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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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Galaxy Quest
Story by David Howard
Screenplay by David Howard and Robert Gordon
Directed by Dean Parisot
Released in 1999

A cast of sci-fi actors suddenly find themselves in an actual interstellar conflict.

 

Read the complete movie synopsis at IMDB

 

Didja Notice?

 

As mentioned in the study of Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary: The Journey Continues, the Galaxy Quest TV series presented within the movie has a number of similarities with the original Star Trek and Star Trek-The Next Generation TV series'. Some additional similarities not necessarily touched on in the aforementioned study follow:
   
  • The actors on the bridge set of the Protector must throw themselves around when the ship is struck by enemy fire to simulate the force of concussive impacts, just as the actors on the Enterprise set did.
  • Commander Taggart's command chair is similar to the one used by Captain Kirk on the bridge of the Enterprise.
  • The Galaxy Quest convention is similar to Star Trek conventions.
 
  • Guy states that he was in episode number 81 in 1982, where he was killed by a lava monster before the first commercial. Throughout the movie, his imminent death is expected. This is a reference to the so-called "red shirts" on the original Star Trek, often guest stars playing previously unseen crewmen who are easily killed in the course of the episode. (According to the Galactopedia on the GQ Blu-Ray edition, the term "red shirts" also exists in the GQ world, to describe the bloodied uniform shirts of the Protector's crewmen who die violently on the show.)
  • Alexander's character of Dr. Lazarus seems to be a cross between Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek and Lt. Worf on Star Trek-The Next Generation.
  • The large main viewscreen on the bridge of the Protector is similar to the one seen on the bridge of Starfleet vessels in Star Trek.
  • The handheld interstellar communications device called a vox used by the crew flips open, similar to the flip-open activation of Starfleet communicators in the original Star Trek series.
  • The beryllium sphere that powers the ship's quantum flux drive is a reference to the dilithium crystals that power the warp drive of the Enterprise on Star Trek.
  • The digital conveyor is similar to Star Trek's transporter.
  • The space station at which the Protector II is docked is somewhat similar to the drydock seen in Star Trek-The Motion Picture.
  • Tech Sgt. Chen (Fred) has to deliver the requisite "the ship is breaking apart" message to the commander during battle.
  • The surface pod of the Protector II is similar to the shuttlecraft of the Enterprise.
  • Guy's suggestion to Nesmith on the desert planet to look around for material from which to construct a weapon is reminiscent of the Metrons admonition that Captain Kirk should be able to construct weapons from the native materials available to him on Cestus III in the original Star Trek episode "Arena".
  • During the fight with the Gorignak, Nesmith's shirt is torn from his torso. Captain Kirk would frequently lose his shirt, or portions of, in episodes of Star Trek.
  • As the ship approaches Earth, the Thermians all congregate on the secondary deck as our Earth crew (plus Laliari) separate the command deck from the main ship. The Enterprise also had this ability to separate in the Star Trek universe.

 

At 1:06 on the DVD, we see that the code number of the NSEA Protector is NTE-3120. Nesmith later explains that NSEA stands for National Space Exploration Administration. NTE is an in-joke to Star Trek, standing for Not The Enterprise, according to the film's visual effects co-supervisor, Bill George. The fact that the word "National" appears in the name of the organization would imply that it is part of a country, probably the United States, and not representative of the entire Earth. 

 

It has been rumored that the design of the Protector is based on the comm badges worn by Starfleet personnel in Star Trek-The Next Generation.  

 

At 1:40 on the DVD, we see that the convention the actors are attending is Galaxy Quest Convention 18. A banner seen on the stage suggests one of the convention's sponsors is the Association of Cyberworld Enthusiasts. The ACE appears to be a fictional organization. 

 

At various points in the convention scenes, fans are seen dressed in costumes that are presumably meant to represent aliens and other characters from episodes of the TV series.
   
According to the Galactopedia, the being on the left above is a Mank'Nar warrior (essentially the GQ equivalent of ST's Klingons).

 

At 1:57 on the DVD, a Kodak logo is seen on a swag bag held by an extra on the balcony in the background. Just seconds later, the shot changes to the opposing angle and the same guy is now in the audience holding the same bag!

 

Is the robot statue seen on the convention stage supposed to be a prop that appeared in a GQ episode? The prop itself actually first appeared in the 1992 Robin Williams film Toys.

 

The cliffhanger final episode of Galaxy Quest, number 92, is seen at this convention for the first time since 1982. Guy also states that the series was on for four seasons. But Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary: The Journey Continues, established that the series was on for only three seasons! If it were only three seasons, 92 episodes would be an unusually high number. It would mean the series averaged more than 30 episodes per season! Even the longest TV seasons normally only run 26 episodes for a pre-recorded dramatic series. At four seasons, this would make 23 episodes per season, a reasonable number.

