Despite what you may have read, there was no rivalry between the creators of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars.” In fact, to quote a Klingon from “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” the late Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas had only “sincere admiration” for one another. 

As Lucas told Rod Roddenberry (Gene’s son) in the 2011 documentary “Trek Nation,” he was a fan of “Star Trek.” Lucas attended “Star Trek” conventions in the 1970s and admired many aspects of Roddenberry’s creation.

“I started writing ‘Star Wars’ sort of in the heyday of the syndication part of ‘Star Trek,’” said Lucas. “I think the thing I was attracted to the most about ‘Star Trek’ is that it completely got rid of all the mundane, boring angle of real space and said, ‘Let’s go out where no one else dared to go.’” 

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“I mean, it’s up to the artist to present things in an exciting and inspiring fashion,” said Lucas. “‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Wars’ are not reality shows. They are imagination shows. The story is the thing that really makes it work, and in the beginning with ‘Star Trek,’ that’s all there was … was story. And that’s what made it compelling.”

The Venn Diagram of fans of both franchises certainly has a lot of overlap. This is undoubtedly the case with the uber-Trek fans, the Inglorious Treksperts. Producer and writer Mark A. Altman and special effects supervisor Daren Dochterman recently took an episode of their popular podcast to recognize the anniversary of the opening of the original “Star Wars” in 1977.

Over the years, fans have accused the inheritors of “Star Trek” and “Star Wars” of borrowing concepts from each other. This was certainly the case when J. J. Abrams rebooted “Star Trek” with his film series in 2009. He even admitted that he was not a fan of Trek, but rather, he was a “Star Wars fanatic.”

“‘Star Trek always felt a little bit more sophisticated and philosophical, debating moral dilemmas and things that were theoretically interesting, but for some reason, I couldn’t get on board,” Abrams told the Radio Times in 2013.

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