If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been following with some interest (only some though) the increasingly bitter rivalry between Carrie Fisher and William Shatner. Each has, over the last while, been expounding the virtues of the universes they have come to be figureheads of at the expense of the other, and the whole thing has become, well… nothing really.
There has been some amusement among the geek community as the back and forth between these two sci-fi elder statespersons has escalated in the Star Trek Vs Star Wars debate, but in the overall scheme of things, it’s a non-event akin to a nursing-home argument between two former captains of industry long succumbed to dotage trying to set to rights a world they’re not allowed near anymore in case they pee all over it.
I’m telling you, a Leia/Kirk porno is exactly what these franchises need to bring them back to their former glory. Interested?
It did set me thinking though. This really is the fundamental question at the heart of all things, isn’t it? It’s fair to say allegiances have been chosen by most of us long ago on the issue, and for the most part we won’t be swayed (Despite a certain money hungry movie despot waving his metaphorical penis at anyone who ever spent their pennies on elevating him to his ill- deserved position of absolute power over the universe he created) and so isn’t it time some brave, dashing, opinionated warrior for truth manned up and answered the question: Which is better; Star Wars or Star Trek? Probably not, to be fair. That’s like trying to unequivocally decide between the colour blue and a different shade of the colour blue. Its all opinion, and everyone is entitled to theirs.
Now come on. I don’t believe that any more than you do.
I realise that I am playing with fire here; and just like in real life, I don’t give one single shit. Measured arguments, reverential tone and a flawless command of the facts are things not to be trusted, and so being unable to decide between chin-stroking analysis and just firing up the old flippancy engine, I’ve decided to do both. I’m going to compare some key issues by first pondering them, then illustrating my conclusions with a short prose passage; and by the end, the argument should hopefully be settled and we can all go and get real jobs. Lets go…
Yeah, lets settle this once and for all so we can get back to being super cool and nailing hot chicks………or something!