Review

GALAXY QUEST review

Published at: Dec. 19, 1999, 1:14 a.m. CST by headgeek

I probably shouldn’t be doing this. It’s exposing my hand to Ebert, and on Tuesday I’m supposed to discuss this film with him.... By writing this, I’m exposing my thoughts to him. Allowing him to work out a plan of attack (if he didn’t like it, and he better have liked it or I’ll kick his ass) in disecting me.

But ya know what? Frankly, I don’t care. This is the sort of film that I love. Science Fiction. Geeky as all hell. Damn fine effects. Cool monsters. Groovy space vistas. Making out with an alien chick. Stupid dangerous things. Rock monsters. Ya know. I just love this stuff.

Growing up, I’ve watched everything from STAR TREK to OUTER LIMITS to BATTLESTAR GALACTICA to SPACE 1999 to LOST IN SPACE to BABYLON 5 to... well... you get the idea. Hell, I’ve even been a gigantic fan of stuff like AUTOMAN and THE FLASH and M.A.N.T.I.S. and MISFITS OF SCIENCE and ISIS and HERCULES and KNIGHT RIDER and THUNDERBIRDS and THE PRISONER and so on.

I’ve been a part of the Sci Fi Convention circuit, since an infant. Having all the conversations.

“AMOK TIME is soooo much better than TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES!”

“No way man”

“Yes way, TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES is just a stupid Brady Bunch episode with multiplying rabbits and the neighborhood bully, whereas AMOK TIME... Spock has a serious hormonal deep seeded erection that he’ll kill to satisfy!”

“Dude, TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES was a deep episode man. At it’s heart it was a story about how the United States and the Soviet Union manipulate third world nations into over-population to create international incidents to keep their military industrial complexes at mass production.”

“You are on crack.”

“Uh uh, you are...”

I’ve sold blueprints to the BIRD OF PREY to the ENTERPRISE to DISCOVERY ONE to the FALCON and on and on. Actual size posters of Spock, Kirk and McCoy on the ol beaming pads.

And while some look at fandom with a slackjawed stare of horror, and wonder about how these people come about and what on earth they do with their lives. And think that they are a bunch of losers. And I have met these people.

Me? Well... I look at Science Fiction and Fantasy fans, of which I am one, and what I see are people who can still dream. They haven’t lost that yet. The world hasn’t beaten their imaginations quite yet.

They watched STAR TREK, admired the hell out of SPOCK and entered into science programs. They work at NASA or have helped to create all of this computer technology.

These Global Tracker thingees and Cellular devices... You can be in the middle of Death Valley and Mom can call ya. You could never be lost again.

Now this film isn’t the be all end all of geek culture. But damn if it isn’t a whole lot of fun.

Originally the script really seemed to be taking potshots at ‘fanboys and fangirls’, but in the film... watching it come to life.

Well... If you’ve ever been to an X-FILES convention, and watched the gaggle of gals that enthused endlessly about how Mulder is soooo in love with Scully, and they are gonna get it on, they just knoooooow it.

And then there are the girls that are like, no way, it’s just a platonic thing. They are professional. Mulder is a psycho loser... Scully deserves better than that.

And then there is that dude that walks up and says something along the lines of, “Scully is a dyke tease. Mulder is my man though, that Bambi chick that measures cockroach penises is the gal for him. She was hot with a capitol H!”

When watching the film, and the ‘background’ for the fictional fandom of GALAXY QUEST, which is... for all intents and purposes, STAR TREK... well I feel they nailed fandom quite a bit. There’s that freakshow side of it, the dissing cynical side, the oh so happy side and ya know... I thought they really respected not only the fan side, but the show side as well.

Tim Allen/William Shatner... Now sure, he isn’t playing William Shatner... but wink wink, he’s playing William Shatner. The character is played with a bit of that faux arrogance that we see in Shatner at conventions... The ‘pat answers’ to typical fanboy questions. The whole, ‘Hey baby, wanna ride the captain’ type of thing. But at the same time, he can’t help but face the reality that his life has become about conventions and mall openings and living on past glories.

Alan Rickman/Leonard Nimoy.... Wow. I’ve been a fan of Rickman for quite some time, and he is so dead on perfect for the ‘respectable actor’ that has been ‘diminished and marginalized’ by becoming typecast as this stupid ALIEN SIDEKICK! Do you remember the whole, “I AM NOT SPOCK” period with Nimoy. Where he became indignant and angry? The same sort of thing has happened in the past with folks like LON CHANEY JR, where you had this great actor... who just could not escape his name.

Sigourney Weaver/Typical Cleavage Space Queen... Oh... be it Jerri Ryan or Denise Crosby or Troi or on an on... there is always this character. The female crew member that always exposes tons of cleavage, whose show duties consist of stating the plainly obvious.

Tony Shalhoub/Supporting Cast Member.... he’s the Scotty or Sulu or Chekov or Geordi type. And I LOVE Shalhoub in this film. He’s the only crew member that really really just completely accepts everything that he sees on the journey. And it’s... well I don’t want to spoil it, but man... I’m happy at how this winds up.

Sam Rockwell/Red Shirt.... HILARIOUS! For me, watching ol Rockwell become paranoid as hell at the fact that he is the ‘expendable crew member’... Well... it’s beautiful. It’s sort of like when Randy believes he’s the comedy sidekick that dies in SCREAM... but I don’t know... I just loved the neurosis he puts his character through.

Then there is the damn WESLEY CRUSHER of the show... Daryl Mitchell.... he’s the genius kid from the show that piloted the ship, but is now grown up and a bit embarrased about the whole... when I was a kid on the show type of thing.

In a lot of ways, the film reminds me of THE LAST STARFIGHTER. A film that I love, that I think a lot of people seem to rail against, but in a lot of ways... that’s just the way the film is.

By the time you get through this movie though, I think... at least I know I felt... that this film worked even better.

And the particularly scary part of this film is this...

GALAXY QUEST is supposed to be a take off on the whole ‘STAR TREK’ thing. A ‘ha ha’ type of thing. But as I watched the film, I felt that the people making this movie had more respect for the material than the STAR TREK folks have in ages.

These characters have more soul, the situations they end up in have more poignancy, the space battles have more fear. Overall this is a better STAR TREK movie than any STAR TREK movie I’ve seen in a very long time. The aliens were not just nose appliances and forehead wrinkles.

And the score... David Newman does a real honest to goodness bangup job here. It felt so... vintagely cool. My first question upon exiting the theater was... ‘Who did the score?’ It’s wonderful.

Also, while I love the Westmore family’s work on Star Trek... Having Stan Winston actually working in this medium... well it was a blast.

The film also felt more lavishly produced than the STAR TREK movies, which it always seems are being treated like the redheaded step child left out in the shed.

This is a film that’s sole purpose is to have a lot of fun.

I was really concerned that the movie wasn’t going to live up to the supremely cool promotional campaign for the movie. Dreamworks has, from the beginning, been treating this AS IF Galaxy Quest had been a real... successful show from 1978 or so. And ya know what? That’s pretty cool. From the gum cards to the vintage ‘Burger King’ style painted glasses to the bouncy flashy balls... GALAXY QUEST’s promo people have done a bangup job, BUT...

There is a general rule in this game which is, “The cooler the shit, the shittier the film is.” Well... That’s not the case here.

Go to have fun. Expect it to suck, believe Harry is a bloated sellout (copyright THE WARRIOR 1999) and that the film is a waste. But you’ll be surprised. I was.

What this film boils down to for me is this. I believe that the folks that made this have been staring at the STAR TREK franchise wondering why they can’t seem to make a good one. Started looking at it from an outside of PARAMOUNT point of view... and just nailed the concept.