 

Why is it that the final episode has not been seen since 1982? We get the impression that the series has become extremely popular in syndicated reruns, so why would the final episode be left out of the syndication package? (The Galactopedia reveals that this episode was titled "The Omega Crisis" and was left out of syndication because there was no concluding chapter and they feared fans would be calling the broadcasting TV stations to find out what happens next.)

 

At 2:21 on the DVD, a Coca-Cola machine is seen in the stars' waiting room as they prepare to come out on stage. Tommy Weber also has a can of Coke sitting next to him. A packing box for Naya bottled water is seen sitting on top of a shelf in the waiting room and several bottles sit around in the room for the actors; at the time, more than half of Naya's distribution in the U.S. was handled by the Coca-Cola Company. In fact, Coca-Cola products appear throughout the film; the company must have been a sponsor.

 

   At 2:26 on the DVD, Tommy is seen reading the sports page of a newspaper. The headline is "LATE WORM GETS HOOK", suggesting he is reading a copy of the Los Angeles Times from about April 16, 1999, when this headline appeared. It is a reference to the NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers firing player Dennis Rodman.

   On the back page of the paper, an ad for Dodge automobiles is seen at 3:52. 

 

In the clips from the TV episodes, the NSEA uniforms have a standard-looking zipper pull on the front. The uniforms worn by the actors in "current-time" have an arrowhead-shaped zipper pull instead (except for Guy).

 

Alexander laments his standing among fans as a mere science-fiction character, while his past is resplendent with roles such as Richard III. He is presumably referring to a role as the historical king in Shakespeare's play Richard III.

 

At 3:30 on the DVD, a box labeled Industrial First Aid is seen hanging on the wall of the convention center waiting room, made by Johnson & Johnson.

 

At 4:59 on the DVD, one of the audience members can be seen with a foam version of the Protector sitting in his lap.

 

At 5:04 on the DVD, a banner at the back of the auditorium reads "National Network of Young Galaxian Officers", with pictures of the GQ crew.

 

When Alexander balks at going on stage as his GQ character again, Nesmith tells him, "The show must go on," forcing the theatrically-trained actor to grudgingly play his part. The saying "the show must go on" has been known in the theatre world since the 1800s.

 

At 5:46 on the DVD, a banner for the CBX Institute of Youth Programming with young Laredo's face on it is seen as well as one reading "Taggart Rules the Universe" and one for the Association of Galaxy Quest Adventurers.

 

At 5:49 on the DVD, the robot statue has somehow moved to the opposite end of the stage!

 

At 6:14 on the DVD, notice that Nesmith has his own separate signing table, away from the rest of the cast. Not only that, but his table and chair are on a pedestal to raise them higher than the main signing table, almost like a king!

 

Also at 6:14 on the DVD, notice that two fans in Dr. Lazarus costumes are walking away from the signing table with autographed photos of Alexander Dane. But it's seconds later that we see the two getting their autographs from him in the first place!

 

Guy reminds the other actors that he appeared in one episode of the series in 1982, where he was killed by a lava monster. Since actor Sam Rockwell was born in 1968, it seems that Guy would have been only about 14 years old when he appeared on the series as Crewman #6!

 

While talking with his fans, Nesmith mentions an episode featuring a beast on Enok 7. The screenplay spells the world's name with the Arabic numeral "7". In science-fiction writing, an Arabic numeral attached to a world name generally denotes a moon, while a Roman numeral denotes a planet. So Enok 7 would be the seventh moon of the planet Enok. If it were written Enok VII, it would be the seventh planet of the star Enok. (As far as I can find, there is no star yet identified by the name of Enok, though the Galaxy Quest Galactopedia on the U.S. Blu-Ray release of the movie describes it as existing in the Horsehead Nebula, a real nebula found in the constellation Orion.) The Galactopedia reveals that Enok 7 appeared in Episode 24, "The Nascent Nebula".

 

Brandon mentions to Nesmith an episode of the series called "The Quasar Dilemma". And a fan of Gwen's mentions episode 15, "Mist of Delos 5". Moments later, Nesmith seems to imply that the mists of that world had put Commander Taggart in an amorous mood towards Lt. Tawny Madison.

 

Mathasar introduces his people to "Commander Taggart" as Thermians from the Klatu Nebula. The name "Klatu" is a reference to the main character of the 1951 film (and its 2008 remake) The Day the Earth Stood Still, a humanoid alien named Klaatu.

 

Nesmith complains to Mathasar that the last time he did a fan gig, they shoved him in the back of a Toyota. Toyota is a Japanese automobile manufacturer, generally known for their compact cars.

 

At 10:49 on the DVD, a banner for Suncoast Motion Picture Company is seen. Suncoast is an American chain of retail stores specializing in video sales of movies and television shows and related products.

 

At 11:37 on the DVD, Nesmith is drinking a bottle of Glenlivet, a brand of Scotch whisky.

 

As Nesmith is flipping through TV channels at 11:56 on the DVD, we hear the voice of David Letterman. Letterman is the host of the late night talk show The Late Show with David Letterman on the CBS television network. The show airs at 11:30 p.m. in Los Angeles, so it must be about that time of night as Nesmith sits drinking.

