The great Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate is a generation(s)-old duel between epic sci-fi franchises that often sucks other pop culture texts into its swirling cycle, like, most recently, Ke$ha‘s supremely imitable “Tik Tok” video. Now that both space cowboy narratives have birthed “Tik Tok” parodies, it’s time to figure out which one will stand the test of intergalactic travel.
The Star Trek-“Tik Tok” Mashup
The work of a true fan who, presumably, owns all the original Star Trek seasons on DVD, this supercut mashup has the added advantage of conveying quite nicely just how awesome Star Trek can be, something detractors refuse to acknowledge. Bonus points for the implications of homosocial desire between Kirk and Spock.
The Star Wars-Themed “Tik Tok” Parody
This doesn’t necessarily reflect any particular Star Wars nerd-dom per se, so much as a very thorough attempt to create a viral video. But damn if the props, costumes and editing aren’t pretty much perfect—and the minivan-as-budget Millennium Falcon is pure genius. Bonus points for judicious gender-blind casting.
Verdict: It’s… a tie! The phasers in the first are stunning, but the Force is strong with the latter. The battle to be the greatest sci-fi franchise continues!