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Top 10 Favorite Spaceships

Posted on April 28, 2013 at 12:15 am by Jess Hicks

Anyone who loves sci-fi knows that the ship is just as essential to the story as the characters are. It’s where they work, live, play, and have epic battle. So in honor of Doctor Who finally showing us a more in depth look at the TARDIS I thought I’d put together a list of my personal favorite spaceships. So let’s hit warp speed and fly right into the list!

10. RED DWARF (Red Dwarf)

Red Dwarf

I was late to the party when it came to Red Dwarf but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. It’s funny, witty, and British (really, what else do you need?) and has one of the most memorable crews to date. But the ship itself is something of a character itself. When I think of Red Dwarf I always think of Holly the wisecracking, disembodied head of the ship. He was, and she in later seasons, the funniest aspect of the show for me.

The ship itself has over 500 levels, several shuttles including the Starbug and the Blue Midget, a Casablanca themed cabana room, a science room, and of course served as the habitat for all the generations of Cat. Any ships that houses a human form of a cat is okay in my book.

9. BORG CUBE (Star Trek)

Borg Cube

The mortal enemy of many trekkies (next to Khan), the Borg. No doubt that they are some of the meanest baddies around and that also means they have one of the most badass ships around. The ship is unlike almost any other spaceship in it’s shape and skills. Essentially this place is locked up tighter than a prisoner of Azkaban and can take damage like a beast. It’s capable of flight even if 78% percent of it is destroyed, if you can even manage to get that close.

But the coolest thing about this ship is the shape, I mean, it’s a cube. It could have taken on any normal look for a space ship but instead it is a freaking giant cube and that’s pretty awesome.

8. TIE FIGHTERS (Star Wars)

Tie Fighter

The Twin Ion Engine, aka the TIE fighter, aptly named for it’s uncanny resemblance to a bow tie. It’s fast, agile, and can really pack a punch; not to mention the awesome sounds they make. The TIE fighter is one of the most iconic ships featured on this list, even people who *shudder* haven’t seen Star Wars probably at least recognize these little speed demons.

Why is one of the most iconic ships in geek history so high up on my list? Well, they are somewhat a dime a dozen. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to pilot one of these but they aren’t really built to last.

7. USCSS NOSTROMO (Alien)

USCSS Nostromo

If anyone mentions any of the Alien films around me I will automatically fangirl out for days. I love this series and when I think of space travel I think of the Nostromo. Sure, it isn’t much to look at I mean it’s only a salvage vessel but it’s still awesome. To me the Nostromo is the working man’s ship, sure there are sleeker and more equipped vehicles out there but this one gets the job done. Unless of course it becomes infested by acid spitting, ceiling crawling, aliens then you are kind of screwed.

I like the Nostromo because it mixes Sci-fi with reality in that there are futuristic aspects to it but overall it reminds me of a simpler time.

6. THE DERELICT (Alien/Prometheus)

derelict

The Derelict is the abandoned ship of the engineer’s that appears in Alien, Aliens, and Prometheus. Why does this rank higher than the Nostromo? Well, honestly, I just like the way it looks. It’s a very interesting shape to begin with and then you add all of that H.R. Geiger design to it and you get a truly weird and wonderful spacecraft.

Some will tell you that the ship is incredibly Freudian, along with all of Ridley Scott’s Alien pictures, but I can neither confirm nor deny it. Though I did read that the Derelict represents woman’s legs and inside represents other parts of the female anatomy and that is why there are eggs in the entrance. Who can say for sure, all I know is I love me some Geiger.

5. THE DISCOVERY ONE (2001: A Space Odyssey)

Discovery One

What a perfect way to head into the top 5 with the ship that started it all. Kubrick’s 2001 is many it things but above all it’s a sci-fi flick. It deals with the isolation of space, the meaning of the universe, the evolution of man, and it has one fancy looking spaceship. Everything about this ship is calm and collected right down to the use of white in EVERYTHING. It just looks peaceful, even HAL’s voice is calming. That is, until it isn’t anymore and you become trapped in this giant white death machine.

Say what you will about the film but there is no denying that the Discovery One is not one of the most beautiful ships around.

4. PROMETHEUS (Prometheus)

Prometheus

Okay okay, last Alien pick and I’m done. I’m probably going to catch some flack for having this so high on my list but I don’t care, I love this damn ship. It’s sleek, it’s powerful, it has the world’s (and other world’s) best home theater system ever!

The Prometheus ranks so high because it is a perfect blend of ships before it while also adding it’s own flare. The hypersleep pods are very similar to the ones in Alien and even some of the interior is very 2001-like. It also gives me hope for the future of sci-fi and the fantastic opportunities we have to create new ships.

3. MILLENNIUM FALCON (Star Wars)

Millennium Falcon

In the immortal words of Han Solo himself, “She may not be much to look at, but she’s got it where it counts!”. Honestly, I have to disagree with Han here, I think the Millennium Falcon looks awesome! I even have a Lego version of it and though it is taking me forever to build it, I am sure it will too look awesome!

This is the ultimate ship from the Star Wars franchise, it can outrun anyone and anything and has the best captain in the whole universe, just ask him he’ll tell you!

2. THE T.A.R.D.I.S (Doctor Who)

tardis

The ship that inspired this list, I couldn’t leave it out! In the past 50 years this blue police box has graced the small screen in Britain and now in the States. Time And Relative Dimension In Space! It’s a freaking time machine, dammit!

The TARDIS is incredibly awesome because it’s infinite on the inside, can take any shape, and quite frankly her sass might give Holly a run for his money. Plus, this ship contains so many feels that it has to be one of the most loving ships of all time. You can’t help but smile when the new companion sees what’s in store or when the Doctor has “moments” with her. Admit it, you yearn to hear that sound outside one day saying it’s time to travel with the Doctor.

1. THE ENTERPRISE (Star Trek)

Enterprise

You’ll notice I didn’t put a specific numeric code in front of that. Well that’s because The Enterprise, in all it’s incarnations, is the best ship out there. It’s the ship that dared to go where no man had gone before and it just keeps doing it.

My favorite part of the ship is the bridge, specifically the design. Where most control rooms or panels are very captain oriented the bridge is very open. It’s very much a team effort to fly the Enterprise. To me that makes this ship better than all of them, it brings a comradery out in the crew even in the worst of times. It makes us geeks feel like a part of something and that we could someday work with the crew.

And that my friends, concludes my list of best spaceships. Of course there are others and you can check out my honorable mentions below. Leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite ship is and why! Did you like my list? Did you hate it? Comments. Leave them. We like them.

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Event Horizon (essentially if Hellraiser in space didn’t suck)
  • Serenity (I’ll admit I never watched Firefly but I’ve heard good things)
  • The Death Star (would have made my list if not for that one tiny but oh so detrimental flaw)
  • The Mothership from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (just for the wow factor)
  • The Heart of Gold from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (again, I am not familiar with it but I’ve heard good things)

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    • Gabriel

      It might be kinda cheesy, but one of my favorites is the spaceship from Flight of the Navigator. That thing was pretty badass…even if it was Disney.

    • Shanukal

      Where is Serenity? Fail.

      • Jess Hicks

        It's in my honorable mentions, I never got around to watching the show so I couldn't speak honestly about it

    • Interesting list. Some of my favs not mentioned are:

      Romulan Warbird
      Roger Young (Starship Troopers)
      The dropship in Aliens
      The Vorlan ships in Babylon 5

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