Lightsabers or stun guns? Wookies or tribbles? “Luke, I am your father” or “Beam me up, Scottie?” These are the questions that have shaken nerdom to its core for decades while the “Star Wars or Star Trek?” debate rages on. Both properties have some of the most fiercely loyal fans in all of pop culture and are the respective unstoppable force and immovable object in science fiction in particular.
In honor of the start of New York Super Week and New York Comic Con starting this Thursday (October 8), FanBros and Mass Appeal brought hip-hop heads, the biggest nerds of all, into the fold with a full-on Attack of the Khan panel last night (October 5), featuring Jean Grae, FanBros’ Ben Hameen, and Company Flow’s Mr. Len repping “Star Wars,” while FanBros’ Tatiana King Jones, and MCs Quelle Chris & Pharoahe Monch took it up for “Star Trek.” Hosted by Dillon of Decepticomics, will the galaxy be taken over by the Millennium Falcon or the Enterprise?
The first round looked to panelists pleading their case for their respective galaxy’s aliens and technology, and the Trek panel, particularly Quelle Chris, shot barbs early on. “Lando Calrissian was the only Black dude in the Star Wars universe, and he’s a sellout,” he said, while later on, a fan noted that Star Trek promotes racial diversity in the captains of all the different ships.
Jean quickly replied once Star Wars had the floor: “First of all, Billy Dee Williams counts for at least 20 Black people;” she had some shots for technology, too. “Last time I checked, Star Wars takes place…a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…and Star Trek takes place in the future, where we’ll apparently be wearing onesies and still be using stun guns,” she quipped. “The fact that we had this amazing technology in the past, so what happened to make you guys fail so so hard?”
Hands were thrown shortly after that.
After the blood was cleaned up, the panel went back and forth about director J.J. Abrams switching from Star Trek (he directed the 2009 reboot and its 2013 sequel) to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, C-3PO and R2D2 vs. the Borg and Data, and the infamous Stormtrooper aim. “You wanna talk about our wack ass stun guns, but even though you have guns, nobody seems to be able to aim,” Jones argued. “How many shots does a Stormtrooper take and how many does he or she hit? I’ll wait.”
In the end, the Star Wars camp argued their way to a close victory, but Star Trek fans overwhelmed in audience participation. Check out some of the classy drawings from Sci-Fi Pictionary below!