For decades there has been much discussion and debate about Star Wars and Star Trek, and that has only increased with the new Star Trek movie and all the talk about bringing a little Star Wars into Star Trek. This has even risen to the level that StarWars.com has interviewed Star Trek co-writer. We have that plus some more new Trek/Wars links.
Orci talks Trek & Wars
To pick up on all the Trek/Wars talk, the folks at StarWars.com decided to interview Roberto Orci, and of course the subject of the influence of Star Wars came up:
You and Kurtzman have both admitted to being huge Star Wars fans. How did the Star Wars saga influence your writing for Star Trek?
A New Hope is very much like an origins story. But we also looked at Superman, Godfather II and other movies that took their time to set up a character before he sets off on a journey. Doing that for Kirk and Spock was a way to introduce them. But we were also after just the way Star Wars made us feel as kids. We were more in search of a feeling than perhaps any specific archetype; that feeling of momentum and inevitability of something.
Bob also talked about what he would like to do if he had a chance to play around in the Star Wars universe:
Yeah, we use the Force as an excuse too. As a Star Wars fan, how would you reboot the Star Wars franchise?
I’d love to go back to the time in between the movies A New Hope through Return of the Jedi, and see other planets and the people who live on them, and how they see the war like we’re following the war in Iraq. It would be interesting to see other people respond to finding out there’s a base on Bespin.
Wiedlin talks Trek and Wars fandom
StarWars.com has another interview that is Trek/Wars related, with Jane Wiedlin of Go-Gos fame, who Trek fans may remember from her cameo in Star Trek IV. In the interview Wiedlin talks about her fandom of both franchises:
"I remember that, having grown up in a hardcore Star Trek-loving family, I felt a bit like I had to choose sides when the first movie, Star Wars: A New Hope came out," Wiedlin recalls. "But seeing the movie turned me into an instant huge fan. The characters seemed totally real to me, and the technology of the special effects was mind-blowing. I fell in love with everyone and everything Star Wars."
Madsen on ForceCast Trek/Wars round table
The ForceCast, the podcast from theforce.net (the TrekMovie of Star Wars), has a new podcast that does a round table discussing Star Trek and Star Wars, including guest Dan Madsen (a man who knows his Trek and his Wars as good as anyone). Listen to it at theforce.net.
I’m a Star Trek, I’m A Star Wars
One final Wars/Trek fun bit, here is another one of those Apple parodies all about the new Star Trek.