WilWheaton… WilWheaton… WilWheaton… WilWheaton… WilWheaton… aaarrrggg!

By Phil Plait | November 10, 2010 7:46 pm

[Update: It occurs to me after posting this entry that it might make more sense if you watch this first. My apologies for any confusion.]

This is for your own good, folks.

You have been warned.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Geekery, Humor, TV/Movies

Comments (40)

  1. Phil,
    LOL
    You’re not going to have any friends left. First Brian Cox and now Wil.

  2. Minos

    It’s all an elaborate ploy to get Wil on Phil’s show instead.

  3. Mike

    I’m a little fuzzy about the penta-Wil Wheaton theory. If I DVR it, does he still show up when I watch it and phasar me, or is it only when I watch it live?

    If I watch TBBT, but close my eyes when Wil Wheaton is on screen, am I still toast?

    Do reruns count?

    If TBBT theory moves to another night or another network, does the penta-Wil Wheaton phenomena still happen?

    I just want to know the parameters. Not watching TBBT is not an option.

  4. Christine P.

    I dunno – I think I liked WilW’s action figure video more. Sorry Phil. :)

  5. Maybe Wil can be the love interest of Penny for a couple of episodes and he dumps her. Then she becomes a mess and her online gaming group will have a major game off… oops sorry another series.

  6. Antonio

    So let’s say I don’t watch. On one hand, I am safe from Wheaton Attacks, but on the other hand I don’t get to watch Big Bang Theory.

    It’s worth the phaser burns.

  7. Maybe evil Wil can rock the Earth tone sweater on TBBT.

  8. Kevin

    Phil, is this just a backwards attempt to get on the show? I mean, they wasted Neil Tyson last week (I thought he could have had a much bigger role) and you have yet to be cast, so…

    I was also surprised in the video, since you have Stewie on the wall behind you, that you didn’t call him “Whil Wheaton.” :)

  9. RM

    Wow, the BFF mancrush is in overdrive.

    I see a restraining order in someone’s future…

  10. Phil is familiar with restraining orders but usually issuing them not receiving them, just ask Larian, Ivan3man and some dude named Davidlpf.

  11. ggremlin

    Gee, will he get to call Steve Martin, “Mister Steve Martin” at the 5 club too?

  12. Messier Tidy Upper

    Warning heard & will be heeded but then, speaking personally, I’ve never seen that Big Bang theory show. I gather its good but its on the wrong night for me & I just don’t have time. :-(

    Also Wesley Crusher – I’m NOT a fan. He probably ties with Neelix as most annoying character ever regularly featured in the Trek-verse.

    @1. Non-Believer Says:

    Phil, LOL. You’re not going to have any friends left. First Brian Cox and now Wil.

    I would’ve thought *first* there was PZ Myers of Pharyngula? ;-)

  13. tudza

    Tivo! Bittorrent!

  14. AlexP

    But Phil, don’t you know, Wil always has his Phaser on stun…ning!

    http://images.usatoday.com/life/_photos/2010/11/11/wheaton-trekx-large.jpg

    Btw, saw your alien themed show the other night – nicely done! And yes, I agree, if aliens are anything like us, we will not survive first contact. We will however, have a nice interstellar hi-way running through our solar system (sans Earth, but hey! Got to look on the bright side of the universe!).

  15. Happy Camper

    Don’t worry Phil I didn’t watch. I haven’t watched a single sitcom since MASH went off the air because sitcoms are the true cause of zombies.

  16. Zucchi

    Sorry, Phil, I’ve got to watch. A friend of mine is in the episode tonight.

  17. Buenísimo. I just hope that they show it soon in Argentina. What season is it?

  18. Thanks for the warning! I definitely don’t want to get fasered.

  19. Re:

    I’m a little fuzzy about the penta-Wil Wheaton theory. If I DVR it, does he still show up when I watch it and phasar me, or is it only when I watch it live?

