Written By: Star Wars Girl
Ever since Star Wars entered the geek stage; there has been a conflict between it and the already established Star Trek. This discussion has raged on for multiple generations now, never with a clear winner, but leaving destruction and ruined families in its wake. I say no more! It is time to settle this once and for all! Star Trek would not stand five minutes against Star Wars in a fair fight in space! So let's get down to it, and see who comes out on top in this battle of the "Stars"!
Round One: Fleet Size and Composition
In the Star Trek universe, be it TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise, almost every ship in the Federation is traveling alone. ALONE, no escort, no back up, sometimes light years away from help. Oh we all know why, they are on their mission of “peaceful exploration” that frequently ends in bloodshed, but they are very rarely with another ship. Furthermore almost every ship in the Federation is outfitted with technology and personal for this mission of exploration, no combat. Yes they CAN engage an enemy at a moment’s notice, but they can’t stay in a fight for long, due to the presence of civilians, children, and a lack of armaments on the ship.
On the flip side of that we have the Rebellion and the Empire. Both sides know the other is actively looking for them and take the necessary precautions. Never will you see a capitol ship from either side travel ANYWHERE without a full escort. Frigates, cruisers, destroyers, patrol ships, a full complement of fighters, the whole nine yards. In order to get the drop on a fleet requires you knowing where they are and sending a bigger fleet at them. Surgical strikes are met with minimal success when attacking a fleet.
The Score: Star Wars - 1 Star Trek - 0
Round Two: Capital Ship Type
If history has taught us anything in the last one hundred years in terms of naval combat is that carrier based capital ships are far superior to that of a battleship. The fighters and bombers that the carrier has can rain more death and destruction on their enemy than a handful of big guns ever could. Star Wars capital ships are all carriers and Star Trek only has battleships. Almost every Star Wars ship carries a compliment of fighters, from the Mon Calamari and Imperial Star Destroyer to the Nebulon B Frigate and Acclimatetor class Star Destroyer. The Federation, Romulan Star Empire, Klingion Empire, Gorn Confederation, all of them, they don’t use carriers in any fashion. True they have shuttles and those do have weapons, but even the biggest ships only have half a dozen shuttles in their shuttle bay and let’s be honest, which will win, a Type II shuttlecraft or an X-wing?
The Score: Star Wars - 2 Star Trek - 0
Round Three: Firepower
What is this!? Is Star Trek going to win one? As a matter of fact yes. This one comes down to simple physics. Star Wars uses LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emissions of Radiation) which is more or less very focused light, no mass, minimal stopping power. Star Trek uses phasers, a device that uses energy to accelerate mass to the speed of light, converting most of the mass into energy. A phaser hits with both mass and energy dealing more damage. Furthermore you have the photon torpedo, which is kinda a misnomer because it really is an anti-mater torpedo. The reason you always hear about core breaches and stuff in Star Trek is because of the anti-matter that it uses as fuel. Hoping back to our friend Einstein, he gave use the equation E=MC2 or Energy = Mass x (Speed of light)2. When matter hits anti-matter you get a complete mass to energy conversion, and in the case of a photon torpedo, that’s a lot of anti-matter that just hit matter. Boom.
The Score: Star Wars - 2 Star Trek - 1
The Final Round: Speed
Star Trek’s mode of transportation is a work of fantasy, not science fiction. You cannot travel faster than the speed of light (thank you Albert Einstein). Let’s imagine for a moment that it can, just for the sake of arguing, Star Wars is still faster. Let's also say that both sets of stories only take place in the Milky Way galaxy. The Milky Way is about 100-120 kilolight-years in diameter, and a kilolight-year is 1,000 light-years equaling about 100,000 light-years across. In Voyager it was going to take the crew 75 years to get home at warp 9 and they were only 70,000 light-years from the Alpha Quadrant.
That same distance, 70,000 light-years, is like going from Dantooine and the secrete rebel base to Endor, which will take maybe a day in hyperspace. As another nail in this coffin, all of the rebel fighters have a hyperdrive.
The Final Score: Star Wars - 3 Star Trek - 1
Even given the better firepower of the Federation, they would still get clobbered in a fight with either the Rebellion or the Empire. Star Trek has fire superiority, but that's it. They will have to wade through more ships and fighters that can out maneuver them. If they try and run all it will do is prolong the inevitable, because the Star Wars ships are faster. Perhaps today is a good day to die.
Star Trek is not without its merits. It did help teach the world about racial and social tolerance in a time when the country needed that lesson. It also inspired an entire generation to become scientists and engineers, helping to push the world into this new age where lots of the gadgets that seemed so far-fetched in 1969 are now common place. But if you ask me, Star Wars is SO much cooler.
Live long and Prosper, and May the Force be with You