Spoilers The Goldbergs S05, E05: "Jackie Likes Star Trek"

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  1. ChasFink

    ChasFink Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    The Goldbergs had an interesting Halloween episode last night, but with an annoying flaw. Adam discovers his girlfriend prefers Star Trek to Star Wars when he pops in wearing a very good Han Solo costume and holds up her equally good Leia costume. She then tells him she wanted them to be Uhura and Spock. (Being in such a mixed marriage myself, I was quite amused.)
    Unfortunately, when Adam finally does don a Spock costume, it's a red shirt with an odd insignia that looks like a white coffin with a cross and circle on it. I can only assume that Disney/ABC was afraid of a lawsuit if the costume was too accurate. (Yes, I see the irony.) They could have lampshaded this by having Adam make the costume himself and having Jackie complain about it, but they didn't.
    I'm not coming off too fanboy here, am I?
     
  2. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk Tomorrow Never Knows Premium Member

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    Big Bang Theory manages to use various costumes, including Trek one, without problem. Being on CBS might give them an in, though BBT is produced by Warner Brothers.
     
  3. ChasFink

    ChasFink Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

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    Now that I think this through, it makes even less sense. There are plenty of copyrighted/trademarked games, toys, etc. in the background of many episodes, and I doubt every one was vetted by legal. Curious.
     
  4. bigdaddy

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    I can understand changing the Trek to an odd insignia for legal issues, but changing the color of his shirt and not making a red shirt joke is inexcusable.
     
  5. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Having Trek costumes be intentionally inaccurate is just one of those things you gotta get used to. Oddly, even parody doesn't necessarily seem to grant use of the delta. Goldbergs, Free Enterprise, Futurama, Carol Burnett, In Living Color. But it does crop up on SNL, Robot Chicken, The Simpsons (Yeah, Simpsons but not Futurama. Weird!)

    Back to Goldbergs, I could have sworn Adam had been into Trek before this ep. Even if not, it felt weird to have him rail against it so hard.
     
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  6. Tom

    Tom Vice Admiral Admiral

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    Yep, its a CBS show so they can easily get permission to use that stuff. I have actually been on the set of BBT at Warners, it was pretty cool and actually a lot smaller than the scale you see on TV.