‘SNL’ makes fun of billionaire space races with Jeff Bezos’ new series’ Star Trek: Ego Quest ‘

By Brent Furdyk.

5 minutes ago

As billionaires Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson mount their individual missions in space, the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live” decided to have fun at their expense by serving up a new “Star Trek” spoof.

“For decades, the ‘Star Trek’ series has brought you unforgettable journeys from the last frontier,” says one narrator. “Now the tradition continues with a new ship, a new crew and a new captain: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.”

Bezos, played by host Owen Wilson, is seen on the bridge of a spaceship for the new series “Star Trek: Ego Quest”.

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“Dude, the room is insanely amazing!” declares Wilson’s Bezos.

The new series, the narrator continues, will follow “the voyages of SS New Shepard and its crew of random weirdos”, including First Mate (also called “Jeff Bezos’ brother, whose name escapes me” (Wilson’s real brother, Luke Wilson, wearing a bald cap), the science officer (“some rich high school kid from Holland” (Andrew Dismukes) and the mission specialist (“82-year-old astronaut Wally Funk”, played by Heidi Gardner declaring, “I’m tired”).

Kyle Dubiel / NBC
Kyle Dubiel / NBC

The crew’s mission: “To just fly around space and fool around in a ship that looks like a penis,” while viewers prepare to “fly on a midlife crisis of cosmic proportions.”

“I’m in the room with my brother Mark,” adds Wilson-as-Bezos. “This owner!”

Noting that “alliances will be formed”, the trailer introduces Sir Richard Branson (Alex Moffat), who is also in space, aboard a Virgin Galactic space shuttle.

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“What’s up Bezos, you nuts?” Says Branson. “Do you like a race?”

However, the crew also faces some evil in outer space, courtesy of Elon Musk (Mikey Day). “The room is only big enough for a strange white billionaire. So you can say that hitting you is my… primary… goal, ”he says.

Meanwhile, Kenan Thompson also shows up and plays an Amazon delivery man who shines on board and doesn’t exactly receive a lot of hospitality from his billionaire boss.

Kyle Dubiel / NBC
Kyle Dubiel / NBC

“Saturday Night Live” is broadcast live from coast to coast at 23:30 ET, 20:30 PT at Global.


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