Did you think it was weird when Rihanna, the multi-platinum recording artist, did a song for Star Trek Beyond? On paper, it was. She’s this super-famous, super-cool, music superstar. The kind of person you’d expect not to know a “War” from a “Trek.” But believe it or not, Rihanna is a huge Trek fan. So it’s actually not at all a surprise.


One of the ways Paramount is promoting the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, besides releasing a new movie of course, is asking fans to explain what Star Trek means to them in 50 seconds. There are a bunch on their Facebook page and Rihanna’s is now out too.

The internet almost requires us to be mean and skeptical when someone this prominent displays this level of nerdiness but ... I can’t. She seems legitimately passionate about it. I mean, she doesn’t even say someone from the original series is her favorite character. She references a Next Generation character. Even if it’s a more famous one like La Forge, that’s still pretty cool.