That SciFi Guy – 5/5 Vehicles

Turn on the Inertial Dampers – That SciFi Guy counts down the best and worst SciFi vehicles!

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Reliable or not, the Falcon helped MAKE the Star Wars Original Trilogy. She was almost character all to herself. She's in all three movies, (and piloted by what is arguably the most badass character [hero anyway] from the trilogy) and she gets folks from one place to another and through a bunch of space battles.

What the prequel trilogy did NOT have was a similar ship. Yes, the lack of such a ship was not the ONLY thing that made the Prequel Trilogy bad, but it certainly contributed.


Yeah, the Millennium Falcon was definitely misplaced. Sure she was a hanger queen with a flaky hyperdrive, but she could outfly TIE Fighters and soak a Star Destroyer’s alpha strike. The TARDIS had at least as many problems!


I am a bit disappointed, that you didn`t include KITT or KARR – but, after the ground-rules, it was logically to exclude them.

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Cal


Did the rules really exclude so many of the cool vehicles that the 3 of the 5 best were so woeful clunkers? Considering KITT was basically a Speed Racer car that wasn't stupid that might have been a bit foolish to leave out ones with AI. Also I always liked the BTTF train, thought it looked good. Certainly better than flying cars from the 60s. Plus I would have replaced Voltron with Megas XLR.


Oh, something else – although it was not Sci-FI… Herbie and Dudu – the two VW-Beetles. ^^ They were kinda cool, too. ^^


I had the worst #1 vehicle franchise right, but not the vehicle. How could it not be the hideous motorcycle? But it's true, the eventual champion couldn't hit a guy standing stationary but can get taken out by a lunatic brandishing a comically long gun? Yes, it is a deserving winner.


I'm not trying to nitpick, but Batman's scifi? Erm… I'll have to go rewatch your original 5/5 for the scifi qualifications I guess. I forget a lot, so it's probably my mental error.

Anyway, love your video as usual. And when did the site change? I think I like the new look!

Also, I was wondering if you guys (Leo and Nick) needed any voluntary help with anything? Strictly voluntary! I'm looking to work temporarily with some people who make these types of reviews so that I can see how much work goes into them. I was interested in doing some myself and want to see if it's worth it. At max I'd volunteer (for free) up to 6 months. Thanks in advance for whatever answer you have to offer! ;-)


Batman regularly hangs out on a space station (Watch Tower) with an alien (Superman) and a Space Cop (Green Lantern), how is it NOT Sci-Fi? =P
But really, with all the crazy tech he has, I'd rule it as Science Fiction.


I do apologize; I stand corrected. I don't read Batman comics or graphics novels, so this aspect of his life did not occur to me.

:-D Yeah, I was thinking the tech would almost be an adequate qualification but for me, personally, that wasn't enough. When I analyze a movie, I usually look at it as a stand alone. So, external source material gets pushed to the back of my brain. ( i.e. No space travel or aliens in Burton's films.) Next time you include a seemingly non-scifi item, I'll shut my mouth and Google it!

I do really like the character of Batman; it's probably my favorite of DC. But I have an aversion to collecting anything but movies. My family and I had a bad comic and card addiction in the 90s; this left me mentally scarred since we bought them instead of food some weeks. lol!

Thanks for the hasty reply! ;-D


Ah, by the way, Batman doesn't kill villains. You really think he was targeting him? On contrary, Joker's "Overcompensator" was long, it was supposed to be "special".


Gotta point out that the Falcon was sabotaged, twice! Not exactly the fault of the ship that it is intentionally disabled.


Voltron was not a good concept. All you had to do was detain/capture/destroy just one of the Lions to render Voltron impotent.
The Mach 5 was an excellent choice. Without it, Speed was just an average Joe, no matter how much Racer X helped.
Don't agree with the Falcon being in the top worst, though, mainly due to its survivability. Everyone onboard lived. The ship was nimble for its size (asteroid field fun). Even as a light freighter, it was used in an assault mission on Death Star II. Truly the pickup truck of the Star Wars franchise. Now, those silly speeder bikes (insanely dangerous and fast for no reason) and pod racers (just plain stupid) could be in the 5 worst.
The TARDIS was definitely the best choice. I would have liked to see the Eagles from Space 1999 due to their utility as well as their series defining attributes in the top 5.
The Batwing, although worthless in the movie, shouldn't be mentioned because it has SO little screentime and really had no plot impact.
Other really good ones: Battlestar Galactica, Gunstar, and Serenity.
Piss poor: The NSEA Protector from Galaxy Quest because of its ridiculous interior "challenges", The Tantive IV from Star Wars (again) due to its failure to do what it was designed to do (blockade runner), And (really!) the Time Machine form the novel of the same name (other than being dragged around by the Morlocks, it couldn't change positions or otherwise move around, which could be VERY dangerous!).
Enjoyed the vid! Keep up the good work.


Okay so I (along with many other people obviously) do have a problem with the placing of the Falcon. The reason she didn't work was because Han didn't take care of her properly and that's why she didn't run half of the time. It's like blaming Serenity for breaking down because Mel didn't buy any replacement parts. It's like you not blaming Air Chariot for Sir Pentor being ridiculous. Sorry this comment is so late.


"Defiant" was good ship, only problem is that it was shown as new concept in federation when high armed frigates should by core of Federation defenses (when other races use normal military ships). Overgrown of different kind of "Enterprises" could by explained in that it was deep-exploration and consular ship, but it shouldn't be core of military and only be able to self deference, not regular military operations like it was in series.


Some whining:
[inaudible] Deliverator or skateboard smartwheels [inaudible] James Bond [inaudible] Laundry Smart [inaudible] Gunbuster [inaudible] AV-98 Ingram [inaudible] Heart of Gold [inaudible] Leif Erickson [inaudible] Bonaparte tank etc Yes most of those won't work on video.


While I adore Star Wars, I'm willing to let the placement of the Millennium Falcon slide, as I was never a big fan of the design. I'm aware of the fact that you STILL haven't delved into Babylon 5, but trust me when I say that Whitestar > Defiant. Also, given that it went unmentioned, I can only assume that you either have never heard of the Liberator of Blake's 7 fame or the semi-sapient main computer Zen disqualified it. The same applies to the Lexx.


I agree with the TARDIS being the best ship. It's pretty baddass, even though it looks like a police box (which only serves to make it even cooler).


While I agree the Millennium Falcon is not the best of ships, I don't feel it should be on the bad list because it doesn't always work properly. If I recall correctly, the hyperdrive's failure to work (after leaving Bespin, anyway) was because Darth Vader had ordered imperial engineers to sabotage it so they could catch it in the event the Rebels escaped them on the planet.


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Voltrol certainly wasn't the first show where vehicles combined to form a robot. Not even the first in the US.

Back in the 1970s, the same UHF stations that showed Starblazers had another show called Force Five which was 5 different shows, one for each day of the week.
Several of these shows featured giant robots that assembeled out of parts that each could serve as a vehicle, but usually these were very obviously "the arms" or such. The exception was Starvengers, where three fighter jets combined to form a giant robot, and could choose three different robots based upon which order they connected in, giving some actual meaning to "I'll form the head"
Many of the toys from the Japanese shows that became Force Five were marketed in the US as Shogun Warriors, and the three robots from Starvengers were Raiden, Star Arrow, and Poseidon if I'm remembering that right.


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