William Shatner started the equivalent of a geek holy war earlier this year when he released a video interview wherein he asserted that Star Trek was far superior to Star Wars. Shatner had a list of reasons as to why he felt this way (aside from the fact that he was the face of the Star Trek franchise for decades), but that didn’t sit well with Carrie Fisher.
Princess Leia entered the fray with a response to Shatner poking fun at the Starfleet Captain and suggesting he’d borrowed her iconic metal bikini from Return of the Jedi for his own personal use.
Never one to let the last word pass, Shatner responded again and things continue to escalate – but a voice of reason has now stepped in to mediate peace in the form of George Takei. Yes, Mr. Sulu is here to save the day, urging the Trek and Wars fans to put aside their differences to fight a more dangerous enemy: Twilight.
Takei, who has the distinction of working in both universes (he voiced a character in the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series in addition to playing Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek) says both franchises are wonderful and all involved should “shut their wormholes” and unite to take on the vampire threat spawned by Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books. Takei says Twilight is a menace to modern sci-fi because it features none of the heroism, camaraderie, or epic battles of Star Trek and Star Wars, but instead offers up “vampires…who sparkle and mope and go to high school.”
He then adds that he’s not above adding a little sex appeal to spice up the fantasy (complete with a shot of a sweaty, shirtless Sulu fencing…) and drops the bombshell that there are “no great stories, characters, or profound life lessons to be had in Twilight.” The only message in Twilight according to Takei is “does my boyfriend like me?” We can hear Twilight fans already tapping their keyboards in anger…
Before you hit send on that angry missive, stop and realize that this Takei making a joke. Really, Twilight isn’t even technically sci-fi. That doesn’t make watching the actor poke fun at it any less amusing though. See for yourself in the clip below. Now, let’s all hope that Star Trek and Star Wars fans can set aside their differences and unite in the face of our common enemy. With Buffy and Blade on our side, we cannot lose.