It’s April 1st, and you know what that means: it’s April Fool’s Day, the one day a year where you’ve got an excuse to be a complete and utter dick by playing any number of pranks on people.
April Fools is like Christmas and New Year’s for internet trolls, and everyone seems to be getting in on the action. Some pranks are crude, some are harmless, and some… well sometimes they’re so good that you almost wish they were real. Case in point is this year’s masterful effort by Star Trek‘s George Takei, who has a fantastic sense of humor to begin with. Takei kicked off April Fool’s Day by posting this particular gem to his Facebook page in the wee hours of the morning:
Friends, I am thrilled to announce that I’ll be starring in the Star Wars reboot directed by JJ Abrams. I’ll be playing Master Ceti Maru, a member of the Jedi High Council. The new film, entitled “Star Wars: Galactic Empire,” is greenlit and will begin filming sometime early next year. It is truly a moment for The Star Alliance. Thanks to all my fans for their decades of support.
Oh, George. This would have been fantastic news if it were true. The dead giveaway that this is just an April Fool’s joke (besides the fact that it was posted on April 1st) is right in the description of George’s character: Master Ceti Maru. Anyone with way too much free time will recognize the name as a portmanteau of two Star Trek phrases: Ceti Alpha V, the planet where Khan Noonien Singh was marooned and which was mistaken for Ceti Alpha VI in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and the Kobayashi Maru, the “no-win scenario” that all Starfleet cadets are forced to participate in before they’re permitted to graduate from the Academy (which is also depicted for the first time in in the same film). In other words, it’s complete bollocks – but it’s funny as hell. I have to give George Takei an absolute standing ovation for this one.
Don’t believe me? Here’s a handy YouTube video that explains it all: