During a panel at #SanDiegoComicCon (#SDCC), Adam Savage made some surprising remarks regarding the “#StarWars vs #StarTrek” debate. When asked the question, “Which franchise you would eliminate from existence: Star Wars or Star Trek?”, Adam Savage’s response was booed when he said that Star Trek should be eliminated and gave the following reason: “Star Trek lures you into a false sense of positivity that the world can be a utopia and recent events have proven it cannot. Star Wars’ dystopic vision is far more realistic and prepares our children for their future.”
The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Fans Society does not favor any franchise over another. We treat all franchises (be they science fiction, fantasy or science fantasy) equally. Each franchise brings its own creativity, characters, worlds, stories, etc., into the wonderful genres that we call science fiction and fantasy. No one is required to dislike one franchise in order to like another and more often than not, franchises often influence other franchises.
We have several things to say regarding Adam Savage’s response:
- Had he responded that “Star Wars” should be eliminated in favor of “Star Trek”, he would also have been booed.
- We disagree with his notion that “Star Wars” is more realistic than “Star Trek”. “Star Trek” is closer to the definition of “hard science fiction” than “Star Wars” due to writers attempts to explain the advanced technologies that don’t currently exist. Advanced technology in “Star Wars” is not explained to the same level as in “Star Trek” and includes the element of mystical Force, which have caused many to classify “Star Wars” as science fantasy instead of science fiction. In our opinion, “Star Trek” is more realistic than “Star Wars”.
- We also disagree that “Star Trek” is utopian and that “Star Wars” is dystopian. While “Star Trek” depicts a possible future humanity several centuries from now that is more hopeful than current human society, it is not utopian as it is not without its own problems. Similarly, while “Star Wars” has some very cruel characters and moments of genocide and planetary destruction, it is not dystopian, certainly not in the sense that franchises like Terminator and “Mad Max” portray as dystopian futures for mankind.
Ultimately, we disagree with questioning anyone whether one franchise is better than another or whether one franchise should be eliminated in favor of another. Such questions are aimed at creating needless divisiveness between fans of various franchises & genres, rather than bringing fans together in the areas that are similar between the various franchises & genres. Also, SDCC, which is the grandfather of all comic cons and a celebration of all pop culture, should not be used at instigating a battleground between fans.