I find the whole Star Trek vs. Star Wars to be somewhat purile, much like, "I bet Spider-Man could beat up Batman". Fortunatly most of you have taken a similar view and not perpetuated the sophomoric "verses" mentality that tends to prevail these days. Like so many others, I am a fan of both, though Star Wars is my first love and always will be. I had watched reruns of the classic Star Trek off and on for a few years before Star Wars burst onto the collective conciousness of the world. A good friend of mine at the time (about age 10) was a huge fan of the series and tried his best to get me interested. A few episodes did catch my fancy back then, like Space Seed and Journey to Babel.
In the summer of '77 I saw Star Wars for the first time with no idea what it was going to be, and ultimately mean to me. I was blown away and it became the first movie I ever saw more than once. I managed to see it about twelve times that summer (I was only 11 and had to beg rides), and at least three more times the following summer when it was rereleased (yes, they did it before the Special Edition) for the one-year anniversary. When Empire was announced I was pumped! My best friend and I went to see Something Wicked This Way Comes just to see the preview for Empire. We even convinced the theatre employees to let us stay for the next showing just long enough to see the previews.
However, we were equally pumped when Star Trek II was released. Oddly enough, a Star Trek film based on one of the few episodes of the series that had caught my attention as a child. Needless to say I couldn't wait.
I was in college when Star Trek The Next Generation premiered on the fledgling UPN. I had read some info on the cast and their characters and found the whole thing wanting, but decided to watch none the less. I got hooked. Despite the hit-and-miss first seasons I stuck with it to the end. Deep Space Nine held an on-again, off-again status of facination with me, and Voyager never managed to hold me as a viewer (largely due to my intense dislike of the "quest show" formula, a show built around a single, defining quest that seems strangely inturrupted on a regular basis, examples being The Fugitive and Land of the Lost). I am anxious for the arrival of Enterprise, I think it holds promise.
But in the end I have an undying love for Star Wars that allows me to even forgive such things as Ewoks, various elements of the Special Editions, and Episode I. May 2002 cannot get here fast enough.
And in parting, a special thank you to George Lucas and the late Gene Roddenberry.