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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im with you, star wars blows star trek out of the water.
I have a very difficult time not groaning whenever I watch an episode of Star Trek. That being said I loved the 2009 Star Trek movie, possibly more than the Star Wars movies. That being said I am definitely a Star Wars guy. There are more good Star Wars movies, and many, many good games including Battlefront II which remains my all time favorite shooter. I have only ever played one good Star Trek game, and when I told my mom that I'd vaporized Tuvok she got legitimately angry with me. I think the reason that Star Wars produces so many more good things is that it is based in reality, people fight and there's always a war somewhere. In Star Trek you're following a space-Columbus.
hard to say really the three original star wars movies are terrific but the newer ones are clearly sub par i know very little of the classic star trek shows/movies but i really enjoyed the new reboot and am looking forward to the next installment overall STAR WARS
Mr. Turi, you don't know what kind of Pandora's box you've opened with this debate. For me, it's complicated. Star Wars will always be my first love, but Star Trek grows on you. In the long run, I believe Star Trek will stay with me a lot more. . . as long as J. J. Abrams doesn't run it into the ground first.
Star Wars all the way. But, I did get into "The Next Generation" back in the nineties. More realism goes to StarTrek but, overall in enjoyment and a fleet to fleet fight, I go Star Wars any day.
You are asking a question about Science Fiction, not Future Fantasy, so Star Trek.
But if I had to choose it would be Star Trek.
I'm like Star Wars better, but I don't think Star Trek is bad and I think this kind of discussions are only good to create bad feelings.
I have never watched Star Trek and I never will. I have watched Star Wars though and I like it.
Star Wars most definitely. I cud never get into star trek. Cheesy lookin cast an characters.
I love them both.
Neither. Mother-frakking Battlestar Galatica!
But maybe Star Wars if we choose to ignore the prequels. But I do like Star Trek...
No clear winner for me.
Depends if you're talking about original trilogy or the prequels. If it's the original trilogy, then Star Wars hands down. Star Trek is campy and badly acted, and focuses too much on technobabble.
Both. Star Wars for the Expanded Universe, and the original trilogy. Star Trek for the original series, TNG, and Deep Space 9.
I choose Lord of the Rings. That's an option, right?