|GALAXY QUEST (director: Dean Parisot; screenwriters: story by David Howard/David Howard/Robert Gordon; cinematographer: Jerzy Zielinski; editor: Don Zimmerman; music: David Newman; cast: Tim Allen (Jason Nesmith/Commander Peter Quincy Taggart), Alan Rickman (Alexander Dane/Dr Lazarus), Sigourney Weaver (Gwen DeMarco/Lieutenant Tawny Madison), Daryl Mitchell (Tommy Webber/Lieutenant Laredo), Sam Rockwell (Guy Fleegman), Tony Shalhoub (Fred Kwan/Sergeant Chen), Enrico Colantoni (Mathasar), Missi Pyle (Laliari), Justin Long (Brandon), Robin Sachs (Sarris), Patrick Breen (Quellek) Enrico Colantoni (Matesar); Runtime: 102; MPAA Rating: PG; producer:Mark Johnson/Charles Newirth; Dreamworks SKG; 1999)|
one-joke sci-fi comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
one-joke sci-fi comedy helmed by TV director Dean
Parisot ("Home Fries"/"Fun With Dick and
Jane") and written by David Howard and Robert Gordon,
from Howard's story. It's a farce about actors who
played Star-Trek-like astronauts in the Galaxy Quest
TV series that ran from 1979 to 1982 and some eighteen
years later these washed-up actors are reduced to
still making a living out of their former roles by
making costumed personal appearances for fan
conventions or for shopping mall promotions.
At one loyal fan convention appearance in California, The Thermians, a race of aliens from Klatu Nebula, have mistaken intercepted television transmissions of the show for historical "documents." A few of them arrive on Earth believing the TV series is real and their show-worshipping leader Matesar (Enrico Colantoni), as a last resort, asks for the help from the show's Jason Nesmith, who plays the intergalactic spaceship NSEA Protector's arrogant heroic Commander Peter Quincy Taggart (Tim Allen) to handle negotiations with the fierce alien warlord Sarris (Robin Sachs) whose aliens have attacked their friendly group. The other crew members joining the venture include Alan Rickman as the embittered Shakespearean Brit actor Alexander Dale playing the show's alien who is their science officer Dr. Lazarus, Sigourney Weaver as the actress Gwen DeMarco playing the sexy communication officer Lieutenant Tawny Madison, Daryl Mitchell as the actor Tommy Webber playing the grown-up child gunner Lieutenant Laredo, and, lastly, Tony Shalhoub is the actor Fred Kwan playing the cool engineer Tech Sgt. Chen. Sam Rockwell is a hoot as Guy Fleegman, a convention organizer who appeared on one episode of the original series and was killed off in five minutes.
The gentle satire on the Trekkie cult sort of works
if you can laugh knowingly at Rickman's signature
line: "By Gramtha's hammer, I shall be
avenged!" I thought the clever premise would
elicit more laughs. Instead I found the comedy was
mostly lacking in favor of highlighting the TV actors
unscripted adventure in outer space and their
bitter-sweet relationship with their nerdy fans.
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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