Star Trek references in South Park


Don't try to be a great man, just be a man - from Star Trek: First Contact, where William Riker says it to Zefram Cochrane.

Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut

The tea Cartman drinks is Earl Grey, which is Capt. Jean-Luc Picard's favorite tea

City On The Edge Of Forever

The name of the episode, and the one boy wearing an ensign's red shirt. Like the ensigns in the original series, the boy is killed.

Chef's Salty Chocolate Balls

I have had enough of you! - In The Search For Spock Capt. Kirk's statement to the Klingon commander Kruge (Christopher Lloyd) when the Genesis planet is about to blow up. Kruge wants Genesis, but Kirk knows it will destroy him. Near the end of their fight Kruge almost falls off a cliff, but grabs Kirk's leg just in time. Kirk wants to help him up, but Kruge wants to throw Kirk off the cliff. Kirk sees this when Kruge pulls Kirk's left foot off the ground. Kirk is forced to sit, then he takes action against Kruge. As he says the line, he kicks Kruge off and sees him fall into the fiery pit.

Roger Ebert Should Lay Off The Fatty Foods

The greater part of this episode is taken from the Star Trek Classic episode, Dagger Of The Mind. Dr. Tristan Adams, Simon van Gelder, Missy, the uniforms, and the neural neutralizer (the star machine) are all present. Some other tidbits for this episode:
Mr. Mackey = Mr. Spock (complete with raised eyebrow)
Nurse Gollum = Nurse Chapel
Tantalus V. Observatory = Tantalus V colony
Tantalus V was not an observatory, and a planetarium is more like a museum than an observatory.
Me transmitte sursum, Caledoni! = Beam me up, Scotty!
Caledonia is the Latin name for the Scottish highlands. This particular phrase was never uttered in the series.

"Here with a special report is a 34-year old Asian man who looks strikingly similar to Ricardo Montalban". - Montalban was Khan Noonyan Singh, captain of the Botany Bay, which was a ship from the 1990's. Khan appeared in "Space Seed" and in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Spooky Fish

This episode combined at least two classic Star Trek episodes and two Star Trek movies:
  1. "Mirror, Mirror" - In this episode Kirk, Spock, and mates have warlike counterparts who are members of the Galactic Empire in the parallel universe.
  2. "Assignment: Earth" - the portal found in the Indian Burial Ground Pet Store comes from this episode.
  3. "Whom Gods Destroy" - This one has Garth, once a famous starship captain, who learns about shape-shifting from a gentle race. In the end, Spock and McCoy come upon Kirk and Garth wrestling. By this time, Garth looks like Kirk, and Spock has to choose which Kirk to neutralize.
  4. Star Trek - The Motion Picture - The vertical line separating the two Cartmans comes from this movie. In this episode and in the movie, the vertical line splits the screen in two and makes one half higher than the other. The vertical line in the movie is a manifestationn of an entity called V'ger (the space probe Voyager) which takes Decker as its mate.
  5. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - Iman plays a changeling in the prison planet of Rura Penthe who ends up looking like Kirk when both escape and are confronted by Klingon guards. The lead guard has to choose which Kirk to kill.

Spontaneous Combustion

See "Damien"

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" - Spock said this to Kirk at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Stan uses the Vulcan salute as well.

Starvin' Marvin In Space

  1. The opening sequence, before the title comes on, is derived from the recent incarnations of Star Trek (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager).
  2. The wormhole is right out of Deep Space Nine. So is the warping movement the Marklar ship experiences in the worm hole.
  3. That the planet the boys see upon coming out of the wormhole is green is a feature from the original Star Trek series. But its cloud cover is identical to that of Earth's when the Marklar came to make first contact.
  4. The Marklar ship turns out to have a computer with a female voice, just like the Enterprise ships and Voyager do.

Hooked On Monkey Fonics

The interaction between Kyle and Rebecca, from "Rebecca, don't you ever… look at the town?" to their kiss, mirrors that between Capt. Kirk and Shahna. That, the background music, and Jimbo betting on Kyle to win the spelling bee, all come from "The Gamesters of Triskelion."

Worldwide Recorder Concert

"Second star to the right, and straight on until morning." - The directions to Never Never Land, which Peter Pan gives to Wendy, John, and Michael Darling in Walt Disney's Peter Pan. William Shatner quoted it as the last line in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Great Expectations

Genesis Device - From Star Trek II and III, part of the Genesis Project, the device used to bring new Edenic life to an otherwise unsuitable planet.

