“Skip to the end.”

Though not a term exclusive to the 1999 UK television series Spaced, the phrase quickly became one of the show’s running jokes, being recited throughout both seasons frequently and even serving as the name of the Documentary about the making of Simon Pegg’s breakout show.

Spaced was created & written by Jessica Hynes (who also appeared in Shaun of the Dead and voiced a character in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and Simon Pegg (Scotty in current Star Trek), who also starred as the show’s two leads. Simon Pegg also wrote Star Trek Beyond, so it seems like more than just a coincidence when Captain Jim T. Kirk (Chris Pine) utters the line in the 3rd act of the film.

Kirk tells either Spock to “Skip to the End” as he rattles off Sci-Fi jargon. As a big fan of Spaced I immediately thought of the show when Kirk uttered the classic line, even without the thick accent and 2 second speed.Star Trek Beyond Captain Kirk Chris Pine Sulu Jon Cho Chekov Anton YelchinSpaced referenced Star Wars and Star Trek all the time as it was a show about failing professionals in their early twenties that happened to be geeky stoners.  It was also the first time I had heard the theory that only the even numbered Star Trek films are good, as explained by Simon Pegg’s character Tim Bisley:

“I mean, it’s a fact, sure as day follows night, sure as eggs is eggs, sure as every odd-numbered Star Trek movie is shit.”

Skip to the end!

Fine. If you haven’t seen Spaced and are a fan of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, or World’s End, you really should, as that show was a testing ground for much of the humor that followed in the films. The show and all three movies were also directed by Edgar Wright. And apparently watched by Captain Kirk centuries later.

3 thoughts on “Did STAR TREK BEYOND Reference SPACED?

  1. Yeah, I spotted this one. If it wasn’t deliberate then I’m sure it’s a subconscious re-use by Simon Pegg. It’s just too good a fit. I tried to explain it to my other half but she doesn’t remember “Spaced” in as much detail as I apparently did. It might be an excuse for a re-watch.

    BTW in case someone with a more aggressive stance comes to this page (this IS the internet after all), “Spaced” was made for and broadcast by Channel 4, not the BBC. You might want to change the reference to pre-empt any nerd rants 🙂

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    1. My bad! I’ve watched quite a few shows from Channel 4 including Spaced, The IT Crowd, and Darkplace. I always figured it was a BBC comedy channel or something. I’m just a dumb American. 🙂


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