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Star Wars OR Star Trek?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by FoogieFighters, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. theophilite

    theophilite JeremiahsBulldog bites!

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    Why not both at once?
    Or you might prefer the reboots?
     
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    Sistrin Rightful King of Westeros

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    Earlier today I saw the first preview for the next Star Trek movie. I don't know, it has the feel of an old Chinese Gung-fu movie. Some are already claiming it will end the franchise once and for all.

    Guess we shall see.
     
  3. Eudaimonist

    Eudaimonist I believe in life before death!

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    Babylon 5.

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    And I like Star Trek and Star Wars about the same.


    eudaimonia,

    Mark
     
  4. Armoured

    Armoured ♪Thousands of tonnes of armour and guns ♪ Supporter

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    Star Wars. [/thread]
     
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    Teslafied Watt is love? Baby don't hertz me no more.

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    Star Wars ftw! Big Darth Vader and Kylo Ren fan.
     
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    Messa New Member

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    I grew up with both, and even enjoyed the Star Wars prequels (granted, with a lot of wincing...mostly over the romantic dialog in AotC). Star Wars is good, fun action. Star Trek provides a lot of food for thought. I see them as apples and oranges.

    I still haven't seen the latest Star Wars film. Just haven't been interested. :\
     
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    Really I'm for both. I certainly lean heavily towards Star Wars and never miss a movie but I've seen every episode of Star Trek TOS and most of TNG and love their more realistic take on the future. Technically Star Wars isn't even sci-fi, it's space opera but that's nitpicking and in the end it's all a joy to watch.
     
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    I like Star Trek better than Star Wars but I think Babylon 5 was better than either of them.
     
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    Trek by far!

    When I was a kid nothing was better than Star Wars, but as I've grown up I see the many, many faults in the films. Return of the Jedi is really awful, especially having the fearsome stormtroopers getting murdered by teddy bears.

    When I was a teen I enjoyed Star Trek TNG and since I've grown to love the full Star Trek canon. I find Trek superior because it provides a compelling vision of the future. We can never live in the universe of Star Wars, they is no force, it can and will never exist. But the ideas and ideals or Star Trek are things we can learn from. Granted, I doubt there are vulcans or klingons warping around the galaxy but there are new worlds and potentially other civilizations to make contact with.

    Now, I will say some of Gene Roddenberry's ideas were pie in the sky. While I think something like a United Federation of Planets makes sense I think the idea of global and inter-planetary governments is a stretch. The economics of the 23rd through 24th century is a contentious issue. Early on there were reference to buying and selling, credits and economic activity. But Roddenberry thought capitalism was icky and so Deep Space Nine it was more spelled out; apparently humanity (i.e. the Federation) had given up on money and economic gain for a philosophy of self improvement and work for the greater good. But they do discuss the idea that all these high ideals are just a byproduct of the creature comforts and technology and that if you took away the replicators and sonic showers humans would go right on back to their uncivilized ways.

    Star Trek has also been hugely influential on technology while Star Wars has had zero impact. Trek predicted so many creations; tablets, cell phones, wearable technology, talking computers. We are on the brink of advancements in things like transporters, replicators, tricorders and someday warp drive.

    In Trek we see people solve problems using their knowledge and teamwork. Trek has also proven to be an extremely flexible format. We've had multiple series with different crews and ships. In a series we have episodes exploring deep issues of morality, we also have crime dramas, time travel, action, adventure and romance. Trek delves into the question of what it means to be human, that's what makes it so compelling.
     
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    RDKirk Alien, Pilgrim, and Sojourner Supporter

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