Can J.J. Abrams End the Star Wars vs Star Trek Debate?

Now that J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, what does this mean for the feud between the Star Trek vs. Star Wars argument?

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By Anthony Mango - 1/27/2013
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For decades, there has been a rivalry in geek culture epitomizes the fanbase of the Comic Con crowd: which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek? To outsiders, it's the perfect go-to example to have a stereotypical nerd have the argument, but to those that are fans of one or the other, they're ready to back up their favorite at a moment's notice.

Personally, I've always been a Star Wars fan but I've never been able to get into the Star Trek series. With the 2009 film, it captured my interest enough for me to go see it and not only enjoy it, but I'm very excited for the sequel this year. It seems that that film has affected many other pro-Wars, anti-Trek fans in the same way.

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Now that Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has signed on to direct the next installment of the Star Wars saga, what ramifications does it have for this great debate?

Right off the bat, it appears as though Abrams has been met with a positive reaction. For the most part, I see people excited for the new film more so than before, as if a weight has been lifted because they know they can trust Abrams to not screw it up. There doesn't seem to be much hesitation from what I've noticed of people looking at things in a black and white way that "the Star Trek guy can't direct Star Wars!"

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This is good news, naturally. That means Star Wars fans are going into it open-minded. This also means that Star Trek fans aren't being defensive and feeling like he's abandoning the Trek series (think Bryan Singer for X3 going to Superman Returns).

One factor that comes into play - and could possibly be the primary reason why there's such a positive reaction to this announcement/choice - is the level of similarity that Abrams's 2009 Star Trek film has in comparison to the original Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. To simply write them out would to a disservice to this popular CollegeHumor video embedded below:



While the two franchises have some very big differences between each other, J.J. Abrams could be the guy to bridge those gaps and unite fans in a theoretical sense to lay down their arms and admit that each series is its own animal that appeals to some different likes and dislikes probably at the same intensity. After all, isn't that why this feud exists in the first place, because of the devotion that the fans have to the series?

Come Episode VII, will we see a calming of the Civil War of Star franchises, with the North and the South finally joining as one, or is the struggle between the Jedi Order and the Starfleet Academy going to rage on even more?

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MrSundayMovies - 1/27/2013, 12:19 AM
This is a really well thought out and well written piece. Great job man, should be on the main page.
toekneemango - 1/27/2013, 1:18 AM
Thank you :)
TheReddestHood - 1/27/2013, 4:29 AM
great job
Spideyguy94 - 1/27/2013, 5:56 AM
I've always found the comparisons between Star Trek and Star Wars odd because they are more different than similar. Star Wars is a science fantasy adventure, while Star Trek is more of science fiction drama with elements of adventure.
CorndogBurglar - 1/27/2013, 7:22 AM
Abrams made people who like Star Wars also like Star Trek. He made Star Trek more action based.

Ironically enough, the only people I've seen complain about Abrams' Star Trek are the oldschool, die hard Trek fans that were mad that he basically made an action movie, when Trek was never really all about the action.

So I dont think there will be any other ramifications. We've already felt them when he made Trek.

Since Star Wars was always a little more action based, I cant see many fans being polarized by Abrams doing the movies now.
Jollem - 1/27/2013, 9:09 AM
people like to fight. the internet makes it safe and easy
bazinga85 - 1/27/2013, 11:04 AM
I always hated everything about star trek(aside from TOS, which was pretty good) before the 2009 one came out, which I for one loved and thought was better than any of the prequel SW movies, so Abrams has already ended that feud for me. While I still think SW is a lot better, I do acknowledge that ST has its merits. Good write- up @tonymango.
Facade - 1/27/2013, 1:02 PM
I never understood the "vs" debates: SW vs ST, DC vs Marvel even Harry Potter vs LOTR. I'm a fan of them all. If you aren't, then your a fool for denying yourself great entertainment!
toekneemango - 1/27/2013, 3:06 PM
Agreed Facade. I like the friendly debates, but I hate when people act as if you can't like both of something. Wrestling fans do it with WWE/TNA, video game enthusiasts tend to pick sides with X-Box and Playstation and such....it can be exhausting. Too black and white, when there's bad and good things with just about everything out there.

Thank you, bazinga85. Big Bang Theory is one of my favorite shows on TV right now, btw.

Cipher/Jollem - isn't that a shame, that the internet tends to be more about arguing against other people than getting together with fellow fans of something to talk about what you like? Then again, the arguments can be fun sometimes lol
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 1/27/2013, 5:33 PM
I will hate Star Wars as long as this new trilogy is being made because we could have had a [frick]ing awesome series of Star Trek movies. Now we'll get three at the most, with the third being done by a hackjob director because Abrams decided to feed into Disney's idiocy.
Yeaton10 - 1/28/2013, 5:07 PM
In a real sense you cannot end the argument because different people like different things. Star Trek is about complex philosophical debates at times when the heroes happen to be fighting to save the world (or sometimes some other person's world). Star Wars is about straight forward plots with great fight scenes and great special effects. I don't mean that Star Wars is superficial but it is very straightforward.

Star Trek fans like it because it complex and philosophical, even if can be slightly pretentious (some people even like pretentious). Star Wars fans like the simplicity that comes with that franchise. But the two groups do not really disagree because the Star Wars fans never said that Star Trek failed to be philosophical and Star Trek fans never said that Star Wars failed to be simple, elegant and action packed.

Personally, I'm a Wars fan, and I think that is the larger group based on ticket sales, but I cannot say the people who like Trek are wrong. The only way that Abrams could settle the issue is if he made a movie that was so great--Citizen Kane great--that every one agreed one movie was the best of all of them. There is some chance that movie will be the next Star Trek movie (the one that isn't released), or it could be Star Wars VII.

Otherwise, the debate will rage on for decades.
GuardianDevil - 1/29/2013, 1:44 AM
I never understood why people always compare the two, Star Wars is a tale of good and evil and overcoming fear and anger and finding redemption. While Star Trek is more of a philosophical journey through space learning to cope with aliens, etc. they're just so different I like both for what they are I suppose if i was forced to choose I'd pick Star Wars, but like I said they are really different and it's almost like comparing apples to oranges because they are do vastly different.

It's a nice write up :)

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