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If the aliens can’t get back into space, then “The Neighbors” will bring space to the aliens. Two of science fiction’s biggest icons — Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” and George Takei of “Star Trek” — will guest-star on the bizarre ABC comedy.

Takei, who played Sulu on the original “Star Trek” series, will appear as Larry Bird’s (Simon Templeman) father in the “Neighbors” season 1 finale, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Does this mean that there is a rank above commander in the alien society of “The Neighbors”? Alas, we know neither that nor which sports legend’s name Takei’s character will use.

The visit will come when Papa Bird comes to Earth with an important announcement.
Hamill will appear in the finale as well, playing a co-worker of Larry Bird’s father (as reported by It is not clear whether Hamill’s character is human or Zabvronian.

If none of this makes sense to you, that’s fair. The show rarely makes much sense. At its most basic level, “The Neighbors” deals with a normal family that moves into a subdivision filled with clueless aliens. They all have the names of sports stars because why not.

“The Neighbors” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 on ABC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown