'Star Trek' musical goes where no school has gone before

A cutesy Trekkie musical goes warp speed into awesomeness. "I'm giving her all she's got, Cap'n! Why is the power starting to dwindle? I'm not sure, but I've been charging my Kindle!"

Anyone else have a hankering to build their own bridge? Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

For most of us, gone are the days of middle school -- that forgettable time of transition when we blossom from innocence into awkward young adults. Students who were confident enough at that age might have participated in student musical productions. But few impress like "Star Trek: The Middle School Musical" created by comedic duo Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal.

If you're a "Trek" fan, you'll likely enjoy the mock musical; it's awash with amusing lyrics, cuteness, and references to various aspects of the canon, ranging from the Kobayashi Maru Starfleet test, Gorn, and the poison flower that turned Spock into a lover.

Most of the crew makes an appearance, including Captain Kirk, Scotty, Spock, Uhura, and a generic red shirt security guard. I was hoping that a pint-size Sulu would make a big introduction complete with jazz hands, but sadly, he's not included.

The musical, part of McLaughlin and Neal's reoccurring YouTube series "The Mythical Show," also serves as a great way to celebrate the series without the hypnosis induced by big-budget special effects seen in today's "Trek." What part of the production do you like the best?

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