But starting next month. Looking for a new event to spoof a la the Super Bowl with the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet has teamed up with Paramount Pictures for 'Trek Kittens'.
'Trek Kittens' will be nearly faithful recreations of episodes from the classic 'Star Trek' series, using the original soundtrack and dialogue, but with images of cats playing the characters like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.
And by faithful, I mean the cats playing the ensigns in red shirts will be quickly using up their nine lives.....
Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy
The episodes will be heavily edited so that each story will only be long enough for a half hour each. So I'm assuming that only the highlights from each episode will be depicted with the cats.
They HAVE to show Spock giving the Vulcan nerve pinch!
"Hailing frequencies are open, Captain."
Commander Kor? Or Cur?
Here are the thirteen episodes that are scheduled to be remade for 'Trek Kittens':
"City On The Edge Of Forever"
Edith Keeler treating Doctor McCoy
"The Trouble With Tribbles"
Uhura with a Tribble
(Shere) Khan Noonian Singh with Uhura
"The Squire Of Gothos"
Trelaine getting petulant
Stonn & T'Pring
Captain Kirk vs the Gorn
Harcourt Fenton Mudd
"The Doomsday Machine"
Commodore Matt Decker
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
Bele & Lokai
"I've got my own system. Books, young man. Books. Thousands of 'em.
If time wasn't so important, I'd show you something. My library. Thousands of books."
"Spectre Of The Gun"
"Welcome to the O.K. Corral!"
"Where No Man Has Gone Before"
(That episode is listed last in the schedule, which I think is a sure sign that the new movie is based on it. And I'll bet it'll be Cumberbatch's feline avatar who is used as the host.)
I'm hoping that if the series is a big success, they'll bring it back the following summer with all new episodes.
Some of those could be based on these episodes:
(I was sorry this didn't make the cut for the first series. I'd love to see the cat version for one of my favorite actors, Michael Dunn! Maybe a Manx to show that he's different?)
"Journey To Babel"
(This pig-looking dog - or even a real pig! - could stand in for the Tellarite, but what would be done for the Andorians? How about a blue bunny?)
"Is There In Truth No Beauty?"
Don't look in the box without your visors!
"Devil In The Dark"
Encounter with the silicone-based Horta
"The Corbomite Maneuver"
Balok - Illusion & Reality
and bring back the Mudd-Cat for "I, Mudd"!
Who knows? Eventually they could even do recreations of all 79 episodes, with an eye to then transforming the succeeding shows into episodes of 'Trek Kittens'.
'Trek Kittens: The Next Generation'! 'Trek Kittens: Litter Box Nine!'
And there might even be longer specials, which recreate the events from the many 'Star Trek' movies. For instance, remember this scene from "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"?
Call him "The WatchDog"! And with each episode he could regenerate to a totally different breed of dog!
Oh! The stories they could recreate! The first one that comes to mind?
"Let's Kill Hitler"