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Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire kick the Federation's ass? And other galaxy-shaking enigmas Paperback – May 18, 2011

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Matt Forbeck has worked with many companies, including Games Workshop, Mattel, and Wizards of the Coast. He has designed games, and has written short fiction, comic books, novels, nonfiction, magazine articles, and computer game scripts and stories.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (May 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440512620
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440512629
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While Matt Forbeck's knowledge of ST and SW is formidible, I just couldn't wrap myself around this book. The "Who'd Win?" scenarios got real repetitive after the fourth or fifth one that started with "Captain 'so-and-so' beams down to some cantina on some world... Gets into a fight with...." or Grand Moff Tarkin takes a transport to another bar... gets into a fight with..." or "Worf beams into another bar and greedo challenges him....." Okay, we get it. Unfortunately there is too much of "it.." and not enough other information to settle this so-called argument. If I could return it, I would.
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This book kind of misses the point of both Star Wars and Star Trek. The "who'd win" matches pitting Star Wars and Star Trek characters against each other come across as silly and vapid. Mixing the two genres doesn't really work. Star Wars is about, well, wars, while Star Trek is about, well, exploration. While I love both franchises, pitting them against each other seems odd. Who really cares if the Sith would defeat the Temporal Cold War aliens from Enterprise? Even within these scenarios, the author spends only a few lines on each, providing for superficial treatment. Overall, you're better off spending your money on an actual Star Trek or Star Wars novel.
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When both of the only actors you can find from each movie (Jeremy Bulloch who played Boba Fett and Tim Russ who played Tuvok) who were prepared to do intros for your book are telling your readers that the concept of Star Wars characters fighting Star Trek is ridiculous as one was set in a war atmosphere and the other was about space exploration, then you probably should rethink your idea. That's not to say many of us haven't had these sorts of conversations at parties, around the staffroom lunch table and places like this. Incidentally Matt Forbeck has Boba Fett fight Tuvok, Fett wins, probably because Bulloch was a lot less critical of the concept than Russ was.

The whole who would win a fight between Star Wars character A and Star Trek character B is the whole reason you've decided to pick up this book. However these analyses are the most disappointing part of the book. They are basically just paragraph long short stories of a Star Wars character walking into a bar, accidentally bumping a Star Trek character, causing them to spill a bit of their drink, the Star Trek character gets mad, attacks the Star Wars character and depending on a lot of creative writing external factors such as if one character had their weapon ready or if there was a distraction and a weapon earlier knocked away can be picked up off the floor while the winning character doesn't notice, ultimately decides the question. Nothing wrong with a bit of fiction involving fictional characters, Family Guy and others have done it pretty well a lot of the time, but they come up with different scenarios for each joke.
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The chapters are made out to be "this person versus this person". I really think the characters are merely not understood by the author.

Take the first scenario, Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars: Episode 4 goes against Captain Picard from ST:The Next Generation. Kenobi walks into Ten Forward (a bar with many tables and chairs with a few 3D chess sets or other activities, with one main window looking out into space; also the front of the entire ship). He starts asking Data (one of the android characters of Star Trek TNG) how fast can the ship take him. Some random conversations come about from it, but Picard suddenly comes into the room and wants to pick a fight with Kenobi. Then Picard tries to trap Kenobi in the room and Kenobi uses his lightsaber to attack a few people and cut a hole in the floor to get to another floor. It is then declared that because of this, Picard wins (but only by an inkling).

I highly doubt Kenobi would react in that way to a people that are actually really good. Mos Eisley and the relaxing Ten Forward of the Enterprise are so different. Chances are that Kenobi would treat everyone around him with more comfort and friendliness. No way would he cut someone's arm off as a knee-jerk reaction to being touched. And Picard? A human being with special powers is on his ship, and the the first thing he thinks of is to attack him and trap him in the room with a few dozen other innocent people? No. Just no. That is not the Picard I and millions of other fans know and love.

Unfortunately, this mischaracterization of Star Wars and Star Trek characters is rampant throughout the book. However, examining these stories are still quite interesting.
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In "Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire Kick the Federation's Ass? and Other Galaxy-Shaking Enigmas", Matt Forbeck takes the reader through 5 scenarios per chapter across 18 of them where we examines various concepts from leadership to technology to governments & everything in between to see just which universe would come out on top. Each chapter starts out of a with a quick 6 question quiz where we the reader get to test our knowledge of the universes themselves & then we get to delve into this hypothetical scenarios. In theory, this book should be good reading. The problem is it's not really. Each pairing takes 2 different things even down to the point of the fans & tosses them into scenarios in either universe & determines a win, lose or draw based upon potential outcome which at times can be entertaining our downright frustrating. Forbeck also attempts to write what amounts to be a Star Trek/Star Wars crossover at times in this book having some of these possible scenarios depend on the outcome of prior ones which may not entirely be fair to the results. The final chapter is also a bit of a stretch as the Death Star encounters the Borg & we the reader get the ultimate battle of good vs evil in both universes combined. Overall, this is a book strictly for the fans who have an in-depth knowledge of both universes. For the non-fan, this book is a skip simply because without the background & context the reader will be lost.
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