Sci-Fi showdown

Star Wars vs. Star Trek


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This is an image of one of the spaceships in Star Wars. Which sci-fi movie/show do you like the most?

Jaime Ramirez, Staff writer

Since the 1970s, the Star Wars saga began, but it was preceded by a television series called Star Trek that was introduced in 1966. While they are both science fiction universes with the word Star in their titles, the two are very different from each other.
Both stories depict societies consisting of multiple planets and species and both have several books related to them. They are both science-based and involve space travel and aliens.
The Star Trek television series actually influenced the popular Star Wars films, which were first introduced in 1977, and in 1979, the first Star Trek movie was released.
In the world of Star Trek, there are many advances to current technology. The drives are in faster warp speeds, and maneuverability. Star Wars, on the other hand, tends to travel in real time most of the time.
Star Trek uses pseudoscientific terms, and actual science or scientific theory is used in each episode, making it believable for a not-to-distant future. Wikipedia states that the series, in all of its versions, spans from the 22nd to the 24th centuries, while we are already in the 21st century.
Star Wars, on the other hand, is considered a space opera, and focuses on the ongoing story that the characters endure from movie to movie.
Financially, the Star Wars franchise, with nine movies and spin-offs, has topped the Star Trek franchise, which has thirteen feature films and three different series. Star Wars may have produced less work, but the franchise has brought in much more in the box office, and that’s without nostalgic TV series backing it up.
The shows are two completely separate entities, so neither campaign copied the other, but since they have managed to exist in parallel times, people unfamiliar with the plots or the characters often confuse the two universes.
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