Long live Sulu

Despite what you might think, I was never a Trekkie. I remember coming home from school every day and watching a whole lineup of shows, like the Brady Bunch and Bewitched. Star Trek came on at 4pm or 5pm, I can’t remember which, and inevitably I would fall asleep. So anyway, I was never a huge fan, but now I kind of like the actors. William Shatner is kind of insane in a self-parodying way, what with the Travelocity commercials and his crazy CD, and that Leonard Nimoy Spock dude is always interesting, but my favorite is George Takei. Never mind that he is one of my people–I have liked him ever since I saw him in the flesh nearly 2 decades ago. I lived for a brief time in Los Angeles, and I liked participating in fun runs. There was a Chinatown run that went near Dodger Stadium or something. I remember crossing the finish line and hearing that unmistakable deep voice say, “Where’s the beer tent.” I looked over and saw a sweaty George Takei!
Of course, that’s neither here nor there. The reason I’m thinking about George Takei is because of this hilarious video.

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12 Responses to Long live Sulu

  1. Amy B says:

    You know, I didn’t think I’d find anything to cheer me up on my lurking through da blogs for a few minutes and yet this video WAS hilarious. Thanks for the link. I love the guffaw at the end.
    BTW I love my superbuzzy package so much I’ve kept it together to look at. Now to actually DO something with my new treasures.

  2. mari says:

    I haven’t been able to watch the video (youtube is down!) but I am a big George Takei fan as well, for the same exact reasons as you! He is one of my people (or our people) and I saw him in the flesh two years ago at a movie series called Last Remaining Seats, where they show classic movies at old movie theaters around LA in June. He is a very enthusiastic clapper! Can’t wait to see the video!

  3. Rita says:

    And big Heroes fans that we are, I’m sure you caught his cameo appearances on the show. I hope they bring him back at some point. And I wish they’d move their story lines along a little faster! I’ll have to watch the video at home. They have streaming video blocked at the office. How are we supposed to have any fun at work if we can’t goof off?

  4. Sandee says:

    I love George Takei…I love him even more now that video is out. The evil laugh at the end is priceless! Bwahahahaaaaah!

  5. tasha says:

    I loves me some George Takei. I read an interview with him in Giant Robot magazine (sometime last year?), and was surprised by how cocky he is, but he has completely earned it. He has an extensive list of stage and screen credits, and a long record of gay activism. Your story about the “beer tent” is fantastic, I’m so jealous!

  6. gaile says:

    I love George, and that video only made it better. And I gotta put in a plug for Shatner’s Denny Crane character on Boston Legal. It’s brilliant, as is James Spader’s Alan Shore – the show is worth watching just for his closing arguments. The writers are obviously very on top of current events in the world. Love it!!

  7. Betsy says:

    This Irish girl loves George! Few of us knew he was gay until he came out, fewer of us knew how funny he is. Long Live George Takei! Oh and thanks for bringing his hysterical video to my attention.

  8. Gina says:

    Good Lord, woman! I thought you were going to announce that he was dead! You gave me a fright.

  9. becky says:

    I’ve always had a thing for Spock (I was an avid watcher of “In Search of …”) but Sulu is okay too. (and his video is so funny.)

  10. freecia says:

    I bet that big geek brother of yours watched it.

  11. Wendy says:

    I, too, was worried you were about to announce that he was a goner. (gonner?)
    At any rate, the funny thing is that William Shatner frequents an old haunt we go to on Sundays, sort of a biker lunch-y place where you can get good Mexican food and beer (and bring your dog). He’s always coming in after his golf game and I tell you what, he doesn’t look half as puffy as on TV. In fact, he looks sort of like my dad and is twice as smile-y–and boy, that toupee is really good in person. You could swear it’s his real hair.

  12. Seanna Lea says:

    In my house we’re always quoting George Takei (and his inclusion in Heroes just beefs up the show even more). That video was watched probably four or five times the night it came out on YouTube.

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