Galaxy Quest

GalaxyQuest

“By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan, you shall be avenged.”

The exciting sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest not only spoofs many concepts of Star Trek like sci-fi TV series, but also sci-fi fans themselves resulting with some great laughs for the audience.

Sigourney Weaver (Gwen DeMarco as Lt. Tawny Madison), Alan Rickman (Alexander Dane as Dr. Lazarus of Tev’Meck), and Tony Shaloub (Fred Kwan as Tech Sergeant Chen) give great performances as the main characters. Daryl Mitchell (Tommy Webber as Lt. Laredo) and Sam Rockwell as Guy Fleegman make up the rest of the cast of the canceled sci-fi show, Galaxy Quest.

After their leader, played by Tim Allen (Jason Nesmith as Commander Peter Quincy Taggart), is mistaken for the “real deal” by some visiting aliens, he talks the crew into joining him for a real space adventure.

When they arrive on the aliens’ ship, Nesmith and his “crew” find themselves in the middle of a real situation instead of another fan convention as the alien group models their lives according to the now defunct Galaxy Quest show.

An interesting spin on the sci-fi craze that covers many interesting elements from the show’s stars to the rabid fans.  The alien leader, humble Mathesar (Enrico Colantoni), seeks the stars help to defeat a ruthless enemy who has destroyed his people’s world which provides some credible drama for the story. The often underrated Missi Pyle (Bringing Down the House) has a great supporting role as Laliara.

Written by Robert Gordon (Men in Black II, A Series of Unfortunate Events) and David Howard, the sharp screenplay/story puts lots of laughs in the first two-thirds, then ends with some good drama and a fairly predictable ending.  This fun Dreamworks picture directed by Dean Parisot (Home Fries, TV’s ER) will satisfy sci-fans and general audiences alike.

Written by David Howard and Robert Gordon, the sharp story has enough originality to stay credible, but it basically borrows existing elements of Star Trek and other science fiction entertainment.  A full length spoof of a genre with no shortage of entertaining, relevant material.  A couple of mildly frightening alien scenes may scare some people.  Recommended (*** out of four stars) and rated PG for some action violence, mild language and sensuality

Copyright © Michael Siebenaler

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