Outright Classic Geek Picks: Star Trek Vs. Star Wars
With yesterday being May the Fourth, we decided here to attempt to answer that age old question- Star Trek or Star Wars. Let me just say that the answers got heated. This was perhaps the most controversial subject covered by any of the OG staff. And we covered Comicsgate!
Some of our staff was 100% Star Wars. Some of our staff are die-hard devotees to Star Trek. Some just couldn’t decide. And then we’ve got those who just like to watch the world burn and choose something else entirely different!
Tony: The Kobayashi Maru
The Kobayashi Maru by Julia Ecklar. This novel highlights the struggles and triumphs of several of the original Enterprise crew when it came time for them to complete the unwinnable situation. I can still quote passages from Sulu’s story from memory. This isn’t just required reading for fans of Star Trek. This should be required in college level Lit classes that focus on sci-fi writings.
Eric: The Next Generation
Out of everything Star Trek and Star Wars, my favorite thing is Star Trek: The Next Generation. The characters on that show are my favorites and even more than that I love the way the show deals with ethical dilemmas every episode.
Sean: Ground-breaking Stuff
I always wanted to get into Star Trek because it did cool things and was smart, ahead of its time. That biracial kiss, the tech that predicted future (face-time, ipads etc). Also Star Trek is Sci-Fi, Star Wars is Fantasy (and now a little Western with The Mandalorian).
BTW Star Trek: Next Gen just hit on Netflix (just got the notification this second). So I’ll definitely be tuning in to see what all the rage is about and what I missed out on. I know Sean Gordon Murphy recently was talking about how he watches it yearly and I forget which seasons he said were his favorites.. but yeah.. ST:TNG and Battlestar Gallatica have been on my list for a looong time.
I’ll shamelessly admit I missed out on those.
Tarah: Star Trek: Voyager and More
I would have to say I am totally a mix between the two franchises but I enjoy Star Trek way more, mainly the tv series. I am a huge Voyager fan since Captain Janeway was the first ever female Captain and I loved almost every single episode of that entry into Star Trek. Next would have to be Star Trek : The Next Generation because it also had some pretty memorable episodes and cast members namely the two actors who play Riker and Counselor Troi went on to voice act. They appeared in another favorite show of mine Gargoyles where they both voiced Xantos and Demona two of the main villains. It honestly took me to fully re-watch to realize they voiced those characters.
Tarah: New Trilogy Favs
With regards to Star Wars, I prefer the original films to the most recent ones. I did enjoy Phantom Menance. Attack of the Clones as well as the original trilogy. Both have their good and bad is what I would ultimately say.
Leroy: Rise of the Sith
Couldn’t care less about Star Trek. The Abrams were okay I guess.
So my pick is Revenge of the Sith. Hands down the best Star Wars movie of all time.
Tony and Eli: The Empire Strikes Back
Tony: It was the first movie I ever saw in theaters. I saw it all 8 times on opening day when it was re-released in 1997 as a Special Edtion. Hoth is why I love snow so much. It’s very much my happy place. Unless I am driving down the highway at sunset. Then I feel like I am driving an cloud car through Cloud City. I love that movie so much!
Eli: Best movie of all time. And the reason why comic books, video games, action figures, movie theaters, the MCU, Star Trek, Harry Potter, D&D, cosplaying, geek culture, Disney and this Facebook page still exists.
Sean: The Mandalorian, Among Other Things…
I don’t really care for any other new stuff, but that show has my attention and interest. Outside of that I agree with Ei and others on Empire Strikes Back and our OG trilogy.
Kevin: Best of the Video Games
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II. Developed by veteran studio Obsidian at the height of their powers, KOTOR II isn’t just one of the best pieces of Star Wars media ever made, it’s also one of the best RPGs ever made. Featuring deep and complicated characters, a rich, mature story, and not afraid to delve into the “grey” side of the Force and really get into the nitty gritty of the Jedi and Sith and the reality of the hypocrisy of BOTH of their philosophies. There is a reason people have been screaming for years for a KOTOR movie or TV show, because it’s just that damn good.
Brian: Missing the Old Days
I miss the die hard Star Wars fans that love all the movies and the new canon and everything that Disney does, which sounds like just acceptance but I really am just a humongous SW geek.
Angel: Sharing with the Next Generation
I come from a family that loves Star Wars and Star Trek, but for me, Star Wars is my preference. I love the epic feeling of it all, watching a hero’s journey, the struggle between the light and the dark. I’m an easy going fan that loves all things Star Wars – regardless what everyone is bandwagon hating or loving. I wanted to be a Jedi. I wanted Padme Amidala’s beautiful, over the top outfits. I wanted to hop into a ship with my best friend and be the coolest scoundrel in the galaxy. It’s a love I’ve passed along to my nieces, and love sharing with them.
