In a video sure to inspire loads of nerd-rage and the equivalent of an Internet holy war, William Shatner has offered his opinion on the age old debate – which is better: Star Trek or Star Wars?
In a move that should surprise no one, Captain James T. Kirk comes down on the side of Star Trek in the clip, which finds Shatner lounging around in an Affliction t-shirt and sweats. When he elaborates, the actor supports his position by saying that “Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions which were dramatized. Star Wars was…special effects. It was ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) at its best.”
If that weren’t inflammatory enough to Force fanatics, Shatner continues on, calling Lucas’ series “derivative” of Trek, which predated Star Wars by years. He then goes that one extra step, saying that while Star Wars trumped the original Trek in terms of effects, the release of the JJ Abrams film has stripped Star Wars of even that title now. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the howls of Wookie rage from the Lucas fanbase.
It’s hard to tell if Shatner is being genuine or facetious in the three minute clip, but it is pretty hilarious to watch regardless of which side of the debate you’re on. Listening to Captain Kirk talk about how Princess Leia was pretty but not nearly as pretty as the females that appeared on Star Trek is the kind of surreal thing we’ve come to expect from Shatner (and the reason we love him so much). And his solution to uniting the two series by having Captain Kirk and Princess Leia run off together is the proverbial icing on the cake. The more we think about it, the more we kinda like that idea – after all, Kirk would have been a way more interesting romantic rival to Han Solo for Leia’s affections than Luke Skywalker…
Joking aside, we think it’s okay to love both Star Wars and Star Trek. Check out the video clip below and share your thoughts in the comment section.