Star 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 in 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.