Bill Nye Weighs In On Star Wars Versus Star Trek Debate

December 10, 2015


This is a short clip from a Rolling Stone interview with Bill Nye where he weighs in on which he likes more, Star Wars or Star Trek. UNSURPRISING SPOILER: very much like Neil DeGrasse Tyson's answer about whether he'd pick the Starship Enterprise or Millennium Falcon, Nye chooses Star Trek because SCIENCE. Apparently those two really love science. Me? I really love sleeping, eating, playing video games, and watching frenemies suffer. But they do say science makes the world go round. Granted I don't know who they are, but I assume they're people who don't believe in magic so how could they ever fathom it's actually a giant dragon whipping its tail that makes the world go round? I think if a group of friends asked me to choose between Star Wars or Star Trek I would choose to politely excuse myself from the conversation muttering "nerds" under my breath.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to Cameron, who is already camping outside his local movie theater for the new Star Wars movie. You do know they sell tickets way ahead of time, right? You're probably going to be the only one who doesn't get to see it opening day.

  • Will Chamberland

    "Bill Nye Weighs In On Star Wars Versus Star Trek Debate" ... or simply says a single sentence that happens to be about Star Trek and this article made a bigger deal of it than it was worth...

  • Jason Whitaker

    star trek also has magic, like vulcan mind melding, or those things in voyager that get into your dreams

    but also... Star wars isn't science fiction, it's a space fantasy, sometimes a space opera, it never pretends to be anything but.
    Star trek is science fiction, even with the magic it has and never explains. This makes the whole discussion moot, it's like trying to decide between Lord of the rings and breaking bad, Iain M banks or stephen king or eminem and nirvana. which is to say, i'm sure neither are bad, but you don't judge grunge by its words per minute just as you don't judge rap by how great the distortion on the guitar solo is.

  • GristleMcNerd

    But they've both got "star" in their names! That means they're the same, right? Much like Lord of the Rings and Lord of the Flies are basically the same thing.

  • Zemini

    So there is no science in Star Wars? Just because they don't explain everything with techno babble doesn't mean it does'nt exist.

    As for the biggest nerd question of all time...It is impossible to tell. But we can draw one huge advantage with Star Wars - It takes place in a entire galaxy and beyond. That is a lot of cultures and tech to sort through. Star Trek is just within a quadrant at most and even then, it takes decades to traverse.

  • CrazyUncleNicola

    Star wars has been more of a fantasy in space or a space western and is steeped more in world mythology and religion, Though Trek is well. It still can be considered sci-fi as it has a lot of tropes.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Much like Apple products both Star Wars and Star Trek are ruined for me by their obnoxious fans.

  • CrazyUncleNicola

    You can say all fanbases have obnoxious fans though, so with that logic you shouldn't like anything.

  • GeneralDisorder

    That's handy because I don't like anything.

  • What I don't like about Star Wars: As a physician, I hate that there's no medicine science or human doctors (medicine has been left to droids), beause they use only that liquid slime called Bacta that cures "almost" everything (like a dying Luke Skywalker). Medical science in the Star Wars Universe was lost because of it, and if it can't be cured by Bacta, they don't care to research, so you're pretty much fucked up. The kind of lesions Anakin Skywalker had, are incompatible with human life, no matter what you do (the renal damage alone could kill him in less than 24 hours). After reading a detailed description of the supposed "treatment" and the "life support" properties of his suit, I was baffled of how out of place and dumb was everything. Everything related to that it's bullshit, and when I saw it on Episode III, it was a downer for me. Heck, it's even easier to sample his DNA to grow skin, bone and organs to transplant them and get rid of the damaged tissue with gene therapy.. oh, wait... they don't have that, because they don't do medical research and they have to rely on the Bacta (that's actually a parasite).

  • CrazyUncleNicola

    You make the mistake in thinking it's Sci-fi. At best it's extremely soft sci fi (star trek is a bit harder but still considered pretty soft)
    but fits more with high fantasy then sci-fi.

  • I have to disagree. It's speculative science, not soft sci-fi. Star Trek has inspired many of our every day technologies, from tablets, mobile phones to medical scanners (with a fully working Tricorder prototype about to be released next year in the UK). I know we'll have eventually have many of the technologies present in Star Trek, and I dig that.

  • dougfunnay

    they actually have a medical work around for fatal wounds that prove to be......not....fatal
    magic the force
    hell you dont even need a body
    you can just float around through space being a force ghost

    also vaders suit served the dual purpose of making him stronger or some shit
    ....i forget
    it was stupid though

    star trek though
    we can already make some really primitive holodeck type things and extremely basic and inefficient replicators probably arent more than a few decades away

  • As you say... "we". We will eventually have many of the things proposed by Star Trek here, not in some galaxy far away. That gives me hope.

  • Wiley

    I'll choose Magic this time around.

  • dougfunnay

    you might have a change of heart in a week or so after disney has just magicked all over your face

  • Moshugaani

    Well, I bet Mr. Abrams will be much better at reviving Star Wars than he was rebooting Star Trek.

    The energetic and flashy style will be much more suited for Star Wars, while it felt a bit out of place in Star Trek, where everything was kinda like the classic Star Trek but on HYPER DRIVE and it wasn't cerebral enough.

  • Miguel Calvimonte

    Star Trek also has space sounds.

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