As Lucasfilm looks to keep Star Wars viable for the foreseeable future, they seem to be taking some cues from pop culture’s other touchstone sci-fi franchise, Star Trek. Ever since George Lucas introduced the galaxy far, far away in 1977, the two properties have been intertwined, with fans constantly arguing about which one is best. Both have influenced countless people with their stories of final frontiers and space operas, though Star Wars has arguably always been the more popular if box office figures are anything to go by.

For a brief period in time, Trek reached commercial heights it never saw previously thanks to J.J. Abrams’ energetic 2009 reboot. While the movie received positive reviews and earned ...

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