See This: Galaxy Quest

Alan Rickman in Galaxy Quest
Alan Rickman in Galaxy Quest

 

 

Turn on TV most nights and there’s some Star Trek spin-off boldly heading off somewhere. In it are actors you’ve never seen before and will possibly never see in anything else again. As coloured latex hangs off various bits of various faces they strike heroic poses and over-earnestly deliver lines from rehashes of scenarios that were tired in the Sixties. Galaxy Quest knows those shows and those actors. It follows a past-it sci-fi cast as they do the convention circuit, signing books for the geeks they despise, bickering among themselves, boring anyone who’ll listen with stories of antique Shakespearean glory. Then, gasp, a bunch of real aliens turn up, expecting not crummy autographs, but real heroes to save their planet. At which point Galaxy Quest takes off, boldly going with its perfect cast where Mel Brooks’s Spaceballs should have gone before. As for the cast, Tim Allen could be William Shatner’s brother, no one does supreme boredom like Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver shows that even an Alien star can laugh at her legacy. Zapping satirical targets with photon-torpedo accuracy and eventually hitting warp speed with jump-out-of-chair heroics, this is a geniunely funny sci-fi spoof and a great adventure too. These days that’s harder to find than William Shatner’s hairline.

© Steve Morrissey 2013

 

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  • Galaxy Quest (1999) Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 1h 42min | 25 December 1999 (USA) 7.3
    Director: Dean ParisotWriters: David HowardStars: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan RickmanSummary: 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 Huggo

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