, yeah, including splicing in bits from that DS9 callback episdoe (as well as Dr. Phlox feeding a tribble to one of his other pets on Enterprise, and I think there was an animated series episode as well?). Another thought was to try and actually shot-for-shot match the original Taylor Swift episode by cutting in other TOS footage from episodes with e.g. dancing, musical performances, and Kirk standing around in a field of debris and shouting. But boy that would have been a whole lot more work, and I felt like this was pretty good bang for my video editing buck, so here we are.

other Taylor Swift songs to suggest for Star Trek parodies

"We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together" could be done as a duet by Neelix and Tuvok as an epilogue to the Voyager episode Tuvix, in which by a transporter accident or some such shit they end up merged into a single new person for the bulk of an episode, until at the end Janeway makes the hard decision to murder the pleading, hungry-for-life Tuvix back into his component people because doing otherwise would fuck with the status quo it was the right thing to do or whatever.
posted by cortex at 10:46 AM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


"Our song is a warp drive hum..." Dang!
That's all I got. :(
posted by hot_monster at 11:20 AM on March 5, 2013


Great song. And just a general PSA: if you're not already checking out MeFiMu on the regular you really should be. People are posting great songs all the time! It's my personal favorite part of MetaFilter.
posted by Doleful Creature at 11:44 AM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Waiting for the slave girl one!
posted by bjgeiger at 12:31 PM on March 5, 2013


This is the best thing.
posted by The World Famous at 1:13 PM on March 5, 2013


What is with Kirk's plunging neckline in the tribbles episode?
posted by steef at 1:25 PM on March 5, 2013


Oh, man, the best part of that deep-V shirt is that the Starfleet logo is sideways down near the hem. Like they were all "it's still a uniform, see, down here, there's insignia and everything, plus it's velcro so you can put your space pager there..."
posted by cortex at 1:34 PM on March 5, 2013


A thing of beauty, sir.

I have to say, I have always been sad at the end of this episode. I mean, do they really think the Klingons aren't going to space those poor tribbles? :(
posted by blurker at 2:29 PM on March 5, 2013


What is with Kirk's plunging neckline in the tribbles episode?

Eyes up here, sailor.

The producers and Shatner were eager to distinguish the captain visually, so they gave Kirk a wraparound tunic option. Later, in TNG, the same impulse spawned the Captain's jacket worn by Picard.

By the by, if you pause at 2:37, you get one of the few chances to see Jimmy Doohan's finger sacrificed to a Nazi sniper nervous Canuck sentry. In most episodes Doohan did his own blocking (e.g. standing at his engineering console with his right hand behind his body) so you wouldn't notice it.
posted by dhartung at 2:39 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


It was much better in the original Klingon.
posted by oneswellfoop at 3:29 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm waiting for someone to tell me I can't enjoy this, because it's offensive.

:-(
posted by MoxieProxy at 3:34 PM on March 5, 2013


> I'm waiting for someone to tell me I can't enjoy this, because it's offensive.

Well, tribbles are racists.
posted by hot soup girl at 5:07 PM on March 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Tribbles were clearly genetically-engineered security devices created by some species or group worried about an identification gap after the the Klingons developed their "look like humans with beards" technology prior to TOS. They are not so much racist themselves as they are the racial profiling tools of xenophobic higher-order lifeforms.
posted by cortex at 5:20 PM on March 5, 2013 [2 favorites]


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