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 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
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 TV show, 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 TV show 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 TV show. For most of the Galaxy Quest movie, the Galaxy Quest TV show actors refer to one another by their actual (movie) names, rather than their TV show character names. Guy Fleegman's original TV show 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 TV show. Additionally, "Guy Fleegman" is introduced as "Security Chief 'Roc' Ingersol", during the Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues credits. See more »
This film was amazing. I saw the trailers and swore I'd never watch it. A couple of friends overruled this after watching it in the theaters, and I'm glad they did.
Not only is this film an amusing spoof of Science Fiction Fen-dom, it's a brilliant action-adventure/science-fiction film in its own right. The only other film I can think of that is a righteous satirical look, yet a splendid example of the genre, is the Fifth Element.
Galaxy Quest Has It All. Beautiful women in scanty clothing. Love interests. Computers. Space ships. Ugly and evil monsters. Blasters. Arcane martial arts. Dynamite catch phrases. And best of all, the very population that is satirized is the group that Saves The Day.
The dialogue is brilliant - you'll find yourself quoting from this film regularly. The acting is marvelous. Tim Allen doing William Shatner doing a Heroic Spaceship Captain is worth the rental all by itself, not to mention Alan Rickman's memorably dry performance as the I-Am-Not-My-Strange-Looking-Alien character.
The first thing I thought upon leaving the theater was that I had to see this film again. The first thing I thought upon seeing it again was that I would have to own this movie. Check it out - you won't be sorry.
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