The lights are on
One group's ambitious quest to build a full-scale Millennium Falcon has Star Wars on our minds. Nerds love arguing for the things we love. Few nerdy fires rage as brightly as the debate over Star Trek or Star Wars being the superior science-fiction series. So out with it, already: Rancors or Romulans? Kirk or Luke? The Force or beamin' up?
Let me start. My first true introduction to sci-fi involved seeing Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope when the special editions hit theaters. The easy-to-follow story, lightsaber fights, and bad-ass Han Solo were enough to hook me on the space opera. I patiently waited for the other two films in the original trilogy to release, and instantly fell in love with Boba Fett, speeder bikes, and the Battle of Hoth. Layer on a generous helping of Star Wars merchandise and games like Dark Forces to play with, and my fandom was sealed.
Around that time I would also catch episodes of the original Star Trek TV show. I didn’t have the perspective I have now, so I didn’t appreciate how seminal the series was to all science fiction. The cheesy acting, fake-looking monsters, and slowly paced episodes couldn’t keep my attention. Also, the terrible Star Trek games never could stack up against the Super Star Wars series, further solidifying my opinion. Since then I’ve attempted to get into the Star Trek series, but it never sticks.
I confidently call myself a Star Wars guy, by a huge margin. I respect Star Trek and hope to experience the series' entire, massive offering, but I'd rather rewatch the original Star Wars trilogy any day.
Make your case for either, or both, in the comments below.
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Star Trek can suck Star Wars' balls!
I know I am not the only one, but why not both? Honestly, both franchises are uniquely distinct and different in characters, internal philosophies, medium methodology, socio-political representations, religion, etc... that I enjoy both of them. Each has its own unique strengths and weakness that I can't honestly disown one over the other in my collection, Saturday morning watching, or passion of characters and lore. Each speaks and resonates with me in a different way that I have never been on the fanboy train to such a degree that I pit one universe against the other. I am saw Return of the Jedi at the drive in, stayed up late to watch new episodes of The Next Generation, saw the remixed Original Trilogies in the theater, Thoroughly enjoyed Abrams Star Trek, and through all of these viewings enjoyed them, recognized issues I had with various iteration but still love both equally--warts and all.
Big fan of both. But Star Wars is superior. Also the games, toys, and universe that have been built around the Star Wars universe is epic. Oh and Legos.
Star Wars! It's an amazing story.
Star Trek hands down.