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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"Destiny Be Mine!"
Galaxy Quest: Global Warning #1 (IDW)
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Ilias Kyriazis
August 2008

Just as the 2-hour pilot movie of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues is about to premiere, the crew faces a ratings challenge...and the judgment of Earth!

 

Story Summary

 

The issue opens with the final minutes of the 2-hour pilot movie of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. Commander Taggart is on a spacewalk attempting to disarm a beryllium particle mine before it strikes the Protector. With the clock ticking down, Dr. Lazarus in command of the ship, the Protector is forced to evacuate just as the mine blows, seemingly ending Commander Taggart's life.

 

The completed pilot is being screened for the cast and crew, with an after-party at a trendy L.A. nightclub. The pilot is to premiere on television in about a week. At the party, Alexander receives the good news that the producers have agreed to kill off Dr. Lazarus in the first season of the new show. Meanwhile, Gwen is upset about Nesmith's continued womanizing and is dating the new show's producer Sandy Cashew, and Fred and Laliari are trying to have a baby together.

 

The next day (?), a gigantic spaceship appears in the skies over Earth, bringing with it natural disasters all over the globe. Laliari recognizes it as the Judgement Ship, which always leaves a dead planet in its wake. As the GQ crew all meet at Nesmith's house, a U.S. Navy helicopter lands and a Colonel Stetson tells them the fate of the world rests on their shoulders.

 

TO BE CONTINUED IN GALAXY QUEST: GLOBAL WARNING #2

 

Didja Know?

 

Galaxy Quest: Global Warning is a 5-issue comic book mini-series published by IDW in 2008, taking place not long after the events of the film Galaxy Quest.

 

Each issue of the mini-series is divided into three chapters, picking up the numbering from the final chapter of the previous issue. This issue contains chapters 1-3, "Destiny Be Mine!", "And the Winner Is...", and "U.F. Friends or Foes?"

 

The story within this mini-series seems to present Sandy Cashew as the producer of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues, though the Galactopedia on the Galaxy Quest Blu-ray disk suggests it was David X. Machina.

 

Didja Notice?

 

On the cover of this issue, Commander Taggart appears to be defusing a pyramidal Tothian mine of the type seen in Galaxy Quest, instead of the more elongated beryllium particle mine depicted in the actual story. Also note that Taggart isn't wearing a spacesuit even though he's out in space! He is wearing a helmet connected to an oxygen tank, but has bare hands! And the section of the Protector depicted on the cover looks nothing like any portion of the ship we've seen, nor does it appear to be one of the ship's surface pods.

 

On page 1 Commander Taggert appears to be wearing a holographic spacesuit, similar to a green energy construction created by a Green Lantern ring in comic books set in the DC Universe.

 

On page 2, Commander Taggert is seen disarming a beryllium particle mine at the end of the 2-hour pilot episode of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. According to the Galactopedia on the Galaxy Quest Blu-ray, the pilot told a fictionalized account of the actors' adventure with the Thermians in "real life", as seen in Galaxy Quest. The beryllium particle mine scene did not take place in Galaxy Quest, so it would seem a fictionalized cliffhanger was added to prompt fans to plead for further episodes of the new series.

 

The GQ equivalent of Star Trek's captain's logs is a commandblog. It is labeled with a series of numbers that is presumably the GQ equivalent of ST's stardate. Commander Taggert gives a "stardate" of 172-23-20.

 

On pages 4-5 Laredo is depicted as having injured his left arm. In Galaxy Quest, actor Tommy Weber is seen having injured his right arm in the space battle with Sarris' ship.

 

Notice on page 7 that Roc Ingersoll is wearing the ring Guy is seen wearing on his right hand throughout Galaxy Quest.

 

On page 8, Dr. Lazarus says, "...in the void of space...you can't hear a scream." This is a play on the tagline of the 1979 film Alien, "In space, no one can hear you scream."

 

On page 9, Guy is wearing his ring on the left hand instead of his right.