    Well (pushes random coloured buttons, studies mondo cool display) if I’m reading Geordi La Forge’s groundbreaking work on quantum-dilithial-temporal-tachyon-quarkythingy transreality phasar assaults here correctly, the warp core would flubbox counterclockwise toward the sneetch if he even tries that… Which would, like, totally tear a hole in the space-time continuum…

    (Possibly twice. Potentially also causing a terminal run in the space-time fishnets. Tho’ this is hard to predict…)

    Thus, two mutually exclusive possibilities remain: if you do this, either Wil Wheaton appears and phasars the offending PVR…

    Or William Shatner appears. In a girdle. Sort of not singing over a backing track.

    (/So your call, I guess.)

  20. Messier Tidy Upper

    So does this mean Wil Wheaton is the new Bloody Mary? ;-)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mary_(folklore)

    Thinking of which .. [ raises glass full of a specific alcoholic beverage. ;-) ]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloody_Mary_(cocktail)

  21. AZSkeptic

    I think I speak for everybody when I say… “WHEEEEEEEAAAAAATONNNNNNNN!!!”

    What happens if I watch “Marina Sirtis” five times?

  22. Gary Ansorge

    TBBT is one of my favorite TV shows ever. Just behind Firefly,,,(curse you Rupert Murdoch).

    This post reminds me of my mothers injunction “Don’t stick peas up your nose,,,”, which of course, absolutely requires any self respecting kid to do just that.

    I AM a self respecting kid so,,,

    Gary 7

  23. DVR probably doesn’t count, since i’ve rewatched the first two EWWBBT (evil wil wheaton big bang theory) episodes several times, and wil hasn’t appeared. which is too bad, i’d love to tell him about my warforged paladin.

  24. AJ Milne:

    Or William Shatner appears. In a girdle. Sort of not singing over a backing track.

    Reminds me of a recent episode of “(Bleep) My Dad Says”, in which William Shatner plays the dad. It was karaoke night, and as “Dad” is reading through the songlist, he enthusiastically decides to skip “Rocket Man“.

    Now, what happens if Wil Wheaton gets a part on “Fringe” (see his blog post, linked in this article), and he and Leonard Nimoy appear on-screen at the same time?

    And, finally, what do you need to do to be able to comment on Wil’s blog?

  25. Curse you Phil Plait! How dare you suggest we not watch The Big Bang Theory! -sic-

    BTW, I am currently reading Just A Geek. As an aside, I am curious what your take on that contrail off the California coast Tuesday. Feds are claiming that contrail was from a plane. I have watched the video over and over and as someone who knows a little something about rocketry, I am a little skeptical that it is a plane.

  26. Chris

    What network and show was that again Phil?

  27. DrFlimmer

    What? Two Wil Wheaton related posts in a row? I thought this blog was dedicated to astro…. oh, err… never mind. ;)

  28. QuietDesperation

    I have watched the video over and over and as someone who knows a little something about rocketry, I am a little skeptical that it is a plane.

    Oh good lord… but a mystery missile for which there is not one scrap of other supporting evidence does not evoke skepticism?

    http://contrailscience.com/

    This might help as well:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor

    Contrail mistaken for rocket because of a perspective illusion which has happened many times before, or some super secret super squirrel missile launch?

    Which is simpler?

    Oh, but the feds are just lying, right? Same as with the moon landings and flouride! Gasp!

  29. Michael Swanson

    @ 12. Messier Tidy Upper

    “Also Wesley Crusher – I’m NOT a fan. He probably ties with Neelix as most annoying character ever regularly featured in the Trek-verse.”

    Nobody is a fan of Wesley Crusher, but Wil has turned into a really good writer and a damn funny guy.

  30. Chris L.

    “What happens if I watch “Marina Sirtis” five times?”

    My guess is you’ll be in urgent need of some “alone” time. ;)

  31. Rory Kent

    Fine, I won’t watch it.

    Way to lose TBBT a potential viewer, Phil!

