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It's the eternal nerdy debate, Star Wars versus Star Trek. Long before internet comments sections were full of rancorous arguments about comic book cinematic universes and DC versus Marvel, this was the nerdy debate where you had to pick a side. This weekend sees the massive release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and going in costume is a fun way to add to the experience. Most people opt for a T-shirt, but some go in full costume to show their love for what they are about to see. So it is very funny that someone would wear a Star Trek Federation uniform to go see Rian Johnson's new saga film. The fact that that someone was actor and uber nerd Wil Wheaton just makes it all the better. Take a look.
What a marvelous troll job; like wearing a Red Sox jersey at Yankees Stadium. I'm sure the theater was full of Star Wars fanboys, so the fact that Wil Wheaton wore a Star Trek uniform is magnificent. Of course, Wil Wheaton is no stranger to donning the federation attire. The actor played Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation alongside Patrick Stewart. So maybe Wil Wheaton, who is a well-known geek, got a pass. But I have to imagine there were quite a few laughs as well as some confused or annoyed expressions among the most devoted and sensitive of the theatergoers. Despite his attire, Wil Wheaton expressed his love for The Last Jedi on Twitter, proving that you really don't have to pick a side.
Pop culture debates such as Star Wars versus Star Trek are fun to discuss with your friends, but in this instance, there is less cause for argument than most. Star Wars versus Star Trek is apples and oranges. Star Wars is a fantasy tale that just happens to be set in space and have science fiction trappings and aesthetics. Star Trek is pure science fiction about discovery and exploration. They are completely different, other than the 'Star' in their titles. Additionally, it's just a matter of preference, so there is no need to choose. Both franchises are having a renaissance of late, growing and telling new stories. Star Wars has taken over the world since Disney purchased Lucasfilm and Star Trek has returned to television with Star Trek: Discovery. Soon, Star Trek may provide something entirely different and boldly go where no Star Trek or Star Wars film has before, an R rating.
Fans of Wil Wheaton can currently catch his voice work in Netflix's Stretch Armstrong & the Flex Fighters. If you haven't already, or want to again (you do), you can see Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in theaters now. Try dressing in a Star Trek uniform or wearing full Hogwarts robes, the reactions you get might be worth it.