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Galaxy Quest

Published August 4, 2019

Galaxy Quest

Film info

  • Title Galaxy Quest
  • Director Dean Parisot
  • Year 1999
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Family, Comedy, Science Fiction
  • Tagline A comedy of galactic proportions

A team of intrepid adventurers travels through the outer reaches of the galaxy, each week finding excitement and adventure on Galaxy Quest! Or at least that's the way it was in the mid-1970s, when brave if reckless Captain Peter Quincy Taggart, lovely Lieutenant Tawny Madison, and inscrutable alien Dr. Lazarus were the leaders of an interstellar law enforcement team on the TV series of that name. Twenty years later, the show is still in reruns, and Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver), and Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman) prop up their sagging careers by making appearances at sci-fi conventions. However, it turns out that nerdy sci-fi fans aren't the only ones watching: somewhere in another solar system, a group of alien rebels living under a regime of violence and repression have picked up broadcasts of Galaxy Quest, and they aren't aware that it's fiction.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:35I’d watch that show, for sure.
4:59“The show must go on.”
6:54Grumpy Alan Rickman is adorable.
19:36Wow, what a view.
21:28He must know how he sounds. Haha, aliens are real.
26:54Can’t imagine what the aliens would make of our historical documents.
29:33“It’s like throwing gasoline on a flame.”
37:52Communication faux pas in space as well.
39:47“I’m doing it, I’m repeating the computer.”
48:07Loving the amount of eye rolls in this movie.
51:43“Did you guys ever WATCH the show?”
1:06:18Christmas tree lights are so versatile.
1:09:14WD40 still useful in space.
1:18:25Excellent rant about the chompers. Completely pointless.
1:22:08Rickman rage is epic.
1:32:34“Well, he’s outside.”

Thoughts

This was a bit of a weird one, and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but in the end it won me over a little bit. I thought it was going to be more like Space Balls, more of an actual farce, but whilst it did poke fun at the sci-fi world, particularly Star Trek, it still had its own original story - and one that I got quite invested in.

It’s a surprisingly good cast, and I don’t know that they are all used to their best abilities, but Alan Rickman won every single scene he was in and that’s all that matters. Maybe it wasn’t the best film ever, but it was perfect for a tired Sunday afternoon.

Oh, and I did like that it was the fans that saved the day in the end. Goooo nerds!

Rating: 4 / 5

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