Star Wars or Star Trek? March 30, 2013Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
Tags: Darth Vader, Galaxy Quest, Star Trek, Star Wars
Our friend Ben read an article on the Yahoo! home page this morning about how a recent sci-fi convention pitted “Star Wars” against “Star Trek.” They had four psychologists analyze four key features of both franchises to see which one dealt with the issue better, then asked the attendees to vote for which was the better series. It appeared that, thanks to the films and subsequent series that supplemented the original TV series, at the end of the day “Star Trek” edged out “Star Wars.”
I myself would have voted for “Galaxy Quest,” the parody of “Star Trek,” as by far the best of either. But then, I didn’t grow up with “Star Trek,” so I have no iconic feelings about it and just think it looks hokey, like “Lost in Space,” which at least had the humorous villain, Dr. Smith, constantly screaming “Oh the pain! The Pain!” to riotous effect.
I did love Data in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” And of course I loved Darth Vader, Han Solo and Yoda in “Star Wars.” But was that really enough to offset all the holier-than-thou, wooden characters with their moral messages? In “Star Trek,” no. In “Star Wars,” yes. Darth Vader alone was enough to offset the sickening Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia.
But I’d still vote for “Galaxy Quest.” You?