50 Reasons why Star Wars is Better than Star Trek

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1. Luke Skywalker vs James T. Kirk

Are there two characters that best represent their respective genres better than Luke for Star Wars, and Kirk for Star Trek? Let’s see how each one adds up.

Luke Skywalker:

Born in 19 BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin) a fraternal twin to Leia Skywalker-Organa. His father was the former Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker turned Darth Vader, the Chosen One who was to bring balance to the Force. His mother was the former Queen of Naboo, Padme Amidala. Raised on Tatooine by his aunt and uncle, Luke lived a life of relative peace, helping his Uncle Owen maintain their Moisture Farm.

When two droids entered his life (droids formerly belonging to his father), Luke’s life changed forever, and he began a path toward the truth and a calling as a Jedi Knight/Master. Through the Great Galactic War between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, Luke’s skills as both a pilot and a fearless Jedi warrior in training, helped tip the balance in favor of the Rebels.

James T. Kirk:

James Kirk was born on March 22nd, 2233, in Iowa, USA, Earth. At the age of 19, Kirk began training as an officer, in the officer program at Starfleet Academy. After some years working his way through and serving in several Starfleet commissions, Kirk was given his first starship, the USS Enterprise. Soon after, Kirk made first contact with a group called the First Federation. After that, he became a living legend, captaining the Enterprise through many trials and tribulations. James Kirk is Star Trek, he is the one that comes to mind when someone mentions Trek.

Winner: Luke Skywalker. This wasn’t easy. While I am no Star Trek fan, I would be remiss in not acknowledging that franchise’s main character, in a vast ocean of great characters. However, Luke’s destiny as a Skywalker, as the last Jedi, still has yet to be written. And, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens picking up 30 years after the last time we saw him, Luke’s story will be all the more compelling. Luke Skywalker is Star Wars. More so than his father Anakin, more than his sister Leia, more than his friend Han Solo, Luke embodies the story, the saga that is the greatest franchise in the universe: Star Wars.

Sources – Wookieepeedia, Memory Alpha, StarWars.com