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In recent years, sci-fi - from Star Wars to Doctor Who - has become increasingly popular amongst people, regardless of gender, age and background... and so comes along Galaxy Quest, a story of love, loss, discovery and danger: this Star-Trek parody takes a fresh - and much needed - new look at the genre of science fiction.
A crew of five disheartened actors in dead-end jobs is launched head first into a journey which leaves them battling their way across the universe accompanied by a NSEA Protector space ship full of naive "Thermian" aliens, led by the worshipful Mathesar (Enrico Colantoni), using "appearance generators" to make themselves appear human. An opening dressing room scene gives us a first glimpse of the main characters and the insolent body language of the crew members - with their backs to each other and a lack of eye contact - hints at the off screen relations that exist between them, which are fashioned by mutual resentment and envy. The relationship that has developed between Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) and the other actors, particularly Galaxy Quests answer to a sex symbol - flesh-flashing Gwen Demarco (Sigourney Weaver) - is undeniably strained, and this is clear from the on-screen interaction between them. Weaver and Allen do well to communicate their characters realistically and with conviction.
The film progresses with the actors being dragged into a fierce interstellar war where the only way to get back home is by defeating the feared Sarris (Robin Sachs) and his army and, the same as the character he plays, Tim Allen soon emerges as the star. It becomes apparent that he, along with Alexander Dane aka Dr. Lazarus (Alan Rickman), is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the most commendable actor in the bunch. However, it is true that they have little to contend with in the way of good acting; the performances in general are weak, unconvincing, and the parts are played with little sincerity and emotion - a first-rate cast with second-rate performances. Tim Allen and Alan Rickman make the film; without them, it would be a flop.
Directed playfully and with poise by Dean Parisot, unlike in his other films, Galaxy Quest supplies a generous handful of belly laughs, the most of which you do not have to be an avid Star Trek fan to understand. However, the greater your knowledge of sci-fi on the whole and the more familiar you are with the clichés and long-running jokes used throughout the genre, the more likely it is that you will find Galaxy Quest enjoyable. By the end of the film, we realise that a trip half way across the universe is not the only journey that the crew have been on; the individual characters have each been on a journey to find themselves, and they end up also developing their relationships with one another.
Confident direction from Parisot, believable characters and convincing, sincere acting when it is most important combined ensure that Galaxy Quest remains both exciting and absorbing throughout; on the whole, a success.
This might sound a little confusing but stick with me. The film is called Galaxy Quest(henceforth 'film'), and is a space adventure comedy. In this film, there is a TV show called Galaxy Quest (henceforth 'show'). This Galaxy Quest is a space adventure TV show like Star Trek. Still with me? Good.
The show has long since finished running but it has a huge cult following and the actors make an acceptable living many years later by touring conventions, opening places and doing a few other special events. The actors are now somewhat older but sadly none the wiser. Through various circumstance the actors end up crewing a real spaceship, lovingly recreated from broadcasts of the show by an alien race who believe the broadcast is a historical one rather than fiction. They have to save this race from another race of evil space aliens
The film takes every opportunity to poke fun at all the clichés of the space adventure/drama genre. Since my personal knowledge of said genre is rather limited I related most of it to Star Trek, but I know there are many other series in the same style being ridiculed here too. Other than poking fun at everything space related the story is about the crew growing outside of their show roles and educating the technologically advanced but somewhat naïve race who they have been charged with saving.
The cast of the film are well chosen and play their given roles excellently, Alan Rickman and Tim Allen in particular are a joy to watch and have many of the best lines, while Sigourney Weaver plays the token female in the show and is excellent in the film. Sam Rockwell and Tony Shalhoub (a massively underused actor) play strong supporting roles and also get a few choice remarks.
Galaxy Quest is a Sci-Fi adventure spoof about the stars of a cult TV show and stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman and Justin Long.
The TV show, called Galaxy Quest, is a 1980's Sci-Fi show in the vein of "Star Trek" and has the same enthusiastic fans. The show has been canceled for 18 years but Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco and Alexander Dane and the rest of the crew still earn their way attending conventions and opening discount stores. During one convention, where they're at each others throats as usual, a race of aliens known as Thermians arrive and ask for their help. Nesmith laughs them off until he gets taken up into their spaceship, along with the rest of the cast. Turns out the aliens think these actors are real spacemen (and women) and have based their whole society around them. They take them into space hoping for them to defeat the megalomaniacal General Sarris and save their planet.
Now, I do like my Sci-Fi, but I'm not above laughing at the more extreme types of fans, and this film nails them perfectly. There are fans they encounter who dress up as their favorite character, can recite pretty much every line from every episode and collect everything they can about their personal favorite show. And coming from someone who's been to a few conventions, they hit the nail on the head!
Along the way they enlist the help of a fan, Brandon (Long), who seems to know the Galaxy Quest ship better than the cast do. He gets all his friends to help the crew dodge the various obstacles they need to to get to the self-destruct button. Of course these obstacles are completely meaningless, but they do make good TV.
This film has a great cast and they all act superbly. Tim Allen as the charismatic captain, Alan Rickman as the serious actor who is tired of playing his alien character and Sigourney Weaver as the pretty blonde whose only job seemingly is to just tell the computer what to do. This is an absolute spot-on parody about the nuances and personalities of the science fiction genre. The plot is relatively simple but the cast do a lot with it, and is rounded off by fantastic special effects and characters that you really care for. The actors are basically just fish out of water, stuck in a situation they have no idea how to get out of, and they convince you of this magnificently.
Overall a classic comedy in the making, and thoroughly deserving of your time, five stars!
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Spoofs can be hard to do well, and yet this one manages to successfully press all the right buttons to make it 'hilarious' rather than cringeworthy.
To summarise the plot, the story revolves around the ex-stars of an old Star-Trekish TV series (called Galaxy Quest) who mainly trudge their way through cons and the pain of being someone who was once-famous rather than famous (except for Jason Nesmith, the 'commander' (played by Tim Allen), who still loves the attention, much to the annoyance of the others). Except it turns out that some aliens have been watching the show, and they don't know it's not real, and they need help... Thinking they're agreeing to nothing more than another con appearance, the 'crew' find themselves in the middle of more trouble than they know how to deal with.
