Try your favorite Star Trek commands with Alexa for some surprising results

Jeff Bezos is a huge Star Trek fan, no doubt about it. Amazon’s voice-activated assistant Alexa was actually inspired by the show. “Our vision was that, in the long term, it would become like the Star Trek computer,” Bezos told the Washington Post in an interview. “It would be easy to converse with in a very natural way.”

Star Trek: Discovery premieres this Sunday, and to celebrate the new show, which takes place about ten years before the events of the original Star Trek, there are a few new Alexa Star Trek Easter eggs for dedicated Trek fans to discover.

As outlined by Trek News, using your Echo, Tap, or Dot, you can issue various commands from the series to get some cool results. Try “Alexa, open Star Trek” to get a three-part Star Trek quiz, introduced by a star from the new series. “Alexa, damage report” will deliver the latest weather and news headlines. You can add some sound effects with “Beam me up,” “Fire photon torpedoes,” or even “Red alert!”

Geek Wire has uncovered a few more, and there are undoubtedly many others still waiting to be found:

  • “Speak Klingon.”
  • “What would Scotty say?”
  • “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
  • “What is your mission?”
  • “State Starfleet rank and class.”
  • “What would McCoy say?”
  • “Do you trust Klingons?”

Alexa has a ton of Easter eggs, funny responses that reference various films, television shows, video games, music, and lots more. Turbo Future recently compiled a list of more than 200 amusing questions and comments you can use with Alexa. Many have multiple responses, so be sure to try them several times.

Bezos is such a big Star Trek fan, that he even managed to score a cameo in the Star Trek Beyond movie. Bezos recounted how he got the role in an interview at the 2016 Pathfinder Awards at Seattle’s Museum of Flight.

“For years I had been begging Paramount, which is owned by Viacom, to let me be in a Star Trek movie,” he said. “I was very persistent.” He’s easy to miss, decked out in full alien makeup, so if you have the Star Trek Beyond DVD, check out his eight-second scene at the 13:12 mark.

Star Trek: Discovery premiers Sunday, September 24 on CBS, and immediately afterward the next episode will be available on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Canada, and on Netflix for international audiences.

Movies & TV

Comic-Con brings 'Star Trek: Discovery' season 2 trailer, plus a ‘Glass’ teaser

Comic-Con always means the premiere of some of the biggest movie trailers and television previews of the year. From Aquaman and Venom to Star Trek: Discovery and The Walking Dead, here is what we're most excited about this year.
Movies & TV

First trailer for 'Star Trek: Discovery' season 2 debuts during Comic-Con

The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will return for more adventures on CBS All Access in the near future. Here's everything we know about Star Trek: Discovery season 2, from the cast and themes to the season premiere.
Product Review

How basic is too basic? Toyota tests the limits with its C-HR

We bond with Toyota’s C-HR subcompact crossover trekking across central Florida. It arrives as an entry-level model to battle the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Kia Niro, Chevrolet Trax, Hyundai Kona, Nissan Kicks, Jeep Renegade, and the Ford…
Smart Home

A.I.’s humorous side: The funniest things to ask Alexa

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant has a wide repertoire of funny responses, jokes, and hidden replies that you can have fun with. Here are the best funny things to ask Alexa, and examples of what her responses are.
Movies & TV

A horse, a sword, and hair clips highlight latest 'John Wick 3' set videos

The third installment of the wildly successful action series that stars Keanu Reeves as a deadly assassin forced out of retirement, John Wick 3: Parabellum, hits theaters in May 2019. Here's everything we know about the movie so far.
Movies & TV

Can't get enough lightsaber action? Get your Star Wars fix online with our guide

Few of us want to deal with DVDs or Blu-ray discs anymore. Unfortunately, the Star Wars movies are few and far between when it comes to streaming. If you want to watch Star Wars online, check out our guide on where to find them.
Giveaways

We’re giving away a $500 Casio Pro Trek smartwatch in a flash giveaway

If you're looking for a brand-new adventure watch and can't find a Prime Day deal that suits your fancy, you can enter to win one right here. One lucky winner will walk away with a Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20, but you can't win if you don't…
Music

The best new music this week: Childish Gambino, Ty Segall, and more

Are you looking for the best new music? Each week, we scour the internet to find the most compelling new songs. On tap this week: Childish Gambino, Tokyo Police Club, Madeline Kenney, Gold Star, The Lemon Twigs, and Ty Segall.
Music

Listen up! These are the best movie soundtracks of all time

Whether you're a lover of beautifully composed original scores or a fan of perfectly compiled background music, these are the best movie soundtracks of all time — from Star Wars to Garden State.
Cars

The Ferrari from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ heads to the auction block

One of two remaining star cars built to replicate a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, and used for filming in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, will head to the Mecum Auction block in late August during Monterey Car Week.
Outdoors

Trek now lets you build your bike, right down to the paint job

Trek takes bike customization to a new level with Project One Icon, a new option that allows cyclists to select a bike model and customize every part of it, including selecting a paint job that matches their style.
Movies & TV

Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' gets a new release date

Quentin Tarantino's ninth feature film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, uses the infamous 1969 Manson murders as a backdrop to tell a story set in bohemian Los Angeles. Here's everything we know so far.
Gaming

Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown dances his way to ‘Madden NFL 19’ cover

Antonio Brown, one of the best wide receivers in the NFL and a gifted touchdown dancer, will be the star athlete for Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 19. He is one of seven players with a 99 rating in the game.
Movies & TV

‘Iron Fist’ season 2 premiere date and teaser trailer revealed at Comic-Con

The first teaser trailer for Iron Fist season 2 reveals that Finn Jones will return to Netflix as Marvel Comics' popular kung fu superhero Danny Rand in September, and offers a peek at what's to come for the show.
Movies & TV

The '80s are alive as first 'Stranger Things' season 3 teaser goes to the mall

With a sophomore season as strong as its first, Stranger Things is now moving on to season 3. Here's everything we've learned so far about the Netflix series' upcoming third season.
Movies & TV

'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' needs a new director

Marvel Studios will bring Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and the rest of its team of reluctant cosmic heroes back to the big screen in 2020 for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, so here's everything we know about the sequel so far.
Movies & TV

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn fired for offensive tweets

Guardians of the Galaxy franchise director and writer James Gunn has been fired by Disney after pundits unearthed several offensive tweets posted by the director almost a decade ago.
Podcasts

Comic-Con 2018 preview, Shark Week turns 30, 'Stranger Things' season 3

This week on Between the Streams, we're giving you the low-down on Comic-Con International 2018 in San Diego. We'll also be serving up plenty more, from Shark Week's 30th to the latest on Stranger Things season 3, so tune in live at 12 p.m…
Home Theater

PlayStation Vue: The master guide to Sony’s internet TV service

PlayStation Vue is Sony's answer to live TV without the need for a cable or satellite TV subscription. To help you understand the service, its plans, and numerous features, we've created this handy guide.
Movies & TV

Robin goes gritty in first trailer for DC’s ‘Titans’ streaming series

DC Entertainment released the first trailer for Titans, the new live-action television series based on the teenage superhero team The Teen Titans, which will debut on streaming video platform DC Universe later this year.