Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."
Private Joe Bauers, the definition of "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes five centuries in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive.
The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggert, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's annoyance), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sgt. Chen, and Tommy Webber as child gunner Laredo. Eighteen years after the series last aired, it lives on in the hearts of its rabid fans. However, it lives on in infamy for its stars, who have not been able to find meaningful acting work since. Their current lives revolve around cashing in on however those roles will afford, which usually entails attending fan conventions or worse, such as shopping mall openings. Only Jason seems to relish his lot in life, until he finds out that his co-stars detest him because of his superior attitude as "the Commander", and much ... Written by
Harold Ramis wanted to cast Alec Baldwin in the lead role, but he turned it down. Steve Martin and Kevin Kline were considered, though Kline turned it down for family reasons. When Tim Allen was cast, he left the project. After seeing the film, Ramis said he was ultimately impressed with Allen's performance. See more »
Commander Nesmith admits in the mess hall that while the crew found the Omega 13 in the original show, they had no idea what it did when activated. Unless specifics of the Omega 13 were discussed in the original show, it is highly unlikely that the Thermians would have been able to replicate it on the Protector II since it was such a foreign, mysterious object. However, Brandon and his crew, as well as others have, apparently, had extensive discussions of the device and its nature, indicating the device had been discussed in TV show episode(s) of Galaxy Quest, at least hinting to its nature. The Thermians would have seen the same episode(s), and with their advanced technology, may have developed theories similar to Brandon's. Nesmith "not knowing" what Omega 13 does, does not exclude Commander Taggart from suspecting or having discussed what it may do during the TV show. Also, not knowing what a device does, does not exclude discussion of its composition, which would have been duplicated to exact detail by the Thermians. See more »
There are very few comedies out there that manage to get laughs from all of the jokes; "Galaxy Quest" is one of the few films that pretty much gets them all.
As corny as it sounds, the film is practically perfect in its execution. It parodies a genre that had been screaming for it for decades. It's funny from start to finish and even manages to have a heart while on the way.
When the film was first released in theatres, I didn't have any desire to see it. I don't think the advertising was right for the film. I am a huge "Star Trek" fan and I found the advertising made the picture look stupid with juvenile humor. A co-worker insisted I see it, saying if I didn't I would regret it for the rest of my life.
Luckily I didn't ignore him, because he would have been right!
There are a lot of reviews for this film here, most of them positive. I am quite glad to see that I am not alone in my praise for this film.
Most certainly it's not "Citizen Kane" by any means, but for what it is and what it is trying to do, it succeeds in every aspect. The screenplay is technically brilliant (in terms of structure, characterization, and wit!). ILM does a terrific job in the visual effects department (as they most often do), and David Newman's score not only parodies but also develops into a heartwarming action score (a paradox? I think not!).
"Galaxy Quest" - If you haven't seen it yet and you love "Star Trek," I only have to ask....."what ARE you.....waiting for?"
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