A-Wings Suck

We all have incredibly petty hills to die on when it comes to the series we love. Paul McGann is the best Doctor. Deep Space Nine is better than The Next Generation. Superior Spider-Man was good. Here is my pettiest hill, though it's one I'm still prepared to die on: Star Wars' A-Wings are for losers, and I am disproportionately mad they're in The Last Jedi.

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I'm not going to give you a rational argument here. We're getting mad about spaceships in a sci-fantasy movie about laser swords and magic powers and little ball-robots, and everything you're about to read is petty as hell. But goddammit, the A-Wing is the most boring Star Wars starship. It's the ultra fast, ultra sleek sports car you tool around in because you're overcompensating for something, but in space jet form.

An A-Wing getting roasted in Behind-the-Scenes footage from The Last Jedi. Because all A-Wings are good for is being blown up.

Although, canonically speaking, the A-Wings in the movies have had their shields stripped to increase their speed, most Star Wars media outside of the films has gone on to depict them as having the shields of a fighter such as the X-Wing, the speed of a TIE Interceptor (which, remember that the whole point of TIE fighters was that they didn't have shields but made up for it with speed? Way to negate that, A-Wing!), with the firepower to go toe-to-toe with all the other starfighters. They're too cool for school, the hot rods, all sizzle and no steak. They're trying to be the better and more badarse answer to the X-Wing, like the TIE Interceptor was to the TIE Fighter. The A-Wing is the author insert of starships.

But here's the thing: You cannot beat perfection. You cannot beat the most iconic starfighter in sci-fi history. The X-Wing is a pilot's starfighter, the perfect balance of speed, firepower, defences and a rad-as-hell design. The A-Wing is a pretender to a throne it doesn't deserve to be in the same room with.

It's also a ship piloted by the worst people. X-Wing pilots are heroes. A-Wing pilots are either massive arseholes - the Star Wars equivalent of meathead jocks such as Pash Cracken - or they're idiots such as Arvel Crynyd. X-Wing pilots? Remembered for blowing up two Death Stars. A-Wing pilots? Remembered for dying and then accidentally disabling a Super Star Destroyer because they crashed into it like a chump.

Look at that loser. They gave him a posthumous medal for this garbage in the Expanded Universe.

I don't care that Rebels canonically made the A-Wing the first starfighter the Rebellion had access to; the X-Wing will forever be the more iconic, superior ship. Did the A-Wing have its own board game named after it? Didn't think so - because an X-Wing isn't some hot rod pile of crap piloted almost exclusively by arseholes. And why does the Resistance even need another dogfighter when it already has the X-Wing, previously established as Clearly the Best One? One thing The Force Awakens was lacking in was space battles - something The Last Jedi is seemingly correcting, judging by the trailers. It would have been nice if we had a bit more variety in that space combat beyond the capital ships and the dogfighters by introducing more varied ships... and not just a slightly updated A-Wing.

We could have had Y-Wings back, Rian Johnson, who I'm assuming for no real reason at all was solely responsible for this terrible decision! We could have had everything. But now we have more A-Wings, which are basically worse then nothing.

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Comments

    Tycho Celchu. Battle of Endor.
    Don’t need to say more.

      Came for Tycho Celchu. Was not disappointed.

    Damn, that's some pettiness. At least divert your energy to something productive like campaigning for more B-Wing action.

      Hell yes, B-Wings are my favorite.
      I remember my friend did a vs in Rouge Leader (X-Wing vs B-Wing) and I ran circles around him ^_^

    A wings suck ??? I'd go one further and say star wars suck. It's the most overrated movie in the universe.

      In the universe? That's a bit of an overstatement. Galaxy, maybe, but universe? C'mon!!

      Not to mention the fact that that particular galaxy is far, far away, and it was long ago.

      Thanks for the comment grandpa. Now go back to being senile

        What's wrong Deej, don't you think people should have opinions. Maybe we should all be the same. The same, the same, we are all the same.

    We're getting mad about spaceships in a sci-fantasy movie about laser swords and magic powers and little ball-robotsWE? Pretty sure it's you, or at the very least I'm not getting mad about what I consider to be an overrated series. Now if you were talking about Star Trek and the current Discovery ship

    I haven't seen Rebels, but does that mean it's now canon that the Rebellion got A-wings before it got Y-wings? Because that is ridiculous. And wrong.

      Rebels is based on a small cell that operates in parallel to other rebel cells. The A-Wing appears here first but it never made clear if the X-Wings are procured by another cell before or afterwards. Also the A-wings here seem to not have the super spec's of later canon.

        Interesting, I might have to give Rebels a go!

          The first half of the first season is a little wonky, and there was an alarming rash of cute-animal-of-the-week B-plots, but other than that, it's actually got a heap to recommend it.

    Y Wings are shit and A Wings are cool, but I prefer B Wings.

    Still trying to figure out where the English is in Star Wars for them to call and X wing cause the Aurebesh of X is a Triangle, A is a weird looking K. B looks like a Tie Fighter.

    The A wing is fine, its a classic space ship design... maybe not exotic for star wars, but not every ship should be cause when they go to exotic, they end up with something that should be able to fly or fight.

    If there was one ship to nit pick in all of Wars its Slave One, its like at the last minute they decided it should fly like a rocket - vertically (but not shaped like one) its flying and landing positions don't correspond. Then in the pre-quels they made it space combat ready and its attack profile on the rear is so large a Jedi shouldn't have had issues hitting it, its turning circle should be impossible and let alone it shouldnt be functional to pilot through debris fields at any speed.

    A-Wings are the sportsbikes of the Star Wars Universe
    :P

    A Wing canon was established during Return of the Jedi and reinforced with the Lucasarts X-Wing games.
    And anyone who has played these games knows that if you are a skilled pilot you can go head to head with a TIE Advanced or Defender and knock them out the sky with an A-Wing.
    They are one of the best Space Reconnaissance/Interceptors of all time

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