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George Takei settles the “Star Trek versus Star Wars” debate and “The Klingon Christmas Carol”

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…

Okay, it was more like a month ago in California when Carrie Fisher stoked the flames of one of the longest-running conflicts in geekdom, namely the war between fans of Star Wars and Star Trek. She would declare on her YouTube channel that – unequivocally- Star Wars was better than Star Trek, much to the delight of jedi-robe wearing geeks everywhere:

Not one to let a chance to talk to a camera pass him by, William Shatner – known by Trekkies worldwide as Captain James Tiberius Kirk – responded to Ms. Fisher’s claims on his own You Tube channel:

I just hate it when mom and dad fight! Of course, it would take everyone’s cool, gay uncle to settle the matter peacefully:

Thank you George Takei for giving Trekkies, Jedi and Sith Lords a common enemy to unite against…TWILIGHT FANS!

Of course, this is all in good fun. If there’s anything geeks and nerds should know it’s how bad it feels when someone makes fun of you for loving something, so we should be inclusive of ALL fandom. Trekkies and Star Wars geeks should accept each other, as well as fans of Twilight, or Lord of the Rings, or Farscape, or Serenity, or Babylon 5, or… okay you get the point.

It is with that spirit that I will be appearing in A Klingon Christmas Carol on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at the Chicago Greenhouse Theater Center.

If you’ve been keeping up with me on Twitter, you would have caught the night I tweeted from the special “preview night” of “A Klingon Christmas Carol” The show is a delightfully ingenious interpretation of the classic Charles Dickens novel, as told in the “original Klingon” language.

Even if you are not a total Star Trek nerd, but have a passing knowledge of the sci-fi series, you will enjoy the play. Trekkies will definitely enjoy all the little “easter eggs” that are dropped throughout the story, and those who are actually familiar with the Klingon language will be impressed with the accuracy of the dialogue.

They even have a Klingon “Tiny Tim” who steals the show when he appears on stage!

Of course, I expect to get some grief from my fellow Star Wars Geeks who will accuse me of turning traitor and defecting from the Jedi Order to Starfleet. Well, fear not dorklings! I will be holding true to my fandom – and upping my midichlorian count – by wearing my Star Wars boxers under my Klingon costume.

I will also have a prize to the first person to catch me after the show and say “Live Long and Prosper” while making the Vulcan hand sign.

But to have a chance to win the prize you’ve gotta go to the show! I hope to see you there…and at the risk of jinxing myself…May the Force be with you!