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Top 10 Movie Spaceships
Saturday, January 27, 2007
There are many movie spaceships but which one is the best in the universe? Some rules formed this list: these are spaceships from movies (TV spaceships like Battlestar Galactica or Draconian Marauder from Buck Rogers don’t count) and real space crafts. Flying cars and rockets don’t count. It turns out that we have lot of great spaceships, so I apologize in advance to Borg Cube, Imperial Star Destroyer, X-Wing Fighter, many other Star Trek and Star Wars low grade ships and all other ships that we know of.

10. The Thunder Road (Explorers) – Advantage: Invisible. Source of power is 9V battery size generator. No Inertia. Damage resistant; can pass through ground with no problem at all. Flaws: Named after Bruce Springsteen song and only for kids.

9. Gunstar (The Last Starfighter) – If you win enough points in a video game, you might be recruited to fly Gunstar and defend Frontier from Xur and Ko-Dan fleet! Weapons are standard but with a little bonus: the "Death Blossom", which automatically aims at any ship within range of weapons and destroys it. Why they didn’t install it as a regular system remains a mystery.

8. Mothership (Independence Day) – Despite of its absurd vulnerability for human made computer viruses, this bad boy possesses one of the most impressive arsenal of weapon in movie history. And it’s huge: quarter of a Moon. Inside, it carries 30 smaller ships, each one is big as Manhattan and possesses incredible beam weapon for destruction of a city. It is also resistant to all known weapons except Randy Quaid.

7. Klingon Bird of Prey (Star Trek) – “Bird of Prey” never fit in alongside Federation starships, but their wing like shape gives them lethal design in movie space technology Hall of Fame. Put some leather seats in it and you’ll have a Ferrari among spaceships.

6. Discovery One (2001: A Space Odyssey) – This massive ship, shaped like a pencil, is designed for long term explorations. The Jupiter spacecraft Discovery One carries three one-man EVA pods, centrifuge that creates artificial gravity, and, well, one buggy computer system – HAL 9000. Despite technical problems, HAL’s red eye is hypnotically invincible.

5. Apollo 13 (Apollo 13) – One real spaceship on this list and without doubt, most heroic ship of them all. It flew only once, reached the Moon and barely returned to Earth in on piece… and they were welcomed by Kathleen Quinlan. Ha.

4. Heart of Gold (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) – If we disregard it’s weird ball like design (inspired by a teapot), Incredible Endless Ride in this ship performs a very interesting stunt trick: Traveling through every point of Universe in a single moment. Don’t bang your head against wall, instead enjoy in a personal ship computer and robotized things.

3. Nostromo (Alien) – Nostromo is not your regular space freighter, because it carries with it a huge ore excavator. Even though it has no weapons, when it receives a command for auto destruction (rather complex one), it completes it with a style. It was underestimated ship, but it could land on a planet and pick up certain alien life forms… which turned out to be not such a good idea.

2. U.S.S. Enterprise (various versions) (Star Trek) – Even though it is originated from a series, Enterprise truly expressed itself in a movie serial. Earlier ships stand out with their photon torpedoes and pre-selection for auto destruction, but this was the only ship that could literally go back and forth through time. Holodeck? Cute. And those transporters had a killing dose in them. Later versions of a ship had ability of splitting in two parts.

1. Millennium Falcon (Star Wars) – It is probably not that big surprise to see Falcon on top of this list, but really, who would thought that a light freighter of quarrelsome smuggler, would be that important in saving of a Galaxy. Armed with 2 Quad laser cannons, 1 Mounted Anti-Infantry Swivel Laser Cannon, Dymek Concussion Missiles, Tractor Beam Projector, hyperdrive, and space for eight passengers, Millennium Falcon easily earned its first place. If you can find other ship that can made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs, please let us know.

posted by Miki @ 23:06  
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