Though Chris Pine hosted the show in promotion of the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, he stepped back into his role as Star Trek’s Captain James Tiberius Kirk, complete with a distinct William Shatner flavor.
Introduced by Keenan Thompson’s impersonation of Neil deGrasse Tyson (complete with bad science jokes), the episode brought the original Star Trek crew back to the bridge of the USS Enterprise.
The Enterprise is in a dogfight and needs to return fire with their photon cannons, but they’re suffering a malfunction in the plasma exhaust system. Spock and Scotty cannot fix the problem, so the Vulcan calls in his brother Spocko to help out.
The skit positions the episode as if it took place during the ratings dive of the final season and that producers were trying anything to see if it would help bolster their numbers. So they invited one-hit wonder Sal “Pizza Beach” Delabate to play a new character with the hope they could attract a “far out audience.”
It’s worth a watch if only to see Pine’s impression of William Shatner’s take on their shared character.
Pine will next play Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman, in theaters June 2.
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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).
The DCEU continues with Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on December 21, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.