George Takei - widely known as Sulu from “Star Trek” - attacked the “Twilight” series via YouTube in an effort to squash the longstanding feud between fans of “Star Wars” and “Star Trek.”
“What is needed today now more than ever is star peace, for there is an ominous mutual threat to all science fiction,” claimed Takei. “It's called Twilight, and it is really, really bad."
The 74-year-old Takei’s humorous take on the dispute between “Star” fans includes background on the way the original debate began, and comes to one logical conclusion: Twilight is endangering the sci-fi genre.
"Gone is any sense of heroism, camaraderie or epic battle,” complains Takei of the four Twilight books and respective movies. “In its place we have vampires that sparkle, mope, and go to high school."
Takei, in addition to playing Lt. Sulu on Star Trek, also voiced the character of Lok Durd in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This gives him a unique perspective, and allowing him to proclaim himself the “star broker of peace.”
In the three-minute long clip, Takei also states that the Twilight series teaches the wrong kinds of values, especially to young women. Instead of the moral guidance purported by science fiction, he says the series values minute relationship qualms.
“Sci-fi fans be warned, there are no great stories, characters or profound life lessons to be found in ‘Twilight.’” Takei said. “In ‘Twilight’, the only message that rings through loud and clear is: 'Does my boyfriend like me?'"
The feud between fans of “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” began with comments on the part of William Shatner, who played Capt. James T. Kirk on the long-running show. Shatner declared that “Star Wars is a derivative of Star Trek,” which stirred much controversy for fans of the sci-fi movies.
Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, soon responded, saying, “[Star Trek is] not in the same league. They have the word ‘star’ in the title.”
Naturally, fans of both series got involved after the two videos (and their subsequent sequels, featuring actors going back and forth) were released. Takei’s plan was to take advantage of the hubbub and mediate the situation with his own video, which has currently received nearly 500,000 hits in only three days.
“So, ‘Star’ friends, let us live and let live, long and prosperously, and may the force be with you always," Takei said.
To see Takei’s entertaining attempt at becoming a broker of “star” peace, see the video below: