Galaxy Quest is about a group of actors who starred in a very popular science fiction television series of the same name. After appearing at a convention, the team gets whisked away by a race of aliens who insist that they need the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector to save what is left of their people.
But the Galaxy Quest screenwriters take the plot beyond a winking criticism of cult celebrity, its incorrigible fandom, and the most egregious of science fiction clichés. Out in the far reaches of space without scripts, crews, directors, or any technical skills whatsoever, this team of actors is forced to resolve a violent conflict between two alien races by overcoming its own shortcomings – or, in some cases, by embracing them. Instead of a snide commentary on fan culture, the film stays teasingly enthusiastic about science fiction geeks and the objects (and actors) of their ardor.
This is an adventure film that was clearly made with sci-fi fans in mind. That is not to say that if you aren’t a science fiction aficionado you can’t enjoy it; but, having the background information—and a working knowledge of Star Trek: The Original Series—will only enhance your viewing experience. Either way, by Grabthar’s hammer, you shan’t be disappointed.
Available on Netflix. (photo pulled through a black hole from geek.com)