 

When Nesmith changes the channel again, he finds an episode of Galaxy Quest on. In the episode, Taggart mentions Targathian babies.

 

Mathasar names the Thermians' enemy fully as Roth'h'ar Sarris of Fatu-Krey. Teb later mentions the Sarris Dominion. The Galactopedia reveals that "Roth'h'ar" is a Fatu-Krey title meaning "supreme general"; it goes on to state that Sarris took his name from that of the Fatu-Krey's Sarris Dominion; he was originally a health care insurance adjuster named T'soo.

 

Mathasar begs Nesmith for help, saying, "Please, Commander. You are our last hope." This may be a nod to Star Wars: A New Hope, in which Princess Leia's holographic message to Obi-Wan Kenobi ends with "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."

 

When Nesmith bends down in front of the Thermians to look for his shoes at 13:43 on the DVD, it sounds like he might have released a fart as well! (It happens while Mathasar is saying "standing here in your presence".)

 

At 13:59 on the DVD, the limo that picks up Nesmith has no front license plate. But at 15:05, it does.

 

Hungover, Nesmith tells the Thermians he had a late night with a Kreemorian Fangor beast. Presumably, this was a creature that appeared in the GQ series.

 

Teb informs Nesmith that the Thermians were one people until the Zactor Migration and the Melosian Shift. Fighting eventually erupted between the Treeb sects and Largoths.

 

When Nesmith awakens aboard the Protector II, Laliari tells him they are approaching Sarris' ship in the Ni-delta. The Ni-delta seems to be a fictional region of space. She goes on to say that Sarris has put many of her people to work in the gallium arsenide mines. Gallium arsenide is a real compound made up of the elements gallium and arsenic; the compound is considered toxic and carcinogenic.

 

Nesmith tells Mathasar that he has another gig to get to in Van Nuys in about a quarter-of-an-hour. Van Nuys is a district of Los Angeles. 

 

Notice that the Protector II and its interiors, such as the bridge, look similar, but with much more detail, to the model and bridge set of the Protector as seen in the clips from the GQ episodes.
Protector TV bridge Protector II bridge

 

Sitting down in the command chair before facing Sarris, Nesmith asks Teb for a cup holder and a couple of Advil. Advil is a brand of the pain reliever ibuprofen.

 

Notice that Sarris has warpaint or tattoos on his face. He also wears a couple of earrings on his left ear, meaning he's straight.

 

When ordering the attack upon Sarris' ship, Nesmith tells the bridge crew to fire gannet magnets. Presumably, these are weapons on the Protector in episodes of the TV series.

 

Nesmith refers to Sarris as "ol' lobster head". He is referring to the claw-like appendage on top of Sarris' head, but the writers may have stuck the remark in there as a reference to the Klingons of Star Trek, whose cranial ridges have been said by fans to resemble lobster tails.

 

As Nesmith is about to head back to Earth, Mathasar hands him an interstellar communications device called a vox. "Vox" is Latin for voice.

 

At 19:48 on the DVD, Nesmith appears to be flying into a black hole which is gradually pulling matter from a nearby sun. It is currently believed by physicists that black holes are capable of feeding off of nearby stars or nebulae in this manner.

 

As Nesmith arrives home from his interstellar voyage at 20:03 on the DVD, the high-rise office buildings of downtown Los Angeles are seen in the distant background.

 

The actor crew, minus Nesmith, attends the grand opening of a Tech Value electronics superstore. Tech Value appears to be a fictional business.

 

There are two to three silver bars on the actors' collars that appear and disappear in shots of them at the Tech Value opening.

 

Notice that there is an ongoing thread through the movie involving Fred frequently snacking while doing other things.

 

   In the warehouse area of the True Value store at 23:03 on the DVD, boxes with the logos of Compaq and IBM are seen stacked up. Compaq was a computer manufacturer at the time this movie was made; in 2002 it was bought out by Hewlett-Packard and is now used as an HP brand name on some computer models. IBM is another, still active, computer manufacturer.

   At 23:09, boxes of Magnavox televisions are seen. At 23:15, a Sony Trinitron box is seen; Trinitron was Sony's brand name for their premium color televisions of the time (now only used for Sony's video monitors).

 

At 23:03 on the DVD, Guy is seen apparently attempting to pick up a female employee at Tech Value. She remarks that he lives with his mother, implying she's not interested in dating him.

 

At 23:11 on the DVD, a GTE phone book is seen. At the time, GTE was a telephone company. In 2000 it was merged with Bell-Atlantic to create Verizon.

 

At 23:51 on the DVD, a package of Smart & Final paper towels are seen on top of the microwave.

 

The Protector II (and, presumably, the Protector on the TV series) is shown to run on a beryllium sphere. Beryllium is an actual element on the periodic table, although it is not known to be particularly useful as an energy generator as it is here.

