Neil deGrasse Tyson has decided to weigh in on the age old fan debate about who would win in a real combat situation, the Millennium Falcon or the Enterprise, and his response is not that surprising for fans who know of the man’s dedication to real science:
“The Enterprise has the benefit of being real, in the sense that there are real scientists and real engineers on staff on the ship monitoring its engines, its warp drives, its photon torpedoes. So it’s fake-real, as opposed to the Millennium Falcon, which is fake-fake.”
While deGrasse Tyson has a point, in that the Enterprise is based a lot more on science (as it has a crew maintaining its various systems, and engineers, and quasi-scientific explanations and reasonings behind its warp drive and photon torpedos), and the Millennium Falcon a lot more based in fantasy (we never learn how exactly a hyperdrive works, nor see anything more on maintaining it besides Han and Chewie smacking it with hydrospanners), there are some things that he clearly has not considered clearly. First of all, the Enterprise is a MASSIVE ship compared to the Millennium Falcon, so no matter how you spin it, it would be able to hold its own far better in a one-on-one battle, especially since the Falcon only has a handful of torpedoes and two laser cannons, compared to all of the weaponry on the Enterprise. Also, even though it is an exploratory ship, the Enterprise is also captained by experienced quasi-military men and women, who are trained to handle combat situations. Han and Chewie, though veteran pilots and warriors, are more concerned with escaping a fight in one piece than taking on a massive ship head to head.The real question, is how the Enterprise would fair against a Star Destroyer, as they might be more evenly matched in size and usage.
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