This film relentlessly makes fun of the genre in some brilliant ways. The insistance of the non-cast-member who got stuck out there with them and believes he's a 'red-coat' and thus doomed to die, the insistance of Gwen Marco (played by Sigourney Weaver) that she will repeat commands from the ship as it was her ONLY JOB other than making the show sexier, Alan Rockman just... being his wonderfully dour self, and the brilliant line "Well forget it! I'm not doing it! THIS EPISODE WAS BADLY WRITTEN!" all make this a wonderfully funny film to anyone who knows the genre. I also love the fans - enlisted to help because they've obsessively studied every detail of the ship. Having been in fandom a while, they have a very familiar feel!
It's only £4.97 at Amazon, and should be on every geek's must-watch list.
If any Star Trek fans are sensitive about their passion, then they should avoid this film. For everybody else this is a very funny film that takes the micky out of Star Trek and other sci-fi space shows, from the start to the finish. It is not a spoof movie, so there are no silly one line gags or innuendoes, the comedy comes from the situations that the cast find themselves in and how they react to each situation. The story line is that some aliens from the planet Themia (that may be spelt wrong), have been watching the television space drama (Galaxy Quest) from their home planet. They believe that the shows are actually true historical documentaries and when their planet is destroyed, a group of survivors head towards the planet Earth to find the crew of the spaceship, believing that they can save them from the marauding aliens that destroyed their planet. The aliens arrive during a fan club convention and persuade the captain of the Galaxy Quest, Jason Nesbitt, who plays Captain Peter Quincy Taggart (who is really played by Tim Allen), to go with them to their space ship. After his return to Earth the rest of the crew join him on his next trip to the spacecraft where their adventure begins. The aliens have modelled their whole life style on the television series and everything that was props and make-believe on the show now exists for real. What follows is a very funny film that in no way pretends to be real or believable, just great entertainment. The acting is superb in this film and the props and special effects are extremely well done. There are some great battle scenes including fights with a pig lizard and a gigantic rock monster. The whole story is totally unbelievable, but as the whole plot is set around a fictitious television story it all seems to fit together really well. Sigourney Weaver plays the busty blonde (Lieutenant Tawny Madison) in the television programme (Gwen DeMarco in the film) and is
very fetching in her spaceship uniform. In true cheap drama tradition her uniform gradually gets more and more torn until almost only her bra remains. The whole film is a terrific send up of all cult space shows and brings together a whole collection of situations that allows the script writers to produce some very funny scenes. This is definitely a film that can be watched over and over again as it has been made and acted so well. I would highly recommend this film to everybody who enjoys a good laugh.
Never give up, never surrender? Sigourney Weaver ...Tim Allen...Alan Rickman...boldly going where no one fears to tread...truly scrumptious, the funniest space comedy of all time...well, better than Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, anyway (but that wasn't exactly hard, now was it?) Let's not play it down, however, cos Galaxy Quest is just a brilliant, brilliant movie and one of the most enjoyable films of the last five years or so, quite simply wonderful. It's got really good press wherever I've read about it and lives up to all the hype for once. The film centres around a sub Star Trek type cult TV show which has inspired the same sort of Trekkie anoraks you get in real life, but in this case you go behind the scenes and see the petty personal politics going on between the various cast members who bitch and moan about everything, but especially Tim Allen as the space ship's commander, Taggart, whom the fans love nearly as much as he does himself. The original series ran for four years before being pulled and just like William Shatner, the cast are still making a living out of leaping into their space duds 25 years later, well beam me up Scotty. The film opens at a fans' convention with a photo signing session, but then some real life aliens turn up looking for assistance. They've been watching the episodes of the show and are under the impression that they're historical documents. They've built an entire space station and a ship based on what they've seen on the shows and they're looking to Taggart to save them from destruction at the hands of some pretty repulsive large green bogeymen. Taggart persuades his colleagues to join him in the adventure of a lifetime as they set off to save their new found friends from a fate worse than death. It's a lovingly put together, wonderfully observed spoof on the Star Trek theme and these guys have got all the cliches do
wn pat in an epic which doubles up as high comedy and exciting adventure drama, and you even get Sigourney's breasts as larger than life characters of their own as the Triumph bra leaps to the surface and sends them boldly going where no tits have gone before... I was smiling insanely and inanely through the whole thing when I first saw it and there are so many wonderful bits in there ... Allen has never been better and plays the fake hero to perfection (dig him holding the pig lizard at bay and running from the rock monster). However, it's Sigourney and Rickman who really take the honours, especially the supremely conceited and supercilious Rickman, who spoofs LEO-NARD NIM-OY the Shakespearean ACK-TORR who despises Tim Allen. He wears his finny head gear like he was born to it and is just riproaring throughout, just as he was as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves - can't wait to check him out in Harry Potter as Professor Snape. Rickman is so splendidly horrible in everything he does, one of the greatest geniuses of his age. As a whole, this is wonderful, funny, exciting stuff, and quite simply a must see epic, long awaited for its debut on Sky Premier. It operates effortlessly at all levels and is well worth checking out when you've got a mo. You certainly won't regret a minute. PS Sexist comment of the week - keep an eye out for Sigourney and that amazing bra...can't wait for the sequel with them taking a star part of their own...
