STAR WARS VS. STAR TREK
Years ago, I adapted Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire for Dark Horse, an easy job due to Tim’s clarity. I parlayed this into a visit to Skywalker Ranch, with my late wife. I’d visited Skywalker once before with Brent Anderson. Skywalker Ranch contains myriad beautiful buildings in a sylvan setting in Marin County. The main building is Victorian, with exquisite workmanship. The underside of the spiral staircase in the library was fitted with polished slats of Brazilian rosewood, so perfect and intricate it resembled a snake’s belly. The cafeteria food beggared most restaurants.
Lucas came out the main door and Brent cautioned us about approaching him.
Years later, I was back to meet with the Skywalker editor in charge of licensing comics, a woman whose name I forget. She bade us enter her office and we chatted.
“I have a theory,” I said. “Star Trek represents the liberal view of space, while Star Wars represents the conservative view.”
That’s as far as I got.
“I’M LIBERAL!” the editor declared. “WE’RE ALL LIBERAL!”
Our visit ended soon after.
I meant nothing sinister. The reason I said that was because Star Trek went out of its way to be inclusive and non-judgmental, while Star Wars featured a hierarchy on both sides. On the Empire’s side, you had the emperor, followed by the darths, followed by military commanders all the way down to the peons. On the rebel side, you had Princess Leia, a royal person, benevolently ruling her loyal subjects.