  32. Kevin

    30. Chris L. Says:

    “What happens if I watch “Marina Sirtis” five times?”

    My guess is you’ll be in urgent need of some “alone” time. ;)

    I’ll be in my bunk.

  33. #28 QuietDesperation

    Really? Try watching the video links below. Notice in the 2nd video the glow. This is a Titan missile launch in both cases from Vandenburg. The video from Nov 8 shows a definite glow when the sun is opposite of the contrail away from the direction of view. Watch the reflection of the sun on the contrail and notice the angle. Some, of course, would not call this vapor column a contrail’ but a chemtrail. This is not to say that I believe for certain that it was a missile launch, but there is certainly a resemblance. Go watch other videos on Youtube of Trident missile launches from sub. Yes, there are also resemblances to jet airplane contrails, but that does not necessarily mean that this is an airplane either. The yellow glow toward the end of the video at the height of the contrail’s path is unsual. Perhaps it is a reflection, but maybe not. Which is why I said I remain skeptical at this point. I am not a CT, but I do think that people have a tendency to abuse Occam’s Razor before getting the facts. There is a likelihood that it probably was an airplane, but I still remain skeptical as all of the details have not been adequately explained.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn2ULNGBww4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLO-IdGHf70

  34. QuietDesperation

    @33

    It. Was. An. Air. Plane.

    It was US Airways Flight 808. There are pictures on the net now of almost the exact same thing in the exact same place 24 hours later made by another plane. By today the weather has changed and conditions are not condusive to contrail formation. Actually, it was a typical spring-like day in November that we So Cal types enjoy every year. :-)

    Flat out: anyone still claiming missile at this point might as well join the Birthers, the anti-vaxxers and the moon hoaxers.

    but there is certainly a resemblance.

    Yes. That is the whole point. Due to lighting and a perspective based illusion, there was a resemblance between the contrail and a missile. This has happened three or four times over the past dozen years or so. Did you go to the contrail science site? That guy does a Bad Astronomer worthy job of explaining it.

    but I still remain skeptical as all of the details have not been adequately explained.

    Yes, they have.

    Look, I know the (for lack of a better term that I don’t hate) geek community has a large contingent of types who want to imagine they are the rag tag rebel fleet against the evil empire, and need to see G-Men and conspiracies lurking in every shadow, but this one is done and over.

  35. @QuietDesperation

    Alright, I agree that it was an airplane creating a contrail.

  36. Larry in BC

    So where can we get a Phil Plait Action Figure (in time for Holiday giving)?

  37. The laws of determinism make this video moot. Really, how can anyone not watch TBBT, regardless of stunt casting.

  38. Grizzly

    I don’t have a TV. I don’t say that with any sense of self-righteousness, I once as a TV junkie and I could become one again, I suppose. We had twin boys who were very active and when we moved into this house we didn’t get cable. 1 1/2 channels isn’t conducive to much couch potato-ing.

    That said, whenver I am away from home I check out the Discover Channel and other cable feeds. People have been raving on and on about TBBT, and I’ve read a lot of hype here about the show, including this particular one. We were away for the weekend and I took the opportunity to watch.

    If you all say that’s funny, then maybe it’s me. I have a son who has Asperger Syndrome, and the show was pointed out to me as being a celebration of the nerd with a character who might just be on the Autism spectrum.

    Nah. Same old Hollywood sh*t, laugh-track there to let you know something funny happened, laughing AT people rather than with them. We all know nerds, we all have them in our circle of friends, heck, we’re all nerds. That’s the best hollywood can do?

    Sorry. A bit mean spirited and not the least bit funny. “I told you so” the character said. That’s 30 minutes I’ll never get back.

  39. nobody

    @39. Grizzly:
    I’m afraid I have to agree with you. It seems to me that they are trying too hard to convince us that the guys are really nerds, socially inept etc. Anyway, some of the early episodes were quite fun, but after that the quality went downhill :(

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