Premiering in 1966, Star Trek, the worldwide science-fiction phenomenon, has reached the hearts of countless fans. Resulting in a movie franchise, multiple TV spinoffs, and countless novels, comic books, and toy lines, it is safe to say that Star Trek is one of the most beloved sci fi franchises of all time. Dealing with philosophical questions that can easily be applied to our world, and spreading a message of peace and tolerance, Gene Roddenberry's creation is now one of pop culture's most well-known works.
First released in 1977, Star Wars immediately became a cultural landmark. George Lucas' use of special effects like no one had ever seen before propelled the excellently crafted film into the number 1 box office spot of all time. Followed by two sequels, a prequel trilogy, and the modern Disney-produced sequels and spinoffs, Star Wars is arguably the biggest movie franchise of all time. Continuing to break box office records to this day, this classic tale of good vs. evil is ingrained in pop culture history and continues to have a lasting effect on pop culture.
Although both franchises have achieved massive amounts of success, the fandoms of both have been at odds for decades, trying to decide once and for all which is the better of the two sci-fi behemoths. While this war has died down in recent years, there will always be some level of competition between the two vastly different series. Can you tell the difference?
The fastest ship in the galaxy, The Millennium Falcon is one of the most beloved parts of its respective franchise. Piloted by iconic characters such as Han, Lando, and Rey, this ship has been there for the characters when they needed it most and has helped save the galaxy numerous times. Known for infamously making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, this hunk of junk has seen its fair share of galactic battles and has even been inside the belly of an asteroid-dwelling space creature.
An alien species made up of drones linked to a collective hive mind, the Borg have become one of science-fiction's most well known antagonist species. Attempting to achieve perfection by converting every living being into a Borg drone, the Borg are an extremely dangerous species. Controlled by the hive mind known as the Borg Queen, the Borg will not rest until they have assimilated everything and everyone into one of them. Coining the term "resistance is futile" is just one of the many things this iconic evil has brought to pop culture.
More powerful than your average blaster, the Bowcaster has become an iconic movie gun. Crafted with a bow containing two polarized orbs on each end designed to fire pure energy, the Bowcaster earned its unique look and name being fashioned after a crossbow. Too powerful for most humans to use correctly, the Bowcaster is most commonly used by Wookies and other large alien species. A mainstay of its universe, the Bowcaster is now a fan-favorite weapon, and a welcome surprise whenever one shows up.
After the destruction of the original SSV Normandy at the hands of a Geth warship, Cerberus built a second model with many upgrades. Home to a ragtag group of heroes from all different races, species, and walks of life, the Normandy SR-2 became a second home to those familiar with it. Powered by an energy core and complete with heavy weapons, the Normandy is an extremely powerful ship and one that is not to be messed with. Eventually leading his crew to save the Universe from the Reapers, Commander Shepard will always have a big spot in his heart for his trusty ship.
Invented by Zefram Cochrane in 2063, the Warp Drive makes faster-than-light travel possible. Powered by a matter/anti-matter reactor which creates plasma and a subsequent displacement field, the Warp Drive moves space crafts into subspace where they can then move at a speed faster than that of light. Allowing travellers to reach the farthest corners of space is just one of the many benefits of the Warp Drive. The impact of this fictional science on the real world has led to many hypotheses on how to make faster-than-light travel possible, with NASA currently doing research on the subject.
Focusing on the crew of this Starship, the original entry in this franchise introduced the world to iconic characters and races aboard this vessel. Boldly going where no man has gone before, such as the final frontier and the annals of Hollywood history, the Enterprise has discovered new planets and races, and captured the hearts of viewers who have spent countless hours aboard the ship. The voyages of the Starship Enterprise are now some of the most classic science fiction tales.
The oldest and wisest Jedi Master, Yoda lives as a hermit on the swamp planet Dagobah after the fall of the Republic. Although small in stature, Yoda is one of the most powerful beings in the universe, and has trained thousands of Jedi over his 900 year life. The leader of the Jedi Order is a force to be reckoned with as he can easily outmatch nearly any foe he encounters. His unique look and famous backwards syntax have made Yoda one of the most well-known and loved characters in history.