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  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Harry...

    by not_a_jedi_yet

    ...I hope and pray you're right about this. I need this film. Fandom needs this film. I hope it kicks ass.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Harry,

    by CreatureEffect

    Harry, which film do you think is better and why:Arlington Road or Grosse Point blanke? I know i know, the films have nothing in common but i gotta know. Thanks!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:32 a.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest

    by Rebel Scum

    As usual, you've nailed it right on the badly made-up turtle head Harry. GQ is what it's supposed to be, a fun movie. Can't wait to see it after Christmas. Happy Holidays to one and all!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:48 a.m. CST

    Little Sci-Fi quote

    by Darqfeonix

    Thought you might like this quote Harry, it's one of my favorites. It's by James Morrow, the author of Towing Jehova (that's a book people): "What's remarkable about science fiction is that it's literature at it's best. It doesn't exist because high schools require students to read it, or because grants are given out for it to be created, or because colleges have embedded it in their curriculum. It exists because it speaks to people, but in a non-trivial way. It's entertaining, but it can also be artistic."

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:58 a.m. CST

    That Was A Hell Of A Thing

    by Anton_Sirius

    Yippee, I'm all a-tingle. If you haven't yet, check out the 'fansite' for the original show: galaxyquest.com/galaxyquest. I don't normally shill for sites but that one is truly wacky.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 2:02 a.m. CST

    Hey, the concept worked with The Three Amigos...

    by goatb0y

    You know why this movie will be successful? Because even (the many) bad Star Trek movies still get support from their loyal audiences. The spectrum of people that this movie will attract is also broader than just Star Trek die-hards. Just looking at the trailers, one can detect the originality involved in this picture, even if it is a recycled format that we saw from the eighties.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 2:16 a.m. CST

    Why GALAXY QUEST will bomb

    by Lester Diamond

    This looks really good. I actually am looking forward to seeing it. But there are about 59 other movies opening on Christmas day that I want to see more. No matter how good this is, it will probably die at the box office. Why December 25th, Dreamworks? Was CRAP ON HAUNTED HILL the last time sell-out didn't like a movie? Just kidding. It's okay, Harry. This is the time of year when they're all good. I understand.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 2:55 a.m. CST

    Someone was actually paid to do that website...

    by All Thumbs

    Someone actually surfed the 'net to find the best/worst examples of personal homepages and built one from scratch -- from the blinking text to the Guestworld Guest Book to the miles of scrolling you have to do before you get to the stuff you're most likely looking for other than that guy's employee of the month award. And you know what? The guy who did it got paid a ton of money to do a "crappy job" while most of us could have done it for free. ; ) Excellent site and great idea to promote the movie. Four stars. I hope the movie is just as good.***SSZero...Jonathan Brandis??? That has to be a rumor, right? A misprint? Jonathan Brandis....ahhh...I remember when he was on SeaQuest. I used to have a major, major crush on him. USED TO. I saw him in a movie a while back and he looked kinda icky and I'm not sure if that was the character or him. I can see him as Anakin, for some reason, though. Not playing him best, but I can see him.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 3:06 a.m. CST

    guilty pleasure

    by pennylane

    Thanks, Harry. As always, your enthusiasm is infectious, and I am eager to see this film. But it's also great to know at least someone else on this green earth enjoys "The Last Starfighter" as much as I do. What a joyful romp that flick is. You've got to appreciate a movie that casts Robert Preston as a conman mentor who's Obiwan Kenobi by way of the "The Music Man." Anyhow, if "Galaxy Quest" riffs on Star Trek the way TLS riffed on "Star Wars," I and whoever I can drag with me is definitely in for a treat after Christmas. Thanks and happy holidays.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 3:43 a.m. CST

    William Shatner should've been in this movie.

    by Darth Siskel

    I can't wait to see this, it looks better than the last 2 trek movies, but I don't really like Tim Allen. They really should've gotten William Shatner to play the Captain. That would've been classic!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 3:46 a.m. CST

    Me, me, damn it! It's all about me!

    by Cronksty

    Cronksty is here, have no fear (that fucking rhymes...believe it). It's funny, I do my fair share of talk backin, yet I always seem to miss the so called "talk back wars." What the hell? I want a war, damn it! And now, I shall end with my deep thought. "Why do people stick their fingers in the ass cracks, smell, say 'GROSS,' then sniff again?" -Mark Hamill

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 4:15 a.m. CST

    I hope this film is good....

    by Pathogen

    I don't know what to think, this movie has an interesting premise but how Tim Allen pulls off this Kirk-eske role leaves me wondering. He could be very good, but I hope to hell that he doesn't resort to his Home Improvement style of Character. Damn, it Jim!!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Shatner

    by JetAlone

    Shatner was *already* in a film that poked affectionate fun at Trekkers. It's called Free Enterprise. I hate to sound like a shill, but...look for it on video and DVD!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 5:29 a.m. CST

    I saw Galaxy Quest last week

    by Macey

    I actually saw the movie last week at a screening in Hollywood. I love sci-fi, but have to admit that I didn't think much of this film walking into the theater. It looked as though it was going to be cheesy. MAN... was I WRONG! I have to agree with Harry. This film worked on every level, without going too far over into cornball territory. It knew just when to pull back. I haven't enjoyed a movie this much since the Matrix. It's just fun. Only I wish Harry wouldn't compare it to "The Last Starfighter." He's doing it an injustice. Now, that film was corny, and I think it was meant to be. The film was targeted to kids, one of which I was, when it came out. But "Galaxy Quest" is meant for both kids and adults. This is a film that Star Trek could really learn from, but of course, we know that won't happen since Berman can't pull his ego out of his ass long enough to take a breath of fresh creativity. Funny enough, this probably would have made a fun last installment in the film franchise for the original Star Trek crew (a la Wes Craven's New Nightmare -- though there will probably be another one of those). It would have cleaned up at the box office and would have been great to see. William Shatner actually having to overcome his conflicts with his co-stars on screen and play Kirk for real, in order to save the universe. Now that would have been funny. But I'll take "Galaxy Quest" in its place. Well, since Harry did a good enough job covering the plot of the film, I won't get into it. Plus, I don't want to give away any spoilers. I just wanted to say that I agree with Harry and that it is a very good film. Well worth the eight bucks. I plan on seeing it again when it comes out. Oh, one more thing. I would also like to agree with the other guy above me in the talkback section. A very good film to see that also deals with self parody is "Free Enterprise." You have to get the DVD with all the extras. Think of it as Swingers, but with William Shatner. He's playing a parody of himself. It's a very funny indepenent film. Well, that is all.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Fanboys Stand Firm!

    by Teethclenched

    Of course we will all flock to this film, sit there with one hand in our popcorn and one hand in our pocket. We will do this because Sigourney Weaver looks sexier in this movie than at any time since she was possessed by Zuul, what with the blonde wig and those eyes and those, um, urk-- NOTHING, MA! NOT DOING NOTHING!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 7:57 a.m. CST

    TOOL "overrated"???

    by goatb0y

    Ha, that's laughable. If there were any band left on this planet that possessed even a shred of authentic creativity and sheer talent --wait a minute, this is no longer a hypothetical situation... It's just a shame that it's always the simpleton loudmouths that try to gain elite recognition by emulating people like Maynard. Irony at its most repugnant. To stay on topic, THE LAST STAR FIGHTER was a movie that no child of the eighties should have been without... "No! Don't touch that! That's DEATH BLOSSOM!"

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 8:47 a.m. CST

    last starfighter

    by zaphodjr

    this movie was the epitome of an 80's kid's wildest dreams - playing a video game well enough to get snagged by aliens to play for real? c'mon - we ALL wanted it to happen. beats the hell out of trying to pull a sword out of a rock...

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Last Starfighter kicked some major ass!!!

    by Alfred Hitchcock

    Man, I don't know who the hell has been beating up The Last Starfighther. Also, Nick Castle directed TLS, but what was the other movie he directed?

