Movie Review: Galaxy Quest

A movie within a movie, a dream within a dream…

Conventions and fan signings became the norm for the cast of the canceled sci-fi show Galaxy Quest that ended in the early 1980’s. In fact, Galaxy Con and other appearances were the only type of gigs they could get. Dissatisfied and more than a little disgusted with Jason Nesmith the glorified egomaniac who played Commander Taggert the film opened with the cast in a rut.

Now this movie came out a long time ago… but you may not have seen it so I’m going to try to keep my spoilers down to a minimum. We watched the “standard” DVD and missed the previews so we’ll skip that part of the review. Incidentally I added the 2009 Deluxe Edition to my Amazon wish list so when I do get that version I’ll be sure to check out all the goodies on there.

This ensemble film was full of action, hilarity and hijinks. Okay, so it was also a loving spoof of Star Trek. When the cast get accidentally mixed up in real alien drama that could have been straight from their show they have to remember how to work together if they want to get back to Earth.

The original five cast/crew members were played by Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub and Daryl Mitchell. Sam Rockwell had been a short lived extra on the cancelled show but tags along for the outer space adventure and had some of the funniest lines in the whole movie. Just check out this Video of the Week for some of his hysterical parts.

We can’t forget the aliens; after all these six humans are unwittingly the key to ending the evil and sadistic Sarris’ destruction of the naive but brilliant Thermians. Mathesar, the Commander of the Thermians said it best, “You are our last hope.” The problem is the Thermians believe the show was real and that the crew of the NSEA Protector is insanely talented, brave heroes. Enrico Colantoni, Patrick Breen, Jeb Rees and Missi Pyle play Thermians while Robin Sachs is the bug-like Sarris.

The action is fast, follows the Star Trek formula perfectly (especially the scene where the Commander manages to become shirtless) and it makes complete sense. That is if you wonder where the vulnerable spots are on a Rock Monster! A young Justin Long plays an obsessed fan that without him and his friends the crew from the Protector would never had a chance at a sequel.

If you grew up watching Star Trek then you’ll really love all the nods to the franchise. Even if you’ve never really gotten into grownups in velour/spandex jumpsuits traveling in space let Galaxy Quest take you on a funny, family friendly adventure that will have you hoping they’ll make a sequel too!

This review is part of the Monthly Movies series. Check back all month for video clips, words, trivia and goodies all about Galaxy Quest.

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3 Responses to Movie Review: Galaxy Quest
  1. This movie takes on a whole new meaning if you happen to know people who are serious Trekkies. Yes, they have the action figures, the Enterprise models, the Vulcan dictionaries, speak fluent Klingon and have Star Trek parties. They even said live long and prosper at their wedding. No, I am not kidding.
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  2. Fantastic site. A lot of useful info here. I’m sending it to some pals ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you to your effort!

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