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Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:27 PM

The Worst Star Trek Parody EVER, Costing $60,000, Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service



http://gizmodo.com/5992121/this-horrible-irs-training-video-is-the-worst-star-trek-episode-ever

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Reply The Worst Star Trek Parody EVER, Costing $60,000, Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service (Original post)
MrScorpio Mar 2013 OP
TheBlackAdder Mar 2013 #1
itsrobert Mar 2013 #2
lefty_mcduff Mar 2013 #3
AtheistCrusader Mar 2013 #4
James48 Mar 2013 #5
meegbear Mar 2013 #6
DeSwiss Mar 2013 #7
AsahinaKimi Mar 2013 #8
02potato Mar 2013 #9
BumRushDaShow Mar 2013 #10
RedstDem Mar 2013 #11
icymist Mar 2013 #12
Cassidy Mar 2013 #13
octothorpe Mar 2013 #15
Cassidy Mar 2013 #16
octothorpe Mar 2013 #14

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 09:32 PM

1. Post the article. This video saves millions in training and is only updated to keep current. nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 10:55 PM

2. That is pathetic

Big waste of tax payer money.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sat Mar 23, 2013, 11:04 PM

3. Wonder if they paid licensing fees

Or can the government just use commercial intellectual property anyway they see fit.

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Response to lefty_mcduff (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 01:08 AM

4. Its a parody for noncommercial purposes. no licensing required.

WTF they spent 60 grand on, I'm not sure. I see about 10 star trek Halloween costumes, a web cam, a couple green sheets, a couple shop lights, a 30 minute script scribbled on a napkin, and maybe ten grand in postproduction sound and effects.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 01:41 AM

5. Jesus! That Captain is wearing Red!

It's all over now.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 02:08 AM

6. You and all the right wingers are in total agreement ...

Good for you!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 02:46 AM

7. Damn.

- Sisko's really let himself go.....

K&R

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 05:43 AM

8. omg..i couldn't get thought five minutes of it..

Some where Gene Roddenberry is rolling over in his grave.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 08:45 AM

9. cute and delightful - $60.000 is a bargain -

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 08:46 AM

10. These people are crazy



All I can say is whether you hate it or love it, the powerful influence of the Trek universe just keeps on keeping on...

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 09:01 AM

11. so the stand in for Uhura (sp?)

has a Bluetooth in her ear, and talking on a cell at the time???

why!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:08 AM

12. Everybody wants to be a nerd!

WTF cost $60K here is beyond me!

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 10:35 AM

13. Heaven forbid that government employees would try to make training films fun!

Can you imagine what it is like to be an IRS employee? Government employees are constantly reviled and scapegoated. Every time I go into a post office I tell the postal employees how much I appreciate their work and how sorry I am that congress is making their lives so difficult. You wouldn't believe how their faces light up! We should show some appreciation to all government employees. Tax collectors? They help keep our government running, yet, since ancient times they have been insulted and abused.

Whether you love it or hate it, this is a memorable training film. I agree with previous comments. $60,000 well spent!

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Response to Cassidy (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 11:44 AM

15. How is it worth it? What could anyone learn from this?

I don't mind the star trek theme or them trying to make it fun, but wtf? $60,000 for something that doesn't even teach anything? If they just wanted to have 'fun' with the $60k, then just give them the money for a vacation... Although that probably wouldn't go over too well either.

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Response to octothorpe (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 03:28 PM

16. The title of this post is misleading if not false. Two videos were made for the $60,000.

One of those videos has saved an estimated $1.5 million. See the quote and linked article below for more details.

"The IRS said the “Gilligan’s Island” video trained 1,900 employees at the agency’s 400 Taxpayer Assistance Centers, which saved about $1.5 million as compared to the price it would take to train the employees in person."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/290023-irs-star-trek-gilligan-training-videos-a-mistake-#ixzz2OUD2Z4Uf

I think you are wrongly assuming that the Star Trek spoof was a stand-alone training video. It was used as an introduction to a conference. Have you ever attended, participated in, or led a multi-day conference or training session? In my experience as both an attendant and a leader at such conferences, they can be deadly dull, regardless of the importance of the topic. I do not see how trying to motivate the attendees with a silly introductory video is such a terrible thing.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 11:38 AM

14. What exactly is this trying to teach? I didn't pick up anything that was useful from it.

Nothing that was worth $60,000 at least. I don't even understand how this cost $60,000 to create anyway.

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