Friday, April 20, 2007
My Favourite TV Spaceships
These are in no real particular order but above are my 10 favorite TV show spaceships, ships I consider design classics, and I'm sure most would agree, although I think I may have trouble convincing some of my choice with the 'Seeker' from Space Academy/Jason of Star Command, but I've always thought it was a neat ship.
As much as I like the new version of Battlestar Galactica I don't think you can beat the original ship designs, especially the Cylon raider, I'm not a fan of the newer Cylon ship.
If the US had the 'USS Enterprise' then the UK had the 'Liberator', both design classics, the only real shame about the 'Liberator' is the way it was put on screen in Blake's 7, sometimes it looked great, sometimes it looked like a paper cut out and other times it looked like an Airfix kit dangling on wires in a badly lit studio. I've always said I'd have loved to have seen that model filmed properly to give it the right amount of mood and scale.
'Starbug' from Red Dwarf took over from their other ship the 'Blue Midget', 'Starbug' for most of Red Dwarf was always a miniature, it was only in the last few series that some bright spark at the BBC replaced it with a crappy CG version.
The Space 1999 'Eagle' has got to be one of the best SF ships ever, such a great design.
The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century craft known as the 'Earth Directorate Starfighter' was designed by Ralph McQuarrie (Star Wars) and was the original design for the Battlestar Galactica 'Colonial Viper', I posted a bit about this a while back here Battlestar Galactica Concept Work
After the 'Liberator' was destroyed in Blake's 7 they got a new ship called 'Scorpio', kind of a Millenium Falcon type freighter, the model was built by Ron Thornton who went onto do the FX for Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Voyager
The original NCC-1701 'USS Enterprise' from Star Trek was a ship unlike any other ship from a Sci-Fi show that came before it, a really original design for it's time and still as iconic today.
The only really new ship in this list is the 'Earth Alliance Starfury' from Babylon 5 and that's 13 years old now, I thought it was a cool design and I like the maneuvering thrusters that they put on the ship.
The only other ship that sprung to mind for this list is the 'HMS Camden Lock' from BBC 2's Hyperdrive, but I thought that was been a bit cheeky seeing as though I co-designed and built it for the show. Series 2 starts in May.