Instead, pretend for an instant that you are whisked out of our boring consensus reality, into the world of science fiction/fantasy movies and dramas. You get just one shot at this. You suddenly have an opportunity to choose ONE (and no more than one...) fictional vehicle to pilot. It can be a spaceship, a hovercraft, a TARDIS or even a submarine.
So which famous vehicle do you choose, and why? In other words, what's the one "cockpit fantasy"(!) that as a fan you've always dreamed of indulging?(Keep it clean!) On which conveyance would you most like to take the helm and say "make it so..."
An obvious answer for me is the starship Enterprise (preferably the movie version; NCC-1701-A). I've just always believed that's a gorgeous ship. Unlike many people, I love the sequence in Star Trek: The Motion Picture where she leaves drydock. Has the cinema yet given us a more elegant space ship?
But, as readers of the blog are aware, I'm also a huge Space:1999 fan, so there's a big part of me that wants to don a bulky orange spacesuit (and helmet), clip on a commlock and slip into the cushy pilot's seat of an Eagle transporter. I've always thought that the Eagles are the most "believable" looking spaceships in TV history. Just an opinion...they're very utilitarian and practical.
But when I was a kid - circa around 1980 - if you'd ask me the ship I want to pilot, I'd have said the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars first, and then maybe an X-Wing fighter. But then again, I also loved the viper fightercraft from Battlestar Galactica and the Directorate Starfighter from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century...
There are all kinds of choices here. If you're more on the "dark side" of things maybe you want to fly a TIE? Or a Klingon Bird of Prey?
If you asked me which craft I'd like to go jogging on for a while, my answer would be - of course - the Discovery. Open the pod bay doors, HAL...
Or - leaving behind spaceships for a moment - maybe you've always had a hankering to go deep underwater aboard the Seaview in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea or the Sea Quest? Personally, if I had to pick a submarine, I'd select the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea...
Anyway, the sky's literally the limit here. What's your favorite sci-fi/fantasy tv/movie ship? Which one do you want to steer, and how come?
And, uh, where would you take the ship?