How to Explain Why Star Trek Is Much Better Than Star Wars

Before anyone posts a rebuttal, let me point out that the next comic is titled “How to Explain Why Star Wars Is Much Better Than Star Trek.”

Now that that’s out of the way,  I have three things to report.

First thing: If you’re going to be at Comic-Con in San Diego, I will be signing books at my publisher’s booth (booth #2003) for a few hours each day on the 13th and 14th, and perhaps on the 12th, depending on how well my travel plans work out. Also, I’ll be at the Universal UClick booth (booth #1714) for an hour on the morning of the 14th. Hope to see you there!

Second thing: If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, or a fan of Paul and Storm, you should definitely watch this.

Third thing: I’ve laid off the financial talk lately because I can, and the reason I can is that many of you are taking the time to use my Amazon Affiliate links  (USUKCanadawhen you’re buying things at I just want to thank you, ask you to please keep it up, and reiterate that doing so costs you nothing, and while the constant mentions of Amazon may be irritating, they are not nearly as irritating as conventional banner ads.

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Reader Comments (44)

I dunno, I'm pretty ok with conventional banner ads. Just not the flashing, talking, floating, expanding ones.

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerodast

You should have a third comic. On why Dune is better than both of them. Unless you only count the movie.
Also, don't thank us people for using your links. You are the one making this amazing comic. And your comic introduced me to the Prisoner. You are awesome. Here, you deserve this.

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMua'Dib

Rick wins one! His reasoning is unassailable. Or at least good enough.

June 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

Yes, that's all very well, but who would win in a fight: the Empire or the Federation?

Note from Scott: We viewers would win. That said, my money's on the Empire. They just seem better at mobilizing large armadas. Every time the Federation tries it, the result seems to be a huge debris field.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

Seems to me only the first panel is about Trek vs. Wars ... the rest is just about Trek.

Note from Scott: True. I mostly had to make a case for Trek. Like I said, you'll get a full Star Wars rebuttal soon.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterUdgang99

Thanks Mua'Dib.

The insult generator may prove useful.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

4 good movies? Hmmm.....

Okay, Wrath of Khan, First Contact, the new movie, and....Galaxy Quest?

Note from Scott: I was going to end with Voyage Home, but on second thought, I like your list better.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpencer

Thanks, Mua'dib. But I must admit that I was disappointed by the lack of "Mirror High-Five." I'll let you Google it, since my work's Websense policy is to block anything that doesn't involve warp-field generators or metachlorian counts.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Thompson

Too funny. Can't wait for the rebuttal strip. On a another note I literally saw Write like the Wind yesterday after seeing the link on Patrick Rothfuss's blog. Great song

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreg

And they have both inspired lack-luster, 'meh'-inducing MMORPGs.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertoxikhiro

The next comic will be BS. This one is all truth.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjsc

The next comic, "How to Explain Why Star Wars is Better," only has one panel with Scott in the middle saying... "Lightsabers!"

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnomomously Helpful-er

Way to head that one off at the pass! (Re Trek v. Wars)
I have to say that Rick in "hands crossed low and in front while smuggly pointing out 'Better Defeat' " pose has become my favorite Rick pose.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeardo

Hm . . . GALAXY QUEST was better than SPACEBALLS, so point to TREK.

Jedi have lightsabers, so point to WARS.

Star Trek has forty thousand novels, while Star Wars has the Expanded Universe . . . hm. Vulcan's Forge was good. The Thrawn novels and the first couple X-Wing books were good. The rest . . . well . . . Moving on.

Tech wise? The Star Wars universe has had FTL for tens of thousands of years, and the industrial resources of most of an entire galaxy. StarFleet has had FTL for dozens of years, a few shipyards, and Kirk.

It's like Hornblower versus Victory At Sea. It's the exploration ship HMS Beagle versus the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. In a straight-up match, there's no contest.

The only question left is, which would be a better universe in which to live? If you could be a Jedi or a star pilot, Star Wars. If you're just an average person, a trader or tech or accountant or mechanic etc., Star Trek.


(Hm. I wonder if this week will generate more than the usual number of comments?)

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Now, now. The original Star Trek movie has to be in the good movie list for no other reason than it brought back Star Trek after a 15-20 year hiatus. That has to count for something....

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThatJeff

Panel 4 is good enough.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike

If I had to pick the four movies, I'd go with Wrath of Khan, Undiscovered Country (totally underrated), First Contact, and Nemesis (which I still don't get why everyone hates on, when Insurrection was so awful) -- personally, I hated Voyage Home, and thought the reboot movie completely sucked.

As for the 20 hours of TV, all that comes to mind is "The Best of Both Worlds," a bunch of DS9 Dominion/war episodes, "Amok Time," "City on the Edge of Forever," and... then what? Certainly nothing from Voyager or Enterprise.

