When it comes to the biggest and most popular science fiction franchises of all time, there are only two that come to mind- George Lucas’ “Star Wars” saga and Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek”. Other the decades, among fans and casual viewers, the debate between which among these two is better has never ceased to become an interesting topic, and hasn’t produced a winner yet. Recently, though, actor George Takei of “Star Trek” fame decided to lend his own thoughts into the debate.
There is no doubt that both “Star Wars” and “Star Trek” have franchises that span over decades, and the appeal for both isn’t dying down anytime soon.
George Lucas’ brainchild, the “Star Wars” saga, tells the story of the tumultuous Skywalker family, and presents a classic space opera about the nature of good and evil.
Meanwhile, Gene Roddenberry’s futuristic “Star Trek” franchise centers around Starfleet captains and their crew, exploring space and discovering new civilizations.
Unlike “Star Wars”, “Star Trek’s” films and television shows focus on ideals, the nature of humanity, and often delves into topics that are philosophical.
Fans, however, cannot make up their minds as to which one is better, as one often has a personal preference, and neither does the world, as this debate is one that has no clear cut answer.
However, recently, actor George Takei, who is most popularly known for portraying helmsman Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu in the original “Star Trek” television show, in an interview with Fortune magazine, revealed his thoughts on the matter.
According to Takei, he believes that “Star Trek” is the better one among the two as he believes that “Star Trek” had an “added dimension” that “Star Wars” didn’t have.
For him, Roddenberry had more vision, especially as he was able to take issues, such as race or politics, and presented them in a futuristic setting. Thanks to this, the themes presented in the films and in the episodes of the various television shows continue to resonate to audiences and viewers across different generations and cultures.
According to Cinema Blend, not only did the “Star Trek” franchise address current issues, but also pushed the envelope when it came to gender and race.
Aside from Sulu, who was Asian, the first “Star Trek” series also had African-American actress Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed communications officer Liuetenant Nyota Uhura.
“Star Trek”, starting with the original series, also had crew members who were of different races- Vulcan, Klingon, Ferengi, ex-Borg, and went on to feature a female captain in “Star Trek:Voyager” with Captain Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew).
“Star Wars” on the other hand, according to Takei, is more of a fantasy story, while “Star Trek” is a little bit more grounded in reality.
However, regardless of this, there is no doubt that both of these franchises have won the hearts and minds of many, and that there is room for both beloved science fiction franchises, that make their presence known in the hallways of convention centers every year.
Which do you prefer- “Star Wars”, “Star Trek” or both? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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