From time to time Outright Geekery brings you a slanted and biased opinion on some trivially specific topic of geekery. We call it Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot.
We’ve previously spotlighted other Star Wars craft of a smaller variety in the Lot, but this time around we’re going big. Extra-large to say the least! We’re running down the biggest and best of the ships that put the “epic” in the epic battles that made for some of the best scenes of the entire franchise. IT’S A TRAP! No, it’s Outright Geekery’s Top o’ the Lot, and they’ll be no one to stop us this time as we rate the grandest ships in a galaxy far, far, away in, Top o’ the Lot: Star Wars Capital Ships.
Honorable Mention: Corellian Corvette
Known as the CR90 Corvette, Rebel Blockade Runner, and even an Alderaan Cruiser, the Corellian Corvette Tantive IV made a huge impact on movie-goers back in 1977, and the love continued despite being swallowed whole by an even bigger, better, faster enemy ship. A versatile ship both on the inside and outside, the modular design of the Corvette made it highly popular craft for years after, and a dramatically changed version of the class, Sundered Heart, was the personal ship of Captain Raymus Antilles during the Civil War. But really, the argument could be made that the Nebulon-B Class Medical Frigate shown at the end of Episode V has the same sort of impact as this fast bastard, giving it only a mere mention in the Lot. But its popularity alone gets it in the Top.
5. Lucrehulk-Class Ship
Leave it to those penny pinchers in the trade Federation to build an entire fleet of varied-use vessels around a reusable, easy to build core. Efficiency leads to cost-savings, and cost-savings leads to profit. And it’s important to keep those profit margins high, especially while blockading sovereign planets and starting galactic civil wars. Sure it may have only taken an elementary school aged punk from a backwoods system to take down the modified Lucrehulk Droid Command Ship, but he WAS the Chosen One.
4. Providence Class
A mainstay throughout the Clone Wars, The Providence-class of Capital Ships was also a highly versatile ship, and came in Carrier, Destroyer and the ominous Dreadnought variety, the latter famously crashing after a Jedi rescue attempt. The Separatist’s Starfleet just wouldn’t have kept up with the Star Destroyer filled Republic fleet, and the addition of Providence-Class ships helped keep the eventual losers in the game. And, boy, was it sturdy.
“”Not to worry, we are still flying half a ship.” – Obi-Wan
3. Imperial-1 Class Star Destroyer
The star of the Imperial Fleet, Star Destroyers were the workhorses of the Empire. The went everywhere (even into asteroid fields) and did everything the Empire needed to hunt down those pesky Rebels. They were battleships; they were cruisers; but with a large complement of TIE Fighters, Bombers, and Storm Troopers, Star Destroyers did it all. It’s a wonder at all that the Rebels had any real chance of winning the war. Thanks to fish-faced heroes and their own brand of Capital Ships, they turned the tide.
Like most large ships in the Star Wars Universe, the Mon Calamari Cruisers came in many varieties that could be user to tailor ships to specific needs. The most important need, however, was to blow Star Destroyers out of the sky! And the best version for doing that fighting was the Home One type of the MC80 made famous by the Independence, the Rebel flagship captained by Admiral Ackbar himself. When the Independence opened the whoop-ass can, it was over!
“Concentrate all fire on that Super Star Destroyer!” – Admiral Ackbar
1. Super Star Destroyer
When the Empire absolutely, positively wanted to intimidate the enemy into submission, they sent in one of these babies. A Star Destroyer on steroids, the Super Star Destroyer class, like many large ships in Star Wars, had several different types associated with it. But it’s all about Vader’s flagship, the Executor. Like the Star Destroyer, the Super Star Destroyers also carried a full complement of smaller ships and troops, but, equally, that complement was on the level of epic. No Sith Lord should be without their own pimp ride, and Vader’s was about as pimp as they come. Sure it was wiped out by a single A-Wing and crashed into the Death Star, but it was an awesome whip while it was around.
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