William Shatner has always been a bit of an off-beat celebrity – remember when he did a fake reality show in Riverside, IA, the birthplace of Captain Kirk? Now he has posted a video of himself talking about his famed “Star Trek” franchise versus the George Lucas “Star Wars” movies.

Here is what Shatner had to say, in his patented stilted delivery (edited for length):

“‘Star Trek’ had relationships and conflict among the relationships and stories that involved humanity and philosophical questions … ‘Star Wars’ was special effects. It was ILM at its best. First of all, ‘Star Wars’ is derivative of ‘Star Trek’ by 10, 15 years, whatever it was. Derivative!

With JJ Abrams piling on the special effects now, I would say that there is a resurgence of ‘Star Trek’ in a big movie frame that supersedes ‘Star Wars’ on every level. Now, look at that, I’ve just discovered something. Not only was the television show more humane and dealt with more human principles than ‘Star Wars,’ but now ‘Star Trek’ has got even more special effects than ‘Star Wars,’ so ‘Star Wars’ has nothing to stand on.”

Princess Leia, as beautiful as she was and as wonderful an actress as she is, can’t compare to the marvelous heroines we had on ‘Star Trek.'”  

Well. Is Shatner being in any way serious? What do you think, Pop2it readers?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."