The USS Enterprise 1701 is finally ready to show us what she can do. Yessss! All helmsman Sulu had to do was flick a few switches and engage the engines. Its the moment that had Trek fans clinging to the edges of their seats preparing for a warp flight right out of the universe, except Mr Sulu, (played by John Cho) goofs up big style by forgetting about the parking brake.
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Can you believe it? One by one, we see Starfleet vessels in the Enterprise's view screen leap ahead and disappear into warp oblivion leaving behind a fazed Sulu aboard the USS Enterprise trying to figure out what went wrong. Heck yeah, it had to be the parking brake! didn't it? We knew that!!! The engaged external inertial dampener prevented the Enterprises nacelles from generating a warp field bubble necessary to achieve warp speed which is just as good as any parking brake in my book. Vulchie Spock was having none of it and in true galactic style made Sulu look like a total dork by pointing out his error in front of the whole bridge crew. Ohhh the shame......still you gotta love those magical chirps and beeps. Its fun to watch. Maybe this is where Pavel Chekov should have chimed in with,
"I can do zat."
Christopher Pike: Maximum warp. Punch it.
Hikaru Sulu: Yes, sir.
Christopher Pike: Lieutenant, where is Helmsman McKenna?
Hikaru Sulu: He has lungworms, sir. He couldn't report to his post. I'm Hikaru Sulu.
Christopher Pike: And you are a pilot, right?
Hikaru Sulu: Yes, very much so sir.
[Sulu trails off, hitting buttons]
Hikaru Sulu: Uh, I'm not sure what's wrong here...
Christopher Pike: Is the parking brake on?
Hikaru Sulu: Uh, no sir. I'll figure it out.
Spock: Have you disengaged the external inertial dampener?
Hikaru Sulu: [Embarrassed. Without looking at anyone, he punches in the correct sequence] Ready for warp, sir.
Christopher Pike: Let's punch it.
Live Long and Prosper, Trekkers and Trekkies.