Galaxy Quest: The oral history


In honor of the almost 15th anniversary of the movie (it was released in December, 1999), MTV News checked back in with the entire cast and creators of “Galaxy Quest”: Tim Allen as the obnoxious Captain; Alan Rickman as the humiliated thespian relegated to rubber makeup; Sigourney Weaver, an actress given nothing to do but show her cleavage; Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, the former child star. Tony Shalhoub, playing a stoner who is supposed to be the sharp chief engineer; Sam Rockwell as some guy named Guy; and many, many more. What we came away with is, in the cast and crew’s own words, the story of how the crew of the Protector came together – and how things changed as the movie grew to be the phenomenon it is today.

Not a “great” movie but it is a lot of fun. Thanks to Tom Negrino for the link.

  • Galaxy Quest is the best Star Trek movie. And I say this as a Star Trek fan. 🙂

    • SockRolid

      That’s exactly what J.J. Abrams said on the extra features for “Star Trek” (2009). You’re both right.

      • Yup. It’s just the right amount of love and mockery of itself, combined with just the right amount of love and mockery for the Star Trek franchise and fandom. And it helps that the dialogue is sharp and relies on you paying attention.

        Gwen got a lot of the best lines. I crack up just thinking about the away team mission’s “Let’s get out of here before one of those things kills Guy!”

  • It’s not a “great” movie, but one I have watched multiple times and will watch multiple more times. In my book, that’s a great movie 🙂

  • dreyfus2

    “Great” is extremely subjective, and extremely difficult to achieve in an industry where only dramas are allowed to be on the top.

    Galaxy Quest is a light comedy that works, entertains, and one that understands its subject. Assuming that most comedies after “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” failed at all of that, and we are victims of pee pee and doo doo fuck like Hangover on one, and high school acting from the likes of Sandler and Kutcher on the other side now… Give me Weaver, Rickman and Rockwell any given day of the week.

    • SockRolid

      Never saw The Hangover. Probably will avoid it. But I did see “Hot Tub Time Machine” (on Netflix.) Just because I’m crushing hard on Lizzy Caplan (“Cloverfield,” “Masters of Sex,” etc.)

  • SockRolid

    The Galaxy Quest disc has one of the funniest extra features of all time (for me anyway). There’s an option to replace the entire spoken English track with Thermian. Incredibly funny.

  • matthewmaurice

    “I hate to break it to you, Jason, but I don’t know how to shut down a neutron reactor, and unless you took a learning annex course I don’t know about, I’m pretty sure you don’t know how to shut down a neutron reactor either.”

    One of my favorite movie lines ever. It even started a whole ‘unless you took a learning annex course I don’t know about’ meme amongst me and the GF at the time.

  • franksspam

    Love, love, love this movie!