It’s a fight over the stars in this week’s episode of The Goldbergs, “Jackie Likes Star Trek.” I feel that I should put a disclaimer here that I am too a huge Trekkie, so pretty much the entire plotline about Adam not liking Star Trek really doesn’t make any sense to me. Honestly, who could not like Star Trek? I mean, I like Star Wars as much as the next person (my C3PO shoes might argue I like it more than the next person) but honestly, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home is a Leonard Nimoy masterpiece I truly question the taste of someone who can walk away from the movie calling it “boring.”
Okay, so maybe I’m a little biased, and just word to the wise for anyone curious about Star Trek – don’t start with the movies. The movies are a special gift you get to give yourself after you’ve hopped onboard the TV train. And no, just because you like TNG does not mean you get to call yourself a Trekkie. Poser.
Back to this episode of The Goldbergs, which is actually what we’re here to talk about. This was yet another great episode in a season that’s really turning out some strong episodes. Of course, I personally identify with this episode because I am 100% Adam and Jackie when it comes to Star Wars and Star Trek (though I’m not yet crazy enough to have fights with myself over which one is better). In fact, I found this episode so delightful because of the pop culture references that I had to ask myself one question about this show that I’ve never asked before:
Is this what people who actually remember the 80s feel like every time they watch this show?
Is it sad and possibly a little unfair that a 90s baby is reviewing this show? Maybe, but in case it counts for anything, Erica Goldberg and I had the same wardrobe in high school.
The episode is one of those rare ones that manages to pull every Goldberg character into the storyline. This one had Murray much more involved than usual, which I loved, because as I’ve mentioned before, Murray is my favorite character. This week, he’s dealing mostly with Adam, which I think is great, because Murray-Adam storylines are probably the rarest of all the character combinations we get on the show.
And Pops as the voice of reason this week was hilarious. Particularly when paired off with Murray and Beverly, which was such a great punch up to highlight the absolute absurdity of Murray’s and Beverly’s personalities.
And, because this was the show’s 100th episode – congrats The Goldbergs cast & crew! – the episode also pulls in some great guest appearances, like Jackie (obviously), Geoff, and Lanie. It was a very tight episode in terms of fun pop references, great jokes, and parallel themes. All of the Goldbergs are dealing with relationship issues this week – Adam and Jackie fight about their favorite star-related franchise, Beverly and Murray fight about compromise, Barry and Lanie fight their urge to stay together, and Erica and Geoff fight their doubts about staying together. And then there’s Pops, who fights the absurdity of personalities in the Goldberg house.
In the end, everything resets itself smoothly, with Adam and Jackie finding a good compromise and bridging their dislike for each other’s favorite franchise, Beverly and Murray realizing that they like the balance in their relationship, and don’t need to change it, Barry and Lanie coming to terms with their inability to do long distance, and Erica and Geoff coming to terms with their commitment to do long distance. And of course, Pops, who is probably just happy not to have to answer stupid questions anymore.
Honestly, this show is such a great example of the ways in which sitcoms are still alive and well on modern TV, and here’s to hoping we get to enjoy it for another 100 episodes!
Season 5, Episode 5 (S05E05)
The Goldbergs airs Wednesdays at 8PM on ABC
Tasha is a freelance writer currently based in Los Angeles. Originally from Kansas, when she’s not writing about or watching TV, Tasha is searching for the best BBQ place in LA to fill the KC BBQ hole in her stomach.
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