Thursday, October 25, 2012

Bottom of the Bottle

Bottom of the Bottle

from The Mick

Ok I’m here with a correction from the podcast. The Chloe something something chick was an assassin with Ghost Rider not Hulk. Yes it’s the chick from Kick-Ass. Also, I’m going to give you a preview of next week’s Enema simply because I’m so excited about this I’m in full blown nerd-gasm!

The new Star Trek movie has been officially named. Star Trek Into Darkness will be released May 17, 2013. So now the real question, which is better Star Trek or Star Wars? This argument has driven nerds into slap fights since the late 1970’s and I’m hoping will get some comments going because I want to know what you think. To start things off I’ll present an argument for each side.

Let’s start with Star Trek. It is argued that Star Trek is the most influential series to science in history. Flip phones, Bluetooth, the Ipad have all been inspired by Star Trek, at least according Brent Spiner. Matter teleportation and transfiguration have been tested and Star Trek was directly credited. Also, the product seems to be endless gold. It has been successfully rebooted and presents the ability to produce dozens of wonderful films. Which seems to be a part of the magic, you can reboot and recast two (I say three) series and make awesome films. Even if you have a bad film (i.e. Star Trek: The Motion Picture) you can make another and all is forgiven. That is truly the beautiful thing about Star Trek and its fans. The utopian good will and tolerance that Gene Rodenberry envisioned for the future has embedded itself in its fans, unless you mention Star Wars.

Cue the ominous music; we are headed to the dark side. Now here is the biggest problem with Star Wars and the answer may surprise you. It’s not George Lucas (no matter how hard he tries) and it’s not the hardcore fans believe it or not. No, it’s the casual movie goers. There is an animated series that is entering its fifth season, half a dozen awesome video games, and about a million books. That tells me that if you dig the Star Wars universe Darth Vader is not a required character for a film. So has the franchise offered any plausible ideas for science? No, but it has inspired a religion. I’m serious! The Church of Jedi is real! This brings me to the beauty of Star Wars, its fantasy. Pure, unadulterated fantasy that was created for your enjoyment and Han shot first.

So there you are, my friends. Let the most interesting debates for the past couple of months begin.

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