Back in the day, Star Trek was the go-to franchise for geek TV crushes. Recently though, with Gene Roddenberry's universe making more waves on the big screen than small, we have to give the TV hottie crown to the many great shows from cult TV favorite Joss Whedon.
," Whedon's ongoing tribute to beautiful, doe-eyed ladies, back for another season we feel it's time to make a case for Whedon as the king of strong, sexy heroines. Can the ladies of Whedon stand up to the babes of Star Trek? Find out below, and tell us your picks in the comments.
Round 1: T'Pol (Jolene Blalock) vs. Faith/Echo (Eliza Dushku)
Dushku first came to our attention
as bad-girl vampire slayer Faith
and continues to inspire devotion in Whedon fans as "Dollhouse"'s lead doll. Meanwhile, "Enterprise"'s T'Pol is one sexy Vulcan, but she always seemed like a poor man's Seven of Nine.
Round 2: Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) vs. Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar)
Blonde, kickass and easily the biggest female stars in their respective franchises, Seven of Nine and Buffy have inspired scores of creepy fan fiction the world over. While we love Buffy, Seven of Nine gets the edge here for that skintight spacesuit. Now if only Ryan could find another role worthy of her ample talents.
Round 3: Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) vs. Willow (Alyson Hannigan)
Both gingers, both fan favorites. But Willow clearly takes the crown for being adorable, hilarious and having one of the most realistic (and sexiest) lesbian relationships on television. All Crusher ever gave us was that annoying dork Wesley.
Tasha Yar (Denise Crosby) vs. River Tam (Summer Glau)
Crosby was a breakout star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation
" early on, but once the producers killed off her character the show lost 95 percent of its sex appeal. Meanwhile, Summer Glau
has had the best career of any of "Firefly"'s many attractive babes, headlining "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" and joining "Dollhouse" for its second season. Still, Yar paved the way for Kara "Starbuck" Thrace and other tough-as-nails lady spacefarers.
Hoshi Sato (Linda Park) vs. Penny (Felicia Day)
Sato, the hottest communications officer outside of Uhura, kept viewers guessing with her crush on fellow "Enterprise" crew member Ensign Mayweather. Meanwhile, Penny is the object of Dr. Horrible's (Neil Patrick Harris) misguided affections. While Sato could have become a breakout star had "Enterprise" continued, we have to go with geek fave (and "Guild" co-creator/star) Felicia Day
for this one.
Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) vs. Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres)
Gorgeous and groundbreaking, Uhura locked lips with Kirk and looked great in go-go boots. Meanwhile "Firefly" pilot Zoe was super-tough and the heart and soul of the "Serenity." Still, it's hard to beat Uhura's famous miniskirt.
Ensign Lefler (Ashley Judd) vs. Kaylee Frye (Jewel Staite)
Though only in a couple of episodes, the young Judd (in her first TV role) left a memorable impression as Wesley Crusher's adorable pal. Meanwhile, plucky Kaylee is the kind of crush-worthy gal next door you'd want by your side on the ship while fleeing from Reavers.
Inara (Morena Baccarin) vs. Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis)
One is a sultry empath with a weakness for both chocolate and the mighty beard of Jonathan Frakes. The other is a space prostitute, er, "companion" whose "will they or won't they" tension with roguish captain Mal drove fans crazy. Tough call here, but we have to go with the classy space harlot.
Verdict: Joss Whedon, the geek favorite with an eye for the ladies. Well done, Mr. Whedon. Well done.
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