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'Star Trek' vs. 'Star Wars,' episode 3: Shatner strikes back!

William Shatner thinks he could still make his original Captain Kirk costume work.
William Shatner thinks he could still make his original Captain Kirk costume work.Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

The back-and-forth “Star” battle between William Shatner and Carrie Fisher is far from over — at least if the latest shot from Shatner is any indication.

The man behind “Star Trek’s” Captain Kirk first kicked off the feud when he declared his franchise superior to Fisher’s “Star Wars” efforts in an online video. The actress soon responded in a clip of her own, criticizing all things “Trek” and challenging Shatner to a face-off in their old school costumes. She’d wear her classic metal bikini, if he could squeeze into to his vintage duds.

Of course, Shatner soon had a YouTube response ready.

“You know, talk about special effects,” he began, addressing one of "Star Wars" alleged advantages. “It’s true, ‘Star Wars’ did have the best special effects. In fact, everything about 'Star Wars' was special effects. I envy the special effects. The only thing is you guys forgot about story and character and plot development — those kind of basic things.”

Ouch! And it didn’t help matters that Shatner made most of that statement while a photo of the much-maligned “Wars” character Jar Jar Binks played across the screen.

But the actor wasn’t simply satisfied going after the films. He had something to say about Fisher slipping into her old Princess Leia garb, too.

“As for you in a bikini and me in my original costume, I don’t know if we’re ready for you in a bikini,” he joked.  “My costume was made of a stretch material, so there wouldn't be any difficulty in giving it a push here and there ... 'But you in a bikini? Now? (That) needs a little more than push and pull. It needs a lot of uplift.”

A double-handed gesture went along with that last line, but you’ll have to watch the clip to get the full effect.

“See ya, Carrie,” Shatner then said with a salute.

What do you think, “Star” fans? Is the franchise battle coming to an end now, or will Fisher return fire? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


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