Some People Who Just Want To Watch The World Burn:
John Lee: Spaceballs!
That is all. As much as I enjoy both franchises, I enjoy trolling them more, as if speaking Klingon or knowing that Jabba the Hutt speaks Huttese is going to win you friends or help you influence people. It certainly hasn’t worked for me.
Zack: I Just Can’t Decide
I love both properties equally, the Philosophy in space aspects of Trek and the space opera aspects of Wars. My favorite Trek series was DS9, while I’ve always said the Tales books (From Mos Eisley Cantina, Of The Bounty Hunters, From Jabba’s Palace) fulfill the promise of Star Wars that Skywalker is only one of a thousand epic stories going on at any point in the Galaxy.
Joe: The Blasphemer
Here comes the blasphemy, I’m not a big fan of either Trek or Wars. But I do like something that pulls tropes and themes from those and many other Sci-Fi properties. That something is the Mass Effect games. I love the level of character customization that flows from one game to the next. The different abilities make the combat more fun and way different than most FPS games. The graphics are beautiful, there’s intricate lore & world building, and every game in the series has tons of content. My favorite part is the RPG choices for conversation, morality, and actions in game. Every player gets to make their own story with each play through. Plus there’s some amazing voice talent, including Seth Green!
Don Made A List…
What a broad topic…lol. Soooo……
1. Favorite Star Trek Movie: “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” (1982). Ricardo Montalban reprises his role of Khan Noonien Singh that he had originated in the 1967 episode of Star Trek titled “Space Seed”. To take a great Star Trek TV episode and expand it into a movie 15 years later was brilliant. This is considered to be the best Star Trek movie in the franchise and the greatest role of Ricardo Montalban’s career. It also has the most popular line of his entire career as he tells Captain Kirk: “Revenge is a dish best served cold.” Khan vs Kirk. This is sci-fi action and drama at it’s finest. Even if you haven’t watched a Star Trek episode or movie, you need to watch this! It’s a classic!
2. Favorite Star Trek Episode: “Star Trek: The Next Generation- The Best of Both Worlds, Part 1” (1990). Captain Jean-Luc Picard not only gets captured by the Borg, he gets turned into a Borg! The Borg Cube is nose to nose with the Enterprise. At the time, the Borg were considered to be the scariest and deadliest villains that Star Fleet had to face. The Borg contact the Enterprise, with Picard stating that he is “Locutus of Borg” and to prepare for assimilation. Commander Riker, who is now in charge of the Enterprise, orders Lt. Worf to FIRE! They’re actually going to destroy their captain along with the Borg now that he’s considered to be one with the enemy?! This was the season three finale in June 1990 and we all had to wait until September to find out how it all played out! Genius! That was a long summer wait!
3. Favorite Star Wars Movie: “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980). After the heroic ending at the end of Star Wars: A New Hope, it all starts falling apart for the heroes during this second installment of the franchise (at least according to release at the time, but actually part 5 in the story line. Yeah, I know). Han Solo gets frozen in carbonite. Luke Skywalker gets his hand sliced off by Darth Vader. And if that wasn’t bad enough for Luke, he finds out that the biggest evil in the universe, Darth Vader, is his (Vader: “No. I am your father.”)! NOOOOO! While the first movie ends heroically, this one ends in darkness as all hope seems lost. Possibly the best movie in the series. Another sci-fi movie classic!
4. Favorite Star Wars Episode: “Star Wars Rebels: Twilight of the Apprentice, Part 2” (Season 2, Episode 22) (2016). An animated series that must be watched. It may not be as popular as the Clone Wars animated series, but this series is worth your time. This episode is the finale of the second season that includes Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Ahsoka, Ezra, Kanan, and The Inquistors. This is one for the ages! A showdown for control over an ancient Sith artifact. Darth Maul, a Sith Lord, actually fights side by side with the Jedi against the Inquisitors! Kanan loses his sight, but still battles and defeats Darth Maul once he resorts to his true evil self! We get to see a Ezra, a Jedi apprentice, battle Darth Vader, as Ahsoka comes to his rescue and battles her former master (Anakin Skywalker). We even get to see Anakin behind the mask!. An episode jam packed with special appearances and action! May the force be with you while you watch this!
