Author: Michał M. Sapka <email@example.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2023 23:50:13 +0100
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+title: "Star Wars or Star Trek?"
+abstract: Why I consider Star Trek to be best western SciFi series
+Star Wars or Star Trek?
+For me, the answer is clear: "Star Wars." The classic series is fantastic. While I like "Star Wars," "Star Trek "owns my heart. Although I am still watching Voyager and have not seen a single episode of "Voyager," "Deep Space 9" is easily my top #1 western SciFi series. It is (in contrast to "Star Wars") aimed at grown-ups.
+Yes, "Babylon 5" was mind-blowing, and DS9 was a clone. The Xero machines, however, removed all of the wrong things. For example, there is no King Arthur episode; there are no plots without end (what happened to Londo?!). So when we compare the top with the top, I will put "Babylon 5" higher, but when we count the worse episodes of the series, DS9 is on top.
+When "The Next Generation" was taking its sweet time looking for footing, DS9 quickly got it.
+When Voyager completely ignored the crew, who were there only for the plot, DS9 fleshed them out. Those Durak/Bashir lunches! That Jadzia or Odo plots!
+DS9 takes the best thing - the real humans - from TNG and adds an excellent and engaging main plot. Yes, it's derivative from B5, but who cares?
+"Star Wars," on the other hand, is so small. The first three movies were great on their own. However, it was a childish fantasy, and everything that came later was disappointing. Well, not everything. "Last Jedi" is so bad that I can't force myself to watch anything after that. Although I've heard good things about "Mandalorian," I haven't seen it. Maybe someday. There is so much good Star Trek to enjoy!
+"Picard," however, is terrible. The second season was easily the worst Star Trek I have ever seen.
+What else could I compare to "Star Trek"?
+"Battlestar Galactica" is excellent. It may have the best characters in any western SciFi; the story is engaging. But the world is small and has no place for other stories. "Stargate" is a distant #3, but other than that? "Expanse" is mediocre; "Firefly" and "Dark Matter" were killed in infancy. "Doctor Who" has like a thousand missing episodes, so why even start?
+"Orville"? Well, I'll need to start it again, as I stopped watching sometime when season 1 was still new. This leaves me with "Farscape," the muppets in space series. This is also something I need to return to.
+Let's also mention "Lexx." The euro-soft porn version of space opera. I liked the first season - it was not something I would ever expect to see. But after that? After that, it was sometimes bad, sometimes terrible, but never watchable. Well, except for the musical episode. It was a banger.
+So yeah. "Star Trek" is my number one, and nothing else comes close. In western SciFi, at least, anime is on an entirely different level.
+> "Out of all the stories you told me, which ones that you told me were true and which ones weren't?" — Dr. Bashir
+> "My doctor, they all were true." — Garak
+> "Even the lies?" — Dr. Bashir
+> "Especially the lies" — Garak