Released in 1984, The Last Starfighter is sometimes accused of borrowing too many themes and plot points from contemporaneous sci-fi fare, including the Star Wars trilogy.
But conversely, one element of The Last Starfighter reappears only a few years later in Star Trek: The Next Generation: the term Betazoid.
- In The Last Starfighter, the term refers to a type of robot / android / replicant.
- In TNG, the term refers to a race of telepathic / empathic humanoids from the planet Betazed.
Given that TNG hit the air only three years after Starfighter was released, is there a connection here, or is the appearance of the term in TNG a mere coincidence?