Watch Neil deGrasse Tyson Put The Smackdown On The USS Enterprise
This was the geek argument to end all geek arguments. At the San Diego Comic Con, one of the smallest panels of the weekend, got a special spectator sitting in the audience. Renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson attended Geek Magazine’s Starship Smackdown panel but not as a panelist but as a true geek and fan.
The Starship Smackdown panel was on the last day of Comic-Con in one of the smallest rooms, Room 6A. The panel discussed the merits of starships in popular science fiction through the decades, including X-Wing Fighters vs. BSG’s Colonial Vipers, the Millennium Falcon vs. Serenity, in an NCAA College Basketball bracket style tournament. But when the panel came to an impasse of which was the better USS Enterprise, the original TV version vs. the motion picture version, they outsourced the final decision to the audience. Neil was there and ready for action.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was only observing the panel, walked up to the audience microphone and chimed in his two cents. He makes the argument that the TV USS Enterprise is the best starship in all of science fiction. He compared the way both starships were received when they were first introduced and since there was nothing like it at the time, the TV USS Enterprise has to win out.
The group of panelist collected was among the very best in sci-fi and fantasy. It included writer Ashley Edward Miller (Thor, X-Men: First Class), producer Robert Meyer Burnett (Free Enterprise), producer Kay Reindl (Legend of the Seeker), editor Jeff Bond (Geek Magazine), writer Steve Melching (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and artist Chris Gossett (Tales of the Jedi). Maybe next year, the panel should invite Neil deGrasse Tyson to be a panelist. Also pay attention to the man in white behind Neil deGrasse Tyson at the end of the video. He is not impressed with him at all.