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No More Star Wars vs Star Trek: J.J. Abrams Rules Them All!

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The Star Wars vs Star Trek debate has been going on for decades now. Which franchise is better? Which characters resonate better? It has been going on for the better part of four decades, but now, thanks to J.J. Abrams taking over the Star Wars franchise, we are now in a peculiar environment where one person is now in charge of both beloved franchises. He’s one lucky guy; he gets to play in not just one, but two sandboxes that most people would only dream of!

I love both franchises, but if I had to pick a side, it would have to be Star Trek. I found the characters overall to be much more believable and relatable to me. The situations they found themselves in had more real world significance. The characters are also tested more, which is what you would expect in the real world. This isn’t surprising given that Star Trek at its best takes real world events and themes and transplants them successfully in the realm of science fiction.

Star Wars on the other hand, although spectacular entertainment, never really had the same emotional resonance for me. Luke, Han and Leia weren’t all that real to me. My appreciation of Star Wars resides in its spectacular execution; it’s just a really well told story with wonderfully rich visuals and exciting sequences. The philosophical and mythological aspects never grabbed me at any fundamental level.

Upon learning that J.J. Abrams was taking over the Star Wars franchise, my immediate reaction was to think that he was as good a person as any to take over from Granddaddy George Lucas. He has a sensibility for the material. He knows how to make it work. The only think he misses is real depth in storytelling. Although his reinterpretation of the Star Trek franchise was nothing short of awesome, and it was exactly what the franchise needed after so many television series and films flogged it to death, it was unfortunately light on depth in character and story. I still think it’ll be great though.

The bigger significance of Abrams taking over Star Wars is that for the first time, one person is in charge of both beloved franchises. Abrams is basically having his cake and eating it too! Does this mean there will be no more raging Star Wars vs Star Trek debates? Who knows, but at least these franchises should continue to deliver some quality entertainment from a filmmaker who has reverence for the material in question.

No More Star Wars vs Star Trek: J.J. Abrams Rules Them All!

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Author: Ben Warner

Ben is an independent filmmaker, writer, and online content developer. He currently co-hosts and produces the weekly vodcast “FiST Chat,” dedicated to bringing insightful and entertaining discussions on all things film, science and technology. You can also see Ben as the co-host of the web series “Food Discoveries,” exploring various culinary experiences from around the world. Ben is the founder of production companies Digicosm and Small Wave Films, and has produced and directed numerous short films, feature films and documentaries since the late 1990s. When he’s not working, Ben indulges his love of traveling, food, technology, cinema, and music.

One Comment

esta

July 19th, 2013

Really? Star Trek? I’m much more connected to Star Wars and Jedi philosophy; there’s a message in every movement, in very action.

When Anakin first looked for advice from Yoda about his vision about Padmé, he did not hear what he wanted to hear. From Star Wars Episode 3 Revenge of the Sith Script

YODA: Careful you must be when sensing the future, Anakin. The fear of loss is a path to the dark side.
ANAKIN: I won’t let these visions come true, Master Yoda.
YODA: Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them, do not. Miss them, do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.
ANAKIN: What must I do, Master Yoda?
YODA: Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose

My dad died from cancer last year; he battled cancer for 18 months; this was my mantra.

Don’t get me wrong, Star Trek girl too (tho not Deep Space 9) and you’re right, characters easier to relate, tho seems flat. Star Wars characters have more depth. Again, love both, but Star Wars girl at heart ;)

esta @sheconsulting

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