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“SNL” reveals a “Star Trek” character that didn’t make the show — meet Spocko NBC/Screenshot
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) meets Spocko (Bobby Moynihan) on Saturday Night Live.

For a very specific subset of pop culture nerddom, last night’s “SNL” may have aired one of the greatest sketches ever: a “lost episode” of the original Star Trek series, introduced by Kenan Thompson as Neil deGrasse Tyson. Yeah, there’s a lot to unpack here.

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Host Chris Pine gets to play Captain James T. Kirk again, reprising his role from the Trek film franchise, only this time he’s doing it as William Shatner. When a torpedo on the Enterprise malfunctions and Scotty can’t fix it, Spock (Kyle Mooney) lets the rest of the crew in on a secret: Spocko, his younger half-brother and one of the academy’s best engineers.

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Spocko enters with a “Hey, how ya doin’?,” as Bobby Moynihan’s Anthony Crispino voice comes out, but, you know, via the planet Vulcan. “I was in the wrong hallway, I opened the wrong door and almost got sucked out into space!” he explains, before dropping the catchphrase to end all catchphrases, “Now that’s a star trek!” And it only gets better, so laugh long and prosper.

Steve is a humor writer for Rare
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