The Age-Old Battle: Star Wars vs. Star Trek [Infographic]

February 25, 2013 |  by  |  Entertainment, Movies
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The world is full of ancient and deep-seated rivalries whose various conflicts make up the stuff of legend. You have the Capulets vs. the Montagues, the Hatfields vs. the McCoys, Spy vs. Spy and so on, but all of these rivalries pale in comparison to one that is set to erupt yet again as early as 2015. One of the things that make this particular rivalry so passionate yet simultaneously divisive is that both sides are now led by the same man: J.J. Abrams.

Abrams has had success with projects like Lost and Cloverfield and received praise for his reboot of the Star Trek film franchise in 2009 (the sequel of which is slated to come out later this year). As if this weren’t enough to firmly plant him as a voice in the world of science fiction, Abrams’ next job is the already much-anticipated new Star Wars movie. Fans of the original films may have concerns for where he will take the series, but with so much experience already under his belt, I think it’s safe to say that Abrams would be a natural choice to take the helm.

Fore more info on the popularity of the pop culture behemoths that are Star Wars and Star Trek, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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  • JoelinPDX

    What Star Wars overwhelming lead in Facebook and Twitter followers proves is that Star Wars fans live in mom’s basement and have nothing better to do than look at Facebook and Twitter. They probably also have wide leads in the numbers on My Space and Pinterest.

    • http://markrojas2.blogspot.com/ Mark Rojas

      no need to mudsling. it also helps that the house of mouse recently acquired the epic that Lucas built. #NeverForget

  • Annonymous Fangirl

    I am a huge fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek. I have taken my love of them both to the extremes of dressing as a Jedi, Sith and a Starfleet officer. I used to go out shopping in both my Next Gen and DS9 command uniforms. I love both equally and don’t think I could choose between them. But from the point of view of human development, surely Star Trek should take the lead. There’s a lot to learn from Star Wars too, but the morals of Star Trek are severely lacking in any show today. It tried to show us how we could be, to better ourselves as a species. Much of the technology dreamed up for Star Trek has become a reality (not saying Star Wars hasn’t, it has). Star Trek taught many lessons on things such as equality. It could make people better themselves. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am now, with the interests that I have, had it not been for Star Trek. As I said before, I am a huge fan of both SW and ST. But I really feel that television is lacking without a new Star Trek series. Soap operas don’t do anything positive for the development of humans, morally or technologically. We need Star Trek back, the lessons it taught and the inspiration it gave. Instead of focusing on our dull existence and blowing each other up, we should be reaching for the stars. They’re within our reach. We could have easily returned to the moon by now and gone to Mars, if we used the money currently used to kill each other to do these things instead. Surely Star Trek deserves some credit for the inspiration it gave?

  • Pak

    Speaking as a huge science fiction fan who has watched (and enjoyed) each star trek/wars movie multiple times, I have to say this: Can we all just admit that these movies are, at best, mediocre science fiction movies and that now that the technology is available could Hollywood please (please please!) start producing better science fiction movies. There are so many excellent books that would actually translate into incredible movies if done right. What are they waiting for?

    • Annonymous Fangirl

      Agreed. Though I wouldn’t call the Star Trek and Star Wars movies mediocre by any means. They were good for their time and had their own appeal – which was sometimes the fact that they were a bit silly. Let’s face it, Ewoks are just teddy bears. However, that’s what made Star Wars what it was and is. It says something for it that a new generation is now into it, despite special effects moving on. Seems to me Star Trek on the whole hasn’t done so well with the next generation (pardon the intentional pun), but I don’t see why? As I said in my previous post, it has so much to teach us and they were well written, fantastic shows with good characters.

      I agree, new Science Fiction movies could be absolutely fantastic if done right. And there’s no reason we couldn’t have some new decent Science Fiction TV series, too *cough* new Star Trek series, please *cough*
      My worry is, with a society obsessed with celebrity/gossip/soap opera-y, teenage romance/sparkly vampire-y stuff, could there be such a thing as a decent Science Fiction series anymore? Look at Stargate – SG1 and Atlantis were fantastic, though Atlantis was sadly cut short. SGU had the potential to be a good series. There was a potentially good storyline there. But it felt so dragged out, and a load of unnecessary stuff was dumped in there. Can we just have a decent series where it isn’t a load of teenagers in some stupid love triangle or something?

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  • Beagle

    How could they forget “Christmas Specials — Star Wars: 1 Star Trek: 0″ Anyone who remembers dancing Chewbacca knows that would push things back in Star Trek’s favor.

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  • BaseDeltaZero

    I thought this was going to be a versus battle thing. Sadness.

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