 

Mathasar mentions that his people have enjoyed preparing many of the crew's Earth dishes, with the Monte Cristo sandwich as a current favorite.

 

At 32:47 on the DVD, notice that the NTE-3120 designation on the port side of the Protector II is scarred after Tommy scrapes the side of the ship while piloting the craft out of space dock.

 

Teb remarks that the food synthesizers on the Protector II have been programmed to prepare meals based on the regional menus of the TV crew's birthplaces. Nesmith receives a steak, which he comments tastes like corn-fed, Iowa beef; in Star Trek, Commander Taggart's counterpart, Captain Kirk, is said to have been born in Iowa.

 

The food synthesizer has produced living Kep-mok bloodticks for Dr. Lazarus (Alexander). But if the synthesizer is producing food based on each character's birthplace, how is it providing living food for an alien who isn't real, from a world that doesn't exist?

 

At dinner with the Thermians on the Protector II, the crew enjoys a blue-colored beverage. This may be an homage to the blue Romulan ale, seen in various movies and TV episodes of the Star Trek universe.

 

At 36:51 on the DVD, Sarris appears to have a robotic left hand.

 

During the battle with Sarris, the Protector II enters the Tothian mine field left standing from the Great War of 12185.

 

At 42:36 on the DVD, Alexander's drinking glass appears to have some kind of crazy-straw in it. But seconds later, it appears to be a normal, straight straw!

 

In the same scene above, Tommy's right arm is now in a metal cast. Apparently he broke it while getting flung around the bridge during the battle with Sarris' ship. (The Galactopedia refers to the cast as an osteosynthesizer, capable of accelerating the healing of bone. This would explain why the cast disappears from his arm shortly after!)

 

At 43:29 on the DVD, notice that Alexander is adjusting his alien head piece. He quickly pulls it back into place as the Thermians enter the room.

 

The actors discover that besides thinking that the GQ TV episodes were historical documents, the Thermians also think the same of Gilligan's Island. Gilligan's Island was a sitcom from 1964-1967 about a group of castaways on an uncharted island on which they'd been shipwrecked.

 

Quelleck tells "Dr. Lazarus" that, though Thermian himself, he lives his life by the code of the Mak'Tar. The Mak'Tar are the species of which Lazarus is a member.

 

Notice that Fred is carrying his grease-stained sack lunch through most of the desert planet scenes! He finally seems to drop it as they rush to roll the beryllium sphere away from the horde of little blue aliens.

 

Gwen remarks to Nesmith that he slept with every Terrakian slave girl and moon princess on the show. Presumably, this is a comment on Nesmith's own behavior (sleeping with the guest actresses) and not that of his character, Taggart. "Terrakian slave girl" is probably meant to be analogous to "Orion slave girls" on Star Trek.

 

At 50:09 on the DVD, some alien writing appears within the scope of the electro-binoculars used by Nesmith. Presumably this is writing from the Thermian language.

 

At 50:50 on the DVD, one of the little blue aliens falls into the water trough.

 

At 51:49 on the DVD, we can see the large rock formation behind which the crew is hiding is fake by the way it jiggles slightly when they suddenly move around behind it.

 

After the group of little blue aliens attacks the injured one, at 51:55 on the DVD, one of them throws either a rock or a piece of the injured one's flesh into the air! Seconds later, some of the aliens are fighting over chunks of the fallen one's flesh.

 

Tommy recalls that Nesmith's current strategy against the little blue aliens is the same one Commander Taggart used in episode 81, "Assault on Voltareck III". In the film script, the planet is spelled "Voltrareck", while in the Galactopedia, it is spelled "Voltrex". (This is the same episode in which Guy's character, Crewman #6, died.)

 

At 53:06 on the DVD, Nesmith suddenly knows Guy's last name, referring to him as Fleegman, even though he didn't know it just minutes earlier on the shuttlepod.

 

At 53:25 on the DVD, Nesmith does a running roll-and-tumble as he sneaks up to the mining grounds. This is like the much-discussed-among-fans roll-and-tumble used by William Shatner as Captain Kirk in episodes of the original Star Trek series.

 

For one second on the DVD, 54:52-54:53, one of the little blue aliens seems to be watching the camera (i.e. us) instead of the action around him. He even follows the camera's movements!

 

When the pig-lizard arrives on the digital conveyor pad, its inside-out body is reminiscent of the inside-out baboon seen in the 1986 version of the film The Fly. (The Galactopedia refers to the beast as a saurian swinoid...which means lizard-pig.)

 

The rock monster that Nesmith fights may be an homage to a rock creature that was cut from director William Shatner's 1989 turn at the ST film series, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier.

 

After getting digitized and beamed back onto the ship, Nesmith picks up and puts on his torn shirt at 1:01:19 on the DVD. But how did the shirt get there? He'd already lost it during the confrontation with the Gorignak on the planet and it didn't appear to be anywhere around him to have been digitized along with him.

