IRS parodies "Star Trek"; gets raked over the coals

Discussion in 'Star Trek - The Original & Animated Series' started by NTRPRZ, Mar 23, 2013.


    NTRPRZ Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Nov 26, 2006
    Just about everyone is lambasting an Internal Revenue Service "training video" that parodies ST:TOS. The video, made in an agency studio and featuring IRS agents as the Enterprise crew, cost about $60,000 to make (part of that money was spent on a similar "Gilligan's Island" video, also obstensively for "training.") That video has not been released to the public.

    For Trek fans, it's an abomination ("Yeoman Rand" apologizes for the mixture of TOS and TNG uniforms) but for American citizens its a horrendous waste of tax dollars.

    Trek fans not only should protest the use of our show for such purposes, but, even more importantly, should call for an accounting by those who approved this ridiculous idea.

    To see the video, go to
  2. bbailey861

    bbailey861 Admiral Premium Member

    Oct 14, 2009
    Kingston, ON Canada
    I saw this on the news this morning. I wonder how many levels of approval this went through to get made. It would be interesting to note how many people didn't say, "Maybe this isn't a good idea."
  3. ZapBrannigan

    ZapBrannigan Commodore Commodore

    Jan 7, 2013
    New York State
    The sad fact is, when it comes to government agencies wasting money, $60,000 is nothing. That doesn't make it right, but taxpayers got off light on this one.
  4. Cyke101

    Cyke101 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Feb 11, 2007
    I don't blame them for the intent of the video -- government accounting and auditing must be one of the most horrifically mundane jobs in existence, I would imagine. A Star Trek training video sounds like a fun idea, but the ends probably do not justify the means.
  5. Mr. Adventure

    Mr. Adventure Admiral Admiral

    Jun 9, 2001
    Mr. Adventure
    Depends how much money they normally spend on training videos because anything to make those things entertaining is not necessarily a bad thing.
  6. publiusr

    publiusr Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 22, 2010
  7. Metryq

    Metryq Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jan 23, 2013
    True, but can you imagine an IRS auditor merely brushing off a $60K accounting discrepancy in your filings?
  8. TREK_GOD_1

    TREK_GOD_1 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    May 24, 2006
    Escaped from Delta Vega
    [MittRomney]Sure. Happens all the time. No biggie.[/MittRomney]

  9. Captain Nebula

    Captain Nebula Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 12, 2010
    That crappy video cost $60,000? There must be some porn later on in the video or something...