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Woohoo! Won free passes to this!

    by Nordling

    I'll be seeing this Tuesday night, and I'm glad Harry gave it a good review. If it's all he says it is, I'll have a ball. Although Star Trek Indigestion sucked, I'm still a fan, and I like the idea of poking an affectionate nod at the Franchise. Anybody out there see Trekkies? Funny shit. "I think our Star Trek party was a big success this year. This year a girl came..."

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary Special on SCIFI

    by LeeW

    To get yourself ready for the movie, catch the "Galaxy Quest 20th Annversary Special" on SciFi this week. It's at 11 pm ET / 8 pm PT tonight (Sunday), Monday and Wednesday on SciFi. It's done as if the series did exist, with the real actors being interviewed as their actor characters in the movie. I don't know how much this was reused from the actual movie (got passes for a preview screening Monday night in Phoenix), but it works much better than any retrospective show that Paramount has produced. And as mentioned in another post, check out the "Fan" site at www.galaxyquest.com/galaxyquest . If you come across any of the posters with the form for sending in to the Galaxy Quest fan club, you'll get a membership card and B&W 8x10's of the three main characters, autographed by the characters (I'm assumiung they didn't really have Allen, Weaver and Rickman sit down and autograph photos in character).

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Waiting for the Harry Review...

    by smilin'jackruby

    ...before deciding if I would check this out or not. There's a lot of pics I'm seeing this week and I wasn't sure I was going to add "Galaxy Quest" to the list, despite the glare Alan Rickman gives a fanboy in the trailer that just resonated with that Nimoy attitude of years gone by. I, generally, dislike Tim Allen, but think he's just about as close to William Shatner as you can get for this role. Concerning "Free Enterprise," it's a damn funny, sometimes awkward, but good film. I enjoyed it and recommend it to everybody and LOVE that my favorite Valley bookstore, Iliad, got a plug out of it. Hell, I was there yesterday buying H.G. Wells' "Experiments in Autobiography." Everyone in L.A. should check it out.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest review

    by Writebrother

    I sent this in a couple of weeks ago, but it was never posted so here it is again. As much as I'd love to engage Harry in a big debate, I agree with him. See below: GALAXY QUEST - NO SPOILERS There have been any number of parodies of Star Trek and Star Trek fans, but none quite so loving - and therefore so touching and sweet as well as funny - as Galaxy Quest. This is not a hard-hitting satirical look at the Star Trek phenomenon, but a loving tribute to all Star Trek fans and science fiction fans in general. The theme of the movie - yes, it has a theme - is about not disappointing those who believe in you, no matter how misplaced that belief might be. It's about rising to the occasion, even if that occasion is way, way above your head. If I were to compare it to anything, it'd be the hilarious Robert Sheckley novel THE GAME OF X - in that book, an ordinary guy is asked to play the role of a secret agent for one small encounter - but winds up having to play out the entire adventure using what he's learned from secret agent books and movies. Forced to live up to a fake dossier listing skills he does not possess, the ordinary guy manages to fake the spy persona long enough to take out the bad guys - and make the people who set him up in the first place question whether they'd misjudged him from the start. The "action" plot twists are very clever, although it's clear from the beginning what kind of "growth moments" will happen to each of the ensemble cast. But seeing those moments coming doesn't matter since Galaxy Quest makes you long to see them happen, and satisfies you when they do. Final Analysis: Funny, sweet, touching, and true to the "heart" of Star Trek, Star Wars and pulp science fiction in general. Take the kids, take grandma, take the dog. They'll all have a great time. Note: The preview I saw had unpolished SFX, but it was pretty good even at this stage, and the SFX were excellently integrated into the storyline.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Promising trailer

    by Pomona88

    Tim Allen does suck, but he looks well suited for this flick. I'm planning on seeing it unless it starts getting bad word of mouth. I'm surprised no one has commented yet, but AMOK TIME had it all over TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 2:30 p.m. CST

    Alan Rickman, incidentally

    by JetAlone

    One thing I forgot to mention...I LOVE ALAN RICKMAN! He is the man. In fact, he was one of the best things about Dogma. I also love the bit in the Galaxy Quest trailer that someone mentioned, where he gives the evil eye to some fanboy. It's priceless.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Is Harry going to be on "Roger Ebert at the movies"?

    by EL Duderino

    Well is he? I've never seen any photos of him, and that stupid characterization on the top left side of this screen that keeps winking is the closest to what he actually looks like. All I know is that he's supposedly really fat.

  • The great Lon Chaney Sr. was underrated due to his association with horror movies. Lon Chaney Jr., while fun to watch, was a classic over-acter like William Shatner, and was hardly underrated.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Listen to this...

    by EvieLovie

    I think that this movie is best summed up as a succesfull cross between Star Trek and The Three Amigos. Who feels the same way??

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 3:46 p.m. CST

    HEY WARRIOR!

    by moto

    No one gives a shit!

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Hey Reverend Maynard

    by Silent_Boba

    How about a little consistency? In one post you're bitching about the posters who shit on everybody else's opinions... and in your post previous to that you told us all to fuck ourselves if we don't agree with your opinions! Get a grip... and not on your dick, I'm sure you have that little booger well in hand all the time. You want respect, you gotta give some first. Oh, and by the way, Tim Allen is a pretty cool motherfucker... check out some of his stand-up, before ABC started dumbing down his persona.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 4:51 p.m. CST

    AUTOMAN & Why Ramis Didn't Direct

    by mrbeaks

    Geez, I think you and I were the only two people who actually watched that show, Harry. It's pathetic how us sci-fi/fantasy fans will latch onto anything. As for why Ramis opted out of this project..... he was apparently not happy with the casting of Tim Allen. At the time, I couldn't blame him, but it looks like the casting might've worked after all. I'll be there next weekend to find out.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I've got a bad feeling about this...

    by acebandage

    The reason Harold Ramis did not direct this one was because the damned studios forced Tim Allen down his throat. Harold Ramis felt he was so wrong for the part that he left the project completely, and I tend to agree with him. Originally, I had higher hopes for this film, even though it was just a rip-off of "the Adventures of Captain Zoom". I still wanted to see what they did with that premise. Then I heard about the casting and I loved it, well, most of it. Sigorney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shaloub...they were all great. Then there was Tim Allen. I can't stand that no talent hack. I don't like his stand up. I don't like his lame ass show and I don't want to see him in Galaxy Quest. I would much rather have seen Shatner in the role as the Captain or even Adam West as the washed-up, typecast actor who's career is limited to mall openings and conventions. If word of mouth is good enough, maybe I will rent this one to see the other actors and fast forward through the insufferable Tim Allen.

  • Dec. 19, 1999, 6:43 p.m. CST

    What about Manimal?

    by Veidt

    Among early '80s sci-fi/action shows, Automan was pretty cool but the real deal was the equally short-lived series Manimal. This one featured a police consultant who had the secret ability to change his form into a panther and a bird whenever the situation demanded it. The transformation FX were done by Stan Winston and were pretty good by TV standards - especially for the time. As a Glen Larson production, it was as cheesy as you'd imagine but alot of fun. Larson must've really liked the character as he revived him recently as a guest-character on an episode of his latest (and again, short-lived) series Nightman. The character's history was kept intact and the episode (titled - what else? - "Manimal")even featured flashbacks to the original series.

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Wow, Harry, that's AMAZING!!!

    by keeper

    You wrote all THAT when you could have just said it was a funny as h-e-l-l spoof of the Trekkie fandom phenomenon!!! Baaahh... who cares! If I hadn't gotten used to your unique bloated brand of writing I would have skipped out of this place a looooong time ago. BUT I better be rolling on the floor with laughter or I'm definitely not going to be a happy camper after bucking up some cash to see this thing!! As for THE LAST STARFIGHTER, man does that bring back some memories - I'm going to go pop my tape of the TRANSFORMERS movie and relive some good old 80's entertainment. I don't know whether to cringe or jump for joy?