Star Wars had cooler gadgets; Star Trek had (mostly) better acting and writing. Sure, Star Trek had Wesley Crusher, but Star Wars had Jar-Jar. And Trek definitely had better alien species. Pretty much everything in Star Wars that wasn't human, Ewok, Wookie, or Yoda was with the Empire. And there's no Star Wars character as unique or interesting as Garak was on DS9!

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Having seen only the newest movie and a few episodes of TOS, is there really only about 20-30 episodes of the series that are good? That seems low based on what most Trekkies would say.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen Z

That's all well and good. But which series was sexier?

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRizz Rustbolt

im probably in the minority here, i usually am, but i dont like either of them. of course i didnt own a tv until i got married (at 34), and i usually find it hard to sit still for 30 minutes. at least the comic was good enough to keep me amused.


June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

There's another point for you: which one has come out with a new movie that didn't suck? Star Wars failed three times while Star Trek got it in one.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeelabrown

"How to Explain Why Star Trek Is Much Better Than Star Wars"

Or: "Rick Wins"

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBD

As far as which is better, it's hard to say for me. I grew up with Star Wars, so I naturally prefer it, but I've been getting into Star Trek lately. As for Federation vs. Empire, there's no contest. Someone went ahead and used the videos to calculate the power of the weapons and shields in Star Wars, and they outclass the Federation 100 to 1. Here's the website for the Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate:
And here the same guy deconstructs the power of the turbolasers fired by Imperial Star Destroyers.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ Roth

I feel like your strip and John Scalzi's Redshirts could have a great collaboration:

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChublogga

Star Trek better than Star Wars? Blasphemer! How dare you, Sir!

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVasu

Or, like me, you can enjoy them both equally.

Also, Gene Roddenberry's teams of writers are much better at writing than George Lucas. As are most of the Star Wars novel authors too. George Lucas is a terrible writer.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Firefly blows a big hole in them both (and with only 1 season a 1 movie). Heck, Farscape and Babylon 5 are mostly superior as well (with the exception of DS 9...though apparently the concept was big fat ripoff of B5, so there's that...)

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDal

What about the Clone Wars animated movie and tv series, that adds a lot of good material to Star Wars.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJesse

Don't forget Star Wreck. It's from somewhere in deepest darkest Scandinavia (if I remember correctly - I haven't watched it for a while) - with subtitles. But nevertheless excellent.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLen

Alrighty, now to skip all the stuff written under the comic. . .

Star Wars is way better, epic space dogfights and laser gun battles beat a bunch of guys standing around as they talk out socratic exercises any day. Although to be fair the hight of the star wars franchise for me was the likes of Battlefront and Empire at war.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrrgg

Scott, you may find this funny.
The Next Generation - Season 8!/TNG_S8

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIc A

I'm predicting that panel 2 will repeat with just the name changed to George Lucas.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

OK, them's fighting words.

<cuts hand>

Battlestar Galactica and Firefly are better than either, even on a bad day.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Scott, I know you're familiar with Cracked because they run your comic from time to time. If you haven't already, I think you should check out the episode of "after hours" they discuss Star Wars and Star Trek.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Can I point out that Star Trek only started getting good after Roddenberry stopped having direct influence on the series. For instance the first couple seasons of TNG were terrible (which were the seasons he was involved). Same with the original series.

June 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames

The fact that I didn't even know Game of Thrones was a book series, and I've never seen the show, and didn't have a clue who George R. S. T. U. V. Martin was, and yet I found that video hilarious, and moreover so did my wife, shows how good those guys I've never heard of are at music and comedy.

Oh, and the strip was great too. Star Trek is like a horrible piece of artwork (imagine purple lines on a puce background hanging in an art museum with stuffy people walking past saying "Masterpiece" in hushed tones loud enough to be heard 6 rooms away, and then going on to compliment the naked emperor on his ability to pair stripes with solids) that somehow spawned awesomeness in its wake. Star Wars, on the other hand, got out of the gate with awesomeness - and then The Force was no longer with it 30 years later. (See the video Scott posted as a reminder of that.)

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Bisciglia

Oh, wow. Starting a religious debate on the site? You're a brave, brave man, Scott Meyer. What next, the right way to make barbecue?

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarapace

there's a perfect solution. most people don't care. also, star wars

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterE.nigma

@Mua'Dib: But the Dune books got progressively worse while, er... Never mind.

Seriously though, flawed as they are, I prefer the books and the movie to anything out of the star whatever franchises (with the exception of the tangentially related Spaceballs.) But if you include books in the equation there are better works than either.

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCzernobog

Did anyone ask Captain Pike and get his input?!?!?! BEEEEEEEEEEEP!

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBart

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