It has never made sense to me to choose one franchise over the other, when there are so many classic sci-fi moments between the two. The universe is a much better and bigger place when being a fan of both!
William: Ritualistic Love
I look at it like this I love them both Star Trek has been a weekly or daily treat for most of my life where as Star Wars is an EVENT!
A.J. Old and New Favs
I’m one of those STAR WARS purists who only accepts the first three movies as the real deal, but I’m not obnoxious about it : if other people see things differently, I don’t mind.
However, it’s harder for me to show restraint where STAR TREK is concerned, because I really dislike the Kelvin Timeline ( aka NuTrek or the Abramsverse ). Trading the Star Trek ‘Prime’ universe for an alternate-reality version was bad enough, but it’s not even a *good* alternate reality.
I suspect I’m not alone in this assessment – in fact, I think the people who control the STAR TREK franchise know just how bad the Kelvin Timeline is, and that’s why so much new stuff takes place in the Prime universe, e.g., STAR TREK : DISCOVERY, and PICARD, as well as STAR TREK : SHORT TREKS.
On the other hand, I didn’t like DISCOVERY very much, either, so maybe the Kelvin Timeline was just a symptom of wider creative incompetence at the very top. I’m hoping for better things from PICARD and STAR TREK : SHORT TREKS, both of which are on my list of things to watch during the Great Hunker-Down.
Amani: Finding Good In Both
I’m not deep enough into Star Trek but I liked Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, and I kinda like the Star Wars prequels.
Oh! And loving the Mandalorian show.
I think all of these properties are great at world building and storytelling. Not to mention the awesome character designs and personalities.
Raven: Galaxy Force
Never give up. Never surrender! Oh, and the heaving bosom of Sigourney Weaver!
Next Up Is Thomas, Who With His Rant Is Officially OLD…
Star Trek vs Star Wars which is better? This is not really a question of what’s the better franchise, in my mind that’s an easy one. This is more of a question of time. One of my earliest memories is that of walking across the street in downtown Macon to see the new movie phenomenon Star Wars. I remember vaguely holding my father’s hand as we crossed the road and went into the theater to watch the movie. Sadly, I don’t remember seeing Empire in the theater but I’m sure that I did. You see my father was and still is a big movie buff and he would always take us to the movies. Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Predator, Outland and even Clash of the Titans. I remember them all. Things don’t always work out though and my parents eventually split up. My stepfather on the other hand was not a big movie person. At least not in the theaters anyway and we hardly ever went to the movies with him. My stepfather was a big TV/Movie fan in the comfort of one’s own home. It’s here that I discovered Star Trek. Trek came on right after we got home from school. The 80’s was a dream time for TV. After school we would rush home to watch G.I. Joe and Transformers at four followed by TOS at five. It’s there in front of a little B&W TV that my love of Trek was born. Kirk, Spock and McCoy every day encountered a new adventure they managed to overcome everyday in the span of 51 minutes. That continues I imagine for a couple of years until Next Gen and as they say the rest is history. Both of these franchises mean a lot to me for different reasons. My favorite episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series would have to include “The Enterprise Incident”, “Amok Time”, “Balance of Terror”, “The Man Trap”, “Trouble with Tribbles”, “All our Yesterdays” and “For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky”. Next Gen is a little harder as it concentrated on characters more than their adventures. They would have to include “The Best of Both Worlds” and the forgotten masterpiece “Conspiracy”. Star Wars is easier because it seems that my love of Star Wars stopped at some point and if I watch Star Wars now it is either Episode 4 or 5 of which 5 is the better. But being forced to pick Star Trek The original series has been and always be my favorite.
And Here’s Gaumer With Tonight’s Final Thought…
Comparing Star Trek and Star Wars just isn’t fair. Sure, they both have Star in the title and they happen to take place mostly in space, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Trek is pure science fiction firmly rooted in the ideals of its creator, even (arguably) to this day, while Wars is more of a fantasy epic that just so happens to have some traditional sci-fi elements. It’s not only unfair to compare them, but it’s also a disservice to both franchises by implying one is somehow better than the other. But I get it, so there is a singular trope shared by both franchises that make both the mainstays of popular culture they have become: Found Family.
Both Star Trek and Star Wars take a group of diverse and compelling individuals, and brings them together through a series of trying and daring events, leaving behind what can only be called A Family. Whether it’s the ragtag Rebels in the Millennium Falcon or the voyagers of the starship Enterprise, it’s that element of discovering those who are considered family through the events of the lives they live together that makes both Star Trek and Star Wars the popular hits they are today.