Top 5 Reasons Kirk and Spock are the NEW Edward and Jacob

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Geeks and Geekettes rejoiced with the release of Star Trek 2009. The mind-blowing special effects, quirky jokes and nostalgia seeped atmosphere, bagged cinema goers in herds to the theatre. But one thing, sure to have thrown off the studio, was the emergence of Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as heartthrobs.

Photo by Cosmo Girl. Outtakes of Kellan Lutz, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner

With Facebook groups popping up, tweets streaming and girls, yes not boys, going back to the cinema again and again, the power of the female dedication to hotness knows no bounds.

To be sure, the studios knew these men were good looking. But being good looking and taking over the world of girl-lust, at times replacing, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, was never a smidgen of a thought.

Trekkettes, rest assured these two are now en route to the land of Tiger Beat and teenage-hottie-yes!-world.

Let’s break down the psyche of a dedicated Fan Girl and why their cash, as well as their parents’, will warp to light speed in the direction of the U.S.S. Trekkie-train.

1. They cannot be out-grown.

That’s where the appeal of Pattinson will end, and the appeal of Quinto and Pine will begin.

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Pattinson is best known for his role as Edward Cullen in Twilight, a teeny-bopper movie, about a human in love with a vampire based on a teeny-bopper four-part book series.

Best known before that, Pattinson played Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a children’s fantasy film based on a children’s fantasy seven-part book series. But, even with the name of Potter on his resume, Pattinson played a minor character in a major series and is no Rupert Grint on the heels of Cherrybomb.

The thing is, Edward Cullen is a non-threatening, non-sexual ethereal being of childhood fantasy. That is his appeal; where it starts and where it ends. He’s like a Ken Doll with razor sharp teeth who will be outgrown when reality and the rest of your life set in.

On the other hand, Pine and Quinto have the groundwork laid for them not to be outgrown as Kirk and Spock are well… real.

They show emotion, are threatening and grown-up sexual creatures (see fan made video of Spock and Uhura here with footage from Star Trek 2009). They remind you of the same fantasies Edward embodies, but they mirror the men you actually know who exist in everyday life.

One will certainly outlast the other; adulthood beats childhood in the race of longevity.

Zachary Quinto as Spock in Star Trek 2009

2. Maturity

Twilight is loaded with teenage angst. Once past the age of 18, there is only a certain level of tolerance for emo-emotions, lidded heavily with disdain and woes of the world around you.

Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner, while always holding Bella’s best interests at heart, is an emotional, pushy, saccharine-soaked puppy; pun intended.

Spock, not known for emotions, has them, controls them and does not overtly indulge his vibes.

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Put it this way, Jacob is your artificial sweetener: sugary, manufactured and probably detrimental to your health if you keep indulging in it because it’s factory produced to ensnare your senses.

While, Spock is brown sugar with a hint of molasses: raw, organic, real and probably a good wake-up call to add to your morning brew.

Brooding, Spock may be, a trait similar to Edward Cullen, but laced in extensive sentiments, he is not. There is no emotional, psychological, excess baggage there.

3. Time and Space

Kirk and Spock fight bad guys, travel the galaxy in search of new frontiers and get a whole lot of action.

Edward and Jacob get to mull over their thoughts in Forks, the rainiest, cloudiest place in the continental United States.

A girl just wants a little adventure!

4. Borgs, Vulcans and Klingons, oh my!

Twilight has werewolves and vampires. Star Trek has all of that plus other unique creatures. (see reason 5)

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There are just more choices and tolerance in the Trekkie-sphere. Kirk is no bigot when it comes to who he chooses to get “friendly” with (*cough* Bella* only* wants* vampires* cough*). Kirk gets it on with a green Orion. In Star Trek, no specific race thinks that they are better than the rest, unless of course you are a Borg. But that’s no. 5.

5. Seven of Nine and the male ego

So yes, both, Kirk and Spock, and, Edward and Jacob, have the faces to appeal to women and homosexual men. But, one thing Star Trek will always have over Twilight, is it appeals to both sexes, and gender preferences, on and off the silver screen.