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 2:03 a.m. CST

    about giant rock monsters and the real Maynard...

    by Elgyn6655321

    I`m looking forward to this movie (I`m glad I`m hearing good things about it), and about that giant rock monster they show in the previews....THAT was the sort of thing we should`ve seen in "Phantom Menace", not wisecracking amphipian rasta creatures that step in piles of alien doodoo! And for the record, TOOL is NOT overrated (save those remarks for Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit) and TOOL does NOT mutilate cattle.

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 3:02 a.m. CST

    Ya know what? I'm there.

    by Sith Lord Jesus

    I'm just *there.* Because this sounds like pure, unadulterated fun, like Toy Story II. Sometimes at a movie ya just wanna kick back and groove, and this sounds like that kind of a flick.

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Speaking of Ebert...

    by r_dimitri22

    I love the way he slipped in the praise for Magnolia at the end of this week's show. Usually he stresses the movies that he and the guest critic agreed were good, but that lady deserved to have her authority undermined. P.T. Anderson rules!

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Hey, Harry.....

    by mrbeaks

    If it came down to an Indian Leg Wrestling match, who would win..... you or Ebert? And would you be willing to pursue such a contest should Rog find GALAXY QUEST to be equivalent to, say, STORY OF US, which he hated? I must know these things.

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Speaking of The Last Starfighter...

    by LestatdLioncourt

    ....thanks for the reference, Harry. I remember seeing this in the theaters when it came out. This was when video arcades were still big time. One of the things I really loved about it was that it tried SO hard to be a Spielberg/Lucas type of film. From the score to the cinematography, etc., this film looked like someone had taken bits and pieces of various quality movies and cobbled them into a really enjoyable film. I was jazzed when I found it on DVD and will be watching it again soon. But, to get back to the REAL subject, not before I see Galaxy Quest. Just from the trailers alone, I can see where Harry's coming from on all of the little touches that will, hopefully, make this as much fun as I think it will be. Then again, as any vampire will tell you, it could suck. I don't think it will.

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Can't wait to see this movie....

    by ColdSun

    Thanks Harry - good review. I am going to take my kids on XMAS day. It is kinda a family tradition to go see movies all day on XMAS after the morning celebration. To The Warrior: I would have banned your ass a long time ago. At least you are back in again. I don't think I am the only one to feel that your dumbass sell-out message about Harry has gotten old. Why don't you find something new to whine about? No one cares really. To everyone else - Merry Xmas! ColdSun

  • Dec. 20, 1999, 4 p.m. CST

    Come on, Harry...

    by Bitterman

    What? A movie review that doesn't contain the phrase "Best movie of the year" from Harry! I need your help, Harry - The Vegas over/under for "number of movies Harry will declare are the best of the year" was 15, and I took the over. We are stuck on 13 "Best movies of the year" right now, and we are running out of time! If I send you some 'Galaxy Quest' action figures, will you put out a v2.0 review, or do you only revise your reviews when the studio sends you merchandise?

  • Dec. 21, 1999, 11:20 a.m. CST

    This looked good from day 1.

    by dennis

    Now, Tim Allen DOES suck. But, what better way to cast the guy than as a washed-up, ego-inflated TV star? The only problem is that if this film makes huge grosses (which it will, even if Ripley is 100x better, it will beat it) Tim Allen will be considered a part of that. Then, we will have to endure the studios loading all sorts of $hitfest comedies starring Tim Allen onto us. Alan Rickman is incredibly funny, Tony Shaloub is wonderful and so is Sigourney Weaver. That's the genius of this film, surrounding an average actor by great actors.

  • Dec. 21, 1999, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Hehehehehe

    by TrainSpotter

    Screw ThunderBirds, ThunderCats was the shit!!

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 12:52 a.m. CST

    "Galaxy Quest": "Mystery Men" for Star Trek

    by Mike Powers

    While I haven't seen the movie yet, what blurbs I've heard are making me expect that GQ'll be like MM: while the script and the advertising set it up as a parody of the genre, it was made by a group that's really just poking fun at something that it truly enjoys, and that attitude shows.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 2:05 a.m. CST

    harry on conan

    by benp18

    harry, i was watchin conan o'brian and that guy from galaxy quest mentioned you and said something about you saying it was the best movie of all time...pretty funny

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Misfits of Science

    by kato

    Damn, I loved that show. Though I'm sure Courtney Cox would rather forget it..... --Kato.

  • Dec. 22, 1999, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Actually... there was a ST story like GalaxyQuest

    by Beej-Martin

    From waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the 80's when "New Voyages" was printed - yah, that one where the first ST fanfic was printed professionally. There was a story called "Visit to a Weird Planet" where Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley are transported to the REAL Enterprise and have to "fake" it to get through a ST plot crisis. Scotty ends up aiding and abetting them through the charade and then Spock gets them switched back. It was the first thing I thought of when I saw the GalaxyQuest promo... and it should be a fun ride!!! Let's enjoy it!

  • Dec. 23, 1999, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Harry is exactly right

    by RoryO

    Harry said the exact same thing I said after seeing Galaxy Quest tuesday (thanks to TheForce.net). "It was better than some of the ST movies"!

  • Dec. 26, 1999, 2:59 p.m. CST

    It was very cool!

    by Marauder62

    Hey, I thought GQ was very cool! It's not a "serious" flick, it's just a whole lot of fun! Yes, it's a defintite Star Trek spoof. But so what! I'm a big Trek fan, and I thought it was just hilarious.

  • Dec. 27, 1999, 4:14 p.m. CST

    this movie was so lame!!!! harry is an idiot!!

    by EyesWideShut

    I love Star Trek. Hell even Resurrection was alright......but I love Star Trek...not Babylon 5 or Farscape. So I don't enjoy seeing the supposed crew of the Protector doing these things. I don't know them and I don't care to. Seeing Shatner and Co. do this shit would have been a lot funnier. As is this movie is lame The drama in this movie was intolerable. Tim Allen in the bathroom stall at the con? Are they even kidding me? Is this supposed to be acting? I have never seen something so pitifully funny in my entire life. Alan Rickman was annoying---his voice really got to me. Sigourney Weaver also sucked. And don't even try telling me I missed the point of the film---this movie is lame ass tripe. The only redeeming quality was the effects and creatures. Very creative and imaginative even if Sarris is a reworked image of an ant from "ANTZ." This shit was just not funny or smart. There were some good scenes but you really can wait for video on this one. All the "dramatic" scenes reaked like month old fish. I hate when comedies do that shit. But of course all of you love drama like this and probably don't even understand what I am talking about anyway. Oh well!

  • Dec. 27, 1999, 8:02 p.m. CST

    This is a good movie!

    by 60091

    Just saw the movie today and I loved it. My God this movie was alot more entertaining than The Phantom Menace or any Star Trek movie to date. It made me wish that the Star Trek people had done this type of parody first. Now how can the Star Trek people make something to top Galaxy Quest. The Star Trek world needs to be turned upside down and rethought.

  • Dec. 28, 1999, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Live Long and Prosper...

    by morjana

    to the Galaxy Quest crew. Enjoyed the movie. Some good laughs and giggles, but no big belly laughs in this one. Sigourney as a blonde was great. Loved all the jokes in reference to the Star Trek TV Series and the Movies. Having the evil Alien Leader immitate General Chang from ST 6 was inspired.

