The original Star Wars movies were replete with cool starships used not only as transportation but as important settings and places. That has changed since then, as the franchise has become more focused on characters, but the new Disney+ series Ahsoka looks like it may get back to the galaxy’s starship basics.
In the show’s debut episode, the series brought back Home One, an iconic ship not seen in live-action since its appearance before and during the Battle of Endor in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get the best look at the ship’s exterior. It’s only seen while Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) is on approach in her shuttle, T-6 One-Nine-Seven-Four, on a visit to see her friend General Syndulla.
For comparison, here’s a wide shot of how Home One looked in Return of the Jedi…
While we didn’t see much of Home One’s exterior in Ahsoka, we did see a lot of the interior. That, perhaps more than the ship’s bubbly exterior shape, is what Star Wars fans know best.
It’s on Home One that the Rebel leaders meet to plan their attack on the second Death Star.
It’s in Home One’s planning room that Leia and Luke volunteer to accompany Han Solo on his mission to the Endor moon.
And it’s from the bridge of Home One that Admiral Ackbar utters his infamous and much-memed line.
Unfortunately, we don’t see Home One’s bridge on Ahsoka, at least not yet. Maybe that’ll change in future episodes.
So what exactly is Home One anyway? By class, the ship is a Mon Calamari Star Cruiser, built in the Mon Calamari shipyards. Most Mon Calamari Cruisers, since they were built during the Empire’s rule, were initially intended as transports.
Home One, however, is a specially constructed MC Star Cruiser, originally designed under the watchful eye of the Empire with exploration duties in mind. The ship is slightly larger than a standard Mon Calamari Star Cruiser and is also more advanced.
The Rebels repurposed Home One as their fleet’s flagship, and Home One became the most dangerous ship in the Rebel Fleet. Perhaps the only ship capable of going toe to toe, one on one, with a Star Destroyer and winning on its own.
Mon Calamari Star Cruisers, having been built on Mon Calamari by Mon Calamari workers and designers, are often home to many Mon Calamari.
While they aren’t exclusively put in charge of them, it is common to see the fish-like entities in charge of them. As demonstrated by Admiral Ackbar, they not only have a talent for starship design but also starship command.