Galaxy Quest — Listener’s Choice 90%
This week, we are finally getting to talk about our first official Listeners’ Choice episode — Galaxy Quest! The podcast boys were more than excited to watch this comedy classic. After all, it isn’t just a parody of Star Trek — it’s also a great film in general. And best of all, you guys decided we’re watching it! So here you go, enjoy — we sure did:
Galaxy Quest, A Movie for Fans
We were excited that Galaxy Quest won our first ever Listeners Choice poll. It’s a great film that deserves all the praise it carries. It’s funny, fresh, and easily accessible. While it’s obviously rooted in Star Trek, it carries a greater commentary about pop culture, fandom, and entertainers.
The story also stands alone from the satire (compared to something like Spaceballs, where the jokes are the plot). Galaxy Quest has fully realized characters who all grow, overcome adversity, and change who they are in the end. Even your extraneous characters, like Justin Long’s nerdy fan character Brandon, saves the day by embracing his role as a superfan.
It’s perhaps most amazing to watch this film now, having our generation grow up with Alan Rickman as a regular staple in our lives (as Snape in Harry Potter). Combined with Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell in a delightful, spastic role, this film will entertain any cinema fan beyond the laughter.
If you haven’t watched Galaxy Quest in a few years, we recommend it.
Interesting things about this film
Originally a spec script written by David Howard, titled Captain Starshine, the script was purchased and then rewritten to align with the studio’s vision as a Star Trek parody. Speaking of, this film is so beloved by Trekkies that Galaxy Quest was ranked seventh best Star Trek film from the twelve Star Trek films that had been released at the time.
It’s not just parody, though, as the bummer of a scene when Tim Allen overhears the guys in the men’s room discussing how they’re all nobodies was inspired by true events in William Shatner’s life.
It’s not all Star Trek, though. Sam Rockwell’s Guy Fleegman was partially inspired by Bill Paxton’s character in Aliens (1986) — drawing from his hysterical fear of being killed, and his mental collapses in the face of danger.
There is also a sequel series currently in development from Paul Scheer. Here’s hoping it captures that same magic!
Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.