You know, the billionaire space race has entered the mainstream of the United States when it was distorted by NBC’s “Saturday night live”
At tonight’s premiere, guest host Owen Wilson played the protagonist of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in Star Trek: self exploration. He flew in suborbital space on a new Shepard rocket built by his own blue source space company in July.
SNL screenwriters even wrote Wilson’s brother and actor Luke Wilson into the script, called Mark Bezos (in the opening speech, they were called “brother of chief mate Jeff Bezos, I don’t remember his name”). Other prime time actors played the Bezos brothers’ companions in random freaks, including Dutch student Oliver Damman (“rich Kidd, a science official from the Netherlands”) and 82 year old aviation pioneer Wally Fink.
“Their mission is to fly around space on a ship that looks like a penis and be lazy,” the narrator recited.
Naturally, Bezos and his crew had a scuffle with Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson. In real life, nine days before Bezos’s flight, he took the space shuttle VSS unity for his suborbital space trip. The narrator calls it “a middle-aged crisis on a cosmic scale”
But the game will eventually be completed by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk (played by Mickey day), who blew up Bezos’s ship with a photon torpedo. “There’s only enough space for a strange white billionaire,” Musk said. “So you can say that defeating you is my… Primary goal.” (or should this be the “primary instruction”?)
In the final act, Bezos shoots a beam at the Amazon delivery man (Kenan Thompson), grabs his package and immediately prepares to launch him back. Thompson asked, “Hey, can I use the bathroom soon?” Bezos threw an empty bottle at him in response. “I didn’t pee in here!” shouted Thompson, who and the bottle dissolved into the glittering beam of light.
This did not resolve the controversy over the flight safety and sexual harassment policies of blue source airlines in the past week, but in some less serious aspects, it was an art case of imitating life. Bezos did play the role of an alien Starfleet officer in Star Trek and a role in the film star trek beyond. Just a few months ago, musk in real life shone as a guest host of SNL.