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Friday, May 20, 2005

Episode I: The Search for Scores

I ask my more gentle-natured readers to excuse the following geekery.

Although a self-confessed Original Series Trekkie, I was forced to admit after the mediocre "Next Generation" and the abominable "Deep Space Nine" that Star Wars was on-the-whole a more solid mythos.

Fortunes changed later, when "Voyager" turned out well, and "The Phantom Menace" and "The Clone Wars" dragged Star Wars down well below Star Trek.

After a phenomenal last two seasons of "Enterprise," there was no longer any comparison. However, the nerd gods have smiled on Star Wars with the release of "Episode III." While not even up to the caliber of "Jedi," it does capture some of the old SW magic.

So the question is now up in the air. Which is the more consistent (not implying better) saga? We must turn to math for the answer.

Here are the rules for our problem:
  • Each license will be judged against its strongest member, which shall receive a 10.
  • The Trek movies shall be split into Original and Next Generation. "Generations" shall count as a "NG" film.
  • No non-canonical entries, a la cartoons, comic books, or novels, shall be counted.

First, Star Wars:

  • Episode IV: A New Hope - 9
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - 10
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - 8
  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace - 4
  • Episode II: The Clone Wars - 6
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - 7

Now, Star Trek:

  • The Original Series - 10
  • The Next Generation - 7
  • Deep Space 9 - 5
  • Voyager - 8
  • Enterprise - 9
  • Movies: Original - 7 (They are of wildly different quality independently.)
  • Movies: Next Generation - 7

STAR WARS: 7.33. STAR TREK: 7.57.

Close! Certainly within the realm of statistical margin of error. With one raised eyebrow, I say, "Fascinating."

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