Friday, 22 May 2015

I've Just Seen: Galaxy Quest (1999)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Director: Dean Parisot
Writers: David Howard, Robert Gordon
Notable Actors: Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Sam Rockwell

Good old local library, supplying me with a constant stream of eclectic films. I saw this on the shelf this week and grabbed it. I knew a bit about this film: it seems to have been on hard rotation on one of the TV channels in Australia. I didn't expect it to be so relevant. The fan behaviour depicted has only intensified in recent years.

Though the film clearly references Star Trek, the presence of Reigning Queen of Sci-Fi Sigourney Weaver also brings films like Alien/s to mind; one of Weaver's best lines is 'Ducts? Why is it always ducts?' There are many in-jokes for people who watch lots of TV sci-fi: the guy who appears in one episode to die (here called 'Guy'); the random hallway with a fatal obstacle course ('This makes no logical sense!); the apparently cute creatures that are actually deadly.

This film was clearly made by people with an immense amount of love for fans; they are the ones who get to save the day. Galaxy Quest is not without flaws and a few plot holes, but is really funny, particularly if you have any knowledge about fan culture (and these days it is hard not to).


  1. Galaxy Quest, as you say, is a film made funnier the more you know. It's a really entertaining film for anyone, but anyone who knows about Star Trek and its fans will find so much more here to enjoy.

    I like this one a lot.

    1. I think my favourite overt Star Trek reference was the 'boy genius' being now all grown up; when I had a satisfying chuckle and knew I was in for a fun film.