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Why Star Trek is better than Star Wars

Star Trek or Star Wars?
Oh god, star trek, a million times.

What the hell is Star Wars even about? One nobody from anywhere bringing balance to the force? Using religion to fix politics? I like a good wookie as much as the next nerd but Star Wars was designed to create taglines for action figures to say, not to explore the deeper themes that science fiction is entitled to.

Star Trek, on the other hand, is about everything beautiful and right in the world. A meritocracy where humanoids of all races and species wander the galaxy in a world seemingly free of budget constraints. Where the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, but not in a borg kind of way. Who we are as individuals adds and compliments everyone around us, where we all know Spock will fight for what's logical and Captain Picard will wear whatever the aliens tell him to wear on his head for cermonial purposes and Admiral Janeway doesn't need to introduce herself before giving orders.

And most important... it's a place where engineers are totally cool.

Give me Star Trek any day. Never enough.

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heathersmoo
Apr. 10th, 2015 05:51 pm (UTC)
I can never tell the difference between the two!
spacefem
Apr. 10th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
oh for shame! I am shunning you for at least 24 hours. feel shunned!
brithistorian
Apr. 10th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear! Star Wars was a big part of my introduction to the genre, but Star Trek is the part of the genre I keep coming back to.
excentric397
Apr. 10th, 2015 06:39 pm (UTC)
I completely agree. I used to tell my kids, if you want to learn about things, watch Star Trek. There was religion-gone-wrong, politics, tolerance or the lack thereof, how things change over time. I remember one in particular, where I think it was the Constitution had morphed into something completely different due to mistakes in copying, mistranslation, people not agreeing with something and deleting or changing it, etc. Kind of like the Bible. Star Trek was philosophy in a sometimes really cheesy vehicle, but philosophy none the less. Is none the less one word?
saintvictoria
Apr. 10th, 2015 08:15 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine wrote a post recently on this:

http://smibbo.org/2015/03/15/how-deep-space-nine-made-me-turn-to-the-smart-side-or-goodbye-star-wars/

I am a star trek fan always!
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spacefem
Apr. 11th, 2015 02:14 am (UTC)
engineer's fantasy world!

I feel like if star trek was real life, there'd be a lot of conversations like "you wanted ten people for that away mission? nah you get five. overtime for everybody!"
binaryprecision
Apr. 10th, 2015 09:40 pm (UTC)
Agreed 100%!
geek_flower
Apr. 11th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
George Lucas studied Joseph Campbell's teachings on MYTHOLOGY and RELIGION when applied to storytelling. His teachings were based a lot on symbolism, such as in dreams, and Buddhism. George put a lot of this into his storytelling regarding Star Wars. In my opinion, his only downfall storytelling-wise was his crappy writing of the prequels. Star Trek on the other hand was based mostly on the admirable POLITICAL and SOCIAL views that Gene Roddenberry held.

To me, comparing Star Wars and Star Trek is like comparing apples and oranges. Yes, they're both science fiction works, but the sub-genres of those science fiction works are completely different from each other and make it quite unfair to pick one over the other.

Edited at 2015-04-11 01:20 am (UTC)
gilda_elise
Apr. 11th, 2015 09:46 am (UTC)
I remember reading, years ago, an article that compared the two. It's premise was that Star Wars was about royalty and the power class. Luke may have seemed to be a farm boy, but he turns out to be something of a prince. Little is really seen of the common man, what his feelings were about who would rule him.

Star Trek, on the other hand, was definitely about the common man. Kirk was a farm boy, one who, with intelligence and talent and drive, makes it to the top of his field. And the Federation is definitely a democracy, one that tries to find a place for all its people.
spacefem
Apr. 11th, 2015 12:42 pm (UTC)
precisely!
elfy
Apr. 11th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
Star Trek FTW!

Now: Which do you like most? TOS? TNG? DS9? VOY? Enterprise?
spacefem
Apr. 11th, 2015 12:41 pm (UTC)
oh man!

voyager probably has my favorite characters because I want to BE captain janeway, no doubt. but TNG has the most original individual episodes and encounters. like, voyager had lots of borg encounters but the borg were invented for TNG and appeared there first so I feel like TNG gets the credit... for the borg, and Q, stuff like that.

they're all worth watching, if I was going to a desert island I'd ask for TNG and really miss voyager.
teazle
Apr. 11th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
Have you watched Firefly? Also awesome, with a kickass female engineer. I love TNG and Voyager too.
spacefem
Apr. 12th, 2015 02:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! I watch firefly at least annually, I think, and serenity. Pure gold!
sio
Apr. 13th, 2015 03:14 am (UTC)
i love you for this entry. i seriously do!
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