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VIDEO: The 'Star Trek' safety video shot at the San Onofre nuclear power plant

A scene from Star Trek Into Darkness
A scene from Star Trek Into Darkness
Zade Rosenthal

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station power plant has been under scrutiny following radioactive pipe leaks that led to the plant being shut down last year — but back in happier times, they produced their very own “Star Trek”-themed safety video, “SONGS Trek.”

According to the story that originally aired on San Diego's KGTV/10news.com, the video was shot in 2010. They spent $800 on it to give us plant safety tips accompanied by fake Spock ears and eyebrows. You also get to hear them replacing the classic “dilithium crystals” with “uranium dioxide crystals.”

The video features the classic “Star Trek” cast, though it uses some costumes from the new rebooted movie era of “Trek.” Oh, and sorry continuity buffs — their Uhura is a white blonde woman.

The plant’s former chief nuclear officer plays Capt. James T. Kirk, according to U-T San Diego. Safety tips imparted by faux Kirk include him talking about safety hazards and the need for the team to communicate.

Southern California Edison planned to use the video at an employee recognition event, but it was never finished, according to the Associated Press.

You can check out all the stilted acting below, with the video aired Tuesday by KGTV:

(Thanks to U-T San Diego for the tip.)

An earlier version of this story neglected to credit KGTV properly for finding this training video. KPCC regrets the error.