10 Beloved Spaceships
Article by: Geek Girl Wandering Dana
This is the list of my top 10 most loved science-fiction spaceships and the reasons why I love them! (PS. They are in no particular order because I love them all!)
: She may not be the fastest ship is the 'Verse, she may not have any weapons but she's by far one of the most loved. Her crew is what makes her so much more special than any other Firefly-class transport ship. "But it ain't all buttons and charts, little albatross. You know what the first rule of flyin' is? Love. You can learn all the math in the 'Verse, but take a boat in the air you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of worlds. Love keeps her in the air when she oughta fall down, tells ya she's hurtin' 'fore she keens. Makes her home."
: Who doesn't love the Falcon!? She's the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, she's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs! Even though it was Luke's X-Wing that blew up the Death Star I don't think he could have done it without Han showing up to back him up with the Millennium Falcon. "You're all clear, kid, now let's *blow* this thing and go home!"
*EDIT I forgot to mention also when Lando flew into the second Death Star's superstructure and blew it up (I tend to forget about the Falcon when Han's not in it, hehe). And who else says "PUNCH IT!"
every time they start a car?
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)
: This is without question my favourite Enterprise and my favourite Federation starship. In her time this Galaxy-class explorer was the Federation flagship. She could go almost warp 10 and had shields, phasers, photon torpedoes, but was also fully equipped for science and exploration. She had pretty much everything you'd want in a practical starship. I can only hope Roddenberry's vision for the future is one humans can actually achieve.
USS Voyager (NCC-74656)
: She's an Intrepid-class starship and was the first Federation vessel to explore the Delta quadrant in her epic seven year journey. Voyager has been through so much and is an amazing ship. Much like Enterprise she has everything you'd what in a practical starship plus all the crazy modifications made to her from acquired Delta quadrant technology like the quantum slipstream drive. As Captain Kathryn Janeway said, "This ship has been our home, it's kept us together, it's been part of our family."
USS Defiant (NX-74205)
: The Defiant is certainly one of Star Trek's most badass ships! Although classified as an 'escort vessel' she is basically Starfleet's first warship, originally intended to fight the Borg. This starship is super overpowered and over-gunned , she was put into storage since she nearly tore herself apart when the engines were tested at full power. But later Captain Sisko pulled her out of storage to help fight the Dominion. She went through so much in Star Trek:Deep Space Nine but was eventually destroyed fighting the Dominion War.
Galactica (BS 75)
: I love this ship, even though she was decommissioned and out of date she becomes humanities last hope. It's a classic 'they don't make them like they used to' story. Galactica was built during the early days of the first Cylon War. She's a veteran battlestar and was the last of her kind still in service, prior to her decommissioning by the Colonial Fleet. She was turned into a museum ship as a memorial to the Cylon War. But when Cylon hostilities suddenly reemerge and take the fleet by surprise Galactica is quickly brought back to combat condition and unexpectedly becomes the leader of the remaining ragtag Fleet. So Say We All.
Heart of Gold
: The coolest thing about this spaceship is of course her Infinite Improbability Drive. As soon as the ship's drive reaches infinite improbability, it passes through every point in the Universe, thus allowing the ship to cross vast interstellar distances quickly without all that tedious mucking about in hyperspace. President Zaphod Beeblebrox famously kidnaps himself and steals the ship to start off the adventure of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The design pictured here is from the recent movie and not exactly as it was described in the book, but of course as the ship is powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive, it would be statistically impossible for the ship not to change appearance frequently.
: The ship from Stargate: Universe is a ship in the Ancient fleet, constructed and launched over 50 million years ago from Earth. Destiny's plan was to follow in the path of the Ancient's automated ships who constructed and seeded the Stargates throughout the galaxies. Destiny was left empty on it's automated mission until humans figured out how to unlock the ninth chevron on one of the Stargates and an unlikely crew ended up stuck on Destiny several billion light years away from Earth. The ship is incredibly powerful, it has energy shields & weapons, shuttles, an FTL drive and a Stargate. This amazing ship collects power from flying into stars… "The ship is powered by the stars themselves. Solar powered - quite literally."
: I love Moya, she is more than just a starship. Like all Leviathan transports, Moya is a sentient, organic space ship with no weapons. She is bio-mechanoid so she contains both biological and technological components. She was a prisoner transport in captivity of the Peacekeepers before John Crichton and the other escaped prisoners in Farscape removed her of her control collar allowing her to be free. Moya is capable of only one defensive maneuver, Starburst which is unmatched in its ability to evade enemies. If Moya Starbursts she can travel distances that would take other ships far longer to travel. I love the story of Moya & Pilot. Moya was captured by a Peacekeeper squad at a young age and was bonded with a Pilot who is her operator, companion, and link to the crew of the ship. Moya is both a friend and home to the zany crew of Farcsape and they have been through many bizarre adventures together. Moya brought them all together and gave them a home.
: Of course stands for Time And Relative Dimension In Space. The Doctor's TARDIS may be my favourite ship of all, if I could board one of these ships it would certainly be her. She's a space-time vessel, so not only a spaceship, but a time machine as well. She's also famously bigger on the inside, or as Clara said, smaller on the outside! Although his TARDIS is an apparently unreliable, obsolete TT Type 40, Mark 1 TARDIS which he stole, she is (almost) always by his side. Her chameleon circuit is broken, so she's stuck in the shape of a 1960s London police box. The doctor has many beloved pet names for her such as 'sexy', 'the blue box', 'the police box' or 'old girl'. She has a telepathically based universal translation system for passengers and also has a degree of sentience. The ship's consciousness even comes to life in human form as Idris in 'The Doctor's Wife'. "I wanted to see the universe, so I stole a Time Lord and I ran away. And you were the only one mad enough."
Ok, so there’s my list and my reasons! Keep in mind these are just my personal favs and I'd love to hear yours too! What ships am I forgetting? Please comment with your opinions and your personal favourite science-fiction ships!
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November 17 2013