  • Dec. 28, 1999, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Anyone who actually likes this movie needs help!!!

    by EyesWideShut

    Warrior, you my cerebrally challenged friend, need to shut the fuck up. Hmmmm let's see. If I don't like Star Trek and thought GQ sucked then I am an uninformed idiot who can't get it. Hmmmmmmmmmmm. If I like Star Trek and thought GQ sucked then I am obviously a blind trekkie who can't stand to see his life mocked. Not a terrible position to be in for you morons. Truth is, I never go to conventions or even own anything Star Trek. I love the show on TV and the movies, period. All the same I am more than happy to welcome a smart sci-fi satire that is well done. Not some half baked Pleasantville bullshit with awful humor and even more dreadful attempts at being serious and dramatic with a point to make. PLEASE, ANYONE WHO LIKED THIS FILM, PLEASE....EXPLAIN TO ME THE SCENE IN THE BATHROOM WITH TIM ALLEN WHERE THE KIDS MAKE FUN OF HIM. Can anybody tell me if this is supposed to be good???!?!? I laughed my ass off at that scene---Tim Allen trying to act---what a fucking joke!! Almost as bad as Sandler in Big Daddy when the kid gets taken away. But oh yeah, you idiots probably thought that was great too. Is this movie a comedy or a drama??? Doesn't matter because the jokes are lame ass nonsense my twelve year old brother could make up and the drama was laugh out loud ridiculous----terrible!!! The only redeeming thing about the movie was the production design and Tony Shaloub---who walks around like he knows this movie is a total piece of shit and he has fun with it. As for you geeks, you are so starved for anything creative that you latch on to garbage like this and Babylon 5 and Farshit. This movie was ten times worse than Lost In Space. PLEASE---SOMEONE DEFEND THE DRAMA IN GALAXY QUEST---PLEASE----OR AT LEAST TELL ME IF YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND WHAT I AM REFERRING TO.

  • Dec. 28, 1999, 4:24 p.m. CST

    In the groove w/ Galaxy Quest

    by SciFiFan2

    Harry, before I found this website, I saw you on Ebert, and was amazed at how much you and Ebert agreed on the films, including Galaxy Quest. I saw this movie before the review, and it was spectacular! It's a spoof of Star Trek without all the hokey stuff. Everything you said about Galaxy Quest is right on! Including all the stuff about SciFi. I've seen almost all those shows, too, and they're a lot of fun! I already have a husband, but if I had to choose another soulmate, you'd be at the top of the list! (If you don't mind Amazon women)!

  • Dec. 28, 1999, 9:57 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest

    by Surfsilver

    I went into this movie cold. I'd only seen the trailer and hadn't been exposed to the hype, and frankly was just screwin off from work looking for 90 minutes of diversion. I wasn't expecting much. I was wrong. This is the Star Trek that Star Trek should be. I actually got choked up when Rickman's alien buddy-well you know...and also during Tim Allen's apology scene. I'll be damned-these people were taking this stuff seriously and ACTING. And doing a damn fine job of it. Ummm...one question. When did Sigourney Weaver get boobs? Not that I'm complaining, mind you. But Wonderbra ain't that wonderful.

  • Dec. 29, 1999, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Amok Time ??? Tribbles ???

    by Ed Venture

    Bah, I say! 'A Piece of the Action', now THAT'S an episode! Where else can you see Mel, the cook on Alice, talking to Scotty on the Enterprise? I can't wait to see this movie. Sigourney Weaver... with Boobs??? Forget the rock monster, that is a special effect!

  • Dec. 29, 1999, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Wow!

    by Moreau

  • Dec. 29, 1999, 11 a.m. CST

    Wow! Redux

    by Moreau

    I thought I was the only person who remembered Automan and Isis and a whole bunch of those other shows.

  • Dec. 29, 1999, 3:48 p.m. CST

    unbelievable!!!!

    by EyesWideShut

    You motherfuckers are unbelievable. Not only can't you comprehend the difference between someone who watches Trek and a trekkie you also can't comprehend someone not thinking this movie to be smart or original IN THE LEAST!! Once again, for the cheap seats THIS IS A CHEAP PLEASANTVILLE STYLE REHASH!!! THE JOKES ARE ABOUT AS FRESH AS THE JOKES ON "ACTION" AND ABOUT HALF AS ORIGINAL!! AND THE DRAMA---please people, I can't understand someone saying the dramatic acting by Tim Allen and the alien fuck was actually good. Were you looking at the screen??? I was laughing my ass off at that shit. Is this a comedy or not? And you are seriously going to tell me that Sarris' design wasn't straight out of ANTZ?? C'mon, who is fooling who here. The creatures were imaginative otherwise and Sarris' ship were awesome, but hardly worth the price of admission. My friends laughed at me for going to see this shit and they unfortunately were right

  • Dec. 29, 1999, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Pee before you go or you'll piss your pants!

    by ionotter

    And be sure to bring lots and lots of altoids or mints or something to soothe your throat, you're going to laugh yourself hoarse! I had a severe neck and backache after this movie. I was laughing like a raving maniac! And I was yelling at the screen too! I haven't done that since "Aliens" hit the screen and Sigourney came out of the cargo bay wearing that oh-so-hip-and-stylish loader! WAHOOOOO!!! It just doesn't stop. The laughs, the excitement, the pure unadulterated JOY flows like mead at a Viking feast and is just as intoxicating. You come out of this movie totally STOKED! Aloha Nui Loa, "Galaxy Quest" No Ka Oi! Aiko aiko ho'o'one ke ho'aloha! =========O <==[IonOtter, LogOut]

  • Dec. 30, 1999, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Talkback is right

    by SCOTT1458

    This film is a blast. Saw it last night, and I was a little spoiled by the plot and reviews, but it's incredible. They get EVERYTHING right about the genre, and have a little fun with it at the same time. High Point, the geeky kid leaving Allen and Weaver cause his mom makes him take out the trash. Fantastic.

  • Dec. 30, 1999, 1:47 p.m. CST

    I wish they would create a Last Starfighter sequel...

    by digitaldevil

    I can sit and watch The Last Starfighter over and over again and never get bored. It's a movie like The Princess Bride or Mad Max, you get more enjoyment out of it each time you watch it. I'd love to see what has happened to Alex Rogan after all these years...

  • Dec. 30, 1999, 3:21 p.m. CST

    I am convinced!!

    by EyesWideShut

    I am convinced now of two things. Not a one of you even understand what I mean when referring to drama. And two, there are studio shills here trying to drum up business for this movie. No one can say the movie was so funny that they hardly had a chance to catch their breath. There are so many stretches of drama in this movie that the comedy is swallowed up. And the stuff that actually is funny is not funny enough to be guffaw inducing. This movie is a bomb and no one is seeing it---with good reason. Hell the studio already changed the newspaper ads and the movie ain't a week old. A sure sign of gasping for air. I fucking hate when these studio geeks come here to try and make money for their shit movie.

  • Dec. 30, 1999, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Rocked!

    by Macleod76

    What can I say... the funniest movie I've seen in months! And yes I'm a trekkie, and a fan of a lot of other SciFi, but that only adds to the enjoyment of this film. There's a good mix of both smart and dumb jokes, just enough overacting by Tim Allen at the right spots, and a great performance by Rickman. I think the only people who are going to hate this film are the same people who hated the Shatner sketch on Saturday Night Live where he ripped on the trekkies at the convention (one of the better SNL sketches IMO). This film is campy, cheezy, and everything it should be - good entertainment, nothing more.

  • Dec. 30, 1999, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Scary dude

    by 60091

    Hey! EYESWIDESHUT...THE FUCK UP! You are one hell of a hyper critical piece of shit. Lighten up.

