This past weekend during the popular Star Trek Convention which was held in Las Vegas, original series cast member, William Shatner stated that:
Star Wars created Star Trek. You know that, right?
William Shatner originally portrayed the iconic role of Captain James Tiberius Kirk in the original series which debuted back in 1966. He made the bold statement that Star Wars created Star Trek with reference to the massive success George Lucas’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope had. This huge success, according to William Shatner, caused more sci-fi fans to be born, making Star Trek appealing to a bigger market. He goes on to explain that after Star Trek was cancelled after the third season, the success of Star Wars created Star Trek fandom to rise and Star Trek: The Motion Picture debuted two years later.
At Paramount Studios, they were running around bumping into each other. ‘What do we got?! What do we got to equal Star Wars? There was this thing that we canceled, under another management, it was called Star Trek? Let’s resurrect that!
According to William Shatner Star Wars created Star Trek mania and resurrected a sci-fi franchise which has grown to be one of the biggest in history. Although William Shatner might be of the opinion that Star Wars created Star Trek fandom, the franchise has shown that it is able to hold its own with numerous spinoff series, movies, merchandising, comic books and so much more. William Shatner explains that the Star Trek franchise has been so successful not only because Star Wars created Star Trek mania, but also because Star Trek “tells human stories“.
Star Wars was grand, like the opera. It was huge with great special effects. It was an entertaining film, but it wasn’t specifically about people in the way that Star Trek was.Whether Star Wars created Star Trek or the whether it’s the other way around, is irrelevant to us because we’re just happy people are into sci-fi.
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