The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.
The sci-fi television series "Galaxy Quest", which took place aboard the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector, starred Jason Nesmith as suave Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, Gwen DeMarco as sexy communications person Lt. Tawny Madison (a role which consisted solely of repeating what the computer stated, much to Gwen's chagrin), Shakespearean trained Sir Alexander Dane as alien Dr. Lazarus, Fred Kwan as engineer Tech Sergeant Chen, and Tommy Webber as child pilot 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 electronic store 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 ...Written by
The character Guy Fleegman was an intentional homage to a very busy Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) actor Guy Vardaman, who not only played several no-name extras in the series, but also served as a stunt/stand-in double for Brent Spiner (Data) and Wil Wheaton (Wesley). His reaction to the homage: "I just about fell out of the chair!" having forgotten being told that the character would appear in a film someday. See more »
On the way down to the planet to get the Beryllium sphere, Guy says no one knows his last name. Up till this point in the film, his last name isn't mentioned. On the planet when hatching their plan, Jason calls him Fleegman and tells him to set up a perimeter. During episode 81 of the original Galaxy Quest series, Guy Fleegman played "Crewman #6", as he states to Nesmith before departing the shuttle on the surface. In the Galaxy Quest movie, Sam Rockwell plays the character Guy Fleegman, and is called "Guy" by the other Galaxy Quest series actors during the movie. It would not be unusual for Nesmith to know Guy's last name, and refer to him by that name, even if he didn't recall it earlier. Commander Taggart likely addressed him simply as "Crewman", or not at all, as it was scripted for the series. For most of the Galaxy Quest movie, the Galaxy Quest series actors refer to each other by their actual (movie) names, rather than their series character names. Guy Fleegman's original series character not only did not have a last name, he didn't have a first. This would not be uncommon for such a production, as lesser characters in similar productions are simply addressed by their title, followed by a last name, or simply their title, such as "Crewman". This is true for many productions, especially when that "crewman" is "killed" during an episode, as Fleegman says occurred "before the first commercial in episode 81" of the Galaxy Quest series. Additionally, Guy Fleegman is introduced as "Security Chief 'Roc' Ingersol", during the credits of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. See more »
'Galaxy Quest' couldn't be better. It's not a mockumentary, it's not a Star Trek parody. It's pure comedy based on the Star Trek legend with excellent actors and absolutely brilliant production.
The visuals are magnificent. You would expect nothing but mediocre stuff for a space comedy, but this is not the case with 'Galaxy Quest'. These are the best effects for a space movie, since 'Starship Troopers'!
The story is also very original and interesting. Not only jokes on thin air, but a great story nonetheless. The triumphant ending is beautiful, it elevates you! In fact, it would easily compete with the some of the best Star Trek stories of all time.
Don't miss it!
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