Most genre fans know that few recent science fiction films have enjoyed the enduring love and universal popularity of Galaxy Quest. After all, It manages to be a unique blend of action, and science fiction outer space adventure, combined with a heartwarming story about second chances and finding yourself and the courage to emerge victorious when faced with insurmountable odds, while also being one of the best examples of science fiction comedy ever created. The film’s narrative is an equal opportunity mocker targeting the productions, the genre, the culture that surrounds it, and the fans that obsess on the TV shows and movies they love.
The movie was surprisingly brilliant with an excellent cast that was close to perfect that featured Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell as the cast of a defunct television series which had the eponymous title Galaxy Quest. In 2013 the film was voted a better Star Trek movie than JJ Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness by fans when asked to rank their favorite movies based on the classic series, and story-wise I would have to agree. I would go even further and say it’s one of the best Trek movies ever, (with the possible exception of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home) based on the story and its enormously enjoyable characters. It’s that good, even though it’s a parody.
The cult classic sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest has been trying to find new life on television for awhile now, but finally made some significant strides in the right direction when Amazon committed to airing the project last year. Then it was reported the production had been canceled, and then finally, it was back in business when Paul Scheer (Veep, Fresh Off The Boat) was hired to write the TV adaptation in August of last year.
News about the series gave rise to a lot of questions regarding just what approach the series would use. Would it be a continuation of the movie? Would the original cast return or would they be recast? Is it just a straight up reboot? Scheer was recently able to fill in some of these blanks and revealed that the show would tie into the original movie, with the goal of the original cast interacting with an all-new one. When will we be able to see it? Possibly as soon as next year (2019)
A quote from Scheer sums up his approach to continuing the saga begun by the film: “For me, it’s really important to do service to a Galaxy Quest story that gives you everything that you want and indoctrinates (continue to entertain) people who have never seen Galaxy Quest into what the fun of that world is. That Tropic Thunder, Galaxy Quest world. And also to continue the story of our original characters and have consequences from the first film. So it is mixing two casts. It’s separate kind of adventures that kind of merge, and I’m looking at this first season not as episodic, but as a serialized story. So, the only way I’ve been looking at it is, using everything from the first movie and making the reasons for everything not just I want to avoid anything that could be viewed as a reboot for reboot’s sake. There are real reasons behind these choices, maybe too much so.”
So based on that, it sounds like the TV show will directly tie into the events of the movie and continue the story of the original cast. There will also be an entirely new cast of characters introduced in the show, with the two groups eventually merging as the season progresses possibly in a situation where they would help each other resolve a crisis. I can see the potential for some humor arising out of differing attitudes between the two casts, a sort of generation gap that needs to get spanned. Scheer has already turned in the first script for the show, and it seems as if he has his finger on the sensibilities and style employed in the film, at least we hope so. Scheer did not say who specifically of the remaining original cast (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell) would be returning, but one would wager that the goal is to get as many of them as possible.
There’s no release date just yet for Amazon’s Galaxy Quest, but check back here for updates that will get posted as soon as they are available.
Rest in peace, Alan Rickman (1946 – 2016)