 

At 1:03:02 on the DVD, actor Robin Sachs' mouth is visible inside the mouth of the reptilian Sarris mask.

 

At 1:04:44 on the DVD, Nesmith refers to his character as Captain Taggart instead of the proper Commander Taggart.

 

Guy is seen to be wearing a ring on the third finger of his right hand throughout the movie.

 

At 1:07:42 on the DVD, some crates are seen on the ship that have alien, probably Thermian, writing on them.

 

After spacing the two Fatu-Krey guards, Fred notices that the airlock door is a bit sticky in opening and promises to get some of his men on it with a can of WD-40, a penetrating, water-displacing lubricant.

 

Sarris' aide, Lathe, refers to him as General.

 

At 1:10:50 on the DVD, Brandon appears to be piecing together a model of the Protector. Just a few seconds later, a Protector wallpaper is seen on his computer screen.

 

When Alexander runs into Quelleck while trying to save the rest of the Thermians from suffocation, Quelleck exclaims, "Thank Ipthar!" Since Quelleck had previously stated he lives by the code of the Mak'Tar, his use of "Ipthar" probably indicates it is the name of a Mak'Tar god or hero, especially seeing as how the name has the same -thar suffix as "Grabthar". (The Galactopedia describes Ipthar as the patron vegetable of Mak'Tar.)

 

Quelleck remarks that he was able to avoid capture by using the Mak'Tar stealth haze, presumably some ninja-like method of concealment and movement. 

 

At 1:13:29 on the DVD, some of Sarris' men appear to be playing a game of cards. We get a closer view of the game later at 1:18:25.

 

At 1:14:28 on the DVD, Tommy is practicing his starship driving in a room that seems like a mini-museum of devices used on the ship.

 

At 1:14:46 on the DVD, notice that the Fatu-Krey appear to have green blood.

 

Guy is ready to throw his life away distracting the guards to allow Fred and Laliari to rescue the Thermians, believing he is just a glorified extra, a dead man. But Fred suggests that maybe he's actually the plucky comic relief. In fact, that's pretty much the role Guy's character plays in this movie!

 

At 1:23:58 and through the rest of the movie, notice that there are metal patches in place on the bridge, temporary repairs from the ship's earlier battle with Sarris.

 

Sarris' ship must also have some type of digital conveyor, as he is able to project himself from his own dying ship to the Protector II.

 

As the ship is hurtling towards the Earth's surface at 1:30:42 on the DVD, notice that the screen of Tommy's navigation station is flashing the message, "PULL UP"!

 

When Sarris, disguised as Fred, enters the bridge of the Protector II the first time, his right hand is hanging down by his side and Alexander has finished telling Nesmith about the energy surge from Sarris' ship. After the Omega 13 rolls back time and starts it again, Sarris, as Fred, seems to be holding his weapon behind his back as he enters the bridge and Alexander is still telling Nesmith about the energy surge. Was time slightly altered by the Omega 13 even before Nesmith springs on "Fred"?

 

How were the Thermians able to build a working Omega 13 from a TV show which did not explain what it actually was?

 

At 1:31:57 on the DVD, notice that, from image on the main viewscreen, we can see that the ship is passing Jupiter.

 

At 1:31:57 on the DVD, Brandon's father is reading a newspaper in which one of the pages reads "Conflict Makes for Strange Bedfellows in Europe Politics". This is from the April 16, 1999 issue of the Los Angeles Times.

 

When the command deck section of the Protector II crashes into the convention center, realistically, many convention attendees would have been killed! 

 

At 1:33:31 on the DVD, at the convention, an Alien Anatomy game is seen. This is a real world game made by a small company.

 

At about 1:33:52 on the DVD, it's obvious that the stage curtain draped over the wreckage of the crashed command section is covering a tube that is pumping steam out to suggest the cooling hull of the ship.

 

At 1:34:17 on the DVD, a banner at the convention reads "Covington Model Spacecraft Club". This appears to be a fictional organization.

 

As Sarris staggers out of the wreckage and Nesmith shoots him at 1:35:15 on the DVD, notice that one of the fans in the audience near the stage is also pointing his toy laser gun at the alien!

 

As the logo of the new series Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues appears on the screen, the narrator exclaims, "...back again after 18 years..." Since the original GQ series was canceled in 1982, this suggests the new series is premiering in 2000. (18 years is also the amount of time between the cancellation of the original Star Trek in 1969 and the premiere of Star Trek-The Next Generation in 1987.)

 

Notice that the bridge set of the Protector on the new TV series Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues looks suspiciously like the bridge set of the Protector II which we just watched throughout the movie. The special effects of the ship in space are also just like the "real" space scenes in the film.

 

The opening credits of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues lists "Jason Nesmith as Peter Quincy Taggert". But the commander's last name should be spelled "Taggart".

 

Laliari has joined the cast of the new series under the alias of Jane Doe, playing herself, Laliari! "Jane Doe" is one of the names used in the U.S. to represent an unknown or unidentified female.