I make no apologies for the following ravings - Galaxy Quest is one of the funniest films ever made and I love it to bits. If you are a fan of Science fiction in general, and Star Trek in particular, then you will love this movie. Even if you are not but just enjoy a good comedy then this is well worth a look as it works on many levels and will appeal to a wide audience. Barring the odd swear word it is a real family film. Galaxy Quest, as its title suggests, is a rip-off of Star Trek. No, rip-off is too cynical. Spoof? No, it’s not silly enough to be a Naked Gun style spoof; it has a real plot and everything. A parody? An homage? I’m not sure what the correct term is but it is an affectionate rather than cruel send-up and it is so good-natured you can’t help but warm to it. ***THE CAST*** Tim Allen .... Jason Nesmith/Commander Peter Quincy Taggart Sigourney Weaver .... Gwen DeMarco/Lt. Tawny Madison Alan Rickman .... Alexander Dane/Dr. Lazarus Tony Shalhoub .... Fred Kwan/Tech Sgt. Chen Sam Rockwell .... Guy Fleegman/Security Officer 'Roc' Ingersol Daryl Mitchell .... Tommy Webber/Laredo Enrico Colantoni .... Mathesar Robin Sachs .... Sarris Patrick Breen .... Quellek Missi Pyle .... Laliari/Jane Doe Jed Rees .... Teb Justin Long .... Brandon ***THE PLOT*** I would advise that you skip the next section regarding the plot and let yourself be surprised. For the remaining 99% who can’t help themselves, here’s what happens. It begins at a fan convention for the long-cancelled cult SF-TV show, Galaxy Quest. The enraptured audience is watching the last episode of the show on a giant screen. It ends on a major cliff-hanger, with the crew in a seemingly helpless position. Then, the Commander utters the ominous phrase, "Activate the Om
ega-13". The appreciative crowd erupts, eager to meet their heroes who are about to be introduced on stage. But there is a delay, and we switch back-stage, where we see the weary bunch of actors, now out-of-work and reduced to eking out a living on the convention circuit and opening electrical stores. Their glorious leader, Jason Nesmith, is late again. British thespian Alexander Dane is disgusted at the level to which he has fallen, especially hating the catchphrases he has been lumbered with as part of his character’s alien heritage. Fred Kwan, who plays engineer Tech Sergeant Chen, appears to have a case of the munchies and is so laid-back that he just lets everything in life pass him by. Gwen DeMarco, the ageing but still attractive Communications Officer, is bemoaning the fact that her role consisted of repeating everything the computer said and thrusting out her breasts. Tommy Webber, the now grown-up child prodigy, Laredo, who piloted their spaceship, the NSEA Protector, points out that their leader has taken another solo job, apparently believing that he is the real star of the show and feels himself to be more important than everyone else. This is not a happy crew as Nesmith breezes in, unconcerned that he’s kept them all waiting. They are introduced to the crowd and then settle down to sign some autographs. As Nesmith effortlessly jokes with his fans, the others comment that they seem to love him - "almost as much as he loves himself", one of them adds. However, whilst making a pit stop Nesmith overhears a couple of ‘fans’ making fun of the whole event and especially him. They find it hilarious that he is so completely in love with himself that he is oblivious to his fellow actors’ disdain for him. They label him ‘a loser’. He is, therefore, in a pretty bad mood when he returns to sign some more autographs, and snaps at some kids who take the show a little too seriously
and try to explain a technological error in one of the episodes, telling them that it is only a TV show. He meets a strange looking bunch, who he believes to be the organisers of his personal gig the next day. In fact, they are real aliens, called Thermians, who have come to ask Commander Taggart and his crew for help in defeating their evil enemy, Sarris. Nesmith, feeling sorry for himself, is smashed the next morning when the aliens turn up with his requested limo. He goes along, still believing this to be an amateur video production. He is impressed when he is taken onto what he believes to be a set, and sees the reptilian Sarris on the view screen. Winging it, he tells the crew to fire at Sarris with everything they’ve got. Satisfied with his performance he says he has to go home. The aliens thank him and give him a communicator. They leave him on a transport bay where he stands, a little confused. Some sort of gel rushes up and cocoons his body and then the bay doors open. The view of outer space is breathtaking. Suddenly, the pod is shot through space at unbelievable speed and it lands right in front of his house! Nesmith, rather understandably, is totally shocked by the experience, and rushes to an opening of a computer store where his fellow cast are now completely fed up with his no-show. In his excitement he collides with a group of young fans, the same ones he had a go at at the convention, and mixes up his communicator with a toy one. They all think he is insane when he tries to explain what’s happened and he can’t prove it with his toy communicator. The aliens then contact him again. Their strike caught Sarris by surprise and they require Taggart’s help to negotiate a treaty of surrender. He agrees and tries to convince his crew who think he is drunk. Then it dawns on them that he may, in his own warped way, be offering them a job. They decide to take him up on it and are surprised to find themselves
encased in gel and shot through space. They arrive at the spaceship and are met by the aliens in their real form - a kind of octopus, which freaks them out even more. Nesmith arrives, pleased that they have joined them. He points out that this is the chance of a lifetime. The Thermians reveal that they have received transmissions of Galaxy Quest’s "Historical Documents" for years and have based their society on them. The crew realise that the aliens believe the TV show to be real! They have adapted their science to build actual spaceships, transporters, weapons, all based on the props from the show. Sarris reveals that he is bluffing and threatens to take over the ship. He wants to get hold of the Omega-13 device, which the crew have to admit they got from an alien planet and are unsure of its purpose (which is what happened in the final episode.) The actors have to face the compelling question: do they have the courage to become real heroes? ***MY OPINION*** This is a thrill-ride from first minute to last. It manages to rise above being merely a spoof, which, although periodically funny, rely too much on their sketchy nature. This film has a proper plot, full of drama and adventure. The fact that it is also hilarious is just a bonus. Whenever it could revert to plain silliness, suddenly a serious moment presents new challenges to both the crew and audience. When they try to go up against the bad guy again, they behave like the actors they are. The beating they and their ship receives reminds them, all too painfully, that this is real life, and it is not scripted so that they know they will ultimately win. This introduces a real element of tension as the audience wonders how this bunch can believably pull together as a team and actually defeat Sarris. Thankfully, the writing, directing and acting are all top-notch and the story unfolds plausibly and naturally, culminating in a spectacular and pl
