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Why are there… PIGS… IN… SPACE?
Pigs In Space was a recurring sketch on The Muppet Show in the late 1970s. For those who've never seen an episode, It was a broad parody of shows like Star Trek, Space:1999, or Buck Rogers, and could have been an inspiration for Futurama's Zapp Brannigan. Each installment showed the latest exploits of the spaceship Swinetrek and its crew:
Captain Link Hogthrob
First Mate Piggy
Scientist Dr. Julius Strangepork
The Muppet Show's guest of the week would usually make an appearance as well.
Inuniverse, did the sketch ever establish who launched the Swinetrek and who the crew worked for? In other words, was there some Pig version of the Federation? Or some planetary government? Or was the Swinetrek privately owned and operated?
In short, why are there... PIIIGS... IIIN... SPAAAAAAAACE?
I have seen every episode of The Muppet Show multiple times, although some of them not recently. Watching as a child, I (foolishly) tended to worry

I have seen every episode of The Muppet Show multiple times, although some of them not recently. Watching as a child, I (foolishly) tended to worry about the continuity of Pigs in Space. For example, in one episode the crew and indeed the whole ship were turned into food. Doctor Strangepork's head turned into a bunch of scallions, and the crew began eating the Swinetrek. Yet by the next episode, the whole problem had gone away as if it had never been. This concerned me.
Another thing that concerned me was why the pigs were flying around space and what their mission actually was. So far as I can recall, that was never answered, or even much alluded to. Piggy at one point does disclose that she was extensive trained for the mission (and, by implication, Link was not), but that's about the closest I think it ever came. As a subscriber to Muppet Magazine for the first several years of its existence, I recall several Pigs in Space articles in the magazine, but again they never ex
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