 

Guy Fleegman is seen to have joined the crew as Security Chief Roc Ingersoll on Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. Is this the same, unnamed, character he was playing before his "death" in the original Galaxy Quest series or a new one?

 

Notes from the Deleted Scenes on the DVD 

 

In the deleted scenes, we get a tour of Dr. Lazarus' very Spartan quarters. His bed is merely a set of spikes upon which he sleeps. His toilet is also rather harsh looking.

 

The deleted scenes also reveal that the vox held by Brandon is able to act as a beacon for the ship, so Tommy will know where to guide the ship for a landing at the end of the movie.

 

Notes from the Bonus Features on the DVD

 

Besides the English soundtrack, the U.S. edition DVD also features a Thermian soundtrack of the entire film!

 

There are brief interviews with several of the cast and crew hidden as easter eggs on the DVD. In director Dean Parisot's interview, he reveals that the desert planet scenes were shot in Goblin Valley State Park, Utah and the convention was shot inside the Hollywood Palladium Theater (although within the film it is supposed to be the Los Angeles Convention Center according to the Galactopedia).

 

The DVD also has an Omega 13 easter egg. If you press the Omega 13 menu button before watching the movie, it simply gives the ACCESS DENIED message below. But if you watch the movie (or at least jump to the end credits and let them run to the end), the Omega 13 menu button will reverse the menu for 13 seconds and then play it forward again.

 

Notes from the Historical Documents feature on the U.S. Blu-Ray release

 

It's revealed that the original screenplay by David Howard was called Captain Starshine. In it, the Alexander Dane character turns out to be the villain, who has allied himself with conquering aliens to gain rule over Earth for himself.

 

Notes from the Galactopedia on the 2009 U.S. Blu-Ray release

 

The Galactopedia reveals that Dr. Lazarus is from the planet Tev'Meck and is a member of the Tev'Meck species.

 

The Galactopedia reveals that the desert planet was called Epsilon Gorniar II and the mining facility on it was a Borkt outpost. The "Gorniar" portion of the name is likely derived from the alien Gorn that appeared on the desert planet Cestus III in the Star Trek episode "Arena". The same entry also mentions a monetary unit called a looquat; "looquat" is the syllabic-reverse of "quatloo", the gambling unit used in the Star Trek episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion".

 

Grabthar was a king of the Tev'meck, uniting them during the Great Cabbage War.

 

Episode 45 was titled "The Dark Side of D'Kerivan".

 

The chompers are actually designed to counteract the inertial oscillations of the ship's quantum flux drive.

 

The Protector's command deck was designed by Geoff Walters for the series. This is a play on the name of Walter Matt Jefferies, a production designer on the original Star Trek series.

 

Episode 86 was titled "Loner on a Lonely Planet". The title is a play on the title of Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land.

 

The show's comm vox inspired the inventors of the cellular flip phone. This is a reference to the original Star Trek communicator having inspired same in the real world.

 

Episode 51 was titled "The Ice Being Cometh". The title is a reference to the 1939 play The Iceman Cometh, written by Eugene O'Neill.

 

One of the show's producers was David X. Machina. His name is a play on the Latin phrase deus ex machina, "God in the machine", a term used in writing to describe a sudden and unexpected plot device to conveniently solve a problem in the story.

 

Episode 37 was titled the "The Adonis Factor", about a planet of male strippers.

 

Episode 5 was titled "Brain and Brain".

 

The famous GQ phrase "Digitize me!" was never actually spoken by Commander Taggart in any episode. This is a play on the phrase "Beam me up, Scotty!", a popular Trekkie catchphrase which was never actually spoken by Captain Kirk in any Star Trek episode or film.

 

The two-hour pilot episode of Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues is titled "Encounter at Thermia" and was written by Jason Nesmith and the rest of the cast, detailing a fictionalized account of the crew's meeting with the Thermians and defeat of the evil despot Sarris. The title "Encounter at Thermia" is a play on the two-hour premiere episode of Star Trek-The Next Generation, "Encounter at Farpoint".

 

Episode 2 was titled "The Mystery of Stasis". This is the episode in which Dr. Lazarus was infamously written out for the duration in favor of focusing on Commander Taggart's inner conflict.

 

Episode 17 is titled "The Lights of Aldea". This title may be a play on the Star Trek episode "The Lights of Zetar".

 

Episode 22 was titled "Requiem of the Martians". This is an in-joke to the 1999 film Free Enterprise, about a pair of adult male Star Trek geeks; the girlfriend of one of the guys frustratedly asks, "Who cares who knows what season 'Requiem of the Martians' debuted?" and he corrects her, "Methuselah. The episode was called 'Requiem for Methuselah'," referring to the Star Trek episode of that title.

