Galaxy Quest – Edited
In a galaxy far, far away lies a race of aliens, led by Mathesar (Enrico Colantoni), who have watched the chronicles of earth’s history by way of television programming transmitted to their planet. The primary subjects of these “historical documents” are the crew of the NSEA Starship Protector from the TV series “Galaxy Quest.” Believing these make-believe space travelers to be real human representatives from earth, the aliens seek them out and transport them light years into space to help negotiate with a mortal enemy of their planet. But the crew of the Protector is not prepared to take their sci-fi fantasy roles into the real world of space, particularly when the show ended twenty years ago. But without a script to guide them and actually knowing nothing about space travel, Captain Taggart (Tim Allen), Lt. Tawny Madison (Sigourney Weaver), and the rest of the crew fumble and stumble their way into a rescue mission far from home and with little hope of return. This hilarious space spoof has more corn and cheese than the local state fair, but oddly enough it works. Allen, Weaver, and the rest of the unlikely combo of actors somehow pull off a comedy sure to please young and old viewers alike, provided they have a bit of a quirky sense of humor.
Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) is Commander Peter Quincy Taggart of the NSEA Protector, in the popular 70’s TV show “Galaxy Quest”. He and his crew are doing a reunion tour twenty years later. Nesmith, with his huge ego, plays to the energy of the “Galaxy Quest nerds”, while the rest of the crew thinks of their accomplishment only as a TV series. That all changes when the crew is asked to help out real extraterrestrials in their fight for survival. The only catch is, the aliens have modeled their entire world, and self-beings after the TV series, believing the shows to be historical documents. The crew must now become what they had acted in their show.
“Galaxy Quest” attempts to bring a humor to a Star Trek style movie, including all the superfans, or nerds- who know everything about any episode. There are some funny moments, although they are often few and far between. The movie moves along very slowly and never really goes anywhere. The only humor is Nesmith’s huge ego, paralleled to that of Tim Allen’s character in “Home Improvement”. This film is clean, free of language, with only minor action violence, and is safe for family viewing.