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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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Star Treks characters bear many similarities as well as differences. Star Trek’s
alien life can vary from very primative to far superior life forms, for example moving
slime to mind controlling midgets. Droids are very human in emotions and in appearance.
Star Trek’s leaders are over-acheiving pioneers who are middle aged, highly experienced,
and unwilling to compromise a mission based on their emotions.
The general background for both Star Wars and Star Trek are very similar, but
some minor details differentiate them. In Star Wars, the mission is fighting to gain peace.
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Star Trek seems to be a more scientific that Star Wars. The everlasting mission is
to search the galaxy and maintain peace. The universe if full of scattered life, but alien life and human life are only partially integrated. The underlying belief in Star Trek stem from beliefs based solely on science, facts, and the tangible. The layout in modern society could be compared to hippie scientists who have a grant from the government to live in a biodome and long to learn more about the world around them.
One must keep in mind, that on the final frontier, a long long time ago in a galaxy
far far away, creativity was the only limit to a science fiction movie. Star Wars and Star
Trek are both similar in their basic approach, but they are both so different that each can also be fully appreciated as its own individual legend. These two very special films have captivated audiences from all ages and backrounds. People for generations to come will enjoy these two classics, regardless of the microexamination by die-hard fans. Hopefully, Star Wars and Star Trek will someday be surpasses by yet another group of science fiction films. But, as literaries have said about Shakespeare’s works, great stories will always live forever, and so will Star Wars and Star Trek.