Every year, sci-fi blockbusters offer various perspectives of the future of the human race. As familiar yellow lettering soars across star-filled skies once again, more than just the force should be awakening. Science fiction works such as The Illustrated Man and WALL-E have provided stark projections of the future, and we may be carelessly heading straight for them.
Intrigued by the headlines declaring Star Wars record-breaking figures (more than $1 billion and counting worldwide), I took myself off to see the film at my local cinema. I wish I hadn't bothered and saved myself ten pounds. What's more, I now have no intention of seeing any more instalments in the franchise, nor will I pay to see another movie by director JJ Abrams after this.
With the imminent arrival of the new Star Wars Episode VII: Force Awakens in December and confirmation that Star Trek Beyond filming has just finished, the 30 year old debate 'which is better Star Trek or Star Wars?' has yet again been reignited. Being a Trekkie myself I thought it only appropriate that I share my reasons as to why Star Trek is indeed better!
While any number of fictional films and novels are set after the collapse of civilization, very few go beyond the immediate twenty-eight days later, as it were, to imagine the far greater task of rebuilding that will face the survivors once they've finished racing around the desert in punked-up battle cars or shot-gunned the last walking dead to a standstill.
The geek shall inherit the Earth, but for now we just dominate popular entertainment. In a world where properties in traditionally "geek" genres have become the heart of billion-dollar franchises, spanning multiple interconnecting mediums and calling back to decades-old source material, it can be hard for new fans to catch up...