 

Also on page 9, Nesmith is holding a statuette that looks similar, though not exact, to the Emmy Award.

 

On page 10, Fred, watching a screening of the two-hour pilot of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues, says, "That was a hell of a thing." He used this same phrase after experiencing the interstellar transportation method used by the Thermians to transport the actors from Earth to the spacedock. It must be an habitual phrase for him, as he uses it again in "My Homeworld Away from Home" and "Inherit a Cosmic Wind".

 

Page 10 reveals that the pilot of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues premiered on a Monday at 9 p.m.

 

The pilot episode after-screening party takes place at a nightclub called Plate, presumably in the L.A. area. This appears to be a fictional club.

 

On page 13, Alexander is referred to as Sir Alexander Dane. This suggests he's been knighted by the Queen of England.

 

Page 13 reveals that Alexander has arranged to have his character of Dr. Lazarus killed off if the pilot of GQ-TJC should go to series. This is a nod to Leonard Nimoy's desire to leave his Mr. Spock character behind when agreeing to be in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, where Spock was killed; during filming, Nimoy enjoyed the experience so much, he asked to be allowed a possible way to come back again (plus the fans objected to Spock's death and the downbeat ending of the film).

 

Page 14 implies that Tommy recently appeared on the cover of Entertainment Spotlight. This appears to be a fictional magazine, probably a stand-in for Entertainment Weekly (although a copy of what appears to be Entertainment Weekly is seen in "When Titans Clash"). There was a Canadian entertainment news show by the title of Entertainment Spotlight from 2000-2008.

 

On page 14, we see at the after-party that Guy is wearing a t-shirt that says "Never Give Up, Never Surrender." This is, of course, the famous tagline of Commander Taggart on the Galaxy Quest TV show.

 

Page 14 reveals that Guy is in discussions for a possible spin-off series called Roc Academy, obviously based on his new GQ-TJC character, Roc Ingersol.

 

On page 14, panel 4, a scene of Commander Taggart battling face-to-face with Sarris is depicted on a wall at the after-party at Plate. Sarris is shown wielding a knife in his right hand. No scene like this appeared in the Galaxy Quest movie; it is likely a scene from the GQ-TJC pilot, fictionalized to make Taggart look even more heroic than actor Jason Nesmith was at the time of the actual encounter.

 

Laliari still refers to Fred as Tech Sergeant Chen. Does she still not realize he's merely an actor? Or has his character's name merely become a pet name she likes to use with her lover?

 

Fred often calls Laliari simply "La".

 

Fred and Laliari are trying to have a child together. Given there vastly different species, it doesn't seem possible they could have a child together naturally.

 

On page 16, a show set to air against the GQ-TJC premiere is said to depict a band made up of digitally inserted superstars of rock and roll. The performers depicted in panel 2 appear to be, from left-to-right: John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Buddy Holly, and George Harrison. (Elvis, Lennon, and Holly were already dead in 1999 when this story takes place, so the digital insertion would be that much more remarkable.) Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison were all members of the Beatles.

 

On page 20, Nesmith's TV appears to be a flatscreen TLTV brand. TLTV appears to be a fictional brand. It seems unlikely that Nesmith would have a flatscreen TV in 1999 since they were not easily available until the late 2000's. In fact, in Galaxy Quest, Nesmith has a standard cathode ray television of the time.

 

Page 21 mentions the cover of Vogue. This is an American fashion magazine.

 

The U.S. Navy helicopter that lands at Nesmith's house appears to be a Sikorsky SH-60S Seahawk which was first deployed in 2000. The HSE21 tail number of the copter seen here seems unlikely and would more likely be HSC-21 in southern California (HSC-21, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two One, is based out of Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, California). There is no known HSE unit in the U.S. Navy. 

 

Though he climbs out of a Navy copter here, in "When Titans Clash", Colonel Stetson is revealed to be part of the U.S. Army. Not to mention, if he were with the Navy he wouldn't be a colonel, but the naval equivalent rank of captain.

 

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