This Sunday's episode of Family Guy
, which takes shots at Star Trek
conventions and features the guest appearance of the cast of Star Trek
: The Next Generation, is aiming to attract two
groups of viewers. One will be the loyal fans of the animated hit, and the other will be the loyal fans of the sci-fi
However, the majority will consider themselves fans of both, as Family Guy
and sci-fi--for some reason or other--go together like martinis and talking dogs. Family Guy
producer David A. Goodman considers himself to be a hardcore "Trekkie" and sees no problem lampooning one of his favorite properties.
"I think it's easy to mock things that take themselves too seriously," Goodman said on a conference call with the media today. "Star Trek
is both wonderful and pompous at the same time [laughs]. I am a die-hard Trekkie, but there are moments in a Star Trek
where it takes itself very seriously."