easing climax. All the cast make a good job of it. Tim Allen is a big Sci-Fi fan and his enthusiasm shines through. He plays the part of the egotistical, but ultimately decent and courageous Jason Nesmith, brilliantly. There are shades of William Shatner in his performance, but he doesn’t let that persona overwhelm him. This character has flaws but he learns a lot about himself and his friends during the course of their adventures. Sigourney Weaver is fantastic as a rather different space heroine. Here, she is tough and sexy, but in a completely different way from the alien-battling Ripley. She plays the humour extremely well and bounces off Allen in a pleasing way. Alan Rickman has enormous fun as the English actor, Alexander Dane, dripping with sarcasm as he takes on the "Spock" role. Tony Shalhoub is also excellent as Tech Sergeant Chen, who rediscovers his professionalism and his enthusiasm for life. Daryl Mitchell is perhaps the only disappointment, his character being less interesting. The "new" crew member, Guy, however, nearly steals the show. Sam Rockwell is so convincingly goofy in this part that I failed to realise it was the same actor who had played the manic part of sicko "Wild Bill Wharton" in The Green Mile, which I had only just seen. Originally the host of the convention, he joins in signing autographs as he once had a small part in one episode, an unnamed crewman who was killed by the monster early on. He manages to get hooked up with the crew but starts to panic as he believes that history will repeat itself and that he is only there to be killed off on the planet so that none of the regulars get hurt. He cheers up slightly when someone comments that perhaps he’s there as the plucky, comic relief! The special effects and creature make-up help make the film so enjoyable. To make this more than a spoof the creatures had to be believable and a large part of the impress
ive budget must have gone to Stan Winston, who creates some of his finest aliens. Sarris is especially impressive, the articulated head allowing for a wide range of expressions and enabling Robin Sachs to create a real character. There are many stand-out scenes which help to make this film so memorable. From the introduction of the ship to the stunned cast, the scenes on the planet with the ‘cute’ child miners, the fight between Nesmith and the rock creature, the confrontation with Sarris as he realises what the crew really are and forces them to explain to the alien leader, Malthasar. It is especially endearing to watch the crew gradually take on the roles they played on the show. My favourite scene is where Nesmith and DeMarco are racing through the bowels of the ship to shut-off the auto-destruct system. They are unfamiliar with the geography of the ship, being mere stars of the show, but they know someone who will know what to do. Brandon, the nerdy computer geek who Nesmith put down at the convention. He uses his communicator to reach the bemused fan, whose first instinct is to point out that he realises it is only a TV show. When Nesmith tells him to forget it and that it is all real, Brandon’s exultant "I knew it!", captures the spirit of the movie. He then contacts his friends and uses their combined knowledge to guide them through the ship. This critical dramatic point is interspersed with hilarious scenes of Brandon’s parents forcing him to put out the garbage! Another classic is the finale. (SPOILER HERE) When the ship crashes into the convention that the cast have failed to turn up for, which should be ludicrous and contrived, but works brilliantly, the crew are greeted by tumultuous applause as they stagger out onto the stage, the fans believing it to be a stunt! It’s even funnier after what happens to Sarris! In many ways, Galaxy Quest is to Star Trek what Scream is to slas
her movies. It copies the style accurately enough to remain true to the genre while adding an additional layer of ironic humour. Much of the appreciation of the audience will be due to their familiarity with the material, both its strengths and its weaknesses. It’s the attention to detail which helps lift the movie above the norm. Whether it’s the sets, the costumes, the music or the design of the spaceships, it all leads to a feeling of nostalgia interlinked with a freshness that Star Trek itself seems to struggle for, nowadays. ***THE EXTRAS*** Normally I would mark down a DVD that had as few extras as this. Apart from the obligatory trailer, subtitles and scene selection, there are only two bonus features which are worthy of the title on this disc. Luckily, they are both excellent. The first is a short behind-the-scenes making-of featurette, "On Location In Space". All the main players, both before and behind the cameras, are interviewed and there is a lot of fascinating information. However, at only ten minutes it is far too short and leaves you wanting more. There is no commentary (the director, Dean Parisot’s views would have been enlightening) and so one feels that this has been a missed opportunity. The second is the killer, though. These six deleted or extended scenes from the cutting room floor, totalling 9 minutes 36 seconds, are of exceptional quality and deserved to be in the film. The reason why they are not is obvious - in each case they would have slowed the pace. However, their inclusion would have been justified as each is as funny as anything in the movie. The best one actually solves a mistake from the final cut of the movie. If you watch very closely, and believe me, I have, in the scene where Nesmith and DeMarco race into the chamber to deactivate the self-destruct, Gwen’s suit is zipped-up revealing only a slight cleavage. Then suddenly it is wide-open, exposing much
more of her cleavage and a rather fetching red bra. If you want to know how that happens - you’ll have to get the DVD! ***SUMMARY*** I could go on, as I’m sure you’re all too aware, but my mission is to convince each and every one of you to watch this movie. It really is that good. I could mention how the Omega-13 plot device neatly fits into the movie, about the moving relationship that develops between Dr. Lazarus and his biggest ‘fan’, Quellek, or the hilarious closing trailer featuring an all-new series of the show, "The Journey Continues", including a certain Guy Fleegman and Jane Doe in the credits. I could go on and on, but all you need to know is the following - If you like action-packed, sci-fi, adventure, feel-good movies with plenty of laughs, then this is for you. It’s a fantastic fun-filled tribute to its imaginative predecessors.
