Beam me up, Scotty
|Beam me up, Scotty|
|Character||James T. Kirk|
|First used in||Star Trek|
"Beam me up, Scotty" is a catchphrase that made its way into popular culture from the science fiction television series Star Trek. It comes from the command Captain Kirk gives his chief engineer, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, when he needs to be transported back to the Starship Enterprise.
Though it has become irrevocably associated with the series and movies, the exact phrase was never actually spoken in any Star Trek television episode or film.
In the Original Series episodes "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and "The Savage Curtain", Kirk said, "Scotty, beam us up"; in the animated episodes "The Lorelei Signal" and "The Infinite Vulcan", when he said, "Beam us up, Scotty"; in Star Trek IV, saying, "Scotty, beam me up"; and in Star Trek Generations, by saying, "Beam them out of there, Scotty".
"Beam me up, Scotty" is similar to the phrase, "Just the facts, ma'am", attributed to Jack Webb's character of Joe Friday on Dragnet, "It's elementary, my dear Watson", attributed to Sherlock Holmes, "Luke, I am your father", attributed to Darth Vader, or "Play it again, Sam", attributed to Ilsa Lund in Casablanca and "We don't need no stinkin' badges!" attributed to Gold Hat in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. All five lines are the best known quotations from these works for many viewers, but not one is an actual, direct quotation.
References and notes
- Beam me up, Scotty: Star Trek's "Scotty"—in his own words, James Doohan, Peter Allen David, Pocket Books: 1996
- The Holmes phrase originated in a radio play. See List of famous misquotations and "Elementary, My Dear Watson" at Snopes.com
- Webb did say: "All we want are the facts ma'am". See Just the facts, ma'am, List of famous misquotations and "Just the Facts" at Snopes.com
- Greatest Film Misquotes - Part 2, Tim Dirks at filmsite.org
- Michael Quinion (1996-08-06). "BEAM ME UP, SCOTTY!". World Wide Words.
- Barbara Mikkelson (1998-12-31). "Beam Me Up, Scotty!". Urban Legends Reference Pages.