When it comes to the Star Trek vs. Star Wars debate, I am firmly rooted on the side of Star Trek. I don’t dislike Star Wars, I just prefer to watch Star Trek. The original and Next Generation and the reboot. I love Star Trek.
I’m much more emotionally attached to the Star Trek characters than the Star Wars characters. There are no greater bromances than those aboard the USS Enterprise: Kirk, Spock, Bones, and Scotty.
Yes, the original series has its flaws. It’s campy and sometimes misogynistic. But it has great story lines. Captain Pike, Khan – and, yes Tribbles are silly, as are those aliens on that abandoned planet that look like flying fake vomit, but that’s the thing about Star Trek; they never took themselves too seriously. The show found a great balance between fun and suspense and friendships and enemies.
Sure I wish there were more strong female characters featured in the series. Uhura is fantastic and vital to the ship, and the ship could use more Uhuras.
But it’s the rapport between Kirk and Spock and Bones and Scotty that sticks with me. These men live and die for one another. And they’re unflappable, usually. Bones gets frazzled, but, Damn it, Jim, he’s a doctor, not a magician. They all work well together under pressure and ultimately save the day. And at the end of the day, they can imbibe some Romulan ale and laugh with/at one another.
And I cried a lot when Kirk went into the warp core in Into Darkness.
But the original will always hold up. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend.”
Live long and prosper, Spock.