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GALAXY QUEST (1999)

Cast: Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Robin Sachs
Director: Dean Parisot
Producers: Suzanne Ellis, Sona Gourgouris
Screenplay: David Howard, Robert Gordon
Music: David Newman
Approximate Running Time: 102 minutes
Website: www.galaxyquest.com
Travis Latke's Galaxy Quest
Warnings: Some semi-nudity
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Category: Science Fiction/Comedy

Alan RIckman is Dr Lazarus in Galaxy QuestThe Plot: It's convention time for the crew of Galaxy Quest, a science fiction TV show canceled nearly 20 years ago. Unfortunately, the show typecast the actors and the only one who seems to still enjoy the tired role is Jason Nesmith, the former Commander Peter Taggart (Tim Allen). For Gwen De Marco (Sigourney Weaver) and Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman), guest appearances and adverts seem to be the only way to pay the bills. However, at this convention, Nesmith is approached by some Thermians, real aliens from the Klatu Nebula who have mistaken Galaxy Quest for 'historical documents.' The Thermians need the impressive ability of the Galaxy Quest crew to defeat their foe, Sarris, who is keen to commit genocide.

Comment: This movie should be elevated up onto the tallest pedestal imaginable and held there for all the movie world to see just exactly how a spoof is done! Galaxy Quest is a marvelous gem of a film with a superb, hilarious script, an excellent cast and special effects which match any other science fiction film out there. While poking gentle fun at the SF series like Star Trek that many people have grown up with, it is still faithful and respectful to the formula and never puts seeks to destroy any mythology that has grown up around such shows.

Laughs abound and yet at the same time, there is a sense of tragedy and hopelessness of wasted lives as you are drawn to empathizing with the typecast stars. And yet, some of the funniest scenes in the movie - which can thankfully never be conveyed in movie shorts - are just a part of the script (read: visual).

Very early on, the nature of the characters are established. No fault can be found with any of the cast as they deliver their lines with humor, sensitivity and real feeling. Tim Allen is delightful as the 'James Kirkish' egomaniacal commander who is still caught up in the adulation of fans for his role as the leader. Sigourney Weaver plays the total opposite to her previous SF roles, and prances around in a tight costume which disintegrates in direct proportion to the success of the mission. Alan Rickman is delightful and hilarious as the morose classic actor who bemoans his lost career after becoming typecast as the Doctor Lazarus. Tony Shalhoub is marvelous playing the deadpan engineer who is not the least bit fazed by what life deals him as his co-stars disintegrate in angst. Daryl Mitchell plays the grown child-brat, and Sam Rockwell plays Guy (no last name) who was an extra crew member who got killed before the first commercial break in episode 81 in the first run of Galaxy Quest...

It doesn't matter if you don't like science fiction, you should still make an effort to see this film. An entire generation has grown up watching Star Trek and similar shows so noone can be unfamiliar with the subject matter (right???). Alan Rickman, at an interview on the fandom website who has never been a great fan of sci-fi, thought the script was brilliant and rare to find a comedy script to good. If a non-sf fan can find this film incredibly funny, so can you!

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