  • Dec. 31, 1999, 4:44 a.m. CST

    At first I thought I would keep my mouth shut, but...

    by TheLoveCat

    Honestly, tell me; Is there anyone around here who actually listens to what Eyes Wide Shut has to say? So he didn't like the film, I think we all understand that now due to his number of excessively profane posts. He would like to have someone explain the drama in this movie too him, would he? How about this: lets, for the sake of this argument, pretend that this movie did in fact star the original cast of Star Trek, as EWS has so suggested. In every ST movie there have been comedic elements to go along with the dramatic. Actually in the case of ST IV it was more like some dramatic elements to accompany the comedic. If they had made this movie with the original cast we would have had the same scene in the bathrooom with the two kids saying something like "Can you believe what a bloated gasbag Shatner is these days?" "Yeah it's so pathetic that he even acknowledges that he played Kirk. He should be like Tim Curry is with Rocky Horror." "Don't even get me started on those ridiculous TekWar books. If those aren't ghost-written I'll eat my left foot. He couldn't write his way out of a wet paper bag!" (At this point Shatner realizes how sad and pathetic his life really is and he tries to drown himself in the toilet). The point I am trying to make is that this movie is not just a comedy (although it is very sucessful at it). It is, in fact just as real and just as poignant any of the ST movies, and a damn sight better than most of them (some of you may disagree with me here, and that's OK). The scene with Dr. Lazarus and his alien prot

  • Dec. 31, 1999, 5:27 a.m. CST

    And now for my rant

    by TheLoveCat

    EWS, I resent your direct accusation that the talkbacks are populated with nothing more than studio shills. Just because you do not like a movie and other people do does not mean that they are paid to say so. Further more, and I am going to say this bluntly, you do not "get" this movie. This does not mean that you do not understand it, it simply means that whatever part of your brain processes humor and drama are broken. I too have seen all of the ST episodes, both old and new, plus all of the movies, and I still enjoy some of them (shows and movies). I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you probably hated ST IV didn't you? Let me know if I am wrong. I'm guessing that you cannot say the same of Babylon 5 can you? Don't knock something unless you know what the hell you are talking about, and if you haven't seen most or all of the episodes of B5, you don't have the right to say the show "sucks". Also, please list some movies that you think were funny or were good comedies (and no, sorry, the "Faces of Death" series does not count). In response to your statement that "No one can say the movie was so funny that they hardly had a chance to catch their breath" you are simply wrong. I will freely admit to laughing so hard at this movie I nearly wept. <sarcasm> Actually, the dramatic sequences you so unconvincingly railed against did give me a few moments to breathe, so I guess you are sort of right.</sarcasm> One of my main objections to you is that it seems you can't reasonably explain what you mean without resorting to meaningless attacks on completely unrelated TV shows that have absolutely no bearing on the point you are trying to make. Another thing is your use of foul language. I am not a prude, I use these same words in everyday speech, however you (and some other people) should learn that a much more effective point is made when you are not reduced to calling other people "motherfuckers" and other various and sundry terms. Learn how to write persuasively! I recommend Strunk and White's "Elements of Style" if you would like to learn more points of effective written communication. If you can respond to either of my two posts without name-calling, profanity or BS, I will be duly impressed.

  • Dec. 31, 1999, 5:34 a.m. CST

    oops

    by TheLoveCat

    The part about B5 was supposed to come right after the part about my having seen all the ST episodes and before the ST IV bit. sorry about that, it's rather late and I'm getting tired.

  • Jan. 1, 2000, 10:40 a.m. CST

    silicone Ripley?

    by Surfsilver

    not to belabor a point and be accused of sexism here, but I'd be interested to see if Weaver has had an actual boob job. The comment regarding "falsies" would make sense if she hadn't been so how shall we say, "exposed" in several scenes. I realize that they could have been prosthetic, but someone sure went to a lot of trouble if they were. And I was surprised at how nice Ms.Weaver looks as a blonde. And irregardless of other's opinions I loved this film. The perfect parody/homage.

  • Jan. 1, 2000, 11:44 p.m. CST

    *WHERE* the *HELL* is the *SOUNDTRACK*

    by desslok

    You know, I went into this movie with lower expectations. I didnt really know anything about it, and thought it was going to be kind of sad and cheesy. Some two hours later, I've realised that GQ has everything going for it that Star Trek has been suffering from lack for for YEARS now. The movie has a sense of. . . fun about it - that spark that seems to constantly eludes Trek. And the fanboy elements were helluva funny, too. :)-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The meat of the question is: Where the heck is the score to this thing? The music ROCKED bug time - I must have it. But Amazon, Tower, all the local music stores - none of them have it, or have it listed - or even know a release date! In this day and age where EVERY movie gets the score released (Six String Samurai played in what - three theaters in the nation), where is the GQ score?

  • Jan. 2, 2000, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Finally! Kindness for fans!

    by Mela

    It's great to see a film that was actually nice to Sci-Fi fandom. No matter what angle TV or movies intend to show fans in, it's always negative in the end. Galaxy Quest was the first I've seen that's treated us with a little kindness & acknowledged our faith in imagination.

  • Jan. 2, 2000, 11:07 p.m. CST

    What did you expect?!?!

    by EyesWideShut

    What can I say TheLoveCat??? I think you actually believe what you wrote, as incredible as that may seem. You see, I have trouble understanding how a human being could like this tripe, much less laud it as the next coming in sci-fi. Once again, the jokes were so unoriginal and old my twelve year old brother could have written them. If you think those jokes are smart in any way you truly do need some help. You see, to borrow a line from eXistenZ---we're programmed to expect so little, but the possibilities....---you LoveCat, have been programmed, you actually have such base expectations that they can't help but be exceeded by movies such as Galaxy Quest. And yes, studio shills post here---please pretend they do not if it helps you. Star Trek IV was good, VI was better. The Shatner skit was 10 times funnier than all of GQ. And the drama--it is pointless and frustrating to teach calculus to a monkey. So why would I still want to teach you? Funny movies--there are lots--feel free to make fun of them. Naked Gun, Dr. Strangelove, Mallrats, Airplane, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Fight Club, Con Air. Have fun.

  • Jan. 3, 2000, 12:20 a.m. CST

    Quit your bitchin!!!

    by mrpink

    Why can't you people just go to the movie and have a good time. If you didn't like it so what!! I don't see how anyone could not like this flick...it rules. So what if its corny or whatever, we had a blast!!

  • Jan. 3, 2000, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Garrison Keillor and Galaxy Quest

    by beversmr

    To riff on GQ's respect for that which it mocks: I think one of the better forms of humor is the kind that loves what it is making fun of. Garrison Keillor's work (Lake Wobegone Days) is like this. As many darts are thrown at the small-mindedness, the banality and the stupidity of small town life in Minnesota, there is a deep love for those stupid mundane folks whose lives can contain a surprsing amount of subtlety and those special moments of clarity. GC is a bit fluffy for all of that, but the similarity is there. BTW, favorite sceen was the one in which they were all in shock after being transported. Mike

  • Jan. 3, 2000, 6:49 p.m. CST

    THIS MOVIE IS A BOMB

    by EyesWideShut

    wow 27 million in nine days!!!!?!?!?! Break out the scripts for the sequel!!!!! What a fucking moron. This movie is a dismal failure at the box office. Only geeks like you are going to see it--y'know--the geek who is so insecure he is scared to not not like this movie for fear of what the other geeks would say.

  • Jan. 4, 2000, 3:25 a.m. CST

    Well, I am impressed

    by TheLoveCat

  • Jan. 4, 2000, 4:01 a.m. CST

    Well, I am impressed

    by TheLoveCat

    EWS, I am impressed. You responded to my post without profanity or name calling (well, actually I think you did call me a monkey). Anyway, it is the next coming in sci-fi if you take the definition provided by Harlan Ellison. Sci-fi being somewhat campy, fun material. It's not going to make you think, but you can enjoy it. SF is the true Science Fiction; Heinlein, Brin, Asimov, 2001, etc. Serious and meaningful. So what if some of the jokes were re-hash? I can honestly say I have seen a lot of movies, read an enormous number of books, yet there were jokes in there I had not heard before (Let's get out of here before those things kill Guy!) Thank you for the compliment on my Shatner skit, BTW. As for all of the comedy movies you mentioned, I have seen and enjoyed them all. Although I do not think that Fight club is a comedy in the same vein as Naked Gun. FC did make me think. So I am "programmed" to expect so little from Hollywood that when I see something I automatically think it is the best thing since sliced bread? Hmm, that didn't seem to improve any of the Adam Sandler movies (Actually Wedding Singer was pretty good. There is an exception to every rule I suppose). The thing I don't understand of you is why you hate the movie so much. It is like it personally offended you and everything you believe in. For God's sakes, the movie was fun! Relax! If you didn't like it, so what. I really don't think we want to hear your virulent outbursts on why you hate this movie with a passion that should be reserved for Republicans (just a joke people, don't get too upset). On a side note, I am just curious how many episodes of Babylon Five you have seen, to be able to render the judgement you have. I too once thought the same thing, however that was after only having seen the pilot. It did pretty much suck. Because of that I missed the first three seasons; one of the few things I regret in my life.

