First and foremost let me start by saying I am a trekkie, always have been, always will be. That’s not to say I don’t love a good Star Wars film because I do love, a “good” Star Wars film. The Star Wars cinematic universe has been set up to be one of limitless potential in terms of story telling, characters and visuals. So why they keep telling the same story over and over again is beyond me. But it certainly has the fans to back it up, so maybe they don’t need to do anything different, clearly the number of Star Wars fans has snowballed since the 70s, to give the most recent Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, more than 2 billion at the world wide box office. Still though, the same old story plagues the franchise, and I long desperately for change. Shortly before the writing of this article, the first trailer was released for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, appearing to be something a bit different, the grittier side of the universe one would like to see, suffice to say, it’s given me “A New Hope”, see what I did there?
The Star Trek universe on the other hand, has greatly diversified its story’s. Impressive despite the much more rigid and controlled universe it presents, we’ve seen many different casts, characters, and story’s, spanning movies and TV shows. That said, it’s just not as popular Star Wars, very unlikely that a Star Trek film will make 2 Billion at the box office anytime soon. There are more Star Trek films than Star Wars films at the time of writing this article, but in the coming years that will certainly change. Like so many things in this world, Star Wars is now under the control of Disney, yes that all mighty empire slowly bending the galaxy to its will, see what I did there? That’s not to say that I don’t love good Disney endorsed adventure yarn, because I do love a “good” Disney endorsed adventure yarn. However, I’m not a young child anymore and it’s seems to me that many of today’s big cinema franchise’s are missing an R rated limb. It’s almost as if someone’s cut off one of their hands or something.
Star Treks very specific vision of “our” future is clearly not for everyone, despite a recent rip roaring reboot from director J.J. Abram’s, who’s since been drawn to the other side I might add. Maybe people just aren’t too interested in visions of our own future. Because apparently people of the world can relate better to desert orphans who save the galaxy with nothing but the power of there all brilliant minds, rather than brave space explorers who face moral dilemmas that we ourselves have yet to solve. The true escapism that comes with cinema would see us care quite a lot about the everyday business of a galaxy far far away. But why? I know their will never be a day when a mysterious man cuts my hand off and tells me he’s my father because Captain Kirk will always save me. Something about being the captain of a star ship that indicates an ability to always know what the right thing to do is, and I need to keep my hands so I can type more articles like this one, therefore Kirk wins, well in my opinion anyway. What’s yours?
It’s the 50 year anniversary of Star Trek this year (2016), starting way back in 1966, its 11 years older than Star Wars, yet the fan numbers clearly favour Star Wars over Star Trek. I can honestly say I still have no idea why, so please tell me. Although what I can say for sure is that I missed the Star Wars bandwagon, born to late for the originals, and too early for the prequels. When I was growing up in the late 80s and 90s, Star Trek was all over TV, add to that a film or two was knocking about around that time as well. “Don’t let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship” Shatner shouts at a much younger me, again and again, “because while you’re their, you can make a difference”. So younger me was sold, older me however is far more stubborn and critical, only recently have I begun to appreciate other galaxies far far away, and a long time ago, if only for the potential it has yet to achieve. Feel free to let me know which one is your favourite, Star Wars or Star Trek, and more importantly, why?
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