Star Trek vs Star Wars
Star Trek and Star Wars are two headers that are often confused as similar in content. Strictly speaking they are different from each other. One of the main differences between Star Trek and Star Wars is that Star Trek is a science fiction whereas Star Wars is a science fantasy.
It is important to note that Star Wars was conceived by George Lucas who was inspired by the serials of Flash Gordon adventure. Star Trek on the other hand was a television serial popular in America and was created by Gene Roddenberry in the year 1966.
Battle between good and evil is shown great importance in Star Wars. On the other hand the various adventures of humans and aliens in the Star fleet are given more importance in the serials of Star Trek.
It is interesting to note that both were made available as films. While the first Star Wars film was released on May 25, 1977, the first Star Trek film was released in the year 1979.
Star Wars dealt with ‘force’ which is looked upon as the energy that is found everywhere. This energy is given great importance in the science fantasy and a character who possesses this energy called ‘force’ is depicted in such a way that he is capable of exhibiting some of the supernatural powers such as impeccable mind control, premonition and the like.
On the other hand Star Trek gave importance as a science fiction work to some very crucial issues like imperialism, loyalty, sexism, class warfare, feminism, human rights and peace.
Elitist and Authoritarian philosophy find place in Star Wars. On the other hand progressive and egalitarian spirit find place in Star Trek. This is one of the well-known differences between Star Wars and Star Trek.