  • Jan. 4, 2000, 11:21 a.m. CST

    The Hero's Journey

    by Mind at Large

    Galaxt Quest is a classic hero's journey (Joseph Campbell) story. An unwilling hero is called into service, must give up his personal goals and commit to the greater good, and then use the lessons learned along the way to defeat the villian. Tim Allen starts out as an ego driven "star" who steals the limelight from his crew. When he is ridiculed by (Klingon?) conventioneers he realizes how small his normal world is. He eventually is drawn into a confrontation where he (apparently) dies at the hands of the rock monster and then is reborn at the hands of his crew, thus learning the lesson that he is interdependent on other people for his own success. He then calls upon his crew and the fans that he previously insulted to help him defeat the villians. That's the drama. That the film also contains a huge dose of great comedic satire just increases the fun. We can be heros.....

  • Jan. 4, 2000, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Harry on TV!

    by Mork

    Just caught the latest trailer for Galaxy Quest on NBC proclaiming: "Galaxy Quest, Ebert and Harry Knowles give it two thumbs up!" - holy crap :) Grats on that Harry :) Funny to hear that on TV after reading the site for many years!

  • Jan. 5, 2000, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I love it!!

    by EyesWideShut

    I love the way some of you try and make me out to be some humongous Star Trek fan. Hey, whatever helps you. And saying Tim Allen has better dramatic chops than Shatner is an insult to Shatner, and we all know how hard that is to do. Tim Allen is probably the worst actor on the planet. Hey Warrior, how them new ads coming??? I can see the moviegoers running over themselves now!! What a douche you are! Oh and the grosses on Star Trek are comparable?? Newsflash---WHO GIVES A RAT'S ASS?? I have no idea what those movies made nor do I want to know. But you seem to, are you a trekkie???

  • Jan. 8, 2000, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Suprising!

    by stomachVSheart

    Harry, I think you're on the ball here. Don't anybody let the kiddie-esque spoiler fool you. Even going into this movie with skepticism won't be enough to sully your experience. I saw it with a few friends in our perverse Tuesday Night Madness ritual, I had to pump them up for it, all while feeling a little unsure. This turned out to be one of the best movies I'd seen in the last while. EXTREMELY MILD SPOILER ALERT! I think the innocent alien species on a whole was marvelously cast, especially the leader, and I will never ever see another shuttle scene in Star Trek without thinking about somebody riding shotgun and eating a Handi-Snack.

  • Jan. 8, 2000, 1:30 a.m. CST

    By The Way...

    by stomachVSheart

    I seem to have missed the Talkback war, too bad. Well, at any rate, I don't like Tool very much, but they have a great drummer :)

  • Jan. 8, 2000, 6:41 a.m. CST

    I didn't post for a while here

    by Nordling

    enjoying the Warrior open up his own patent pending can of whoop-ass on EyesWideShut (by the way, EWS, if you wanted to show your true Kubrick fandom, you could have picked a better movie, like Dr. Strangelove or something. EWS was good, but nowhere near Kubrick's best). Galaxy Quest was fun as hell. I went into this one fully expecting it to suck, and it did not at all. Maybe I should go into every movie like that. SSzero, dude, enjoy the right hand. Pesonally, I thought ol' Ripley (the chick, not Matt Damon) was lookin' good. Those, uh, chest enhancers couldn't have been real. Could they? Sig Weaver was packin' mammary.

  • Jan. 9, 2000, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Galaxy Quest

    by librarydaisy

    I am a faithful fan of Harry, and I whole-heartedly agreed with his review of Galaxy Quest. This movie was a joy for me to watch. I particularly loved Shalhoub and Rockwell in this movie. I saw Sam Rockwell in Lawn Dogs, and was thrilled to see him in this film. And by the way, I LOVED "The Faculty."

  • Jan. 10, 2000, 3:19 p.m. CST

    STRICTLY FOR THE 8-11 YEAR OLD SET!!!!

    by EyesWideShut

    I could not have said it better. I was reading the Village Voice--one of the only consistently good movie review sections---and came upon the review for Galaxy Quest. They said it was trite nonsense strictly for children. Warrior and Love Cat---how old r u fags?? The only people who liked this shit are on this web site. Geeks love anything. And to answer some previous poster---why I use Eyes Wide Shut as my name. Simple, it is the best movie of the year and my new favorite Kubrick film. I know no one agrees but---I wouldn't have it any other way. I subscribe to the belief of contrary public opinion--if everyone says one thing I say bet the other way--Ricky Roma, Glengarry Glenross.

  • Jan. 10, 2000, 4:40 p.m. CST

    You got me.

    by EyesWideShut

    My friends laughed at me for going to see this shit and they unfortunately were right. All right, you have me dead to rights. This is really a good movie, I was just so embarrassed that my friends called me a geek for liking it. Sob.

  • Jan. 10, 2000, 5:31 p.m. CST

    "And it keeps getting funnier, every single time!"

    by WinterSteel

    I've seen Galaxy Quest three times now (taking various friends to see it) and have found something new to laugh at and/or appreciate each time. I love how even the plot holes (Omega 13) and mistakes (scraping the center section of the ship, when it's actually situated between the engine nacells) reflect classic SF movies and shows. The movie was so well put together, I can only wonder, 'they meant to do that, right?' Yes, even the casting of Tim Allen; not my favorite actor, and if he's a little bad, it just makes the movie all that much more authentic. I thought he did an OK job, actually .....Then I went online today to get the AICN treatment. Harry's line about Spock's "deep seeded erection" made me laugh out loud. Loved TheWarrior's "I'm baaaack" post on 12/19 (I'm a big fan, sweetie!) and even enjoyed EWS's apoplectic rage, heroic in its proportion and fury. Classic AICN! I just want to say: Thanks for the ride, fellas! You complete the GQ experience for me. Smooches, Winter

  • Jan. 10, 2000, 5:37 p.m. CST

    P.S

    by WinterSteel

    Any other xenophile sicko chicks out there think Sarris is a total hunk? Oooooh, baby!

  • Jan. 10, 2000, 7:41 p.m. CST

    October Sky

    by unijenjen

    I agree with your placement on the Top 30-what a perfect film. And from Matewan to Lone Star to Lonesome Dove- Chris Cooper is an actor to watch. Even though I know he doesn't have a chance, wouldn't an Oscar nod be nice for either October Sky or American Beauty- which was also an outstanding performance.

  • Jan. 11, 2000, 3:57 p.m. CST

    thanks!!!

    by EyesWideShut

    Thanks to whoever took the time to create a screen name so they can post as me. How flattering. It means you care and that I bother you. Perfect!! And who is looking for a negative review? You motherfuckers think i give two shits. I read the Voice every week and came upon it in the reviews. And to me it summed the movie up perfectly---STRICTLY FOR THE 8-11 YEAR OLD SET. It seems Tony Shaloub and I are the only ones who agree what a piece of shit this movie is. Live short and die motherfuckers!!!!

  • Jan. 11, 2000, 5:07 p.m. CST

    But the kids LOVE IT!!

    by Mr.Shufflebotham

    You know I had fun at this movie. I walked in and sat down, and being my normal self started to get irratated at the noise going on around me. I did the "shhhs" and the "quiets!" and theSWEET MOTHER OF GOD WILL YOU SHUT YOUR PIE HOLE!!'s" but then I just realized that it was a bunch of kids having the time of their life. So I put myself in kid mode and had a ball!! I'm sure I was annoying as hell when my dad took me to see Star Wars at age 5.It's fun and Ms. Weaver was tasty!!