The perfect predator, the Xenomorph is an extremely dangerous alien species. Able to stalk and kill its prey completely undetected, the Xenomorph is one of the scariest aliens ever created. While its origins are relatively unknown, it is still feared by many and its ability to kill so easily places it at the top of the list of deadly aliens. Haunting anyone it has come across over the centuries of its existence, the Xenomorph is one of the most famous fictional creatures of all time. Its unique birth scene, bursting out of the chest of a host, has become one of cinema's most iconic sequences.
Vulcan Nerve Pinch
How do you force someone unconscious in an effective and nearly painless manner? The famous Vulcan Nerve Pinch of course. By squeezing a pressure point at the base of an opponent's neck and transferring telepathic energy through their fingers into the opponent's nerves, Vulcans are able to take down nearly anyone they come across in seconds. The technique is one of the most famous things to come out of its franchise. It has been used numerous times by multiple characters including humans.
The native females of the planet Dathomir, the Nightsisters were a clan of dangerous wielders of magic. Led by Mother Talzin, the Nightsisters would use their magic by drawing from the ichors inside their planet's core and used their male counterparts, the Nightbrothers, for the sole purposes of servants and reproduction. Eventually wiped out by General Grievous' army on the orders of Count Dooku, only Mother Talzin and one sister, Asajj Ventress, were left alive, but ultimately fell victim to Dooku as well.
The Flux Capacitor is what makes time travel possible. The idea came to Doc Brown after he hit his head on his bathroom sink. Shaped like a Y and positioned behind the passenger seat of the time travel machine, the Flux Capacitor required 1.21 Gigawatts of power in order to have enough energy to work. Usually, plutonium was used to produce the 1.21 Gigawatts, however in one case a bolt of lightning was used, and the plutonium was eventually replaced by a fusion reactor that extracted hydrogen atoms from trash.
The first droid created of the IG series assassin droids, IG-88 went rogue and proceeded to become one of the deadliest bounty hunters in the galaxy. IG-88 was eventually defeated by a rival bounty hunter after trailing him to steal a bounty. Called Phlutdroid during production and "chrome war droid" in the script, IG-88 received very little screen time but has become well-known based on his unique appearance, and by being the sole droid in the group of bounty hunters who appear together.
Boonta Eve was a holiday celebrated on the desert planet Tatooine. Boonta Eve was celebrated to honor the Hutt Boonta Hestilic Shad'ruu's rise to godhood after leading his army to victory in the Xin War. To commemorate the ancient Hutt and the holiday, the Hutts would host the Boonta Eve Classic Podrace in Mos Espa. The night became problematic when vandals would roam the streets and attack and mug people who left their homes. They became known as "The Boonta Eve Bandits."
Battle of Yavin
The Battle of Yavin occurred between the Rebellion and the Empire. Named after the secret Rebel base on Yavin IV, it was one of the Rebellion's first victories against the Empire and it changed the tide of the Galactic Civil War. The battle was such a huge event that the counting of time began anew from year zero, with events from the battle being referred to as BBY (Before the Battle of Yavin), and events afterwards being referred to as ABY (After the Battle of Yavin).
Science fiction is always coming up with ways to improve on our modern technologies. Hypospray is a futuristic version of a vaccination where there is no needle that breaks the skin. Using compressed air, the contents of the hypospray are transferred into the recipient's body, reducing pain as well as lowering chances of transferring diseases. Normally, the spray is injected into the neck due to the presence of the carotid artery, however it has been known to have been injected in other parts of the body, including through clothes.
TARS is a tactical robot, programmed for many uses. Able to pilot, collect data, and perform the most difficult calculations, TARS is huge asset on dangerous space missions. TARS has a unique personality as his settings have programmed him to be witty and sarcastic, allowing for many humorous moments between the robot and his human partners. TARS appears to be the most sophisticated model of tactical robot, as he is slightly more capable than CASE or KIPP. Used mainly as comic relief, TARS has been involved in some emotional moments as well.
