Not a joke, but really, is it more ridiculous than anything else in Trek?
You mean like VOY's Threshold or TOS's Spock's Brain or TOS's Let That Be Your Last Battlefield or TNG's Genesis or DS9's Profit and Lace or ENT's...uh...entire first season, or The Final Frontier or Nemesis or.....holy crap! That's a lotta ridicu-ocity!
<Conehead voice> Astronauts to the moon! Eh! Eh! Eh!