So here we are in 2016 and it's shaping up to be a great year for both these franchises. Star wars: The Force Awakens made a ton of money, while Star Trek celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year with Star Trek Beyond hitting the movies theatres on July 22nd. Yay!
Both franchises have been successful in rebooting their respective series (I'm ignoring the dismal Star Wars prequel here!) and I'm looking forward to some really good movies for years to come.
I thought this would be a good time to start a debate over which series is better: Star Trek or Star Wars. (I'm probably just being a bitter person because I fully expect that The Force Awakens will gross more money than Star Trek Beyond and I don't think it's fair).So set your phasers on stun, raise your light sabres high, let the battle begin. As you have probably clued in by now, I think Star Trek wins hands down over Star Wars for a number of reasons which I'll outline below.
No Jar Jar Binks!
This pretty much speaks for itself. Binks was probably the most annoying, despicable creature in the history of sci fi cinema. And although he takes the top prize for sheer stupidity, Lucas created other annoying characters as well, such as cute, cuddly Ewoks (obviously designed for marketing merchandise) not to mention dull characters ridden with cliché scripts.
Star Trek had some of the most ingenious and innovative stories based on time travel. "City on the Edge of Forever" was one of its best stories with Kirk going back in time and falling in love, then having to let her die to restore the timeline. "The Voyage Home" had the crew going back in time to save the whales and avoid destruction in the future." Yesterday's Enterprise brought back the deceased Tasha Yar from an alternate reality and let her go back in time to make her death meaningful. Great concepts.
Diversity of plots and genres
Star Trek has crossed the genres of drama, comedy, allegorical stories, social commentary, action, morality plays and high-concept sci fi ideas. Star Wars pretty much tells the same story over and over. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was simply a retread of "A New Hope." The series actually began 'riffing' itself back in 1983 with "Return of the Jedi" which recycled concepts from the previous two movies with another light sabre showdown between Luke and Vader, another Death Star, another party scene with weird aliens. But of course there was Leia's gold bikini to please young fanboys.
The true definition of a cultural icon. Anyone in the world could be shown a picture of Leonard Nimoy as Spock and there are very few people who wouldn't recognize his character or the quote "Live long and prosper."
Weird resolutions to romances
Let's just put it this way. Chakotay never fell in love with Janeway only to discover she was his sister. Just disturbing.
Borg Cubes vs. Death Stars
The Borg have thousands of cubes throughout the galaxy. Vader only had one Death Star and every time it got destroyed, he had to spend years building another one.
Phasers are more practical than lightsabres
Seriously, who would stand a chance in a duel with a light sabre if the other guy can incinerate you from fifty yards away?
Star Trek wasn't afraid to push the boundaries back in the 60's by having a multicultural crew on the bridge, including a Russian, Asian, Black woman (and a Vulcan). This was unheard of during those years. Star Trek also televised the first interracial kiss on television, which barely got past the censors of those days.
Starting with the iconic USS Enterprise, as well as Romulan Warbirds and Klingon Birds of Prey, Star Trek has way better ships. The Millennium Falcon looks like a bunch of garbage cans glued together in comparison.
Science over magic
Star Trek solves problems through science and intelligence, not a belief in a supernatural force. A number of early concepts in Star Trek led to innovations in science and technology including computers,, cell phones and other technology.http://entertainment.howstuffworks.c...chnologies.htm
Star Trek has a wealth of memorable bad guys: Khan, the Borg, Q, Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians. Star Wars only had Vader and Kyle Ren who looks like a Vader Wannabe.
Star Trek will continue to boldly go where no one one has gone before with original stories and new concepts, while Star Wars seems doomed to keep retreading the same old stories from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Star Trek rules!