Girls clawed to get their hands on the latest Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, and dragged their boyfriends, kicking and screaming to the see the film.

But at the SuperCons, and alike, for the most part, there is equal gender footing and of course Seven of Nine. She is the half-Borg half-human, sci-fi, goddess from Voyager that has kept male hormones in check since the 1990s. I don’t see the boys quite clamoring to break down Kristen Stewart’s door.

Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager

So while, both Edward and Spock get the girl, Kirk gets a spaceship and Jacob gets Edward and Bella’s leftover spawn, thus, offsetting the balance of masculine might.

Score: Trekkies = 5, Twilighters = 0

Spock, Star Trek 2009 movie poster

Be out of your Vulcan mind.
Live long and prosper!

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Sasha Muradali runs the ‘Little Pink Book’ .

Copyright © 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Comments

  1. I think I’ll argue about the vampire bit for Bella just to be contentious. The idea is a bit bias as I’m sure if Edward was a wizard, werewolf, or demon she’d probably still love him best b/c it’s him versus the creature he is.

  2. Wishful thinking on your part. The only people the two Star Trek dudes appeal to are dudes and Trekkies. I saw the movie last night and didn’t find Spock and Kirk all that interesting, same as when my dad tried to make me watch Star Trek on TV all these years. No thanks. Pine and Quinto don’t do anything for me they way Pattinson does. Pattinson just has this way about him that makes him so appealing.

  3. I love star trek and it def beat twilight, but christ pine and quinto doesn’t have anything on Robert Pattinson. Rpattz is too unique to be replace by anyone in this industry. While Hollywood is churning out hearthrob left and right, mr. Pattinson stands out with his musical talent and his humbleness. He is too endearing for this industry….he is not FAKE.

  4. I’m 19, and I loved the Twilight movie. The books – not so much. Even my boyfriend said, “I want to see what happens next!” at the end of it! My brother was the one to convince me to watch it.

    At the same time, I also loved the Star Trek movie – it was phenomenal. Obviously, it completely blew Twilight out of the water, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that “Kirk” and “Spock” come up very short in the looks department in comparison to Pattinson. I know plenty of my STRAIGHT MALE friends who admitted that they would be willing to “do” Pattinson!

    Besides, I dislike Kirk’s character. I don’t like womanizer-type men, and I know it’s just a movie role but it’s still a turn off!

    You speak of teenage angst, but that’s just it – we’re dealing with teenage girls here, and the first thing teenage girls are going to want to see is a pretty face.

    Pattinson’s got it.

  5. Christy says:

    Okay, here’s the thing. I am 23. I am well out of my teenage hormonal years, and yet young enough to remember them well. Your article reminds me of a feud of my teenybopperdom. You sound like an Beatles fan writing about how the Backstreet Boys just won’t ever stay together and the fans will lose all interest soon and come to their senses and like the Beatles. And you know, a lot of Backstreet Boys fans did lose interest, but I personally still love them as much as ever. And as good as the Beatles music can be, they’ll never replace the Backstreet Boys for me. And the Backstreet Boys? Still together, currently recording an new album.

    I looked forward to watching Star Trek for a year and a half, and thought it lived up to the expectations completely. And yes it did have something to do with a hot guy in the movie. But it wasn’t Quinto or Pines (who are both excellent actors but not anything too hot). I LOVE John Cho. I honestly thought he was hot in the movie, and I will watch anything with him in it. Okay, so I was a big fan of the movie, get it? Star Trek stars cannot replace Twilight’s stars in the hearts of teenybopperdom though.

    So is Twilight a teenybopper fad? Yes! Will a lot of the fans out grow it? Yes! Are all of the fans teenyboppers? No! Is it likely that teenage girls are going to abandon a story about a vampire who can’t live without his soulmate for a sci-fi film? Unlikely!

    “The thing is, Edward Cullen is a non-threatening, non-sexual ethereal being of childhood fantasy. That is his appeal; where it starts and where it ends. He’s like a Ken Doll with razor sharp teeth who will be outgrown when reality and the rest of your life set in.”