Galaxy Quest falls into that category of 'film I've meant to get round to watching for ages, but never have' Up until now that is. Billed as being a sci-fi spoof for all the family. Galaxy Quest is a film that can be enjoyed by those who hate or love sci-fi in equal measure. Susan and I are a perfect example - I love all things Sci-Fi, X-files, Star Wars, Start Trek - I'll watch them all. Susan on the other hand would quite happily have her fingernails extracted by pliers than watch Return of The Jedi again! Going off tangent (as I always seem to do!) we were channel hopping one weekend when Star Wars came on, I could pretty much quote the lines as they were being said on screen. I think it was at that point she started to question what she was doing with me! Galaxy Quest opens with a rather ropey looking TV shown being shown, you name every stereotypical aspect of a Star Trek episode and it’s all their in the first few minutes of the show. We’ve got the brave, determined Captain Peter Quincy Taggert (played here by Tim Allen – you may remember him from the TV Shows ‘Home Improvements’ and as the voice of ‘Buzz Lightyear’ in the Toy Story movies. We also have Sigourney Weaver as the, well, nobody seems to know what she does in the outer reaches of space – for the most part she asks the computer questions and repeats what it says! Finally we have Alan Rickman as Doctor Lazarus, a half-human half-Alien Mr Spock type of character. Just like Star Trek they go into galactic adventures, making friends and defending the weak and vulnerable along the way. OK, so I’m watching a film about a bunch of dodgy characters in badly-designed sets fighting creatures in strange rubber costumes right? Wrong. You see, Galaxy Quest is an 80’s TV show, actually it’s THE 80’s TV show. The actors who play the parts of Captain Taggert and Doctor Lazar
us etc. are HUGE personalities with a massive fan base. But then disaster strikes, Galaxy Quest is cancelled and the fame and fortune soon starts to dry up. Tim Allen (who’s characters name is Jason Nesmith) is reduced to opening shopping malls and attending fan conventions along with Alexander Dane (Doctor Lazarus/Alan Rickman) and Gwen Demarco (Sigourney Weaver) – things are pretty much at rock bottom. Dane in particular finds it depressing having to stick a rubber mask onto his head each weekend and utter his dreaded line ‘By the hammer of Glozar’ (or something like that). ‘Look at me, I opened Hamlet, I had five curtain calls, FIVE’ he bemoans before one convention starts. Yep, things couldn’t get much worse for our crew. It’s during this one convention though that they meet a rather more obsessive bunch of fans who claim to be ‘Thermians’. Initially Nemith thinks that they are typical of the obsessive fans that he comes across on a daily basis. Except he’s wrong. We need your help ----------------- See, the Thermians ARE aliens. Over the years they have been receiving TV signals of ‘Galaxy Quest’ and have mistaken them as being ‘historical documents’. They truly believe that Captain Taggert is a real person, as are the rest of the characters in the show and have even built an exact replica of the ship used in the show. The Thermians are in trouble though and ask for the help of Nesmith to help them defeat the evil Serris – a creature intent of galaxy-wide domination and will stop at nothing to wipe out the Thermian race once and for all. This makes for some great comedic moments as the actors try to make it look like they know what they are doing – none more so than one character who was killed off in the early stages of an episode of the show – he’s convinced he’s always going to
die:’ Everyone knows who you are…I’m just known as ‘Crewman number six’. Asked to fly the ship, the crew members look on bewildered! You don’t have to have a big understanding of Sci-Fi TV shows to get the jokes and the comedic touches make for a great little film. The special effects are really quite good too and wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Babylon five or Star Trek:Voyager. So, what do we get on the DVD. Very little I’m sad to report. In way of extras we get the typical ‘on location’ report which is just an elongated version of the trailer with a few clips of the actors talking about the movie thrown in for good measure. There is also a trailer of the film and a few deleted scenes. Not much really is there – a pity. Included in the DVD case itself there is also a ‘production notes’ booklet which has a basic plot outline and quotes from the director (Dean Parisot (who also directed a few episodes of ER and Northern Exposure) and the stars of the movie. The film itself is presented in a 2.35:1 wide screen aspect ratio with an excellent transfer. Colours come across very crisply with great detail visible on the Spaceships and planets that we see. The sound is 5.1 Dolby digital which did appear (or sound rather) to have a few faults. If you listen to the first ‘convention’ scene the sound becomes a little tinny at places, which is quite distracting. Luckily this doesn’t last too long though and for the most part the sound gets the job done. This is a film that is targeted to all ages really. As I’ve already mentioned even those who don’t like Sci-Fi could enjoy this as there are some great comedic moments and a nice script that trots along rather well. The cast all put in decent enough performances, particularly Alan Rickman as the disgruntled Shakespearean actor reduced to opening shopping malls
to make ends meet. Running at around 1 hour 40 minutes, the time soon goes in and makes for an enjoyable evenings entertainment. We certainly enjoyed watching it and I’ll be watching it again quite soon I’ve no doubt. I’d highly recommend you do the same!
This is a review for the R1 version of Galaxy Quest, which was in fact my first R1 purchase, way back in May of last year, just after the film had been released at UK cinemas. The R2 was released in March this year I believe! The film is a spoof on Star Trek, with the actors who played a starship crew in a now defunct sci fi show being enlisted by a group of useless aliens to find against their nemesis. It's a great comedy if you've ever seen an episode of Star Trek, and the DVD delivers the goods too! The Picture is in a ratio of 2.35:1 and is anamorphic.. it looks great, with no artifacting and no visible problems at all. The sound mix is DD 5.1, although there is also a DTS version available on R1 if you want to purchase it. The sound works well, especially in some of the later sequences, for example with the chopper/grinder corridor. The film lasts 102 mins or so, with just 20 chapter stops in that time, but they are well placed, so it's not too much of a problem. Extras wise, we have the standard featurette, some cool deleted scenes, a quite frankly insane "Thermian Language Track" which runs throughout the film, the theatrical trailer and the typical production notes and cast & crew bios. The Deleted scenes are the pick of the bunch here, and warrant repeated viewings. It's a pity they couldn't get a cast commentary on here, as that would have rounded off an excellent package perfectly, but it wasn't to be :( All in all, a great package, and you should be able to pick up the similar R2 release for around a tenner now, and that;s a great bargain!
