“You know, ‘Star Trek’ and The Beatles were products of the sixties, so sometimes you have to tie it all together,” Orci noted in Altman and Gross’ book. He’s not the only one who thinks so; I’ve personally seen a number of Beatles songs show up in fan playlists for the oft-shipped Enterprise captain and first officer, from “When I’m 64” to “Help!” to “Got to Get You Into My Life.” The band’s songs about love, friendship, and creative partnership certainly strike a chord for fans of the two characters, who kept their strong bond alive through three seasons of “The Original Series” and several different tie-in and alternate timeline movies.
Remarkably, the original link between “Star Trek” and The Beatles wasn’t just created by fans. In an excerpt from the first volume of “Fifty Year Mission” shared via The Hollywood Reporter, Roddenberry’s co-writer Susan Sackett said the pair actually met McCartney — apparently a fan of the franchise — after he pitched them a sci-fi movie about his band Wings. There’s even a photo of the pair meeting, featuring an excited-looking Paul. The movie, apparently “a crazy story” about an intergalactic band competition that Sackett says McCartney himself outlined, never came to fruition.
Still, the parallels between the biggest band in the world and the most influential sci-fi show of all time seem like they could be endless — just like the words that flow “across the universe” in that otherworldly old song.