The Great Debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek @ Barnegat

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member Herbert Kaszimir, 14, Barnegat, at left joins S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library) Coordinator Alberto Torres, 19, Barnegat in moderating a forum that focused on Star Trek and Star Wars on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member Herbert Kaszimir, 14, Barnegat, at left joins S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library) Coordinator Alberto Torres, 19, Barnegat in moderating a forum that focused on Star Trek and Star Wars on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

Mr.  Spock versus Obi-Wan Kenobi, phasers versus light sabers and Borg spheres versus the Death Star, all points of debate between teens who took part in an Aug. 21 program called “The Great Debate: Star Wars versus Star Trek.”

While there was no definitive answer during the teen program held at the Barnegat Branch, those involved seemed to enjoy exploring the question.

S.A.I.L. (Service and Achievement in the Library) Coordinator Alberto Torres, 19, and TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member Herbert Kaszimir, 14, both of Barnegat, moderated the forum that focused on the two famous science fiction franchises.

Daniel Marchena, 11, and Ethan Applegate, 12, are Barnegat residents who frequent the library. They are Star Wars fans. Both were in that corner of the spectrum when it came to what science fiction saga was the best.

Allison Truax, 13, and Rachel Vaughn, 14, are Barnegat residents who were steadfast in their view that Star Trek far surpasses Star Wars.

“I like Spock,’’ Allison said.

Ethan felt the character of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi of Star Wars fame had superior mental powers that surpassed those of Spock the popular Vulcan character from Star Trek.

Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes weighed in on the famous prop weapons of both series, she preferred Star Trek’s phasers over Star Wars light sabers.

“A phaser has different settings. It can do more,’’ Hayes said.

The debate ended in a draw. It was concluded that both sagas, which exist on film and television in a galaxy, far, far away will undoubtedly live long and prosper. Members of both sides of the issue received prizes such as Star Wars and Star Trek mugs provided by the library.

The Barnegat Branch will host another pop culture event next month with “Whedon Night.” That adult program set for 6 p.m. Sept. 23 will focus on the shows and films of Joss Whedon. Whedon produced “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’’ “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Doll House” and the blockbuster Marvel Comics based motion picture, “The Avengers.”

Fans of Whedon’s work are invited to discuss his past and future projects. Registration is required. To register call 609-698-3331 or visit http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Allison Truax, 13, of Barnegat, at left, joins Rachel Vaughn, 14, of Barnegat in defending their favorite science fiction saga, Star Trek during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

Allison Truax, 13, of Barnegat, at left, joins Rachel Vaughn, 14, of Barnegat in defending their favorite science fiction saga, Star Trek during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

Ethan Applegate, 12, Barnegat at left, joins fellow Star Wars fan Daniel Marchena, 11, Barnegat for a forum that debated the issue of which science fiction franchise, Stars Wars or Star Trek was best. The forum was held on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

Ethan Applegate, 12, Barnegat at left, joins fellow Star Wars fan Daniel Marchena, 11, Barnegat for a forum that debated the issue of which science fiction franchise, Stars Wars or Star Trek was best. The forum was held on Aug. 21 at the Barnegat Branch.

Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes holds up a Star Trek mug,which was among the prizes presented to participants of the “The Great Debate: Star Trek vs. Star Wars” during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

Barnegat Branch Manager Gigi Hayes holds up a Star Trek mug,which was among the prizes presented to participants of the “The Great Debate: Star Trek vs. Star Wars” during a program held at the Barnegat Branch on Aug. 21.

 

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