Guys. Guys. You guys. Look. Star Wars and Star Trek both have "Star" in the title, but that doesn't mean we can't fervently love both franchises. This is not a sports rivalry. This is not Duke versus Carolina. This is not Jacob versus Edward (about which I know next to nothing, but a lot of other people with matching chromosomes do. And they take that rivalry pretty f*cking seriously.)
Star Wars? Is six movies. Seven, if you count The Clone Wars. Which I don't.
Star Trek is eleven movies and thirty seasons of serial television, encompassing seven hundred and twenty seven episodes in all. And yes, some of them are awful.
Just like the Star Wars prequels.
So let's just throw out the crappy phoned-in episodes of Star Trek and pretend the Star Wars prequels didn't happen.
Both franchises involve SPACESHIPS AND SPACE, but they aren't about the same thing.
Star Wars is about redemption. And loyalty. And why fascism is bad and Han Solo (or Slave Leia if you're a dude, or both if you're into that) is the sexiest anything ever. Star Trek is about humans convincing ourselves that we don't suck - only to find out that we still sort of do - so we gallivant about the galaxy trying not to suck. Star Wars is about what people are like when we're awesome, even though we kind of suck. Star Trek is about what people would be like if we were awesome, but still sucked sometimes. Star Wars is a character piece. Star Trek is a morality play.
Check us out! BFFs! Hey! Where are you going? To have sex and play football? FINE.
Star Wars is about its characters. Star Trek is about an idea.
Star Wars happened to some other folks a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Star Trek happens to us in a few hundred years.
Yes. The Empire could crush the Federation with one or two well-placed Death Star blasts. But the Empire? Was a bunch of Assholes.
Star Wars and Star Trek aren't rivals. They're not even playing the same game. Saying you can't love one if you love the other is like saying you can't root for the Dodgers if you're a Laker fan.
The one thing I'm sure we can all agree on? Pre-Sith Anakin Skywalker and Season 1-3 Wesley Crusher were equally annoying.
These are the things that keep me up at night, people.
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