We live in a world of absolutes these days. Yes or no, and good or bad, are regular decisions. There's one decision, though it's a small one, that I refuse to make, however. People say I have to choose whether I like Star Wars or Star Trek. If I had to choose, I'd go with Star Wars, personally; but why do I have to choose at all?! Why can't I be exited for Star Trek Beyond AND Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens? I can, and do like both. You can too. Here's why: they're two different things. Let me explain in some detail.
They Are Set In Two Different Galaxies
Star Trek is set in our own galaxy. The Federation started on Earth and then branched out to other solar systems. Star Trek takes place HERE. Star Wars plainly tells us that it takes place not just far, far away but in a galaxy far, far away. So if were talking "far away" in terms of galaxies let's put it in perspective. Andromeda (the closest galaxy to our own) is about 2.2 million light-years away. That means Star Wars takes place 2.2+ million light-years away from us. Even going the speed of light, we'll die long before reaching Andromeda or any other galaxy.
They Are Set In Different Times
Star Trek is about the future of the human race. It takes place so far into the future that they don't even use the same calendar system as us. They live so far into the future that there's total peace on Earth. Star Wars takes place a long time ago. I should say a long time ago plus 38 years considering the original film is in the past now. Star Wars is a legend of the past instead of a dream of the future.
They Are On Different Missions
Yes, Star is found in both names. This indicates that they are both about space which I don't dispute. But one is a Trek and the other Wars. 'Trek' indicates a journey, which is good considering that the show is about human exploration of space. The other is a 'War' story. The tails of intergalactic conflict between multiple parties.
Even The Humans Are Different
Star Trek contains plain old Earth humans, We have no extra-ordinary powers. We are just humans. Star Wars has a whole new variety of human. They all contain midichlorians which connect them to a living force. Through the force they can move objects telekinetic-ally and influence people telepathically.
Sci-fi vs. Fantasy
Star Trek is a story of possibility. We have no idea what's in store for us when it comes to space exploration. We have no idea what's really beyond our current reach. Star Wars is a fantasy. For the most part it's not possible. Star Wars takes us to an imaginary galaxy with imaginary conflict and characters. It excels at this because it makes everything seem so real and tangible.
See? I'm not completely insane, am I? These two franchises may be leaders when it comes to space, but there's not really a comparison to be made. I don't know about you, but I'm going to continue watching and loving both. You'll see me at the theater this weekend for Star Wars 7: The Force Awakens and you'll see me in 2016 for Star Trek: Beyond. I hope I'll see you there too!