Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Star Trek OWNS Star Wars (hint: science)

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May 15, 2013

Neil deGrasse Tyson makes no secret of where he stands in the Star Trek/Star Wars battle for sci-fi supremacy.

There are those of us who believe these two franchises can co-exist, that they're just different expressions of the same sci-fi glory we all love, but there are others who believe that at some point you have to pick a side. As for Tyson -- the charismatic astrophysicist, TV presenter and radio host who constantly embraces sci-fi pop culture -- he chose his side long ago.

"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," Tyson told Business Insider

But a lot of us happily love both old-school Star Trek and Star Wars, so why doesn't Tyson? Not surprisingly, it all comes down to the science.

"I never got into Star Wars," Tyson said. "Maybe because they made no attempt to portray real physics. At all." 

And yes, it's true that Star Wars doesn't have to "portray real physics" to be good clean sci-fi fun, but that's just the way Tyson's wired. He does, however, appreciate one particular astronomical aspect of the saga.

"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]"

Watch the rest of Tyson's chat about Star Trek and Star Wars below. And hey, while we're at it, let's re-ignite the eternal battle once again: Which franchise do you prefer?


 (Via Business Insider)

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