Here’s are the best ways to anger Star Trek fans:
Some of the easiest ways to anger Star Trek fans are to point out scientific inaccuracies or compare the franchise to other popular science fiction.
Even easier, pick a favorite character, ship, or generation and watch arguments go.
Basically, express an opinion about Star Trek, and you’ll find an angry fan somewhere.
So if you want to learn all about what really makes Star Trek fans angry, then you’re in the right place.
What Is Star Trek All About?
Ok. We’re about to go on a bit of a journey together.
I’m going to show you the best ways to anger Star Trek fans, but a lot of it won’t make a lot of sense if you’ve never watched any of the shows or movies.
If you want to do this thing right, you need to know a little bit about Star Trek, so I’m going to give you a crash course.
First off, Star Trek is one of the most prolific sci-fi franchises in the world.
It started as a single science fiction television show in the 60s.
A sequel was launched in the 80s, known as Star Trek: The Next Generation.
That show had a good run, and it made studios realize that they could just keep remaking Star Trek forever, and they have more or less done that.
There have been more than a dozen feature films and just as many TV shows over the years, and there will probably be new versions of Star Trek in the future.
The gist of the series is usually the same.
There is a starship with a crew, and they’re usually exploring the unknown.
That exploration leads them to experience countless adventures, and they have to use their wits and advanced technology to overcome adversity.
They are also frequently faced with moral tests, which is a bit of a theme for Star Trek.
For the most part, Star Trek follows members of the Federation, an advanced, multi-planetary civilization that more or less sees itself as a morally superior society.
As a result, Star Trek explores ideas of morality just as often as it plays with ideas of technology and adventure.
That’s the gist of what the countless shows and movies are about, and with so many iterations, there is a lot of variety within Star Trek content.
It’s too much to summarize it all here, but that’s the fiction that has a large fanbase that you are now trying to anger.
How Do You Anger a Star Trek Fan? (9 Ways)
Before we get into this, remember that it’s all supposed to be in good fun.
I’m not actually trying to help you start a blood feud with Star Trek fans.
These are just points of contention that come up a lot, and if we can all laugh at ourselves and the things we like, that’s probably a good thing.
So, here are some great ways to anger Star Trek fans.
#1 Pick a Favorite Star Trek Captain
Star Trek shows and movies are largely ensemble casts, but in most cases, the resident captain is the leader of the show.
Because of that, every Star Trek fan tends to love the captain in their favorite show.
The two most famous and loved are definitely Kirk and Picard (from the original series and The Next Generation, respectively).
Kirk is probably the very most popular and loved captain, but Picard still has a large following.
Needless to say, if you say that one of them is your favorite, fans of the other will contest your point of view.
And, that’s to say nothing of the other captains and favorites among the various iterations of Star Trek.
You might instead list Sisko or Archer or any of the others.
It doesn’t matter who you pick.
You’ll anger anyone who has a different favorite captain.
One thing is for sure though.
If you pick Janeway as your favorite, you’ll be alone in this world.
#2 Pick a Favorite Star Trek Generation
This is actually a much bigger sin than picking a favorite captain.
Sure, there is room for argument among captains, but the majority of them are still beloved characters.
The bigger deal is the various generations of Star Trek.
Those generations come with different crews, different ships (even though they tend to have the same name), different encounters, and different philosophies.
Kirk fans can appreciate Picard and vice versa, but as soon as you pick a favorite generation, you’re suggesting that many aspects of someone else’s favorite are somehow inferior.
If you really want to get into an endless Star Trek debate, simply declare which generation you like the best.
The argument will run itself after that.
#3 Compare Star Trek to Star Wars
It’s interesting that the first two entries on the list anger Star Trek fans by genuinely talking about Star Trek.
What can I say?
That’s just how it is.
But, if you know nothing about Star Trek and you’re trying to needle a fan a bit, then bring up Star Wars.
This will take a little skill.
A lot of Star Trek fans enjoy Star Wars too.
After all, they’re both science fiction juggernauts with some of the most compelling stories, characters, and visual displays in history.
It makes sense that someone would like both.
No, the real way to use Star Wars to anger a Star Trek fan is to compare or confuse the two.
Talk about how easy it would be for a Jedi to resolve a situation.
Call Captain Picard Obi-Wan by accident.
Talk about how much cooler the empire is than the Klingons.
If you just talk about how much you like Star Wars, you’ll probably have a cordial conversation.
If you’re looking for bad blood, you have to pit Star Wars against Star Trek.
That’s the real key.
#4 Mention Other Science Fiction That Could Beat the Federation in Combat
Science fiction fans often have fun debating which different factions from various fictional universes would come out on top in a conflict.
You could talk about the empire from Star Wars invading the Star Trek galaxy.
There are a lot of possibilities.
The thing is, a die-hard Trekky is going to want to justify why their show is so cool, and they might get a little heated arguing with you about which factions could actually beat the federation.
Ultimately, there are a lot of different sci-fi factions out there, and some of them are clearly technologically superior to the federation.
So, there are arguments that even stout Trekkies will concede.
But, this is an easy way to spark a debate, and it can definitely turn sour with ease.