  • Jan. 13, 2000, 5:18 p.m. CST

    GQ comments

    by wyrdwolf

    I have been reading the postings on this subject today and have to respond. I went to see GQ the other day and I loved it. It was so original, and being the Sci-Fi fan that I am I was very entertained. I will be taking a friend of mine to see it this weekend because I have to share this wonderful movie with others. I also would like to comment on the statements posted by EYESWIDESHUT. You stated that GQ is a dismal failure? I am sorry but GQ keeps getting better each week. It started out as the # 8 movie of the top 10 on its first weekend. The second weekend it moved to # 6. The third weekend (ending Jan 9) it ranked # 5 (beating out Toy Story 2). Will it continue to go up? Probably not. Is is a giant hit? No not really. Is it a "dismal failure"? No not by any account. And as for a GQ2 in the future... Heck if a god awful movie like Mission Impossible can get a sequel anything is possible. PS I find it funny that the person calling GQ a dismal failure has named himself after the most dismal failure of 1999 :)

  • Jan. 14, 2000, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Need I say more????

    by EyesWideShut

    You guys defend GQ like it was the best movie ever made and insult Eyes Wide Shut--a movie that was predictably too high minded for the likes of Warrior and wyrdsmith. They expected lots of sex and Tom Cruise in a dress and when they didn't get it they were confused. Confused by the fact that the movie was really a meditation on death, fear, delayed gratification, and the animal present in all of us. Not to mention one of the finest shot movies of the past century. And -OH NO- the masses didn't flock to it. This only makes me like the film more. You see I measure a film by its artistic and creative merit, not by some numbers created by people who don't know what to do with themselves come the weekend. Oh but that's right, I don't know anything about film. Sorry.

  • Jan. 14, 2000, 6:34 p.m. CST

    The more you talk the less you say.

    by wyrdwolf

    EWS, Time and time again you have posted here trying to convince everyone that GQ is a bad movie. Well I got news for you, It would be easier to convince the Pope that there is no God. GQ was a really good movie. Now I have never liked Tim Allen, but I never liked William Shatner either and I still like the original Star Trek. Even with Tim Allen the movie was great. Was it "the best movie ever made"? No, heck it wasn't even the best movie of 1999. However it is very high on my list of the most entertaining movies of 1999. I went into GQ not expecting the movie I saw, I was expecting something cheesy and that I would come out of the theater saying "That was ok. Hey Mystery Men comes out on video in a couple of weeks. Now there was a good movie." But that wasn't the case. I came out of GQ with a smile on my face and feeling like I had not been this entertained by a movie in quite some time. And then I found myself telling my friends "You have got to see this movie. It is at least as good as Mystery Men if not better." As you can probably tell I liked MM a lot as well. I think GQ ranks right up there with "Army of Darkness", "Spaceballs", and "Mystery Men" as being top of my list for just plain entertaining movies. And when it comes out on video it will be on my bookshelf right next to the others. As for "Eyes Wide Shut" it was a good movie I will give you that, but when I came out of the theater I did not feel like I had just watched something that would be with me for a long time. (And that is sad for the Last Kubrik film). You can keep right on posting on here how bad GQ is but quite frankly no one agrees with you (of course you could just create other screen names to give the illusion of others agreeing) and I really think that you liked the movie you are just trying to stir the pot. So until we are arguing about GQ2. Never Give up. Never surrender.

  • Jan. 15, 2000, 7:18 p.m. CST

    HA HA!

    by 60091

    WYRDWOLF said: "PS I find it funny that the person (EWS) calling GQ a dismal failure has named himself after the most dismal failure of 1999 :)" Ha ! Ha! It's already past the middle of January and EyesWide Shut is still griping about Galaxy Quest? There must have been some scene in GQ that must have set EWS off. Maybe he recognized himself as one of those pathetic convention goers in the movie. Maybe he takes it personally that another movie has beaten Star Trek at its own game. EWS has got to seek some professional help. He complains way too much. It just isn't normal.

  • Jan. 16, 2000, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I think that EWS is the shill

    by Endymion

    I am amazed that no one has picked up on this. Isn't it obvious? EWS is helping to PROMOTE the film GQ by doing a dead-on portrayal of the dorky fan types in the convention scenes. The obsession, the emotion, the insecurity... it's truly poignant. Bravo, EWS. No need to break character and acknowledge me for figuring it out. By all means, carry on. :)

  • Jan. 30, 2000, 5:13 a.m. CST

    RE: "The Last Starfighter" Sequel

    by Taylor

    Yeah, they should make one. I just picked up the DVD (kickass, by the way), and it got me thinking about what happened to Alex Rogan and the Star League. I would even come up w/little scenes for the sequel in my head as I drove to work. It would be called "Legion: The Last Starfighter" or something like that and it would feature squadrons of Gunstars (the coolest science fiction starfighter ever designed)under the command of a grizzled Captain Rogan fighting a battle against the Xur and the Kodan Armada...you get the picture. Anyway, if "they" ever wanted to do it, I'd write the sequel just for the chance to see a Gunstar rendered w/today's CG technology. Hey, a nerd can dream, can't he? By the way, "Galaxy Quest" ruled...Going to see it again...

  • Feb. 1, 2000, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Best movie of all time---The Last Temptation of Christ--made how

    by EyesWideShut

    All that proves is the stupidity of the masses. But we all knew about that already didn't we? Anyway, I am so glad my existence does not consist of liking Galaxy Quest over Eyes Wide Shut. Imagine living life like one of the masses. Hey guys, tell me what it is like. Do you like being a group and not an individual?

  • Feb. 7, 2000, 1:53 p.m. CST

    GQ still going strong.

    by wyrdwolf

    Yes GQ is still going strong. This week it is still in the top 10 ranking at #7. Even though it was no where close to Scream 3 it could come out higher than The Green Mile next week. as for EWS, he claims to be an individual because he is the only one individual that claims not to like GQ. I shared the GQ experience with more of my friends this past weekend and plan to see it again next weekend. GQ is one of the most entertaining movies I have seen in a long time. Obviously EWS doesn't know anything about film making or he would see the masterpiece that was put together called GalaxyQuest. :)

  • Feb. 18, 2000, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited

    by Old Trekkie

    Did anyone else read this short story from "Star Trek: The New Voyages" Bantam, 1976. Ruth Berman was the author. I just saw Galaxy Quest- the premise is identical. As a closet trekkie (or Trekker to use the politically correct term). I loved the show- all ST fans must see this movie.

  • April 27, 2000, 4:24 p.m. CST

    galaxy quest

    by zacnerak

    Bloody Loved It!! What a class film - so cheesy, so hammy, so corny, the rock monster, the characters. Alan Rickman, what a star! Those that don't like the film (and there are sure to be some) just don't get it! I have never been to a convention of any kind but I can just imagine old Shatner being like the Commander! What a geek, he's so far up his own arse to start with but improves as the film goes on. Great Fun!!

  • May 3, 2000, 1:44 p.m. CST

    spelling

    by Duckman1022

    You misspelled dissect.

  • May 19, 2000, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Don't let it end like this

    by Steve_The_Hutt

    Galaxy Quest was awesome! And now some Trek business - if you thought the way Pararape er Paramount killed off the legendary character Captain Kirk in the movie Generations was deplorable, you are not alone. Find yourself in good company at www.bringbackkirk.com, where they are campaigning against Paramount to correct this crime against humanity.

  • Jan. 28, 2001, 3:44 p.m. CST

    heh

    by BarneyFifeBullet

    heh heh

  • Aug. 11, 2003, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Alan Rickman

    by trinity61us

    I'm sorry, but Rickman just stole the whole movie!!! "By Grabthar's Hammer...What a savings!" He couldn't have been more perfect! and the way he snaches he picture to be autogaphed out of the fanboy's hand! Such distain! He is the funniest thing I have ever seen! Alex Fox