Star Trek Discovery Pays Tribute To Tesla, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Again


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Over the course of 50 years and six television series, Star Trek has regularly name dropped historical figures for their contributions to science, art and technology. The most amusing of which was an episode of The Next Generation where Steven Hawking makes a guest appearance playing poker with Lieutenant Commander Data, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. No, really.

Well thanks to new series Star Trek Discovery, Elon Musk can count himself among the real world figures officially part of Trek canon. For the second time in the show’s first two seasons, Star Trek Discovery has made mention of the well known Tesla and SpaceX CEO.

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During the first season, Captain Lorca invoked the name of Elon Musk alongside a pair of great historical figures:

How do you want to be remembered in history? Alongside the Wright brothers? Elon Musk? Zefram Cochrane? Or as a failed fungus expert?

For those who don’t know their history, the Wright brothers pioneered manned aircraft at the turn of the 20th century. And as everyone surely knows, Zefram Cochrane was the first human to conceive of and execute warp drive in 2063.

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Now Musk has appeared a second time in the recent episode New Eden. It contains a quick mention of a Musk Junior High attended by Ensign Tilly. (Because the new scene contains spoilers, you’ll have to watch the full episode for context.) Although this is a simple visual reference, it further cements the Tesla CEO as an important figure in the Trek universe.

Star Trek Discovery’s first season was hit or miss for a lot of Trekkies. The show took Star Trek in a different direction than many fans wanted. However, the new season has so far shifted the tone for the better. The second season of Star Trek Discovery airs Thursdays on CBS All Access.

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Love the show.

It took a while for me to enjoy it but I’ve come around and am liking it a lot. 🙂

This attribution is a mistake. We’re assuming Musk will be holy for next 50 or more years that he could be alive. Didn’t we learn from Tom Bradley airport fiasco already? Even today, he’s a scatter brained space cadet who wants to pollute other planets.

Also STD sucks. In fact, only TOS was good, not turning into space soap opera like the subsequent ones. I long for Axanar…

Well Starfleet HQ is in California. So I’m betting he will still be remembered 200+ years from now in Cali… at least as a footnote if nothing else. 🙂

Also, your entire argument is invalid by claiming only TOS matters. Ridiculous! XP

If Musk screws up while he’s alive, that STD episode will seem ridiculous.

Almost every TOS episode has some sort of philosophical underpinning. Same can’t be said of stuff that came after, and what little that was presented was dragged on and on (ie, Q’s existence).

Especially ridiculous is the Borg; instead of assimilating, you’d think they would’ve learned from countless examples of free people making progress much more quicker. It’s like watching cartoon made for 5 year olds.

Wait, wait, wait… Science Fiction isn’t real and can be rediculous???? Next you will tell me Buckaroo Banzai isn’t going to happen. #sadpanda

Totally disagree with the assessment!

I’d say most TNG and DS9 focused on some philisophical or moral conundrum. Only about 2 dozen TNG episodes out of nearly 180 episodes involved the borg even a little, and at least half of those contained philosophical debates about whether the borg is a species, whether individuality can exist within the collective, whether it is right to commit ‘genocide’ by implanting a virus into the borg and other topics.

And DS9 gets heavy into subjects like science vs faith, solitary confinement, controlling populations with drug addiction, how terrorism breeds fear, and what the line is between safety and freedom when the dominion threat leads some federation officials to push for martial law on earth. That’s just scratching the surface.

Of course, then a ferengi or holodeck episode pops up and you skip to the next episode. 🙂

Ferengo were a great example of immoral free market capitalism

“Didn’t we learn from Tom Bradley airport fiasco already? Even today, he’s a scatter brained space cadet who wants to pollute other planets.”

Interesting, I didn’t know that about Brady 🙂

I’m sure in the alternative reality of Star Trek in which all sorts of inhabitable planets full of alien life forms exists within easy reach of each other the achievements of Elon Musk would be celebrated. In our own reality….well, he definitely moved the needle by a lot on making space launches more cost effective, so that’s something he should be remembered for. I’m also sure he has sped up a manned mission to Mars helping mankind to scratch “set foot on Mars” from its to do list. His dreams of large scale settlements on Mars is probably not something he will remembered for. That’s just an impractical exercise in futility that I’m pretty sure will never happen. Mars is not inhabitable, cannot be made inhabitable and I fail to see the point in trying to subsist in a self contained habitat that’s designed to completely shield its inhabitants from an otherwise lethal environment.

Elon Musk is a visionary with a nag to make the impossible happen but the multi planetary species vision is not one in which I can follow him.

Mars can be made portable

Well, if this Chinese climate hoax stuff develops into anything discernible, he may remembered for having something to do with the multi-planetary species being able to maintain its original home world. Since he is one of the pioneers of figuring out ways that compellingly allow folks live…while not taking proverbial dumps in their living room until it can’t support human life.

The first season was certainly very different from the 30+ other seasons of Star Trek we’ve had, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I’d say my favorite seasons have always been the least conventional ones… Deep Space Nine, Enterprise’s third season, and Voyager were all the best, in my opinion… less episodic and with more arcs and reasons to actually watch every episode.

I named my car Hue, after the doctor Hugh in Discovery’s first season (I felt a feminine spelling was more appropriate given the voice of the GPS.)

Technically, you don’t know WHICH Musk as they didn’t include the first name as named schools usually do. 😉

Ah excellent point. Could be Maye or Kimbal! XD

But considering Star Fleets focus on space travel I’m willing to bet it’s Elon lol.

It would had been cool for them to use the Starman in the Telsa like Starttrek did with Voyager