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Trek Wars

treklogo1Star Trek versus Star Wars.  In my own unscientific background data search I have discovered an animosity between fans of Star Trek and fans of Star Wars.  “Star Trek versus Star Wars: generated over 3,500,000 pages on Google.  “Star Trek is better that Star Wars” had over 800,000 different sites.  Slightly less but still over 800,000 sites for the reverse.  I’m curious as to why.

I’ve been a fan of Star Wars since I saw the first one in the theaters for my 10th birthday.  I have enjoyed all six movies, the comic books, novels, The Clone Wars cartoon from the Cartoon Network.  I even enjoyed the malaigned recent Clone Wars movie.  I can remember sitting in line for tickets for Jedi.  I hauled my kids out of school so we could go the first showing of Revenge of the Sith.  Am I a Star Wars fan? Yes.

I remember sitting down with my father in the early 70’s to watch Star Trek.  The episode was Catspaw.  The opening sequence scared me silly.  I didn’t watch Star Trek again until TMP came out instarwarslogo 1979.  I was intrigued.  This didn’t happen a long time ago in a galaxy far far away; these were humans and their friends just 300 years from now.  I came home from that (admittedly bad) movie hooked.  Was this the show Dad had tried to share with me?  I devoured reruns of the original series whenever I could.  I eagerly anticipated every new movie.  I subscribed to Starlog to get behind the scenes info on the next movie and discovered a whole new world of Science Fiction.  Star Trek was my door to a whole new world of discovery.  When TNG premiered on TV I called in sick to work to see the first episode.  My daughter grew up watching Star Trek with her Daddy.  I joined a creative writing club, Starships of the Third Fleet.  My online identity comes from this club.  Am I fan of Star Trek?  Yes.

What I don’t understand is how some fans of either claim that the other is no good.  Star Trek and Star Wars are (to be cliche) apples and oranges in the big fruit basket of Science Fiction.  The each have their good points and an honest fan will admit that each have their faults as well.  I for one cannot understand we a person cannot be a fan of both.  I am sure I’m not the only one who likes both. but I welcome any fan to explain to me why one is better than the other.

February 10, 2009 - Posted by | Science Fiction, SS3F, Star Trek | , , , , ,


  1. I am a fan of both, but I tend to lean toward Star Wars.

    I have been known to say that had Star Wars not been as successful as it was, Star Trek: the Motion Picture (and sequels including the TV series)would not have been made.

    When I was in eighth grade I went to my first Sci-Fi conventions, where I saw Anthony Daniels, David Prowse and George Takei in person (I have a photo of my Middle School Sci-Fi Club with Anthony Daniels).

    I like them both, but I’m not OCD about either, though I have friends who are.

    Comment by Hank Harwell | February 10, 2009

  2. Which is better, apples or oranges? I like both. But I like bananas best.

    Comment by BerinKinsman | February 10, 2009

  3. Bananas = Dr. Who?

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | February 10, 2009

  4. Bananas equals Dr. Who, Blake 7, Red Dwarf, an heavens only knows what else.

    I used to be a very big Star Wars fan, but the abysmal prequels have disillusioned me a great, great deal. I honestly don’t even enjoy talking about it like I used to. Bitter? Yes. Very.

    Honestly, Star Trek I can usually take or leave. If I had to pick one incarnation of it I would pick TOS. At some point I want to see all of Enterprise from start to finish, also DS9, but TNG and Voyager, meh.

    Comment by drcheckmate | February 10, 2009

  5. The only reason I singled out Star Trek and Star Wars is the fact that I have read some VERY nasty comments about the one from from fans of the other.

    Again, I happen to like both. I am also a fan of most other Science Fiction, Dr. Who, Stargate, Sanctuary, Eureka, Asimov, Heinlien, to name just a few.

    I just want folks who like Trek over Wars or vice versa to tell me why.

    Comment by Vulcan Stev | February 10, 2009

  6. Well, I definitely prefer Star Wars.
    -It doesn’t pretend to be science fiction with nearly the enthusiasm that Trek does.

    -I dig the pseudo-eastern-mysticism.

    -The dirty, analog, lived in look and feel of the Original Trilogy.

    -The Liberal Socialist Utopia of Trek freaks me right the hell out.

    -I dig the themes of rebellion and redemption.

    Comment by drcheckmate | February 11, 2009

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