Star Wars Vs. Star Trek

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Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Throughout the past two decades, two science fiction cult classics have rivaled

each other. Both have strong followings of loyal fans that live and breathe these classic

tales. Lunch boxes, t-shirts, masks, bed sheets, and figurines are only some of the

merchandising offspring of these two epic films. Star Wars and Star Trek certainly share

many similarities being the benchmarks for the genre of science fiction movies.

While the similarities are not difficult to see, especially when many people confuse their

names to be the same thing, differences account for he greatness of each movie. If one

were to place a Trekie (Star Trek fan) and a Star Wars maniac fan in the same room,

surely only one would get out alive. This is because Star Wars and Star Trek are very

arguably different. Although Star Wars and Star Trek are both stunning examples of

modern science fiction, they are not the same. Star Trek and Star Wars each posses

similar and different general concepts, themes, and motives.

First of all, the technology of Star Trek and Star Wars hold some similarities, but

mostly differences. Star Wars has the superior weaponry. Star Wars has lightsabers

(highly dignified glowing swords that slice titanium doors like nuclear powered

chainsaws), laser blasters, planet destroying canons, and mystical energy called “the

force.” In Star Wars, most ships are capable of light speed, which can move their ships to

different galaxies in seconds. Radically shaped battle ships and battle stations also add to the weapon arsenal. All in all Star Wars has stunning fictional technology which really

creates the right atmosphere for the dialogue.

Star Trek, however, seems to have a more realistic approach to technology. Star

Trek has pathetic tasers which look like garage door openers, but can be set to stun to

preserve life instead of vaporizing it. The Star Trek vessels also posses photon torpedoes,which seem to always be deflected by the enemies shields. Star Trek ships posses warp speed, which is a common caracteristic with Star Wars’ lightspeed. The starships are very attractive and streamlined, but hold a more realistic and practical appearance. Star Trek’s technology resembles the most likely future of technology, which adds to the realism of Star Trek.

Next, Star Wars and Star Trek have similarities and differences in characters. Star

Wars tends to have very primitive alien life, for example the wookies and ewoks. Droids

are nearly human with minor programming restrictions, but they do resemble tin cans and

gold foil mannequins. The leaders are headstrong rebels who are very young,

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