Used to going where no fan has gone before, it looks like Star Trek legend George Takei is a little late to the Pokémon GO game, but he isn’t letting it stop him! The 79 year-old took to Facebook with a live feed on his first experience playing Niantic’s addictive catch ’em all, and what better advocate for the game could you hope for?
Takei and his trainer ‘Matt’ took to New York’s Central Park to see which of illusive 150 he could catch. Dressed in an adorable Pikachu hat and Pokéshirt, Takei had no problems nabbing a Bulbasaur, Rattata, or Spearow; when it came to weeding out a Bellsprout, we witnessed Mr. Sulu’s first Pokérage. Whilst Bellsprout may have escaped the former helmsman of the USS Enterprise, we did see him level up on his road to being a Pokémon Master, but annoyingly someone had already snagged the name Captain Sulu – the actor appealed for the name-thief to make themselves known immediately!
In between answering fan questions and griping that Pokéstops should have more historical information (we agree), the actor wasn’t short of a pun or two. The current top comment on the video is from the man himself:
Thanks Pokémon – I had much fun taking a Pikachu new game. It was a Goldeen opportunity.
We ‘Bulbasaur’ that one coming a mile off! Live streamed to over 2 million fans, we couldn’t wait to see if Takei could finally be the one to . The video was more adorable than your average run in with a Clefairy, and Takei’s bold steps into the Pokéworld have been shared well over 15,000 times. The iconic actor and fitness advocate proves that you are never too old to embrace the world of Pikachu and co.
It begs the question though, “who is next?”. Is Bieber after a Beedrill, or ? It is certainly true that the Pokémon GO craze is going nowhere, and with circulating, we can think of no one better to play Professor Oak than Takei himself – take note Hollywood!
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