As Jim Kirk immortalised the words ‘Scotty, Beam Me Up!’ Peter Quincy Taggert occasionally said ‘Never give up... Never surrender!’ Galaxy Quest (directed by Dean Parisot) is by far the best Star Trek parody I have ever seen and a fantastic movie in it’s own right. The film is set around the five stars of a hit TV sci-fi series that got cancelled back in the 80s. However the series has got a huge cult following and because of this massive conventions are held regularly, crowded by people dressing up like the favourite characters and asking the stars theoredical technical questions based on the ‘blueprints’ the have at home… Is any of this sounding familiar at all? :) While the audience (or should that be mob) clap their hands and stomp their feet the stars are in the dressing room feeling pretty sorry for themselves and arguing with each other... Tommy Webber aka Lt. Laredo (played by Daryl Mitchell) was the gunner / navigator when he was nine years old but now he is now all grown up and seriously annoyed with their ‘Commander.’ Gwen DeMarco aka Lt. Tawny Madison (played by Sigourney Weaver) was the ever important member of the crew who repeated exactly what the computer said and showed the ever important impressive cleavage. Alexander Dane aka the half human half bizarre head makeup alien Dr Lazarus (played by Alan Rickman) was the science officer but is now very depressed about the state of his career and keeps on fixating about his classical training. To make matters worse his character's phrase is ‘By Grabthars Hammer… you shall be avenged’ and let’s be honest being asked to say that all the time would get on your nerves! Fred Kwan aka Tech Sergeant Chen (played by Tony Shalhoub) was the chief engineer and is certainly the most calm of the group… but calm in that detached 'I'm o
n medication' way. :) As the bickering continues enter Jason Nesmith aka Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (played by Tim Allen) who was the Captain of the NESA Protector and his own personal God… Walking through the door he asks if he’s too late for Alexander’s panic attack and with a clutter from the corner he decides that he’s just in time... This is a team that’s been to convention after convention for years without any real acting jobs – except maybe the occasional shop opening – and it’s Jason that the fans want to see, interview and most importantly… pay. Rather unsurprisingly they all have big chips on their shoulders. Over the course of the film Jason is contacted by real aliens – who he believes are just fans – gets transported to an exact full size fully working replica of the NESA Protector and proceeds to unleash hell on their evil enemy – Sarris (played by Robin Sachs) – all the time thinking he is just on some set as part of an interview… As it slowly dawns on him that this is all real the rest of his crew join him – quite by accident – and they decide it’s time to play their parts one last time… The only slightly negative thing I would say about the film is the rather useless material that Sigourney Weaver's top is made from. It must be defective because the closer the movie got to the end the more her bra and therefore her cleavage showed! She should complain... :) The film is wonderful and a laugh a minute. The whole thing runs smoothly from start to finish and is a joy to watch time and time and time again! Obtainable on VHS as well as DVD I would certainly recommend this movie to viewers of all ages! The special features on the DVD are fairly ordinary. A few deleted scenes that are placed in order but without a menu so you have to watch them all at once. A
‘Making Of’ documentary, the trailer and a little booklet containing little bits of information comprise the rest. There are also the standard subtitle options - English for the hearing impaired, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Dannish and Finnish - however I seem unable to switch them on and off using my remote and had to do it on the main menu screen… although that could just be my player! The film is presented in 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen with English - Dolby Digital (5.1), is 1 hour and 37 minutes long, and is definitely DEFINITELY worth a look! For more information check out the official website at http://spielberg-dreamworks.com/galaxyquest/ And remember no matter what happens, 'Never give up... Never surrender!' I'm sorry that was a really tacky finish! :) Could have been worse though! Imagine if it had been 'Live Long and Prosper!' Damn... :)
For four years the courageous crew of the NSEA Protector = "Commander Peter Quincy Taggart" (Time Allen) Tawny Maddison (Sigourney Weaver), Dr Lazarus (Alan Rickman) set off on a thrilling and dangerous mission in space - and then there mission was cancelled. This is how the Film itself is described and is based around a TV shown by the obvious name of "Galaxy Quest" set in the 1980's. heavily resembling the famous Star Trek (and borrowing many of its concepts), the show in cancelled, and we join after the crew are now 'jobless' left only to do promotional tours another related things to their hardcore dedicated following. When some foolish Aliens fail to notice that they are merely actors, they are captured and ?encouraged into fighing for them and becoming their Alien races savoir, with some humour indeed! The main cast include: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Patrick Breen, Missi Pyle, Jed Rees, Justin Long & Kaitlin Cullum I actually got to see this film some months before it was even in the UK cinemas, thanks to region1 DVD, and as this is a UK based opinion site, I'll focus more on the R2 DVD than the R1 (although there is a LOVELY DTS version of the R1 Disk (which I don't have incidentally)) Oddly presented in an Aspect ratio of 2:1 (one of the few prints to offer this dimension), the quality is lovely, with a great anamorphic picture that we won?t pick holes in! ;) Audio wise, we don't have the DTS of R1, but a decent enough Dolby Digital 5.1 that does the job amicably and certainly does not let the disk down... Region 2 extras are as follows: Theatrical Trailer. 'On Location In Space' Behind The Scenes (10 mins). Cutting Room Floor (10 mins). 4-page booklet. While this is not bad, when you consider my R1 copy has all of the above, and then
the extra Cast & crew Bios, production notes, deleted scenes and some other bits and bobs, it really does make you mad- how hard is it to transfer these across? For this reason, the extras deserve further criticism than the rest of the disk! To Summarise, this a decent film, a good enough comedy (for the once viewing at least) on a respectable DVD (although inferior to the R1) If you?ve not seen it, I suggest you at least rent!
