Sheldon Cooper and the Star Trek Obsession

Sheldon Cooper tends to be the obsessive type, and Star Trek is one of his obsessions.  Sheldon is practically in love with Leonard Nimoy – who plays Spock in the original series – but his affinity for the series is not limited to the Vulcan only.

Sheldon has been known to take “normal” aspects of life and modify them to include Star Trek characteristics.  Check out this clip where Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj play Boggle, in Klingon. 

In “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis,” season 2, episode 11 Penny surprises Sheldon with a napkin autographed and actually used by Leonard Nimoy.  Sheldon becomes so ecstatic that he pulls all of the gift baskets from his closet – presumably for several other people – and presents them to Penny.  He then begins to fret over the fact that he still does not have a comparable gift to reciprocate her gift to him: essentially the ability to clone his own little Leonard Nimoy, or so that is how Sheldon sees it.  Watch a clip from “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis” here.

And of course there is the rivalry between Sheldon Cooper and Wil Wheaton – Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Wesley Crusher.  In “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary,” season 3, episode 5, Sheldon encounters Wil Wheaton for the first time.  He spouts off Klingon while playing in a card match tournament, saying  ”bortaS bIr jablu’DI’ reH QaQqu’ nay” which translates to “revenge is a dish best served cold.”  Sheldon’s passionate hatred for Wheaton is the result of a cancellation by Wheaton at a 1995 Star Trek convention in Jackson, Mississippi.  Sheldon idolized Wheaton’s character Wesley Crusher as a young man because he recognized that the two shared similar qualities and abilities.  Watch the clip of Sheldon’s Klingon warning from “The Creepy Candy Coating Corollary” here.

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“Evil” Wil Wheaton continued to pop up throughout the course of season three, and we probably have not seen the last of him.  Wil Wheaton has said that it has been a really fun role to play, because he is truly nothing like the evil twin of himself portrayed on the show.

Sheldon’s Star Trek obsession continues to spring up.  Previously, we have covered Sheldon Cooper’s love of the theremin - the instrument used in the opening credits for the original Star Trek series.  Watch Sheldon play the Star Trek instrument here.

Whether it is an irrational vendetta against Wil Wheaton, playing Booogle - or other board games – in Klingon, or trying to clone Leonard Nimoy, Sheldon Cooper will undoubtedly regale us with his extremely nerdy Star Trek obsession for many episodes to come.