For many years, fans debated which was the superior franchise: Star Wars or Star Trek. And although some fans still cleave to one or the other, most of us know we can enjoy both. But not William Shatner.
Unsurprisingly, Shatner, who played Capt. James Tiberius Kirk in Star Trek's three television seasons and seven movies, came out in favor of his home team. Surprisingly, however, he posted a video about it on his Twitter account.
Shatner said, "Star Trek had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions that were dramatized; Star Wars was special effects."
The Shat goes on to contradict his premise that stories are superior to special effects when he realizes that J.J. Abrams' Star Trek has more effects than Star Wars ("so Star Wars has nothing to stand on"). We can't be sure of his claim without verifying the number of effects used in the 2009 reboot of Star Trek. But according to IMDB, "There are over 2,200 visual effects shots in [Revenge of the Sith], more than Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones combined." That's some fairly stiff competition.
Best of all, Shatner concludes his interview with Picture Partners (who had previously filmed him for The Shatner Project) with a discussion of Princess Leia.
The interviewer asks, "Would you run off with Princess Leia?"
The answer: "Absolutely."
Shatner even created a hypothetical scenario for the two. Princess Leia and Capt. Kirk would "run off into the sunset pursued by ..." "Chewbacca?" the interviewer inserts.
Princess Leia and Captain Kirk running away together? Awesome. Fan fiction writers: take this as a command from your captain.
Check out the video below: