Star Trek versus Star Wars

This is one of those eternal debates, like Coke vs. Pepsi.  They have staunch fans on both sides and not many are in the middle.  For instance, I prefer Coke.  Pepsi is okay, but it’s sweeter and gives me a bad aftertaste.  Coke tends to refresh me far better.

As for Star Trek and Star Wars, I’m on the side of Star Trek.  That doesn’t mean I don’t like Star Wars.  I do, and I’m interested in the upcoming movies.  But I’ve been a big fan of Star Trek since I started faithfully watching it around 1990 with The Next Generation.  I had seen the original series before, but that was back when I was watching Saturday morning cartoons.  It wasn’t until I was starting Junior high school that I began to appreciate it.

Star Trek has it all, a vast history with numerous species and cultures all working together for peace.  It’s an ideal future, except that there are enemies to contend with.  The kind of society in Star Trek is something I’d love to live in.  Going to another planet would be fairly easy.  It was written to be like a utopia.  Of course, it’s not perfect, but it seems to be a far better life than we have today.

Star Wars tends to have more fantasy elements to it.  While I prefer reading fantasy over science fiction, I’d rather watch science fiction over fantasy.  Star Wars feels less realistic to me, more fantastic, more dramatic.  Dramatic is okay, but sometimes it’s over the top, like Hayden Christensen’s acting.  I do really enjoy the original trilogy, though.  It’s fun to watch repeatedly.

However, I find the depth in Star Trek to be far more engaging, making it number one to me.  It’s only logical for me to pick Star Trek.

How about you?  Are you a Star Trek or Star Wars fan?  Leave a comment, and live long and prosper!