Nerds everywhere are excited about some “Star Trek”/”Dilbert” synergy Tuesday (Jan. 11), as the “Dilbert” cartoon of the day mentions Pon Farr, a fictional disease from the “Star Trek” canon.

Pon Farr is a psychophysical condition wherein Vulcans go into heat every seven years. It is accompanied by a blood fever and, if the Vulcans cannot find someone to mate with whom they are empathically bonded, the Vulcans become violent and eventually die.

Poor Dilbert. An engineer and no Pon Farr vaccination.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."