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

I'm a husband, dad, and pastor living in Portage, Michigan. I suppose I'm a euphoric melancholy generalist with average skills, experiences, and passions across several intertwined disciplines and hobbies including music, speaking, writing, leadership, ministry, and collecting cultural artifacts from the 1980's -- mostly vintage boomboxes. You can read my blog at, subscribe to my podcast (RadCast) or friend me on
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