I’ve been thinking lately about two films: you can probably guess the them from the title. Anyway, they’re both widely regarded to be the high watermark in their respective franchises, Star Trek and Star Wars respectively. I started thinking about whether there was any reason for this. What do the two films have in common? The more I thought, the more incredibly tenuous links I came up with. Here are just a few of them. It’s creepy, I’m telling you!
1. Both feature character/s in training
2. Revelations about fatherhood
3. Both feature torture scenes
4. Both are film number 2.
5. Both films had directors who were taking a big step up
Nicholas Meyer had never handled a project as big as Wrath of Khan (as great a film as Time After Time is, it wasn’t on the same level) and Irvin Kershner was coming straight off TV movies and Eyes of Laura Mars.
6. Characters end up inside an asteroid in both films
7. Both have endings tinged with sadness.
8. Both feature big time sacrifices
9. Both feature arguments about whether good is the most important thing to be thinking about at a given time.
Yoda wants to cook while Luke just wants to go see Yoda! Kirk wants to know what the food situation is while everyone else wants to talk about how they’re trapped and are going to die.
10. Both feature a long, drawn out about or scream.
I’m going to show this to the respective Star Wars and Star Trek groups I belong to and, in order to make sure nobody thinks I’m showing any favouritism through my choice of lead image, I’ve stuck Avon from Blake’s 7 there instead. Nobody can complain about that, surely.
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