Both Star Wars and Star Trek have massive numbers of highly devoted fans who passionately believe in the supremacy of their favorite franchise and like to share their opinions with the world. In light of the upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," we sat down a couple of Star Wars and Star Trek fanatics from CNET parent company CBS for a good-natured installment in the long-running debate over which is best -- and why.
As for the first image: Don't get us wrong, the Klingon bat'leth is a deadly handheld weapon. But there's not a single instance of bat'leth combat with higher stakes than Darth Vader's lightsaber battles in Star Wars.
Star Trek may have a memorable theme song, but the music from Star Wars is absolutely iconic. From the epic-opening theme to the Mos Eisley Cantina Band jam to the Rebel Fanfare, every part of John Williams' Academy Award-winning score fits the action perfectly.
Let's compare key protagonists Luke Skywalker and Captain Kirk for a moment, shall we?
Skywalker is a child of destiny tasked with saving, essentially, all of existence from both the Empire and his corrupted father. Kirk is on a government mission to explore the clumsiest allegories the universe has to offer.
Somehow, Star Wars has largely bucked the trend. Sure, there are stinkers here and there, but they're more than overshadowed by great games including the re-released Super Star Wars, Lego Star Wars, and the killer, new Star Wars Battlefront.
New Star Wars toys don't just quietly appear on store shelves. No, the launch of new Star Wars toys are events where fans dress in costumes, attend midnight release parties and celebrate together.
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He has a compelling "turned to the dark side" backstory, he can choke a dude from 20 yards, he blows up entire planets, and -- if that's not enough -- he tries to corrupt his own son into joining his plan to overthrow the Emperor.
Star Trek's Khan is a terrific villain too; it's just that the threat of Vader and the Empire loom larger.
You can always count on big-budget Star Wars movies to have big-budget special effects. Even in 1977, filmmakers built intricate scale models, utilized clever camera work and recruited Jim Henson's team to create lifelike alien puppets. Much still holds up today thanks to the old-school techniques used.
The original Star Trek series can't compete here; it just didn't have the budget. Modern-day J.J. Abrams' Star Trek won't hold up over time, either -- the CGI will look dated as hell in just a few more years.
From Yoda's surprise status as a Jedi master to the revelation that Luke, Leia, and Darth Vader are part of one big family, the Star Wars franchise is loaded with huge, meaningful twists.
As for Star Trek twists? In the old-school version, twists involve holodeck malfunctions and surprise alien powers. The new school isn't much better: J.J. Abrams would end up apologizing for a bungled Khan reveal in "Star Trek: Into Darkness."
Admittedly, it's a controversial point: If you were born before 1975, you probably hate Ewoks. They were the Jar Jar Binks of their time.
But those of us who identify as children of the '80s are absolutely in love with Ewoks. They're small, cute and live in trees. But they also eat human flesh, take down AT-STs with primitive weapons, and know how to throw a victory party.
What's not to like about Billy Dee Williams and his Star Wars character Lando Calrissian? He gambles, smuggles, runs Cloud City, has a great redemption storyline, and can pilot the Millennium Falcon like nobody's business.
Oh, and we'll be damned if he doesn't look amazing in a cape. Star Trek characters only wish they had that level of swag. There's simply no comparable character in Star Trek. Lando is one-of-a-kind, and that's why we love him.
The USS Enterprise is beautiful on camera. But does it have the rugged charm of Solo's souped-up cargo ship? Does it have the maneuverability and dog-fighting capability of TIE Fighters? Is it the size of a class-four moon?
Star Wars spaceships are built for action, not exploration.
Why do we love Boba Fett so much? Is it the mystery of his greater-than-life presence? The way he walks the line between good and evil, adhering to his own code of honorable badass-ery? His awesome scavenged armor look?
Star Trek just doesn't have Boba Fett in it. It will never have Bobb Fett in it. Hence, Star Wars must be better than Star Trek.