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Star Trek v. Star Wars: A comparison in comics format

Finally, some help answering that all-important geek question: Which is better, Star Trek or Star Wars?

Comic author and artist Scott Meyer, popular for his web series Basic Instructions, recently published two comics--one helps us explain why Star Trek is much better than Star Wars, and the second one describes why Star Wars is much better than Star Trek. For those who are unfamiliar, the webcomic Basic Instructions offers simple instructions for performing an everyday (or weird or inane) task and addressing world-changing topics such as this debate.

The first comic posted is How to Explain Why Star Trek Is Much Better Than Star Wars. In his four-panel style, Meyer makes several good arguments to this point, including the volume of on-screen content, and pokes a little fun at the typical episode style. Meyer also posts a stopgap, letting readers know that the next comic will be the opposite argument.

How to Explain Why Star Trek Is Much Better Than Star Wars (Image courtesy of Scott Meyer)

In his comic How to Explain Why Star Wars Is Much Better Than Star Trek, Meyer starts out by comparing the level of action v. the amount of dialogue and story depth. He concludes by poking fun at the prequel trilogy and George Lucas.

How to Explain Why Star Wars Is Much Better Than Star Trek (Image courtesy of Scott Meyer)

I'm sure these comics spark feelings of elation and aggravation in readers depending on which side of the debate they're on in this case. I'm always happy to see anything that can be taken so seriously given a lighthearted treatment.

What other arguments do you have for which franchise is better? Make your case in the comments.

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10 comments
VincenzoAI
VincenzoAI

...you know, just so people know what it is they are about to watch. Now Blakes 7 combines the themes of Star Wars and the shonky effects of Star Trek and manages to be more entertaining than either.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Star Trek gave us nothing where as Star Wars gave us [b]Industrial Light & Magic[/b] they make some really cool effects the greatest CG Software ever made. What did Star Trek give us some sparkley stuff in a glass of water being stirred as a Special Effect? From [b]EFFECTS[/b] Star Wars has to be better it was properly made instead of just a thrown together product that was hard to believe. After all who would contemplate Hand Held Communication Devices? Col I just love to stir the pot. :p

David.Len
David.Len

Star Trek shows that man can be moral without the need to go into religious mumbo-jumbo. Which caused the problems in Star Wars and for us now and throughout most of history. Star Trek shows that the problems of humanity can be overcome via our intellect and science. But Star Trek always celebrated the arts, it was not cold.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I won't be needing it to not touch this one. Wally either has stones the size of a bantha or is dumber than a tribble for tackling this topic. Okay, Trek. Even repeated viewings of 'Spock's Brain' beat 30 seconds of Jar-Jar Binks.

Edsaid
Edsaid

Good enough is good enough is a better lessen than struggle bringing out the best in people. The one lesson is applicable to life yesterday, today and tomorrow. The other is diluted and it something you see, not something can use. Know what I mean?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Otherwise Blake's 7 was brilliant. ;) Col

lehnerus2000
lehnerus2000

Blakes 7 was an excellent series (some episodes were stinkers though). Imagine what it could have been like, if they'd had the budget of the original BSG.

PurpleSkys
PurpleSkys

Trek had flip phones and touch tablets....

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

How believable where they then? After all who would want a Flip Communicator or need to touch the screen on their computer? And in Hitch Hikers Guide to the Universe they bundled all of the Telephone Sanitizers [i]read that as those who cleaned Smart Phone Touch Screens[/i] and sent them crashing into Earth. Because they where not cleaver enough to actually pilot a space ship. Seems that the more things change the more that they stay the same now who's going to clean my iPhone Screen? [maniacal laughter] Col

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