Look, there’s been a lot of complaining about the Google TV Remote that Sony let loose upon the world in an ad shown on ABC Nightline. I say let loose because people are calling it a monstrosity, a gigantic anomaly from another dimension. Or from the 80’s, as some have pointed out.

It’s not. As long as Sony actually comes up with good uses for all those buttons, and Google TV itself lives up to the hype, there’s no reason for not enjoying some oversized mixture between a remote control device and a Star Trek command deck console.

Google, on the other hand, is making an app that will let you control Google TV from the comfort of your very own Android smartphone. It’s up to you, but I’d rather my friends call me Commander when they come over to watch TV.

The Sony remote has full QWERTY keyboard, directional controls, and switches for channel selection and volume and everything else you can imagine in this reality or another. And if Google TV ever gets functions that would benefit from a keyboard, you’ll have the last laugh.