 

Episode 30 is titled "The Planet of Dr. Garbanian". This appears to be the episode featured in a few shots at the convention in the film, where Taggart and Dr. Lazarus are hiding behind a rock in a firefight. This entry also mentions that Dr. Garbanian's alien fortress was shot inside a brewery in Glendale. This may be a reference to breweries often standing in as large engineering complexes in science-fiction films and television in general, and to the Van Nuys Anheuser-Busch brewery used as Engineering in the 2009 Star Trek film specifically.

 

Episode 6 was titled "Assignment: Targathia". This is a play on the title of the Star Trek episode "Assignment: Earth".

 

Episode 39 was titled "The Targathian Syndrome". This is a play on the title of the Star Trek episode "The Paradise Syndrome". Many Questarians find fault with the continuity of this episode due to Laredo's discussion of the crew's previous meeting with Targathians in "Assignment: Targathia", despite the fact that Laredo had not yet joined the cast for that episode; this is a reference to remarks made by Chekov in the 1982 film Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan about having met Khan previously (in the original series first season episode "Space Seed"), when, in fact, Chekov was not seen until the series' second season.

 

Episode 67 is titled "Planet of the Kronthaxx". This is the episode with the space squid seen when Laredo is practicing driving the ship at 1:14:28 in the movie.

 

Episode 75 was titled "Platypus Planet".

 

It is revealed that Guy actually appeared in nearly a dozen episodes of the series as a background technician or security officer, before dying in "Assault on Voltrex III". This harkens back to episodes of the original Star Trek, in which the same background crewmen would be seen in several episodes, sometimes performing at different job levels.

 

Episode 18 was titled "Who Mourns for the Devil on the Brink of Eternity?" It is revealed that Guy actually died in this episode, the victim of a DNA-sucking space amoeba, but the death had been forgotten when he was recast as his background character just a few weeks later in Episode 22 ("Requiem of the Martians"). The death-and-return is a reference to the seeming death of Lt. Leslie in the Star Trek episode "Obsession", the victim of a blood-sucking cloud, but Leslie was to reappear, quite alive in later episodes. The title of GQ's Episode 18 is a combination of several ST episodes, "Who Mourns for Adonis?", "The Devil in the Dark", and "City on the Edge of Forever".

 

The main music theme of the series was composed by Sanford Valore. The name is a bit of a play on the composer of the Star Trek theme, Alexander Courage. Nesmith wanted Valore to write lyrics to the music so he could sing them in the opening credits. Another entry in the Galactopedia reveals that Nesmith released an album of spoken-word performances of Italian operas. These are references to William Shatner's musical aspirations and spoken-word performances of songs on several albums.

 

   The Monday, May 24, 1999 edition of the Los Angeles Tribune reported (briefly) that hundreds of fans at Galaxy Quest Convention 18 reported seeing a real spaceship crashing into the convention center on Sunday. This tells us most of the events of the movie take place on Saturday-Sunday, May 22-23, 1999. (There have been newspapers called the Los Angeles Tribune in the past, but not since 1960; it is also the name of the newspaper at which Ed Asner's character is employed in the 1977-1982 TV series Lou Grant.)

   In the September 13, 1999 edition of Hollywood Trade Daily, a GQ producer "admitted" the spaceship crash was a publicity stunt designed to hype the upcoming return of GQ to the airwaves as Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues. (Hollywood Trade Daily is likely an offhand reference to Daily Variety, a tabloid covering the entertainment trade. The date of September 13, 1999 is a reference to the day the Moon was blown out of Earth's orbit in the 1975-1977 TV series Space: 1999.

 

The biolithic Gorignak species of Epsilon Gorniar II were once taller than mountains, but erosion has worn them down over the eons to the size seen in the film.

 

The local chapters of the Galaxy Quest Fan Association are often named as NSEA City Name, such as NSEA Tarzana, as Brandon's chapter is known. This is a reference to some Star Trek fan chapters which are named with the U.S.S. City Name format.

 

Sarris' ship was named the K'ragk-Vort't.

 

Episode 31 was titled "The Kreemorian Strikes Back". The title is likely a reference to the film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The Kreemorian Fangor beast, mentioned by Nesmith during his limo ride with the Thermians in the film, first appeared in this episode.

 

Laliari was once reprimanded for reprogramming the ship's computer to make it possible for her to win the annual historical trivia tournament, but the reprimand was later rescinded and she was given a commendation for original thinking. This is a reference to James Kirk's reprogramming of the Kobayashi Maru scenario at Starfleet Academy to allow him to win, as first revealed in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan.

 

Episode 7 was titled "Return to Planet Amexon" and featured the first appearance of Laredo.

 

Dr. Lazarus is the only known survivor of his species after the genocide unleashed by Meechan invaders.

 

Apparently, in the Galaxy Quest world, the subatomic particle called a quark was discovered by Professor J.G. Finkelberg. In the real world, the particle was first described independently by physicists Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig in 1964.

 

The Mak'Tar are a religious sect of the Tev'Meck species.

