Star Wars vs. Star Trek - the ultimate galactic battle

Posted by Shane McGlaun

I'm a fan of both Star Trek and Star Wars, though there is some content in both franchises I'm not hugely fond of.

To be perfectly honest, I don't care for the original Star Trek series starring William Shatner, even though I know the show is genre cult classic at this point. And like many others, I'm not really happy with the way the three newer Star Wars films turned out.

 

But I digress. For those of you who are Internet veterans and remember the old newsgroups, well, this topic will seem awfully familiar to you. Remember those endless threads about the two most famous competing sci-fi universes: Star Wars vs. Star Trek? And let's not forget the neverending flame wars that make today's fanboys look tame in comparison.

Yes, a new infographic has surfaced that pits Star Wars and Star Trek technology against each other to determine which franchise comes out on top. The infographic kicks off with personal weapons: the lightsaber and phaser.

 

I vehemently disagree with the claim that the phaser gun would defeat the lightsaber. Clearly, a Jedi Knight fears no laser. Then again, I can see how the Force is a much more superior weapon than the Vulcan neck pinch. The graphic also pits individual fighters against each other, and I give the edge to the Tie Fighter or X Wing easily.

However, the graphic that really caught my attention was the battle between individual starships. In my mind, I always figured the Enterprise was more akin to a gigantic triangular star destroyer from Star Wars, but it's not. In this infographic Boba Fett's ship, Slave-1, is pitted against the Enterprise-D. Surprisingly Slave-1 is faster and boasts heavier firepower - despite being significantly smaller than the Enterprise.

The Death Star Beam and Borg Tactical Cube tie, well, I'm not really sure what to make of that matchup. When it comes down to absolute resources, the Galactic Empire wins against the United Federation of Planets with massively more resources at its disposal.

What do you think?
 

Star Wars vs. Star Trek
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