Star Trek And Star Wars

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“The two science fiction phenomena—Star Trek and Star Wars— appear to have the same basic creative foundations; both were designed to speak to Americans in need of social and moral guidance. George Lucas and Gene Roddenberry were responding to their own social times and acted upon the contemporary issues that faced America in the sixties and seventies.” -Lincoln Geraghty “Creating And Comparing Myth In Twentieth-Century Science Fiction: Star Trek and Star Wars.”
Star Trek and Star Wars are science fiction franchise’s that have both garnered large numbers of followers through their compelling storylines, characters, backgrounds, advanced technologies, and especially exploration of scientific advances and space travel. Unfortunately, there
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At the same time making fans believe whole-heartedly that Star Treks reality has existed, still exists, and will continue to exist far beyond their lifetime.” (Geraughty)
Star Trek, while it does include action and adventure, focuses more on space travel, scientific and technological advancement, peaceful exploration, and especially the discovery of new life forms and alien species. The United Federation of Planets operates from Earth, where the majority of the population is human, thus the crews of the Enterprise, Voyager, and other spaceships and stations in Star Trek are often mostly human, which makes their experiences more relatable, but always include a few humanoid aliens that provoke a sense of curiosity in the audience: “With an almost childlike fascination, critics have sought to unlock its mysterious appeal, interpret its complex representations, and understand its unique fan following.” (Ott and Aoki) The use of familiar mythos also helps the audience to remain interested and not too alienated from the story, despite the alien encounters on alien worlds with alien customs.
Technological advancement is especially present in the creatures known as the Borg: “…the Star-Trek Borg are always whomever is unfortunate enough to be assimilated and forced into a life of near-mindless collective existence, fated to serve the needs of the greater society with no individuality or self-interest to be manifest, and with no

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