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Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Which Space Saga Reigns Supreme?

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Hand-held weapon: lightsaber vs. phaser

Star Wars: Jedi and Sith alike use lightsabers for offense and defense. These weapons of blazing light primarily resemble swords, but variations such as double-bladed lightsabers, shotos and lightwhips exist, as well. Lightsabers cut through most objects without much resistance, and their light beams can deflect enemy fire. The blades make a distinct hum alone and crackle loudly when knocked against another lightsaber. Their color depends on the focusing crystals used during the construction of the weapon.

Star Trek: Phasers shoot beams of energy and can stun, kill or disintegrate an enemy. They're often mounted on ships, but hand-held phaser guns of all types are most recognizable. Phaser beams can cut through rock and spacecraft, may be widened or focused and emit a marked whistle or hum depending on their settings. Beam color may change when the resonance frequency is adjusted.

Point: Star Wars, because lightsabers can defend as well as kill.

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Know-it-all: C-3P0 vs Spock

Star Wars: BFFs with R2-D2, droid C-3P0 is fluent in over six million forms of communicaiton. He's called upon when diplomacy and knowledge about cultural customs are needed, and he often scouts terrain and enemies with R2. Ol' Goldenrod is a math whiz, and he'll happily tell you the odds of a mission's success.

Star Trek: Spock is Kirk's best (and most confounding) friend. The pointy-eared Vulcan is logical almost to a fault and provides the best "outsider's" viewpoint to his captain. He usually solves problems with astounding intelligence, but he's not above using the Vulcan Nerve Pinch or pretending to be "Spocko" to outwit a bunch of gangsters.

Point: Star Trek, because logic is the beginning of wisdom, not the end.

Up next: spaceships and destruction.

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Eileen Rush
Eileen Rush

Star Wars is epic and archetypal. Star Trek is campy but legendary -- and a big (well not THAT big) and memorable part of my childhood. Bones! Beam me up, Scotty! Warp speed. Live long and prosper! Klingons (sp?) and those clingy polyester shirts (so 70s)! I have to admit I was in love with Captain Kirk -- but not when he turned into (in real life) a grifter wife killer and then Denny what's his face on that show I rarely watched (Boston Legal? -- my dear departed dad liked this show). Once a Trekkie, always a Trekkie! But still love and live by: may the force be with you!

hughesforpresident91
hughesforpresident91

No contest, Trek fans. And did you hear "E.T." was a stolen screenplay? They stole mine too! Dude, I'm in the LA exoburbs, and they would know.

Doreen Rush Knapik
Doreen Rush Knapik

Fun article, and you're spot on - except for most memorable phrase. "To boldly go..." is way more kicking than the passive "May the force... " But a tie, really? What happened to boldly going there, RFT?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

you mean to tell me that a tardis is better than a y-wing? no way, man.

Aaron E. Robb
Aaron E. Robb

Doctor Who, Flash Gordon, John Carter of Mars, heck even Lensmen

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

did star trek have boba fett? no. so star wars wins.

cruelnumber2
cruelnumber2

Luke is a bitch . . . until Jedi!  Sigh, I can't believe I'm getting involved in this debate.  But Star Wars trumps Star Trek.  Great work, Allison!

allison.babka
allison.babka topcommenter

@cruelnumber2 ROTJ is actually my favorite film of the series (NOT because of the Ewoks, thank you very much). Still, even when he's wearing bad-ass black, Luke still sounds and acts like Uncle Owen just grounded him.

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