Today’s Problem – Star Wars vs Star Trek
I’d like to start this post by saying that I’m not going to take a side in the timeless battle between Star Wars and Star Trek. Frankly, I love them both equally, and for different reasons. I don’t understand why the war between these two sci-fi franchises even exists. Why can’t us geeky Millennials just all get along? We should be cherishing both of these franchises collectively. Because at this point in time, we Millennials have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the very best material that these franchises have to offer, and even more is coming our way! This divide needs to stop being a problem.
Star Trek is interesting in the fact that it has enjoyed considerable success in both film and television. Star Wars has obviously enjoyed success in both as well, but I’d say that Star Trek edges it out in the television sector. The original Star Trek series only lasted about three seasons, but the success of the movies that followed it led to several great tv series. My personal favorite is The Next Generation; but Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise all have loyal fans as well. Star Trek in general has done a pretty good job at staying relevant throughout the years, even though the more recent movies have not been big hits with fans (including myself).
Speaking of maintaining relevance, Star Trek actually just had its annual convention this past weekend. It took place in Las Vegas and seems to have been pretty star-studded, with Shatner and the likes partaking in the festivities. #STLV saw a lot of Twitter action from its participants. My Twitter feed was as blown up as a Klingon Bird of Prey dropping out of stealth directly in front of the Enterprise-D. Gates McFadden (Dr Beverly Crusher) was especially active and provided some very entertaining commentary throughout the entire weekend. I definitely recommend following her, even if you aren’t much of a Trek fan.
To round out this quick Star Trek discussion, the franchise has its fair share of great characters. In order to avoid a huge monologue about which characters are the best and why, I’ll simply give you a quick list of some characters and my particular designations for them.
- Best Captain: Gotta go with Jean Luc Picard. This may have to do mostly with my fondness for TNG, but Picard is just great all of the time. Always cool under pressure and constantly matches wits with the most dangerous of villains. And don’t forget that one time he told Wesley to shut up!
- Most Annoying: Neelix. Hands down. The Jar Jar Binks of Star Trek.
- My Favorite: Data. He’s a fully functional android who has an answer and solution for everything. Also, he makes for one mean Shakespearean actor.
As I said before, both of these sci-fi franchises have done well for themselves in the sectors of film and television. Star Wars started in film, and I feel that’s where it’s main strength lies. Sure Episodes I-III didn’t live up to expectations, but to be fair those expectations were pretty high because of the first films. Also, we all knew what was going to happen eventually. Jedi prodigy is found. Gets some teaching. Experiences hardship. Goes through a gloomy phase (sounds like Middle School to this point). Turns to the dark side. Becomes mostly a robot. Anyways, the first films told such great stories, and with such great character development, that they now remain purely timeless and will entertain generations well past Millennials.
As for what’s going on right now in the Star Wars universe, obviously there’s Episode VII. I’ve mentioned being pumped for Episode VII before, so I’ll table that for now, but this is going to be an awesome part of the Millennial lifetime experience. Most of us didn’t get to partake in the first releases of the Star Wars films (Episodes V and VI barely made it into the 80’s). Sure there was the theatrical reissue of these movies in the 90’s, but they weren’t the true originals. And like I said, Episodes I-III weren’t really “new” stories. For the first time in our lifetime, we’ll get to view brand new original Star Wars films. This is truly something to be proud of as Millennial geeks.
And now for Star Wars character designations!
- My Favorite: I’m gonna be lame here and just choose two. Han Solo and Boba Fett. Both so amazing, I just can’t choose one. Have to show them both some love. Gotta love a scruffy looking nerfherder and an intergalactic bounty hunter/man of mystery. Fett definitely survived that sarlacc pit.
- Most Annoying: Jar Jar Binks. The Neelix of Star Wars. Robot Chicken demonstrates this perfectly.
- Most Loyal Companion: Chewbacca. Faithful co-pilot and Holochess master. Don’t anger him though. Never anger a Wookiee.
Solving The Problem
Hopefully I’vs shown at least a little about how both of these franchises have a lot to offer equally. As a lover of both Star Wars and Star Trek, I really would like for fans of both to coexist. I think us Millennials, and people in general, can sometimes be pushed into having to choose one thing over another. Let’s just put this one to rest and move on. Here are some possible solutions for bringing fans of the series together.
- Get a taste of the other side: Maybe each set of fans would like the opposite franchise more if they just gave it a try. There could be a day of Star Wars activities for Trekkies, and vice versa. Or we could start out smaller if a day may be perceived as overwhelming. There’s a plethora of possibilities here.
- Force the fans to get along: There’s always the option of throwing everybody in a room together and not letting them out until they accept each other. Of course that could just result in mayhem and lead to a massive physical altercation. Yeah, maybe this isn’t really an option…
- Make a truce: Let’s sign a treaty or something. Be diplomatic. Both franchises can have a representative. Hamill for Star Wars. Nimoy for Star Trek. Just spitballin’ here. It can be made official by launching the treaty into space.
Quiet you, Admiral Ackbar!
Where do you stand on Star Wars vs Star Trek? Please share fellow Millennial Geeks!