Much like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, we are simply not capable of loving Star Trek and Star Wars with equal vigor. Our puny brains simply cannot contain them on equal grounds. And while I enjoy me some original Trek action, I’ll pick Han Solo over James Tiberius Kirk any day of the week.
In that spirit Double Viking has a great list of 50 Reasons Why Star Wars is Better Than Star Trek which runs the gamut from the obvious (lightsabers vs. tricorders) to the obscurely brilliant. Like for instance, reason #50.
The Empire Strikes Back was co-written by Leigh Brackett. Leigh Brackett not only wrote The Big Sleep – one of the finest movies ever – she wrote it with William Faulkner, one of the great literary geniuses of the 20th century. By the transitive property of film, William Faulkner co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back. Who wrote the Wrath of Khan? If it wasn’t Hemingway or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, you lose HARD, Star Trek. And it wasn’t. It was some dude who wrote for Bonanza. Know when to fold ‘em, Star Trek. Know when to run.