Now, there are a lot of geekery-fueled fan debates out there, from the age-old Marvel vs. DC conflict, all the way through to the timeless 'who would win in a fight between Batman and Superman,' with countless others in between. There is, however, one such debate that seems to generate more bitter vitriol than any other – a generations old argument likely to divide families, collapse relationships, and shatter life-long friendships.
I am, of course, talking about the question: Which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek?
Now, ultimately, that's something we each have to work out for ourselves – all the while remembering that neither side of the debate is objectively right or wrong – but in an age of big screen movies from both franchises, it's perhaps unsurprising that tempers are starting to fray... among the series's own stars?
Wait a minute...
'Star Wars Episode VII''s John Boyega Just Slammed William Shatner and Told Him to Shut His Mouth
Yup, that's right. It seems that the chattering winds of fandom have overtaken Boyega – set to be seen on screen as Episode VII's Finn in just a few days – and prompted him to take aim at Star Trek legend William Shatner.
The reason? Shatner himself has spent much of the past year (OK, fine, several decades) taking pot-shots at Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and Star Wars fandom in general.
Something which, it transpired, Boyega was very much unaware of.
Until, that is, Yahoo decided to mention it to him, prompting a magnificently British response. Opting to address Shatner 'directly,' Boyega had this advice for the one-time Captain Kirk:
"Here’s what you need to do. Take a seat. Have a nice tea. And keep your mouth closed."
Which is actually... kind of a perfect response to Internet trolling – for that is what Shatner is basically up to at this point. After all, Boyega was direct, straightforward, and surprisingly polite – all good tips in dealing with trolls.
While that may well be the end of that battle, however – unless Shatner finds the time to respond in force – it's sure not to be the end of the war. After all, there are millions of diehard fans of both franchises out there, and with many of us having a strong preference for one over the other, tensions are sure to rise again.
After all, extreme fandom is almost like a force... awakening – one beyond our control, and occasionally leading us into darkness. And, of course, to bad jokes.
What do you think, though?