Okay, people, here’s a thought experiment. Somewhere, somehow, there’s been a massive multidimensional cross-rip and a Star Wars stormtrooper ends up in a shootout with a Star Trek redshirt. Who survives?
Stormtrooper: Canonically weak-minded. May be vulnerable to distracting shouts of, “Hey! Are those the droids you’re looking for?”
Redshirt: Canonically unlucky against lethal aliens. Do stormtroopers count as alien?
Stormtrooper: Trained in marksmanship by the Imperial Academy, which seems to mean “good aim unless you’re shooting a main character or something fuzzy.” Alas for our poor redshirt, he or she is likely not fuzzy.
Redshirt: Trained by Starfleet, which tends to result in good aim except against man-eating monsters. The stormtrooper should be fair game.
Stormtrooper: Armed with a blaster that can be set to stun.
Redshirt: Armed with a phaser, but ditto.
Stormtrooper: Has armor, which may or may not help against phasers.
Redshirt: Does not. Better dodge.
Stormtrooper: Usually comes in patrols of at least two. Either backup’s nearby or he’s twitchy because it’s not.
Redshirt: Number varies; may be a lone guard or separated from a larger away mission. In which case they’ll also be distracted.
Stormtrooper: Usually in stark white armor with black accents, will have a hard time taking advantage of camouflage.
Redshirt: Well. The name says it all.
On the surface, it would seem these two opponents are fairly evenly matched. I’m sure true Trekkers or denizens of the Expanded Universe can come up with a multitude of reasons as to why this is not actually so. Make your case! State your evidence! Who survives?
Or as we might say… who shot first?