Star Wars v. Star Trek

Star Wars v. Star Trek

Published Wednesday, May 4, A.D. 2016 | By Donald R. McClarey

Star Wars v. Star Trek

Amazing how surreal the real world is now in comparison to fiction. Time to take a break from an increasingly insane world and take a look at two of my favorite fictional locales: Star Trek and Star Wars.

In comparing the two franchises, I would give the prize to Star Trek for consistent quality, with the exception of Star Trek the Next Generation (PC In Space.) However, Star Trek never reached the heights attained in the first trilogy of Star Wars, or the depths plumbed in the second trilogy.

Bonus debate: Most annoying Star Trek and Star Wars characters. Hint:

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5 comments on “Star Wars v. Star Trek

  1. Captain Kirk: Mister Spock! Star Wars vs. Star Trek…
    analyze using your usual superior Vulcan logic!

    Spock: Star Wars based around the mystical aristocratic Jedi knighthood in the malaise of the confused 1970s had just enough vague Arthurian hints of chivalry and gallantry to appeal to the conservative and Catholic mind, whereas our 1960s Buck Rogers mix of Lincolnesque egalitarianism, scientism, and the myth of progress through technology could never quite match that, Captain.

    Captain Kirk: I’m sorry to hear that, Mister Spock. You don’t think saving the whales in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home suggests good deeds of knights errant?

    Spock: Possibly, Captain. With a Franciscan love of nature.
    The 1980s did offer rearguard escapes of Romanticism and nostalgia at times.

    Captain Kirk: Stop laughing, Spock. Theoretically, it could fool Vader and we could restore democracy and scientific materialism in a few hundred years.

    Spock: I had considered that possibility, Captain, but we must calculate the risk factors involved in such an enterprise.

    Doctor Bones McCoy: Good God, Jim! What kind of primitive jungle is this?

    Captain Kirk: It’s 1986 San Francisco, Bones. Just mention Madonna, Cyndi Lauper , or the Talking Heads and you should be fine.

    Captain Kirk: I don’t think I know the words to “Achy Breaky Heart” but how about “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”?

    Princess Leia: He’s the tall guy in the black helmet and cape over there!

    • Princess Leia: He’s the tall guy in the black helmet and cape over there!

      Captain Kirk: You mean Batman!!!???

      Batman: Come over to the dark side!

  2. Captain Kirk: Wouldn’t Batman, Catwoman, and Superman hermeneutics require a separate article and thread?

    The Professor Why, yes, Gilligan. Superhero archetypes would fall within the discussion of classical arête in Alasdair MacIntyre’s After Virtue which, by chance or fate, has some connection with the aristocratic social structure of traditional warrior societies.

    Captain Kirk: Is that possible, Spock?

    Spock: Affirmative, Captain. From the classical Greek ἀρετή in Homer and Plato’s expositions of virtue.
    If I may consult the ship’s computer to update my nerd card for a moment:
    “Robert Pirsig uses “arete” as a synonym for Quality in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance< ?I>. This includes an extensive discussion of Plato’s Phaedrus and the historical contrast between Dialectic and Rhetoric. “And what is good, Phaedrus, And what is not good—Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?” Pirsig’s line plays off a line in the Platonic dialogue “The Phaedrus which reads: “And what is well and what is badly—need we ask Lysias, or any other poet or orator, who ever wrote or will write either a political or any other work, in metre or out of metre, poet or prose writer, to teach us this?”
    Perhaps Kwai Chang and Master Po could join in so that we may all experience the Zen satori of this puzzle according to Zen Buddhism, Captain.

    Kwai Chang: Is this so, Master? Which form of arête would a Catwoman exhibit?

    Master Po: Ah, Grasshopper, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, do you?

    Captain Kirk: Talk to me, Spock. What are our options?

    Spock: There is still time to immanentize the eschaton for Darth Vader, Captain.

  3. Star Wars? Not enough babes. Kirk had a babe in every corner of the galaxy. Except T’Pring.

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