From the planet Ferenginar, the Ferengi are a humanoid species. Although slightly shorter than humans, the Ferengi are highly intelligent. They are easily identified by their large ears, which allow them to have exceptional hearing and abilities beyond that of a human, such as decibel levels and altitude changes. Their four-lobed brains also give them their noticeable appearance, and have made it difficult for telepaths to read their minds. The most well-known Ferengi is Quark, the owner of Quark's Bar.
FN-2199, nicknamed "Nines" is most commonly known by his fan-made name TR-8R (pronounced "Traitor"). He is named so after his sole line on-screen where he shouts the word at a former ally turned enemy. Although given very little screen time, he has been further developed in comic books and novels. He became an Internet sensation and is remembered fondly by fans despite his lack of development or characterization on screen. TR-8R used a Z6 baton during the battle on Takodana, as opposed to the standard gun used by his squad mates.
M-113 is a barren planet known for being the home world of the poisonous borgia plant. It was also the home of the M-113 creatures who were thought to be extinct, until one was encountered by Dr. Crater. The M-113 creatures are particularly dangerous as they have strong telepathic abilities which they use to disguise themselves. The lone creature encountered by Dr. Crater killed his wife and used telepathy to fool the doctor into believing she was not dead. After the defeat of this creature, the planet became a tourist destination and home to an archaeological center.
Considered to be the greatest explorer of the 22nd century, Scott Bakula's Jonathan Archer was a commanding officer of a starship before becoming President of the United Federation of Planets for eight years. A founding member of the Federation, Archer also helped found Starfleet, the Federation's space travel program. An important historical figure, Archer's Planet is named after him and it is possible that the planet Archer IV is as well. Archer was the first human to make contact with a plethora of alien races.
The Yaka Arrow is an electronic weapon. It is made out of Yaka metal and Centaurian technology. Controlled by the sonic frequencies of the owner's whistles, and electronically connected to a fin on the owner's head, the Yaka Arrow is a highly effective and dangerous weapon, in the hands of someone who knows how to properly control it. Although tiny, the arrow has killed many men and has even been seen taking down aircrafts, specifically a Necrocraft during the Battle of Xandar.
Perhaps the most hated character of all time, Jar-Jar Binks caused quite a controversy when he first appeared. Accused of being too silly and racist, Jar-Jar has been cited as one of the main reasons for fan backlash against the episode in which he appeared. Jar-Jar is a clumsy Gungan banished from his home, Jar-Jar ends up a war hero and a politician due to his dumb luck. The hatred against him was so strong that his later appearances were cut down to the point where he became a background character more than anything.
Wampas are natives of the ice planet Hoth. Covered in a thick white fur to keep them safe from the cold, the Wampas are carnivorous and dangerous. After knocking its prey out, a wampa will hang it upside down in its cave and keep it there to eat when it gets hungry. The most well-known wampa to fans is missing its arm since it was cut off after it attacked our protagonist and feasted on his tauntaun. Several wampas were also kept inside Echo Base.
Redshirts are one of the most famous types of stock characters. Named for the fact that they were dressed in red clothing, in contrast to the main characters in blue and yellow, redshirts rarely survived a mission. The purpose of redshirts was to die in order to show the viewers that there was danger afoot. The trope has become so well known that it has been referenced and parodied numerous times in other movies and shows, such as South Park and Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Small, furry, and adorable, Tribbles appear to be no threat at all when first encountered. As their only objectives in life appear to be eating and reproduction, Tribbles bring little value to those they meet. Instead, their rapid rate of reproduction becomes a huge threat as they can easily overpopulate a territory and take control based on numbers alone. Tribbles were conceived as a creature that would be cheap to produce as a prop, and they were based off of the overpopulation of rabbits in Australia.