For this countdown I am looking at ships that oozed personality and therefore became de facto characters in our shows/movies.
5. Starbug – Red Dwarf
Few science fiction ships have ever so perfectly represented their crews as the Jupiter Mining Corps. transport ship “Starbug”. Like the Ants the ship’s design was inspired by; Lister, Rimmer, Kryton and the Cat all went about foraging for what they could find and usually ending up in trouble with everything else in the universe a seemingly more powerful opponent yet always outwitting it. Despite being a space sitcom Red Dwarf always had some serious sci-fi elements to it and that means this little ship deserves its place in this list.
4. Battlestar Galactica – Battlestar Galactica (2003)
Unique in our list in that it is both a military vessel and has more than a handful of crewmembers on board (a few thousand in fact) the Galactica endeared us in ways many ships couldn’t and you never realize it until she makes that one final FTL jump that cripples her in orbit around the fabled Earth. When you realize that this is the end of the road for the old warhorse you can’t help but get choked up when you remember everything this battle-wagon had been through. It really was like seeing an old comrade-in-arms being laid to rest when she set a course for the sun.
3. The Bebop – Cowboy Bebop
Owned by bounty hunter Jet Black the Bebop was part spaceship, part boat. In fact she was actually a fishing vessel until she became the home of a certain group of bounty hunters. Like most of this list the Bebop was hardly the newest, shiniest ship in the solar system but she had tons of character. The Bebop also proved extremely sturdy getting beaten up more than once. Her boatlike appearance made her feel like we were traveling up the Mississippi river back in the days of the old west while at the same time treating us to some great sci-fi adventures.
2. Millennium Falcon – Star Wars
Without a doubt if ever there was a ship that symbolized the smuggling, blockade running rogues of the galaxy it’s the Falcon. The almost horse shoe shape has become truly iconic and a symbol for everything the original Star Wars trilogy came to represent – bettering yourself in the face of galactic adversity. Even after Han Solo left her with Lando in Return of the Jedi the ship still had its personality that portrayed directly on to the screen and it’s then you know that it’s no longer a ship – it’s a hero in it’s own right.
1. Serenity – Firefly
I could sit here and explain why I chose Serenity as my number 1 but I don’t want this post’s word count to go into the thousands. Instead I am going to let her captain Malcolm Reynolds explain;
Love. You can learn all the math in the ‘verse, but you take a boat in the air that you don’t love, she’ll shake you off just as sure as the turn of the world. Love keeps her in the air when she ought to fall down. Tells you she’s hurting before she keens. Makes her a home.
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