I just encountered a funny video on X: https://x.com/tercio_miranda/status/1740941520684175522

The video shows Picard’s badge popping, and is so realistic with sound effects that it doesn’t look fan-made.

Was it a behind-the-scenes blooper from a DVD? What’s the original source of this video?

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    Realistic? Really?
    – OrangeDog
    Commented Dec 30, 2023 at 17:04
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    So realistic! And it really feels like whoever posted it is attractive and talented and smells nice. Commented Dec 31, 2023 at 0:32

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Seems fake.

Seems like someone taking advantage of the Picard Maneuver (Patrick Stewart tugging his uniform shirt down; see the appendices in link.) for a joke.

This a very apparent when in group situations where he is at a conference table and somehow “pops” the combadge across the table in front of others.

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Really? And nobody noticed or even reacted?

“…so realistic with sound effects…”

Really? What sound effect would a piece of metal and plastic make when it “pops” off of fabric? To me, the popping sound is the fakest thing about the video!

I say this is a fake. A very good (and creative) fake, but still a fake.

PS: If this were a real thing, I think the incredibly astute world of Star Trek fandom would have picked up on this and integrate the phenomenon as part of their cosplay.

PPS: This video seems to have originated from the Facebook account of someone known as “Spock Pointy-ears Vulcan” who seems to have posted dozens of modified Star Trek related videos to their account. Specifically, this one as well as this one seem to be the source of the video you found on X.


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