Star Wars vs. Star Trek

Editor’s Note: As part of a content writing experiment, this post was originally published on my pop culture and freelance writing site, The Broken Quill.

I’ve never really explored the differences between these two franchises from a fan’s point of view. Obviously, people know me as a staunch Star Wars fan and supporter, but I am also a fan of Star Trek.

It’s okay to be a fan of both, right? Well, some may say “no” you cannot be a fan of both. And I get that. But for the sake of this blog post, I’ll remain a super fan of Star Wars and someone who appreciates Star Trek.

The Differences Between Star Wars and Star Trek

There are dozens of ways that Star Wars and Star Trek are the same, but it’s more interesting to look at how they differ from each other.

Star Trek started off as a TV show all about travelling the universe and encountering different species while trying to keep the peace amongst the many races of the galaxy. While Star Wars does have elements of this, Star Wars is focused a lot more on particular characters and their stories (struggles) and how they impact one another. Star Wars is also very much a universe where the good and the evil clash often.

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You could argue that Star Trek has its main characters to focus on as well, and in the cinematic universe, we have seen some of the main characters at different stages of their lives and careers. But for me, Star Trek really is all about Star Trekking, which kind of makes sense since it’s in the title of the show.

The Prominent Characters as Heroes

This area of both franchises definitely overlaps as we can see with each trilogy of the Star Wars films, a prominent “hero” is the primary focus. And in the case of Star Trek, while most members of the crew (in both the TV show and the films), could be considered “heroic”, the main hero per se, at least for me, is always the Captain, Commander or Admiral.

I think, therefore, that Star Wars and Star Trek definitely share this common theme but I would say that Star Wars has pushed the boundaries a little further in terms of character development of the heroic figure.

The Hero Becomes The Villain

I was wracking my brain trying to think of a time when the main character in Star Trek actually became the villain. And then I remembered Jean-Luc Picard actually became the villain when he was assimilated into the Borg.

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So there are a lot of similarities between the two franchises, but I still think the defining feature of Star Trek is having characters able to “go where no one has gone before”. Travelling the universe will always be a very cool way to be employed. Although becoming a Jedi or a Sith is equally as appealing.

“Live Long and Prosper” versus “May The Force Be With You”

Yoda is definitely one of the trademark characters of the Star Wars franchise. And I would say as his equal, Spock carries a similar level of importance in the Star Trek universe (some Star Wars fans may see that as a blasphemy).

Both Yoda and Spock were highly trusted individuals of the “hero” figure characters in their respective franchises. Both were exceptionally important to the plot and development of said hero characters as well as being exceptionally wise, advising the best course of action when the hero had no idea where to turn.

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For me, it’s quite clear how similar they are and how important they are to each franchise. And as characters, they are both “wise and knowledgeable” beings who support their heroes in any way they can.

This is a vast topic and one I’m probably going to have to revisit in another post, but for now, I’m going to use both of these famous sayings in one sentence!

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Live Long and Prosper and May The Force Be With You!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments – Trekkie or Star Wars fan, I am keen to hear what you think!

Until my next post, keep writing, and I’ll catch you later!

Originally posted on The Broken Quill.

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Black Mirror Edit – The National Anthem

After watching Black Mirror again (it was some years ago when I first watched it) I felt really inspired to try my hand at another composite image. My goal is to get skilled enough to eventually make my own posters. This was always my goal and why I wanted to learn Graphic Design. I am quite a distance away from that goal, but edging ever closer.

I came up with the idea in the most random way, which is why I really wanted to try it. If you haven’t seen Black Mirror Season 1 Episode 1, you probably won’t understand the story behind the image and I’m not one to spoil things. If you’re interested in what Black Mirror is, here is the description in the writer’s words, Charlie Brooker:

If technology is a drug – and it does feel like a drug – then what, precisely, are the side effects? This area – between delight and discomfort – is where Black Mirror, my new drama series, is set. The ‘black mirror’ of the title is the one you’ll find on every wall, on every desk, in the palm of every hand: the cold, shiny screen of a TV, a monitor, a smartphone.[5]

So here is my composite image, it’s the first one I’ve done for myself, really. Everything else has mostly been practice or Star Wars related so I was ready to do something different:

I used stock images (getting into the habit of not using copyrighted images) for the main composite and Photoshop editing for the rest. I liked how the image of 10 Downing Street looks painted and surreal (this effect is awesome to create in photoshop) and the Pig is the opposite – the contrast between the two images is exactly what I wanted to create so I am happy with how it turned out.

Game of Thrones – Final Season Episode five

GOT SPOILERS AHEAD

Well, wasn’t that a treat?

So as mentioned in an earlier post, I already know what is going to happen thanks to confirmed spoilers on Reddit but I have to say that I actually liked this episode. Many GoT fans didn’t but oh well, I thought it was good.

I thought Dany turning into the angry, dragon queen was awesome however, I don’t know how Jon will deal with Angry Dany. You could see by the expression on his face that his heart was breaking as he watched the terror unfolding in the streets. I don’t see Dany coming back from this one, nope, not at all, and if Jon manages to forgive her, my respect for him will cease to exist.

Cersei and Jaime were just tragic together, weren’t they? As mean and as evil as Cersei is, she looked so vulnerable and so very human in that final scene. I may or may not have shed a tear or three for her and Jaime, as twisted as they were together.

And then there’s Arya. How epic was her escape though? It was sensational how the cameras followed her tripping and falling and being crushed by just about everyone. I was happy to see she survived. She fared better than most. She’s still the Hero Of Winterfell to me.

I know what’s coming but I also feel very nervous for the end. If this experience is anything to go by though, I’m SUPER keen for the producers to unleash their creativity on the Old Republic.

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2019 – The Year of the End

To coin a soppy phrase from Tony “Ironman” Stark – “Part of the Journey is the end” – 2019 is the year where we celebrate (or grieve) the ending of so many different franchises.  The two most prominent are the Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase One ends with The Avengers End Game and the Star Wars franchise finally wraps up the Skywalker Saga in December this year. Streaming services will also have its share of big blockbuster TV Shows such as Game of Thrones which also wraps up after 8 seasons this year.

A Discovery of Witches is my new (ish) thing

There’s a TV/streaming show (do we even call it that anymore?) called “A discovery of Witches” starring Matthew Goode as the Vampire Matthew Clairmont and Teresa Palmer as Diana Bishop. My partner wasn’t sold initially saying it was too much like “Twilight” trying to dismiss it as teenage drivel. But I was sold, particularly on both of the lead roles.

Matthew Goode is, of course, absolutely delectable as Clairmont, that beautifully refined English accent sounds like honey in your ears. And Theresa Palmer is every bit the reluctant witch, Diana, reluctant to embrace her calling as a witch but not adverse to the charms of a beautiful Vampire 😁

I’ve just watched episode three I think and there is one scene in particular that just grabbed me and I’ve been pretty smitten ever since. I’ll make a gif set of the scene in question because you really need to see what I mean. I think I’m in love with this show 😍😍❤💙