Ah, the age-old question: which is the better long-running science fiction franchise, Star Wars or Star Trek? With J.J. Abrams taking the Star Wars: Episode VII directing job as his next project after Star Trek Into Darkness, it seems like both factions are trying to gain a solid foothold on Geek Mountain.
Thanks to the good people at Hark.com, we now have a clear winner in the ongoing debate. The infographic below answers once and for all, which is the best science fiction series by comparing both franchise’s total movies, box office grosses, number of overall awards, animated series, video games, books, toys, and social media followers. It’s pretty extensive and in-depth, and the results may surprise a few people.
The infographic only takes into consideration the U.S. Star Wars and Star Trek fandom, rather than worldwide love for both sci-fi properties. The infographic also picks Star Wars as the overall winner, but if quantity over quality is your mark of excellence, it’s clear that Star Wars has more merchandise. Then again, how many Star Wars movies are actually good compared to the number of good Star Trek movies?
J.J. Abrams might bring balance to the Star Trek and Star Wars geeks alike, but it seems like this debate will continue for as long as both sci-fi series survive. Many people love both, and that’s okay, but as long as hardcore fans exist, the rivalry will continue. Let’s hope that J.J. Abrams doesn’t crossover Star Trek with Star Wars. I don’t think geek culture could handle an event of that magnitude! Check out the full infographic below, and you can also click it for a larger version.