Galaxy Quest


Directed by: Dean Parisot
Written by:David Howard
Starring: Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Sigorney Weaver, Daryl Mitchell
Released: April 6, 2000
Grade: A

Welcome to the TV show Galaxy Quest.  Led by Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Allen), they go through their weekly journeys to the far reaches of the galaxy conquering all before them.  The rest of the cast includes Lt Tawny Madison (Weaver), Dr Lazarus (Rickman), Sgt Chen (Shaloub) and Lt Laredo (Mitchell).

The show has been on the air for several years and developed a cult following but they are all tired of their roles.  They’re sick of signing autographs and being asked stupid questions by obsessed fans.  Alan Rickman has a great scene at the start of the film where he asks himself - how did I get here?

Meanwhile, in a nebula far, far away, a society known as the Thermians have been watching the show for years thinking they are true “historical documents”.  When they are invaded by a nasty, intrepid species, they arrive on Earth to seek the help of our illustrious “actors”.

Galaxy Quest is one laugh after another and is a truly inspired idea.  It begins as a Star Trek spoof and pokes fun at everything from the suits to the dialogue and ridiculous story lines that flood most of today’s space shows (ala Red Dwarf, Babylon 5 and Star Trek).  The film continues its comedy but takes on a sentimental tone midstream as the team heads into outerspace to a world they know all too well.

Tim Allen is a great actor/comedian and is wonderful again here in the leading role as his crossover from TV to the big screen continues to flourish.  Sigorney Weaver illustrates her diversity and Alan Rickman steals the show with his brilliant sarcasm. 

There are so few good scripts floating around this time of year but Galaxy Quest is certainly one of them.  It will leave you with a smile and a warm, fuzzy feeling.  The best lines are spread amongst ,all the cast and there are just too many to name but there was a great scene towards the end when Allen and Weaver argue about a metal crunching machine.

The film’s final moment is ironic in itself and tops off a satisfying adventure.  Rated PG, Galaxy Quest is open to all audiences and based on the screening I attended, adults are going to find more than plenty to giggle at.