One of the fixations of The Big Bang Theory‘s is Star Trek, the legendary television series that Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howard are absolute devotees of. The writers of the show pay constant homage to Star Trek, some of whose protagonists have appeared as guests at different times. George Takei, Sulu Mister – out in an episode of the fourth season with Katee Sackhoff and the actress who plays Captain Kara Starbuck Thrace in another sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica. Leonard Nimoy, the actor who plays Mr. Spock made his cameo in the second season. Meanwhile, Brent Spiner and LeVar – Burton – Data – Geordi – interpreters of Star Trek: The Next Generation, have also come to The Big Bang Theory. Finally, William Shatner, the venerable Captain Kirk, who is now 82, said he would love to appear as special guest of nerds to the California Institute of Technology.
This enthusiasm has not always been so unanimous. Before the series premiered in 2007, many scientists trembled at the stereotypical flamboyant image they expected to see reflected in the scripts. And yes, physicists can be TV geeks and misfits for social relationships, addicted to video games and Star Trek. But thanks to the humor that distills them, the scripts stand out well, fall friendly and seem human. Today, most scientists have changed their minds about the series and some have gone as special guests. For example one of them is Stephen Hawking.