When this movie was first released in 1999, I honestly thought to myself after seeing the trailer that it looked like a load of rubbish. Would it be yet another spoof movie, that although seemingly having a great cast, would amount to very little and be short on laughter. Strike one against Lizzii for being as wrong as a wrong person could have been! THE CAST AND CHARACTERS: Tim Allen plays Jason Nesmith, the egotistical actor who was shot to fame playing Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, in the TV sci-fi series Galaxy Quest. Fighting the alien bad guys with his trusty crew, Nesmith is the man women faint over and the hero men want to be. The show was cancelled eighteen years previously, and the movie starts with Nesmith and his ‘crew’ at a Galaxy Quest convention, which they appear at in full costume and character. None of the actors appear to get along and all hate the front man who turns up late and treats them as though they are only there because of him. Allen shines in his role and his humorous talent makes for some superb watching. Gwen DeMarco is the sexy female crewmember Lt. Tawny Madison, played totally tongue in cheek by the brilliant Sigourney Weaver. Ever complaining that her role in the show was to confirm everything that the computer says, she loves the attention that she attracts at the conventions, especially the admiring glances she gets, which always seem to be aimed at her ample bosom! In a role that showcases her comedic capabilities, Weaver gives a cracking performance as do her ample assets that become more and more part of the plot as the movie progresses! The utterly superb Alan Rickman is the bitter and twisted Alexander Dane, who constantly complains about Nesmith and the fact that everything seemed to revolve around the lead man in the show. Playing Dr. Lazarus in the show Dane has to don full make-up, as his character is somewhat of the non-human kind! Rickman’s dry sense of humour
and droll tones give him some of the best lines in the film and make his character one of the funniest I have seen in a long time. Guy Fleegman, the convention announcer, was an extra on an early show, and is the type that like in Star Trek you know is going to get killed because you’ve never seen him before, he never even had a name, he was just ‘Crewman Number 6’! Played by the hugely talented Sam Rockwell, Guy steals many a scene with his whinging ways and his constant worry’s that he MUST die at some point, because after all he was ONLY ‘Crewman Number 6’! The rest of the cast all play their comedic roles with perfect timing and bounce lines and scenes off the main cast members wonderfully. THE FILM: The has been actors, who now only do personal appearances and conventions are desperate for a job or appearance to come along that doesn’t involve space travel, intergalactic fighting and for Gwen her breasts, but their scruples are tested if one lands a job or public appearance and the others don’t. After doing yet another convention and by now wallowing in utter despair the shows minor stars are about to give up when the Thermians arrive. Nesmith has already visited the spaceship and tries to convince the rest of the cast that they are for real, and they only agree to go with him because they don’t want Nesmith doing anything without them. Still believing that the visiting aliens are just dressed up and want them for a personal another appearance they are transported to the Thermian ship that is a complete replica of the Galaxy Quest ship, as the Thermians believe the show is in fact, fact! The Thermian leader, Mathesar, played by ‘Just Shoot Me’ star Enrico Colantoni, fully expects them to help defeat the Thermian enemy, lead by the genocidal General Sarris. Completely believing that Galaxy Quest is historical fact, the Thermians have put
all their hopes on Nesmith and his fellow actors, trusting that as they have defeated enemies far worse in Galaxy Quest, Sarris won’t be that much of a problem for them! The movie contains some of the driest humour I have heard for a long time and the effects department have done a brilliant job recreating not only the sets but also what are shown as re-runs of the Galaxy Quest series. I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish, and will definitely now go out and buy the DVD, as I actually watched it on Sky Box Office and thought it was worth every penny of the £3 fee. A brilliant film that made my Bank Holiday Monday much more enjoyable.
When I first saw this film advertised I thought it would either be fairly good or terrible, after reading some positive opinions on it on dooyoo and a few other places I decided it was at least worth a try watching and I'm glad I did. --The Story-- A group of actors from a TV series called Galaxy Quest have just about faded into nothing, instead of acting in a popular TV series they only find work by going to signing conventions or opening new buildings. When a group of aliens called Thermians enlist their help beliving that the TV series was in fact historical documents and feel the crew can help save their race from extinction they find themselves having to actually play their parts from the TV show for real. --Don't Think Too Much-- From just about every way of looking at this film you just can't take it too seriously, there are just too many things that if thought about make no sense (there are with most movies but especially so here). For a start both races seem to only have 1 ship, everyone works out how to use controls they've only ever pretended to use before quickly and various other things mean that though the film is fun to watch you just can't think about it too much. --Humour-- Most of the humour comes from making fun of science-fiction shows, you get things such as an actor who played a character that died within the first 5 minutes of the show before and is constantly paranoid that they are going to die, another who's only real role as a member of the ship is to repeat orders to the computer and then repeat what the computer has already said back to everyone and various other things like this and a variety of other things such as cute-looking aliens that aren't cute at all. You don't need to be a fan of science-fiction shows to understand the humour as it all seems really obvious things, being a fan of science-fiction does help though in ways as it seemed to make some of the jok
es funnier than they might otherwise have been. While I found much of the humour funny I personally felt that there weren't many laugh-out-loud moments in this film and most of the jokes tended to just make me laugh a little, this isn't a bad thing as such as there is still a lot of humour in the film. --Characters/Actors-- Generally all the characters seem to get on reasonably well together although feel that their "Commander" has tried to take most of the glory from the show for himself and as such for the start of the film feel a bit bitter towards him. Tim Allen plays Jason Nesmith who plays Commander Peter Quincy in the TV series (confusing at times having an actor playing an actor :) who seems perfectly happy to go to signing tours and please his fans, being the star of the show he has become less ignored than most of the rest of the cast and despite not seeming to have done anything else since the show ended seems happy to do what he does. After one convention however he suddenly realises that many people aren't taking him seriously any more, while he thought most people admired him he now realises that many people just laugh at him due to him trying to relive his days of glory playing the Commander. Due to this he adapts much quicker than everyone else to his new role on board the real ship and feels happy to try and play his part for real. His acting during the film always seemed fairly good but I did personally get annoyed at it at times, in places I just didn't feel it felt "real" somehow. Sigourney Weaver plays Lt. Tawny Madison who's only real role as part of the ship was to look good and repeat what the computer said, her acting was good and not comparable in the slightest to many of her previous roles in films. Alan Rickman plays Dr. Lazarus and I felt was the best acted character in this film. His character was depressed at his lack of fame, feeling he should
be doing Shakespear instead of just signing autographs for an old TV show, as such he dreads conventions and takes a lot of persuading to even go on stage. Due to this he doesn't take well to playing his role in the show for real and finds it harder to adapt than many of the rest of the crew. There are also a number of other characters, all interesting and amusing, you get a character who appeared on the show as a child and is now fully grown up, a character who only appeared as an extra and now lives in constant dread of being killed for real as he was on the show and a lot of strange-looking aliens. ---Conclusion--- If you can switch your mind off while watching this is a fun and funny film that is a great way to spend a few hours, I'd recommend it to anyone whether they like science-fiction or not. Note: Price was rental price and will differ for most people.
Galaxy Quest is not done justice by many of the great reviews I have read in various papers and magazines. It is an hilarious film staring Tim Allen as Jason Nesmith, who is the star of Galaxy Quest, a sci-fi show from the 80's, Commander Peter Quincy Taggart. He stars alongside Sigourney Weaver, who plays Gwen Demarco (Lt. Tawny Madison), and Alan Rickman, who plays Alexander Dane (Dr Lazarus). Jason Nesmith and the others from the crew have all been reduced to autograph distribution at sci-fi conventions and store openings. They are contacted by Thermians from the Klatu Nebula (proper aliens) who have seen the 'Historical Documents' (the sci-fi series) that were being broadcast from earth. The Thermians have copied the technology from the show, and have built the ship from the TV show, NSEA Protector. They are under threat from Sarrus, an alien intent on wiping out the Thermian race and taking control of the Omega 13 device, and so wish to recruit the original crew from earth. Jason Nesmith is taken up to the ship thinking he is there to do a clip for a show. It is only when he is sent back to earth through the vacuum of space, covered in slime of a sort, that he realizes that it was all real. He tries to persuade the other crew members to join him on the ship, but they, understandably, don't believe him. They do make it there thinking it is an acting job. With lots of blagging, they try to pilot the ship, and help the Thermian race. A truly funny film that is hugely under-rated. The DVD has some special features on it, such as deleted scenes (but no out-takes unfortunately), and 'On Location in Space', where they go through the general story, and how they achieved some of the scenes. All in all, a great buy as far as DVD's go. Five Stars.
