Yes, this is what television chooses as an acceptable use of brilliant minds. Considering the alternative is random endurance challenges and finding “romance” on-camera in all other reality shows of this type, maybe such vague intellectualism should be embraced.
But that’s a debate for another time. The “King of the Nerds” debate was to determine whether “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” was the better franchise. With the purple team defending “Trek,” and the yellow team pulling for “Wars,” guest judges Kumail Nanjiani and Billy Dee Williams had their work cut out for them.
There were three points up for debate.
1. “Star Trek”s USS Enterprise would defeat the Millennium Falcon in a dogfight.
“Star Wars” won this by highlighting guerilla tactics over brute force.
2. The Empire in “Star Wars” is a more dangerous adversary than the Borg on “Star Trek.”
“Star Trek” took this, pointing out that the Empire was never a danger to its universe. It only wanted to control the planets. The Borg, on the other hand, wanted to assimilate and destroy.
3. The “Star Wars” universe is better than the “Star Trek” universe.
The final point came down to whether popularity or cultural impact was the determinant of “better.” “Star Trek” and its sociological implications beat out “Star Wars.” It probably helped that the “Star Wars” advocate had never actually seen the films. Kind of undercuts the popularity argument …
Now that it has been finally determined which franchise is better, the nerds can move on. Thank goodness for that!