Star Wars Hubby, Star Trek Wife

Hubby got tix for the new Star Wars movie. We are seeing it on Sunday evening locally. Neither of us is silly enough to go opening night, but we are seeing it opening weekend. Hubby is excited. I am – well…okay.

Its not that I don’t want to go see the movie. I do. I want to see what ‘cannon’ is going to do to all the fan and fan-author stuff that’s been put out for the last 30 years. I’m hopeful about seeing Harrison Ford back in Han Solo’s guise and praying that he can still make my once-teenage heart go pitter-pat with a mambo beat. After all, I’m now almost 50, and he’s in his 70’s. Better odds this time around?

But with all the hoopla, social media wooting from friends, marketing ploys and new toys (yes, I have the Millenium Falcon Drone), games (hubby convinced me to try out the minis ships game – and mistakes were made) I remain a Trekker at heart.

Dad introduced me to the Star Trek franchise when I was about 5. There was WPIX-Channel 11 showings of the original series, and the cartoon version on Saturday mornings. I fell in love with Spock, Scotty, Chekov, Uhura, Kirk, Sulu and Bones (in that order mind you). I made my dad take me to an early Trek Con and met Walter Koenig (and was soo disappointed in his Brooklyn accent!) I waited with eagerness for the movies, was disappointed by the first, thrilled by the second (c’mon – Khan!) and alternately meh and thrilled by 3 and 4. Then there was Next Gen. Well, besides Wesley, I was hooked. Data, Picard, Riker, Troi, etc. And then there was Deep Space Nine; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in Space.

We won’t go into Voyager or Enterprise, but suffice it to say I watched them. And yes, I saw the Next Gen films.

I cried for days when Leonard Nimoy passed away. I even re-bought the Spock Lives! tee that I got after the third movie came out. I can do the Vulcan Salute on both hands. And I have attempted the Vulcan Nerve Pinch on my little brother. It didn’t work. Hrrumph!

Star Wars came on my budding geek radar at age 9. Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon? More please! I read each of the Han Solo books that came out. Yes, I also read Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, but Han was my hero. I saw Empire and Return when they came out – not opening day for either. And the more recent Trilogy? I skipped them in the theater except for the third – I wanted to see Vader rise.

Oh and yes, HAN SHOT FIRST!

Hubby and I had a conversation recently about why Star Wars and Star Trek are at odds with each other. In our house its clear why: hubby was just the right age for the toys when Star Wars first came out. He loved all the action figures. I remember the Star Trek toys – phaser that made noises, tricorder, walkie-talkie communicators. My friends and I played Star Trek just as hubby played Star Wars with his action figures. But we invented stories for our toys. We could. Star Trek was never about the people, it was about the universe and its background. A Federation of Planets against the Klingon or Romulan empires. We could invent characters, monsters. We could be Kirk, Spock and McCoy or anyone in a gold, blue or red shirt (although we did kill off several red shirts…).

Star Wars is about the characters. Its their story. Han, Leia, Luke, Obi-Wan, Darth Vader – they are the reason the universe exists. You can’t separate the background from the people. Star Trek is the opposite. Without the background, there can be no people. Its easier to play in the Trek universe than it is in Star Wars.

The tickets have been purchased. I am hopeful. I am looking forward to enjoying some junior mints with hubby and leaning on his shoulder as I sigh over Han Solo. I’d bring the drone but I think the theater would have a conniption fit. And I will come home and still be a Trekker. Anyone for a round of Star Trek Encounter?

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