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It’s because of the stories! The first dozen episodes of Star Trek are classic morality tales. It set the stage. Time had no factor in this. And if anything Star Wars has gotten worse. Have you see the Clone Wars?
I think time in the sense that they’ve been around longer and have a more extensive library to pick from plays a factor but yes STAR TREK thanks to Rodenbery’s vision was focused mainly on the story and the humanity or alien-anity of the stories whereas STAR WARS has for the most part save for a few instances been a very black and white affair.
STAR TREK is my first real experience with scifi but STAR WARS was my first love. I think because STAR WARS was so visceral whereas STAR TREK to a child of the 70’s and 80’s might have been a bit harder to digest. I grew to love STAR TREK later because of the stories and hold a love for both to this day.
Star Trek has always been deeper and more philosophical. Nothing against Star Wars, but it’s not about finding out what makes us human.
But is this because they have had more time to do so? Or is it because of the story itself? STAR WARS is a very black and white good and evil type story whereas STAR TREK has a much longer history where it has been fleshed out and made into something much larger and more human. Can STAR WARS ever be like STAR TREK and feel more human or is it just a black and white photo that will be forever interpreted by the masses who love it?
Thanks for the answer and you are right I think, STAR TREK is more philosophical at this point and less about the struggle of good and evil but about finding a way to coexist and be one, but I hope in time that STAR WARS will grow into something with a much greater and deeper meaning.