Galaxy Quest (1999) requested by Jason Kukla
Galaxy Quest used to be America’s favorite tv show. Used to be… 18 years ago. Now the cast spends most of their time at sci-fi conventions and mall openings. While at the official Galaxy Quest convention, the crew is waiting for their arrogant commander (Tim Allen), and talking about how while they love the fans, they are sort of disappointed at what their careers have become. Tim Allen shows up and the crew take the stage to the delight of the fans in attendance. We meet the alien first mate (Alan Rickman) who is a classically trained actor, but only remembered for his catch phrase, the communications officer (Sigourney Weaver) whose only job is to repeat what the ship’s computer says, the engineer (Tony Shalhoub) who has no idea what is going on, the child polit and the generic crew member (Sam Rockwell), who dies in the first minute of a random episode. The cast do their thing with autographs and pictures and what not, but are pretty pissed at Tim Allen who has booked an appearance without the rest of them. He goes to take a leak and overhears some kids making fun of him, calling him a ‘has-been’. He returns pissed-off and take it out on some fans (one of whom is Justin Long), and storms off to booze the rest of the day away.
The next morning some odd-looking people show up at his house asking for his help. He assumes these Thermians are just the people who hired him for the side gig and join them in a limo, which is soon beamed-up into a larger spacecraft. He still assumes that this is all a fan made movie and though impressed with the sets, can’t wait to get aways from these nerds and get out of there. The aliens have brought him in to negotiate with an alien leader named Sarris, still thinking this is all fake he orders the crew to fire on his ship, and he flees. Assuming the shoot is all wrapped up he asks to be taken home, and is sealed in some goop and shot back down to Earth. He quickly rushes to tell the rest of his cast that he was just in space, and they think he’s just liquored up again. The aliens come back for him the next day to discuss the surrender of Sarris, and he wants to bring his crew along. Thinking he is full of shit, they agree and are transported to the ship, which is an exact replica of the ship from the show, which the aliens believe to be actual news casts and not a tv show. The crew has little trouble working the ship, as their movements on the show work in real life. It turns out the surrender is a trap and Sarris wants control of Omega-13, which was a weapon on the show, but it was never revealed what it did. It is up to this group of actors to actually command a space ship and save this helpless alien race.
Alex’s Thoughts: Ugh, I don’t know what to think about this movie. This was the first time that I’d seen the entire thing. I had seen bits and pieces on tv in the past, but didn’t like what I saw well enough to dedicate two hours to watching the whole movie in one sitting. I like the movie for what it is, but it just seems like this was brought up to the original Star Trek cast and they passed on it, but someone was dedicated to make this happen no matter what, and this is what we got. Tim Allen is over the top as always, but it just seemed like none of the main actors were really into it on-screen. I understand why people like this, it’s fun in the right setting, but I didn’t feel it, sorry. If you are a sci-fi fan, you would probably like it, especially if you can imagine William Shatner in the lead. Alex Rates This Movie 6/10
Tim’s Thoughts: I saw this movie in the theaters, and I love it now just as much as I did in 1999. This is a perfect and loving parody of not only Star Trek, but the entire convention mentality. (Full disclosure, Alex and I usually hit a couple of Con’s a year, and while we aren’t AS obsessive about some the Celebrities in attendance we do get amped up for some of our favorites.) I do not like Tim Allen normally, but in this movie he is perfect as a send up of Shatner, and the rest of the cast is phenomenal. I am pretty sure this is the first movie I ever saw Sam Rockwell in, and I have never looked back. As a sleazy one time cast member convinced that he is going to die, (mostly because his character didn’t have a last name) he steals laughs every time he appears on screen. For me this movie is nearly perfect, and I think it’s a must for not only Trek fans, but for convention goers as well. Tim Rates This Movie 10/10
“I’m not even supposed to be here. I’m just “Crewman Number Six.” I’m expendable. I’m the guy in the episode who dies to prove how serious the situation is. I’ve gotta get outta here.”