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Star Wars or Star Trek? Beatles or the Rolling Stones?

The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? For me, it’s always been the Rolling Stones. Star Trek or Star Wars? For me, it’s always been Star Trek. I know I’m in the minority on this, but I’ve never found the Star Wars movies to be as compelling as Star Trek (either the movies or the various series). I need more than just action or special effects. Star Trek has deeper writing, social commentary, and moral conflicts that Star Wars just doesn’t have.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is getting great reviews and is a box office smash. My wife and I went to see it yesterday, and I thought it was good, but not great. For the first time ever at a movie theater, I actually dozed off for a moment.

Many people are worried about hearing Star Wars spoilers. But how can you have a spoiler when the movie follows basically the same plot as the previous movies, redone with better special effects? And really the only moral lesson in the Star Wars series is that despite advanced light-speed-technology, parenting didn’t improve at all, leaving us wondering from one episode to the next: Who is related to whom?

But don’t listen to me on this. Join the millions of fans and have a great time at the new Star Wars movie! I’m writing this merely to give the slightly bored comfort to know they’re not alone if they say “Meh!” about the movie all their friends are raving about. For those who prefer Star Trek’s version of space travel, the next movie opens on July 22, 2016.

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