Star Trek is Science Fiction – Star Wars is Fantasy
Star Trek vs Star Wars
Earlier this month Rolling Stone spoke to Bill Nye the Science Guy, and he points out one problems with the Star Trek vs. Star Wars argument > THAT THEY’RE NOT THE SAME GENRE!
Thanks Bill, I have been making this argument for some time! Once you think about it, it really does make sense.
Star Wars –
Princes and Princesses, Magic (the force), Knights (Jedi), Villains Stealing Princesses (Jabba), Rogues (Solo), and the tale so neatly fits into Fantasy Tropes like “Evil Lord” and “Youth on a Quest”. It’s a pretty tightly wrapped package.
Simply putting a story on a space ship, does not Science Fiction Make.
Star Trek –
Futuristic Highly Technological Society, Warp Cores, Anti-Matter, Androids, Space Anomalies, Strict Military-like Hierarchy, and story lines involving inter species communications and how great O’Brien is at Engineering.
This series is also set on spaceships, but the plot revolves around said spaceships.
Star Wars is clearly a Space Fairy Tale. That does not detract from it’s glory mind you, it simply appropriately categorizes it. The lost princess must realize her true identity and purpose. The young hero must save the princess and over throw evil. The talking animals, I mean robots, are comic relief side kicks. Meanwhile all the stuff that seems science-y, really isn’t.
Star Wars offers bare minimum scientific explanation to anything going on. And don’t give that whole crap about “Well they introduced the Midichlorians to explain the force.” Yeah, case in point. Midichlorians are still super natural.
Midi-chlorians are microscopic, intelligent lifeforms that live within the cells of all living beings. The Force spoke through the midi-chlorians, allowing certain beings to use the Force if they were sensitive enough to its powers. Midi-chlorian counts, used to determine a being’s potential in the Force, could be tested by examining a subject’s blood. – Star Wars Wikia
So little creatures living inside you give you magic? Sounds pretty science-y to me. NOPE! That’s some fantasy shit right there.
Now, how does the Warp Core work?
Matter in the form of supercooled liquid deuterium (Heavy Hydrogen) is fed into the reaction chamber, where it meets Antimatter in the form of Antideuterium, the substances meet at theDilithium crystal. the resulting annihilation of the matter and antimatter creates a stream of plasma, which is fed into the warp engines and various other systems for energy. -Star Trek Wikia
Not only does that sound more like REAL Science Fiction, it’s all based on Science, albeit a bit ahead of it’s time.
You wanna know the clincher? Now that Disney owns Lucas Films, there was talk of Leia becoming an HONORARY DISNEY PRINCESS! Oh Swoon. It won’t happen, she doesn’t fit the official Disney Princess Criteria…but I guarantee Lwaxana Troi wouldn’t even make the ballot in spite of being “Daughter of the Fifth House, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed.”
She knew how to Capitol LONG before Effie!
There is absolutely nothing WRONG with Star Wars being fantasy, I feel it just needs to be pointed out. Star Trek and Star Wars are ALWAYS being pitted against each other, and wrongfully so. I like the long drawn out science of Star Trek, and I roll my eyes at some of the campy over the top sequences of Star Wars. But I not a huge Fantasy fan in general. I LOVE Game of Thrones, but that too is more political drama than Fantasy. It just happens to have a few Dragons. When my husband tried to read it, he was bored. He LOVES Wheel of Time which is drenched in magic and fantastical plot, yet GOT and WOT are also always compared to one another.
So let’s all just get along. Embrace your genre everyone XOXO – Casey Andrews