Something You Can Do With Your Finger

In Star Trek: First Contact, Lily enters and tries to persuade Jean-Luc Picard to blow up the starship Enterprise so the Borg have no Starfleet data or technology to assimilate. Jean-Luc responds with a couple of "NOOO"s and by throwing his phaser at a display case in which hang various starship models. The glass and one or two ships break, and Jean-Luc, in a voice full of emotion, explains his response. (From this scene comes the Captain Ahab reference in "Conjoined Fetus Lady") When Stan asks his dad to allow him to sing with his friends at South Park mall, Randy responds the same way Jean-Luc did, but using his head on a china cabinet instead of a phaser on a display case and, in a voice full of emotion, telling the cautionary story of his stint as boy band member.

4th Grade

Nerd #1 said there are 72 episodes --- and his friend said 73 --- before they fought and his friend moved out. Now he says there are 73 episodes while claiming his friend says 72. Actually, the nerds were both wrong, there are 79 episodes of the Original Star Trek, The Menagerie was ONE episode.

"The Menagerie" was a 2-parter that counts as one episode! --- Under that rule, SP episodes 113 and 202 count as one episode, as do episodes 307, 308, and 309 --- The Meteor Shower, as well as episodes 410 and 411.

Trapper Keeper

The voice of Bill Cosby, VSM471, is more like a Ferengi's in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The Wacky Molestation Adventure

Star Trek ep.12 'Miri' - (Man's speech about adults at the end of the episode) Star Trek ep.46 'The Gamesters of Triskellion' - (Provider reference)

How To Eat With Your Butt

The talking computer. Ironically, Scotty tried to operate a computer by speaking into a mouse in Start Trek IV: The Voyage Home, but it didn't work. In the original series, the computer would make some noise or other as it carried out a command or request. Main computers would have voices that would talk to the personnel, and they always sounded monotonous. One episode, though, the computer's voice was a sexy female one.

Here Comes the Neighborhood

"Oh, well, let me take this disk up to the Enterprise and see if Captain Kirk can decrypt it." - in Star Trek: The Original Series, there's an episode, "All Our Yesterdays", in which Capt. Kirk goes to the moon Sarpiedon and meets a librarian, Mr. Atoz, who shows him how to use the disks found in the library there - the planet it revolves around is to explode in three hours. Kirk retrieves a disk very similar to the DVDs we have today. He stands it up on a reader and it begins to spin around. As it does, a video appears on its surface. The video activates a time portal, an atavachron, nearby, keyed to the time period the video is showing. Kirk can thus escape to other time periods depending on the disk he uses. There's more to the story here (this site, by the way, determines the number of episodes to be 79, not including the pilot). Cartman's statement just means that a DVD player is alien to the boys, as alien as that machine Kirk used to read his disk, and that the disk is useless without it.

Fun With Veal

A South Park version of Michael Dorn (Worf) appears.

A Ladder to Heaven

Kenny is present in Cartman the way Spock is present in Dr. McCoy in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

The Death Camp of Tolerance

At the awards ceremony, various men praise Mr. Garrison's courage in being so open about his homosexuality. One of these men looks like Makora (David Soul's character), from Star Trek: "The Apple."

The Biggest Douche In The Universe

At the award ceremony you can also see the Cherons, black-and-white aliens from Star Trek, "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield."


Déjà vu occurs in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Cause and Effect," where the crew suddenly realize that they are in a temporal loop and things keep happening over and over again. In the Star Trek episode, they had the same sort of realization scenes-they even do the "and then you said" part of it. They tried to find out what was happening and put a stop to it.

Casa Bonita

Cartman sounds like Star Trek's James T. Kirk at times.

The Passion Of The Jew

Mel Gibson says "Qapla!", Klingon (loosely) for "Success!"
Kyle is wearing Vulcan ears.

Douche and Turd

"Since our school has been attacked by eco-terrorists for the 47th time.." - There are a lot of references to 47 in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager


Ms. Claridge was based on Captain Pike, who was shown in the same custom-built wheelchair on the original series.

Two Days Before The Day After Tomorrow

Star Trek: Generations reference: Capt. Kirk and Dr. Sorian on a failing bridge. Kirk met his demise here, as Cartman would have on the landing if he had fallen into the fire below.

Follow That Egg!

"As a matter of fact,... I think it is the nicest hat I've evern known." - Captain Picard and Worf in Star Trek: First Contact - Picard apologizes for calling Worf a coward saying, "As a matter of fact, your one of the bravest men I know."

Cartoon Wars, Park II

"0 0 destruct" - part of the self-destruct code for the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek. It is the captain's part, which is "0-0-0-Destruct-0 Initiate"