With the very much appreciated success of my previous article, Which Movie Starship is The Greatest For Space Exploration? The Answer May Surprise You! I realized, I don't know as much as I would like to know about some of the amazing starships that exist in the movie universe. After reading through the awesome comments that have been submitted to the article, I realized that two ships have emerged. Also, that I knew very little about them. So I decided to do some research, and end this debate once and for all.
Let's start with The Tardis:
I have to admit, I know absolutely zero about this craft. I only know that it comes from the universe of Doctor Who.
According to Wikipedia:
"TARDISes are bioships that are grown from a species of coral presumably indigenous to Gallifrey, as stated in "The Impossible Planet" (2006), and it can take centuries to complete one. They draw their power from several sources, but primarily from the Eye of Harmony, an exploding star in the process of becoming a black hole suspended in a permanent state of decay. In The Edge of Destruction (1964), the power source of the TARDIS (referred to as the "heart of the TARDIS") is said to be beneath the central column of the console. They are also said to draw power from the entire universe as revealed in the episode "Rise of the Cybermen" (2006), in which the TARDIS is brought to a parallel universe and cannot function without the use of a crystal power source from within the TARDIS, charged by the Doctor's life force."
I'm sure there are many of you out there that know exactly what all this means. I still have no idea. After talking to some friends, I realize I need to invest in some Doctor Who and get on board. So in a few weeks after watching, I will definitely write about what I've learned :)
The next ship that I noticed mentioned more often than not, is none other than:
I know a little about this one from the 2005 movie with the same name Serenity, starring Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, and Alan Tudyk. Honestly, I realize this ship is an old "Rusty but trusty" but it wouldn't be my first choice.
The Serenity appeared in Marvel Director Joss Whedon's Firefly television show. Set in the year 2517 the ship is property of Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds. The ship was acquired from a used spaceship yard after a civil war that extend six years before the beginning of the show.
"The interior of the ship has two levels or decks. The upper deck starts at the head of the ship, with the bridge area. This leads to the neck corridor, which contains ladders down the crew quarters, an airlock to Serenity’s exterior in a small side corridor, and connects the bridge to the rest of the ship. Next along is the dining area and kitchen, which is followed by another passageway leading to the engine room at the rear of the ship. The lower deck starts with the main airlock, which leads directly into the cargo bay. Behind the cargo bay is a common area and the ship's infirmary. At the back end of the lower deck is a number of passenger quarters, ranging in size from small rooms (used by the characters) to small tubes like those in capsule hotels (not seen in detail on screen). The two decks are linked by stairwells between the neck and the cargo bay, and between the aft passageway and the common area. A network of gantries around the walls of the cargo bay extend from the nearby stairwells, and also provide access to the ship's two short-range shuttlecraft, one of which is hired out to Inara as her place of residence and business."
The Serenity definitely has proven itself reliable time and time again. But would continually make me uncomfortable, waiting for the inevitable fail. I think eventually, relying on a ship that needs maintenance seemingly all the time would be a disaster waiting to happen.
Which brings me back to my favorite:
The Heart of Gold aka "The Hog"
I understand the HOG can sometimes be unreliable due to the Infinite Improbability Drive. But to me that is what makes it all the more fun. Since you are out exploring the cosmos anyway with no real agenda. Why not just press a button, and take your chances.
I know I am leaving out some ships that were mentioned but the list could go on forever. Lets take a look at some honorable mentions:
The USS Enterprise
The Enterprise, home to Captain James T. Kirk and the Starfleet crew. Who's continuing mission is to seek out new life, new civilizations and to boldly go where no man has gone before.
The Millennium Falcon
The home of Han Solo and Chewie. The ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs
Home to Peter Quill aka Star Lord. The Milano is named after Peter's childhood crush, Alyssa Milano.
Ok everyone, the time is now. Make your vote below and lets end the debate of which ship is the best!!