Release year: 1999
Director: Dean Parisot
Screenwriter: David Howard, Robert Gordon
Starring: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle
Ratings: 1 Saturn Award: Best Actor (Tim Allen).
Eighteen years after starring in a sci-fi soap opera Galaxy Quest the stars of the show has nothing more to do than show up at conventions and sign pictures for fans of the show that killed their careers. The star of the show, Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen), constantly steals the show much to the annoyance of his former co-stars but then one day he is approached by three people asking for his help and soon the cast of Galaxy Quest has to try their best to remember everything they learned on the show to survive.
With a brilliant concept Galaxy Quest is a loving parody on sci-fi TV series as it plays with the stereotypes and clichés of the genre. Everyone is covered here: The smooth lead played by a charismatic Allen (Wild Hogs, 2007), the sexy woman only there to show cleavage played by sci-fi queen Weaver (Aliens, 1986), smart technical genius played by a calm Shalhoub (Men in Black, 1997), the wonder kid played charmingly by Mitchell (10 Things I Hate About You, 1999), and the shakespearean trained actor played by the always magnificent Rickman (Sense and Sensibility, 1995). With tag-a-long guy, a funny Rockwell (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 2005), they find themselves in a predicament unlike any, or perhaps exactly, as those their characters experienced and the movie elegantly shifts between hilarious as they discover reality to dramatic action as they try to stand up to the aliens expectations. Considering the talent involved it is no wonder the movie works as well as it does as the cast easily carry us through one extreme situation after another without ever losing conviction, which perhaps is one of the reasons this has already reached a status as classic comedy. Clever and funny love letter to sci-fi shows and their fans.
The design of the NTE ship is based on a Star Trek comm-badge.
Picture copyright: UIP