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William Shatner: 'Star Trek' is better than 'Star Wars'

By Andrea Reiher

William Shatner has always been a bit of an off-beat celebrity -- remember when he did a fake reality show in Riverside, Iowa, the birthplace of Captain Kirk? Now he has posted a video of himself talking about his famed "Star Trek" franchise versus the George Lucas "Star Wars" movies.

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Here is what Shatner had to say, in his patented stilted delivery (edited for length):

"'Star Trek' had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions ... 'Star Wars' was special effects. It was ILM at its best. First of all, 'Star Wars' is derivative of 'Star Trek' by 10, 15 years, whatever it was. Derivative!

With J.J. Abrams piling on the special effects now, I would say that there is a resurgence of 'Star Trek' in a big movie frame that supersedes 'Star Wars' on every level. Now, look at that, I've just discovered something. Not only was the television show more humane and dealt with more human principles than 'Star Wars,' but now 'Star Trek' has got even more special effects than 'Star Wars,' so 'Star Wars' has nothing to stand on."

Princess Leia, as beautiful as she was and as wonderful an actress as she is, can't compare to the marvelous heroines we had on 'Star Trek.'"

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Well. Is Shatner being in any way serious? Watch the video and weigh in.

Sep 24, 2011 5:59AM
As a child I was an avid Star Trek fan, I grew up and shared my interest with my son, he is now grown up. We also shared Star Wars and they were both enjoyable. The two cannot be compared they were from 2 different eras and they served their purpose; they entertained at the highest level so please leave us with our delightful memories Mr. Shatner. THEY WERE BOTH EXCELLENT SERIES!
Nov 17, 2011 9:42AM

Live Long and Prosper will never be duplicated anywhere or by anyone

To be a trekkie is to have been there in the sixties and then have seen your children thrive on the movies that followed and hope that your grand children will do the same with the new ones



Nov 17, 2011 9:49AM
This is all about publicity, fan base, and the great debate. Everybody knows these 2 have been the biggest supporters and promoters of Star Trek and Star Wars since the 2 began. I love it and to see so many people role playing,....Freakin cool...Rock on everyone. May the Force be with you all so we can boldly go where no man has gone before.
Nov 17, 2011 9:36AM
  This is one Star Trek fan that agrees with William Shatner on his view that what made Star Trek so good was its bond with human feelings and human values!
Nov 17, 2011 10:43AM
You can't, really. compare the two. They're two different universes with two totally different  perspectives, and story lines.  They're both excellent stories, and, yes, Shatner was  playing it up.
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