Hilarious 2011 Star Trek Video Goes Viral Thanks To Apple’s Victory Over Samsung

By Megan O'Neill 

The verdict is in.  Last week a federal jury in San Jose, California found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple patents to the tune of $1 billion.  But who cares about that?  The best thing to come out of Apple’s triumph, in my humble opinion, is this hilarious 2011 video that is spreading the web like wildfire this morning.

‘Apple kills Star Trek’ was actually uploaded to YouTube back on November 6, 2011 but views remained in the low thousands until the Apple-Samsung verdict came in and then KAPOW!  It’s skyrocketed to 155,000 views in a matter of days.  Just check out these stats:

This brings up some interesting points in the whole “going viral” argument—primarily about timing.  Countless successful online video creators and YouTubers (and even YouTube themselves in their Creator Playbook) have waxed poetic on the effectiveness of tent pole programming (aka timely programming around events, holidays, major news stories, etc.).

The ‘Apple kills Star Trek’ video was always funny.  It was funny when it was uploaded back in November 2011, and it’s funny now.  But now it’s performing because of the big Apple-Samsung news.  Apple “killed” Samsung in court so now it’s funnier than ever to see them kill Star Trek.

But enough talk.  Check out the video below and prepare for some serious laughs.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.