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There is a war raging between fans of Star Trek and Star Wars and it has been going on for some time now.  Even a few of the celebrities involved with the franchises have joined in the fight, expressing their own opinions on the matter rather vocally.  But some look past all the ego-centric name-calling and see that all science fiction is one, Walter Koenig among them.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the former Star Trek star talked a bit about receiving his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as mentioning the connection between Star Wars and Star Trek and how one may not have existed without the other.

When finally ran out of air on in 1969, we concluded that it was the end of Star Trek. But when George Lucas saw the effect we had on the public, he was inspired to create Star Wars, and that in turn brought the people of Paramount around to saying, what do we have to make a feature and perhaps a franchise out of? And then they remembered they had Star Trek. So one thing feeds off another.

Sci-fi in the 60s and 70s needed all the help it could get.  Two major franchises managed to rise to the top of the heap.  And though you may find yourself on one side or the other of the great Star debate, remember that without either one of them the world of science fiction today would have been a very different place.

 

Thanks to blastr on this one.

Category: Film, Interviews, TV

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