Thursday, September 30, 2010
Collectible of the Week: Deep Space Nine Runabout (Playmates)
But overall the Runabout (Danube class) remains one my favorite Star Trek spaceship designs -- more than a shuttle but less than a starship. In utility the Runabout was something along the lines of Space:1999 Eagle or a Space Academy Seeker -- a kitted-up ship that could navigate deep space or land easily on alien worlds. And unlike the standard Starfleet shuttlecraft, the Runabout was a bit roomier. I even recall a briefing/dining room area (seen in the sixth season TNG episode "Timescape").
The Runabout reflects how I prefer my space adventuring: a ship without too much firepower and personnel to rely on, so characters on the frontier had to rely on their human qualities, not phaser banks, to survive and thrive.
Later in the DS9 run, the Runabout became less important as Sisko took command of the Borg-busting Defiant. I love the Defiant -- an awesome ship for wartime -- but I was sorry to see the neat, versatile Runabouts reduced so much in importance.