Over the Easter weekend, we were at a sci-fi convention listening to actors talking on the stage, actors we recognise as our idols, our heroes. One of these told us about this movie he had watched – about a group of actors in a cult sci-fi TV series, who are at a convention. Hmm. Rather surreal. The event was a Dr. Who convention, the man recommending the film was Colin Baker, the sixth incarnation of the Doctor. So we booked to watch Galaxy Quest on Front Row – me, my fiancé and three of our children aged 10, 9 and 8 years old. It’s a PG and contains only comic violence, although the more squeamish children might find it scary. The basic premise is very much in the guise of Star Trek, but as Dr. Who fans, we still found many parallels. This film is a must for any sci-fi fan. Although it is very much a spoof, it pokes fun at cult camp sci-fi of the sixties and seventies in an affectionate way. The three big names amongst the cast are Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen and Alan Rickman, but the acting is universally excellent, even amongst the minor characters. Sigourney is, of course, no stranger to sci-fi, playing it straight(ish) in the Alien trilogy, but this time, she gets to glam it up a bit – looking great with blonde hair and a pronounced cleavage – a total contrast to her Alien role with shaven head and almost androgynous physique. Tim Allen is probably best remembered as Santa Claus or the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story films and once again, he gets to play the good guy – eventually. Alan Rickman, stalwart British actor who has purred and frowned his way through a plethora of films, as varied and contrasting as Die Hard and Sense and Sensibility. He even made a sensational sensual performance in the Texas video for In Demand, performing the sexiest dance on a petrol station forecourt I’ve ever seen. So, back to the film – Galaxy Quest is a po
pular sci-fi series which has made stars of its actors. They attend conventions, signing photos for queues of fans and being asked detailed questions by some who seem to believe it is all real. To continue the illusion, the actors turn up in costume and are greeted by many fans in similar attire. But behind the scenes, the actors are not so close knit, with Jason (Tim Allen) – who plays the Galaxy Quest Commander - being rather egocentric and hogging the limelight. (Think Shatner!) He is disliked by most of the cast, especially Alexander (Alan Rickman) who feels pushed out and resentful, feeling Jason is a scene stealer, while Alexander himself is a ‘proper’ actor. Then three men and a woman turn up at the convention in silver uniforms with fixed grins, squeaky voices and a plea for help for their people. Jason believes them to be simply more insane fans and behaves accordingly – until, that is, he is transported into a huge spaceship and gets to meet a big scary green alien! He needs to convince his TV crew to accompany him to the spaceship. The alien race are relying on them to be their saviours. But how can they? After all, they are only actors playing a role… The film is excellent, absolutely hilarious and very well observed. The characters are very cleverly done, although poor Rickman has to keep his make-up on throughout, which includes a strangely shaped head. The actors strike just the right balance, so you are at first sharply aware that it’s a convention and NOT real, then you get carried away in the story and soon become to believe it. This is helped along by impressive direction and amazing special effects. Wonderful space shots, well constructed spaceships, imaginative aliens and a clever – but not too clever – script make this great family viewing. The sci-fi in-jokes are plenty - including a companion whose main function is to repeat the words of the
computer – but the film is just as enjoyable for casual viewers as die-hard cult TV fans. We all loved it, although the kids found some of the ‘violence’ rather scary and couldn’t understand why I was laughing hysterically! The monsters can be pretty intimidating too, so your little one might need to hide behind the sofa, but reassure them the good guys always win and hopefully, they’ll be okay. This is not to suggest that everything is predictable. Cute does not mean safe. Rocks are not always inanimate objects to lean against. It is not always a good idea to get your kid to take out the bins right at that moment. I strongly recommend this film. We are hoping to buy the video now, as it is definitely the sort of film that will stand up well to repeated viewing and probably takes a few watches to catch all the little jokes. It’s also convinced me that a Dr. Who film made nowadays, on that kind of budget, would be stunning. Anyone got Spielberg’s phone number?
You don't have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy Galaxy Quest, but it certainly helps. A knowingly affectionate tribute to Trek and any other science fiction TV series of the 1960s and beyond, this crowd-pleasing comedy offers in-jokes at warp speed, hitting the bull's-eye for anyone who knows that: (1) the starship captain always removes his shirt to display his manly physique; (2) any crew member not in the regular cast is dead meat; and (3) the heroes always stop the doomsday clock with one second to spare. So it is with Commander Taggart (Tim Allen) and the stalwart crew of the NSEA Protector, whose intergalactic exploits on TV have now been reduced to a dreary cycle of fan conventions and promotional appearances. That's when the Thermians arrive, begging to be saved from Sarris, the reptilian villain who threatens to destroy their home planet.Can actors rise to the challenge and play their roles for real? The Thermians are counting on it, having studied the "historical documents" of the Galaxy Quest TV show, and their hero worship (not to mention their taste for Monte Cristo sandwiches) is ultimately proven worthy, with the help of some Galaxy geeks on planet Earth. And while Galaxy Quest serves up great special effects and impressive Stan Winston creatures, director Dean Parisot (Home Fries) is never condescending, lending warm acceptance to this gentle send-up of sci-fi TV and the phenomenon of fandom. Best of all is the splendid cast, including Sigourney Weaver as buxom blonde Gwen DeMarco; Alan Rickman as frustrated thespian Alexander Dane; Tony Shalhoub as dimwit Fred Kwan; Daryl Mitchell as former child-star Tommy Webber; and Enrico Colantoni as Thermian leader Mathesar, whose sing-song voice is a comedic coup de grâce. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com