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William Shatner’s amusing Thanksgiving turkey-fryer safety video reminds me of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

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In the 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and his new turkey-deep-frying safety video , Eat, Fry, Love, William Shatner has to contend with powerful cylindrical technologies capable of both great creation and great destruction. In the former, the cylindrical technology is the Genesis Device:

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The Genesis Device generated an energy wave capable of terraforming planets from cold, lifeless rocks in space into lush, life-supporting worlds. Here’s the relevant scene from The Wrath of Khan:

Yeah, I know, someone made this by shooting a video of their TV. It’s the best clip I could find.

A deep-turkey fryer is a similar in concept, generating oily heat capable of turkeyforming cold, frozen turkeys into hot, delicious deep-fried Thanksgiving goodness. The video starts out with Shatner purchasing his turkey fryer and reading the instructions. However, in a fit of carelessness, he ignores those instructions and throws safety concerns out the window.

Here’s Shatner having a turkey vision. Now the world knows what his “O-face” looks like:

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Here’s that turkey vision. It looks like the Sacred Heart of Jesus rising from a pot of boiling oil:

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The above scene is also oddly reminiscent of that scene in The Wrath of Khan where Khan activates the Genesis Device:

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In both films, the activation of the cylindrical devices threatens to kill Shatner. But only in Eat, Fry, Love is he set alight:

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Gotta love those CGI flames:

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In both films, Shatner has a primal scream moment:

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And in both films, Shatner has to dispose of someone he cares about greatly. In The Wrath of Khan, it’s Spock:

And in Eat, Fry, Love, it’s the turkey fryer:

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“Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels…

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…the turkey fryer’s was the most…(choke, sob)…delicious!

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For his experience with a potentially deadly piece of cylindrical technology, Shatner got off rather lightly…

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…after all, Khan wasn’t as fortunate:

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Of course, you should watch Eat, Fry, Love for yourself:

Be safe this Thanksgiving!

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