Spoiler embargo off! Last week’s Star Trek: Picard featured an unexpected cameo from a familiar face. Kirk Thatcher reprised his role as the “Star Trek punk” from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. You remember him, playing that song “I Hate You” on his ghetto blaster, before Spock gave him a neck pinch?
Picard season two is a time travel story with several beats lifted from The Voyage Home, First Contact, and the original series. As it turns out, the punk on the bus still rides the bus, still sporting the same hair, and still wielding an 80s ghetto blaster. This time though, things go a little different when Seven of Nine asks him to turn it down.
Yes, this sort of thing is the very definition of “fan service”. Does it matter? Let me put it to you this way. My 80+ year old dad laughed his ass off. That’s all that matters.
Thirty-five years later and nothing much has changed,
Those in charge are living large,
The rest are all deranged,
‘Cause I still hate you,
Can’t wait to eviscerate you,
‘Cause I still hate, all of you.
The temperatures are rising,
The sea level as well,…