    Edward Cullen is very threatening. At any moment he may bite you and suck your blood out either turning you into a vampire or killing you.

    Edward Cullen is also very sexual. He reigns it back in the first three books because of the whole blood sucking thing mentioned above, but if you’ve read Breaking Dawn then…well…you would know he is very sexual. Robert Pattinson’s hair always has that “just shagged” look, and this is one of teen girls favorite features of his.

    As for when reality and the rest of our lives set in, well I just don’t think Trekkies have much room to talk here. I LOVED Star Trek, but you can’t tell me that being a Star Trek fan is so much more “real” than Twilight, just because they have more creatures. I think reality has settled for me – college loans, jobs, friends are married and having babies. I love Twilight! I don’t get the whole Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, High School Musical thing, modern teenybopper trends do not generally appeal to me. I like Twilight for its deliciousness.

    And also, if you did read Breaking Dawn (I think you didn’t) you would know that they have a few different cross-species pairings. *spoiler alert* Jacob, played by Taylor Lautner, is soul mates with Bella and Edward’s half human half vampire child.

    So, I respect your admiration of Star Trek; Chris Pines and Zachary Quinto are attractive men with excellent acting skills. Enjoy the fact that Trekkies have the reputation as most obsessed fans ever in the history of the world, and let the Twilighters enjoy their yummy Rpattz and Taylor Lautner. We’re not trying to convert Trekkies, so don’t tell us what our interests will be or should be doing!

  6. Thanks for your input 🙂

    I read all four of the Twilight books actually (and Midnight Sun online,) and I'm not a Trekkie either.

    My poison of choice is Harry Potter and Jane Austen to be honest.

    Edward Cullen isn't the vampire Lestat. He's more like…Ken with fangs. I think there is a distinct difference between Edward being based upon Mr. Darcy and Heathcliff — versus being either one. Heathcliff is dangerous, Jasper is dangerous…Edward, eh, not so much.

    Nessie (aka “Did you name my child after the Loch-Ness Monster”) — is a hybrid, yes. But she also is a broken rule in literary fiction and Stephenie Meyer shot herself in the foot with the character's creation. While, the teeny-bopper fan girls will dance and sing her praises, those who grow up, or are grown, will look back fondly — then disregard. You don't set the standards of your “universe” as Meyer did…and then break the rules.

    Good insight on the rest, regardless!

    Best wishes,

    Sasha

  7. Thanks for your input 🙂

    I read all four of the Twilight books actually (and Midnight Sun online,) and I'm not a Trekkie either.

    My poison of choice is Harry Potter and Jane Austen to be honest.

    Edward Cullen isn't the vampire Lestat. He's more like…Ken with fangs. I think there is a distinct difference between Edward being based upon Mr. Darcy and Heathcliff — versus being either one. Heathcliff is dangerous, Jasper is dangerous…Edward, eh, not so much.

    Nessie (aka “Did you name my child after the Loch-Ness Monster”) — is a hybrid, yes. But she also is a broken rule in literary fiction and Stephenie Meyer shot herself in the foot with the character's creation. While, the teeny-bopper fan girls will dance and sing her praises, those who grow up, or are grown, will look back fondly — then disregard. You don't set the standards of your “universe” as Meyer did…and then break the rules.

    Good insight on the rest, regardless!

    Best wishes,

    Sasha

  8. That Pattinson guy looks like a creepy crack-whore if you ask me. I totally agree with you, Star Trek is too epic to compete with.

  9. That Pattinson guy looks like a creepy crack-whore if you ask me. I totally agree with you, Star Trek is too epic to compete with.

  10. 6 years later and i’ve only just watched it, but one thing i will say is Spock tops Edward big time. im not really all that into twlight, mostly because i don’t like vampires that twinkle in sunlight and RPattz look unattractive and couldn’t hold my interest. With Zachary Quinto on the other hand played Spock brilliantly as i have seen a few of the shows, to me a man with smarts is the more attractive person.

    Live long and prosper

    Amy