50 Reasons why Star Wars is Better than Star Trek

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48. Fantasy vs Science Fiction

The basis for every argument between Star Wars fans and Star Trek fans is the reality of both genres. This is a silly argument because it’s comparing apples to oranges. Star Wars is a fantasy franchise, that happens to take place in a galaxy far, far away. Star Trek‘s setting is in the future of the human race.

Star Wars: 

  • Setting — A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
  • Genre — Fantasy
  • Overlying theme — The Force guides and surrounds everyone and everything.
  • Constant wars are fought over who controls the galaxy. The usual Heroes vs Villains trope.

Star Trek: 

  • Setting — The future of mankind
  • Genre — Science Fiction
  • Overlying theme — Exploration of both known and unknown space.
  • Earth has aligned with many other planets and species to form the Federation of Planets.

Look, I know that Star Trek has it’s place in the fun of Science Fiction, but when scientists like Neil deGrasse Tyson feels the constant need to dissect the physics of Star Wars in order to disprove the flying capability of the Millennium Falcon, then it’s a step too far. I don’t know about you, but when I want to lose myself in a movie, I don’t want to worry about how lightsabers aren’t practical and the Force is a hokey religion.

Winner: Star Wars. George Lucas never claimed to be base his masterpiece in reality. It’s fantasy, pure and simple, and that’s why it is so much better than Star Trek. Because, when the limits of what is scientifically possible are thrown out the window, then beautiful things can happen, like an insubordinate officer being invisibly choked by the Force.

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