#5 Point Out Scientific Flaws in Star Trek
Truth be told, if you’re talking to a casual fan of the J. J. Abrams movies, you might not stir them up much with this idea.
But, if you’re talking to a fan of The Next Generation, or any of the other iterations that try really hard to present compelling science in the fiction, then this is a gold mine of frustration.
The undeniable truth is that Star Trek is fiction.
No matter how much showrunners or writers might try to ground the fiction in real scientific theory, it won’t work.
There are massive scientific flaws, and that’s unavoidable when you include fiction with science.
If you’re not much of a scientist and want a few primers to help, I have some juicy ones for you.
Star Trek is built around the idea of traveling faster than the speed of light, yet modern physics still suggests that this is impossible.
They’ll offer excuses, but they’ll really be arguing with Einstein, not you.
An easier thing to point out is how ridiculous it is for all of these different species of aliens to speak English.
Not even a majority of humans speak English, so how is it the dominant language across a whole galaxy?
Something that any physicist would happily point out is that gravity doesn’t seem to matter in the shows.
The characters constantly beam down to a bunch of different planets without any trouble.
In reality, planets have very different gravitational pulls, and it’s a big deal.
You wouldn’t be able to walk on half the planes in our own solar system.
Perhaps the best way to get under the skin of a true Trekky is to point out this last bit.
The vast majority of smart and technologically capable species in the shows are humanoid.
Why do all of the smart aliens look like humans?
Isn’t that racist or something?
Like I said, this is an entire mine of opportunity.
#6 Point Out Plot Holes
Honestly, I think you’ll get more mileage out of scientific inconsistencies, but plot holes can definitely frustrate fans.
Once again this is a simple product of fiction.
The stories are made up, so eventually, they’re going to fail to hold up to logical scrutiny.
Fictional stories literally can’t be entirely logical.
Otherwise, they wouldn’t be creative.
All of this leads back to the fact that you can find plot holes pretty easily.
I’ll give you one of the most popular plot holes from the J.J. Abrams movies.
In the first of those movies, they come up with a formula for transporting matter across interstellar distances.
It’s a cool moment, but the movie completely downplays the significance.
Once you can transport things across the galaxy, you don’t need spaceships anymore.
In fact, the major challenges faced in that movie would be solved if they just kept using the transporter technology to its full potential.
Any other show or movie is also going to have plot holes.
Point them out, and you’ll see a frustrated Star Trek fan.
#7 Focus on the Wrong Movies
At this point, there are a lot of Star Trek movies.
In fact, there have been 13 theatrical releases to date.
That’s a good chunk of movies, and there’s a bit of a trick to it.
According to the fandom, half of the movies are terrible.
In fact, the movies seem to consistently alternate between being good and bad.
The first movie is reviled.
The second movie is loved.
This pattern continues across different Star Trek generations and franchises.
It’s pretty interesting.
Needless to say, if you try to talk a lot about any of the so-called bad movies, you might anger a Star Trek fan.
They’ll want to celebrate the positives and focus on the movies they liked the most.
They don’t want to hear your extended lecture on why Star Trek: Insurrection is an underrated masterpiece.
Or, if you know nothing about Star Trek, just look up a list of movies.
Only ask about the odd-numbered movies on that list.
You’ll see how well it works.
#8 Say “May the Force Be With You”
That’s a classic Star Wars line, and you can use it to annoy Star Trek fans.
Now, I’ve already covered some of this.
You won’t annoy most Star Trek fans by saying this randomly.
A lot of them really enjoy Star Wars.
The trick is to say it in a context when they’re really into Star Trek.
Particularly, if they tell you to “live long and prosper,” then you’re almost obligated to respond with “may the force be with you.”
It’s a perfect troll.
Also, if they happen to be watching any Star Trek, try to work the force into the conversation.
You’ll wear them down, and they’ll either laugh hysterically or show you what their face looks like when frustration makes them see red.
#9 Argue Against the Prime Directive
This will require some context.
Star Trek is largely about various crews who work as members of the Federation.
This is an alliance of planets in the Star Trek universe.
The alliance works to combine scientific and technological knowledge.
They try to explore the galaxy.
And, when times call for it, they combine military forces to fight common enemies.
At the center of the alliance and everything it does is a simple philosophy.
This philosophy is known as the Prime Directive, and it’s basically the one, unbreakable, golden rule that governs everything the Federation does.
The Prime Directive is simple.
Members of the Federation and its technologies are prohibited from interfering with the natural progression of other civilizations.
The Prime Directive is so important that captains are expected to let their crews die if saving them would violate the directive.
It’s an inviolate rule.
And, yet, characters in Star Trek are constantly violating it.
In fact, it’s easy to argue that this directive is kind of dumb.
Why is it bad for a technologically advanced civilization to share medical technology and cures for diseases with other civilizations?
Why is it bad to teach math or offer trade?
You can really pick on the Prime Directive, and when you do, you might raise the blood pressure of any Trekky in the conversation.
It’s fun because you don’t need to know much about Star Trek to make fun of the directive.
All you have to do is suggest that it’s a good thing to share knowledge and technology with other people.