The Thing About Star Wars

I always had my reasons for choosing Trek over Wars, in the never-ending game of which is better.

In my mind, it wasn’t even close.

Picard.

Crusher.

Guinan.

A never-ending Trek through the galaxy.

New discoveries, and enemies, and challenges, and species at every turn.

The Borg.

Still one of the greatest villainous forces of all time.

(I’m a Next Gen girl, clearly.)

And I still, mostly, lean that way.

But, recently, I was asked the question, if you could only see one of them again for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

For the rest of my life?

Star Wars.

Here’s the thing about Star Wars.

When I watch Star Wars, I feel like I am inside something that will go on forever, in the best of ways.

It feels like a legend.

And as it turns out, whatever my head may say, somewhere in my gut, I long for legends.

And we have very few.

Star Wars feels like something that could happen and is still happening somewhere right now in another galaxy.

And I wouldn’t want to lose it, or what it ultimately says, if I had the choice.

What Star Wars says — that there may be a time when the only way to save yourself, and maybe the people around you, will be to connect to something inside yourself that you can’t decipher with logic — feels like something we need.

In some ways, Star Wars offered answers, although mythical ones, and Star Trek, Next Gen especially, offered questions.

Star Trek Next Gen is one possible future.

And it is one where humanity has very little interest in legend or myth.

It is about questions and the never-ending search, with the understanding that scientific explanations will ultimately hold life’s most fundamental truths.

I always thought Star Trek vs. Star Wars was another way of asking, are you more sci-fi/science or sci-fi/myth and legend?

But I wonder if Star Trek vs. Star Wars is actually more about asking whether you think the answers are out there waiting to be found, or whether you think the answers are somewhere within.

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