How Infomercials are like Star-Trek

Here’s my ba-doom-ching submission for today.
As I was sitting in the studios of, flipping through the stations on the only TV equipped with cable, I came across an infomercial for the Space Bag on channel 61 and a rerun of the classic Star Trek on 62.  I couldn’t help but identify the similarities between the shows:

  •  Cardboard Sets 
  • Wooden acting with over-response to stimulus 
  • Seems too good to be true (George Foreman grill excluded)
  • On at roughly the same time (between the cherished 2AM-6AM window)
  • Both contain copious amounts of Shatner
  • You don’t want to admit to anyone that you actually stopped to watch it
  • Scientist-like characters with shady credentials speaking lingo that “we just wouldn’t understand”
  • Seems unbelievable, at least for the first 20 minutes.  Then you’re really thinking about what it would be like to have your own Transporter/Ginsu Knife

Am I missing any? 

About radamdavidson

When I'm not blogging, I'm hanging out with my family, pastoring a church, or listening to vinyl. I think and write about Jesus, music, communication, organizational leadership, family whatnot, and cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, watch [RadCast], a daily 3 minute video devotional, or find me on socials (@radamdavidson). I also help Pastors in their preaching and public speaking (
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