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TR fans love (and hate) Star Wars


Last December, I asked if IT pros secretly hate Star Wars, because over 500 of you voted to rank your favorite sci-fi/fantasy franchise, and the Jedis came in a distant fifth, well behind the likes of Star Trek and even Stargate.

Last week, I asked you to rank the greatest science fiction films ever, based on SFX magazine's user-voted Top 10 list. Quadruple the voters chimed in this time, and Star Wars won, beating out Blade Runner by a scant 13 votes, 399 to 386.


Carbonite binksTo me, it's obvious what's going on here. The film Star Wars is still beloved by sci-fi fans that inhabit TechRepublic, but the franchise--what George Lucas has branded the Expanded Universe--has fallen from its rightful glory, reduced to an afterthought amongst ideas and institutions that have not become parodies of themselves (well, Star Trek: Voyager really tried to kill Trekdom, but Trek still is viewed as the top dog amongst our local IT pros). Blade Runner nearly surpassed even the original film, and it's pretty much the antithesis of Star Wars. Where Lucas gave us high fantasy clothed in pulp sci-fi tropes from a galaxy far far away, Ridley Scott gave us a gritty, dystopian almost here-and-now filled with dark, despicable characters gutting each other over various and sundry injustices and hatreds. Where Star Wars glossed over nearly all the scientific complications and consequences of its universe, Blade Runner showed us a world that science had made worse, not better. And these are the two visions vying for top genre honors. I'm not totally sure what this says about our local science fiction fans, but it's fascinating to theorize.

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12 comments
pweegar
pweegar

I'm in my late 40's. I LOVE Sci-Fi and phantasy (David Eddings is my all time fav author). have to say i love Star trek and HATE Star Wars. SW just seems so childish in it's presentation. At least with tthe orginal Star trek, the show addressed, for the most part, social issues the rest of the country was dealing with at the time. I'm also in IT, as the only IT person in a Corp. Records department of a large company in the South West. I NEED the break from reality on occassion. I play a wide variety of sci-fi and fantasy based computer games. I will agree that Star Trek is a Good VS Evil theme where good generally wins. Gues sthere isn't anything wrong with that. You also have to look at what has come out of sci-fi. Look at what was in Star Trek that has now made it to reality. Esp. in communications and mediacal technology. And lets not forget Orwell's look at the future. "Big Brother" is slow and surely creeping into our lives. Cameras all over the place (good or bad is another debate). Just my 2 cents on the sci-fi thing.

Catchman
Catchman

Looking at the results from the latest poll, I'd be curious as to the ages of those polled. I mean where Star Wars is at the forefront with the last three movies (or first three episodes) just recently being made, how is it that Bladerunner and 2001 a Space Oddity ranked so high? I figure that the majority of those polled were in the age range of 35-45.

nreva
nreva

I don't understand why seemingly all typical IT people like the Sci-fi genre. As most of you, I work in IT, but detest the Sci-fi genre. Actually, anything that involves fantasy and dungeons and dragons style hoopla is irritating in my book. To me it's simply too played out and conservative. Take a fresh look at reality folks.

bladedragonlord
bladedragonlord

I still love sci-fi, because of Star Wars. My Father took me to it when I was a kid. (My first Dad / Son activity, so emotional, etc links there!) Star Wars was for me more real than Star Trek, Star Wars was gritty, more real world. Star ships, had dints and paint scratched off from real previous hard fought battles. Poverty was real, on the farm, Luke dreamed of going to University, which wasn't likely to happen. Good people died in a just fight. An evil dragon was to be slain to free the galaxy. (Deathstar) A princess to be saved! A farm boy becomes a knight! Yes, a knights of old simple story, dressed up in Sci-Fi! Star Trek was too clean and pure. No one lived in poverty and (Hahaha!) everything works perfectly (M$ obviously isn't in the Star Trek Universe) and only the villian ever died. (Ok apart from Spock, at one point to the best of my knowledge, but wasn't really dead.) And please don't get me started on the utopian society, BS. Maybe from an IT point of view Star Trek is the perfect ideal, the dream so to speak, whereas Star Wars is the reality. The rough and ready cockpit of a X-wing, as opposed to the gleam of the Enterprise's Bridge. All is subjective and based on personal preferences and opinions. I tend to like the, "Dirty Universe", it's my nature (Fallout PC games, Shadowrun, etc.) Anyway that's my 2 cents! :)

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