Yesterday we shared an interview with J.J. Abrams from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart in where the two tackled the great nerd debate, Star Trek vs Star Wars. They came to an amicable conclusion deciding both franchises, while being quite different, were both exemplary science fiction television shows/movies. I mean, of course Abrams has to be a fan of both, he’s only the engineer of both multi-million dollar film franchises. But how about an actual scientist? What does science have to say about the Star Trek vs Star Wars debate?
Renowned astrophysicist and proud internet meme, Neil deGrasse Tyson – who’ll also be hosting the updated version of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, coming to FOX in 2014 – says, for him, the choice is easy,
I’m old-school with the big traditional TV and movie series, so I’m old-school Star Trek. I’m partial to the old crew, Captain Kirk. I never got into Star Wars. Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all.
Agreed. While both are science fiction, Star Wars relies more heavily on the fiction than the science, as opposed to Star Trek which inspired many real life scientific innovations.
There’s one thing, though, that Tyson says he’s always enjoyed about Star Wars,
I like the double star sunset scene (on Tatooine). Most stars you see in the night sky are double and triple stars, so that’s a very common thing we would expect in the universe. But, yeah… [holds up Vulcan hand sign].
Leave it to the astrophysicist to get a chubby about that twin sunset. Watch the video below for Tyson’s full interview with Business Insider,
So we’ve heard from three veritable “experts” on this all too pressing, important discussion, where do you stand? Star Trek or Star Wars? Or both!? I won’t make you choose if you don’t want to. I know I couldn’t! (Okay, if I really had to choose, like, gun to my head, it’s Star Trek.)
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