 

Episode 42 was titled "The Furor With Fuzzoids". Fuzzoids are cute but deadly creatures who are feared by Mank'Nar warriors. The fuzzoids and the episode's title are plays on the Star Trek episode "The Trouble With Tribbles".

 

Episode 40 is titled "For the Moon is Hollow". This episode features purple-skinned moon princess T'prang, a reference to Spock's betrothed, T'Pring, in the ST episode "Amok Time" and to green-skinned Orion slave girls depicted in various ST media. The GQ episode title is a play on the title of the Star Trek episode "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"; additionally, it may be a reference to fringe science theories that Earth's Moon, or even Earth itself, may be hollow, the interior capable of housing a civilization of its own.

 

Episode 62 was titled "Yesterday's Protector". The title is a play on the Star Trek-The Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise".

 

The Galactopedia states that David X. Machina is the creator of Galaxy Quest, but the TV special Galaxy Quest 20th Anniversary: The Journey Continues states that it was Frank Ross.

 

Episode 19 was titled "Terror on Tev'Meck". The Galactopedia states this was the first episode in which the Protector's particle cannon fired red bolts instead of its traditional blue, due to an error in the special effects, causing GQ internet boards to buzz with questions about the continuity enigma. However, the internet as we know it did not exist in the real world at the time the Galaxy Quest TV series is said to have been produced (1979-1982); I guess the internet was created earlier in the world of GQ.

 

Episode 73 was titled "A Wrinkle in Space". This is the infamous introduction of the chompers. The title is a play on that of the 1962 novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle.

 

The Sarris Dominion rules most of the 23rd Quadrant of the Gamma Sector. Of course, there should only be four quadrants of any given unit, by definition.

 

The episode "The Planet of Dr. Garbanian" accidentally shows a Green Bay Packers game on one of the Protector's bridge screens, including a touchdown pass by Brett Favre. However, Favre did not start playing for the NFL until 1991 and not for the Packers until 1992!

 

Episode 13 was titled "The Bivrakium Element" and was shot partially on location at Vasquez Rocks. Vasquez Rocks was the shooting location of most of the Star Trek episode "Arena". The title may be a reference to the Star Trek animated series episode "The Ambergris Element".

 

Episode 12 was titled "The Pupae Farm".

 

Commander Taggart is the most decorated space officer in Earth history. He was previously the navigator on the NSEA Explorer.

 

Episode 9 was titled "The Alpha Beta Directive". Of course, "alpha" and "beta" are the first and second letters of the Greek alphabet, but the title is probably also a tongue-in-cheek reference to the defunct U.S. supermarket chain Alpha Beta (1917-1995).

 

Episode 26 was titled "The Doomsday Equation".

 

In the years since Brandon helped Nesmith and the others survive their adventure on the Protector II, he has gone on to earn a PhD. in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and was accepted to the astronaut program at NASA, even taking his prized model of the Protector with him on his mission aboard the International Space Station (possibly this is the same model we see him building in his room when Nesmith calls him on vox at 1:10:50 in the movie)

 

Unanswered Questions

 

When Nesmith activates the Omega 13 from the bridge, why is he the only one who remembers the 13 seconds of the altered timeline? Why should merely activating the button inure his mind to the effects of the time reversal? 

 

Memorable Dialog

 

we lived to tell the tale.wav

activate the Omega 13.wav

the intrepid crew.wav

I was an actor once.wav

six paragraphs about my boobs.wav

the show must go on.wav

got killed by the lava monster before the first commercial.wav

they really do love him.wav

it's just a television show.wav

you are our last hope.wav

her translator is broken.wav

a cup holder and a couple of Advil.wav

set it on screensaver two.wav

where's my limo?.wav

by Grabthar's hammer what a savings.wav

they were aliens.wav

it's one thing to treat us this way.wav

that was a hell of a thing.wav

historical documents.wav

we're actors, not astronauts.wav

just like Mother used to make.wav

I'm the guy in the episode who dies to prove the situation is serious.wav

perhaps I'm not as stupid as I am ugly.wav

I think we're the green thingy.wav

we heard it the first time.wav

just FYI.wav

that's a bad sound.wav

you broke the ship.wav

that is really getting annoying.wav

those poor people.wav

we'll do that.wav

I'm not kidding.wav

I changed my mind.wav

my character isn't important enough for a last name.wav

are we there yet?.wav

don't open that.wav

self-control.wav

they are so cute.wav

did you guys ever watch the show?.wav

let's get out of here before one of those things kills Guy.wav

are we doing episode 81?.wav

he's wearing a costume, not a uniform.wav

what kind of a signal?.wav

oh, shut up.wav

it's a rock, it doesn't have any vulnerable spots.wav

we are all that is left.wav

the historical documents.wav

you have all done far greater damage than I ever could have.wav

we're all actors.wav

you understand that, don't you, Mathasar?.wav

it's all real.wav

thank Ipthar.wav

screw that.wav

this episode was badly written.wav

whoever wrote this episode should die.wav

that's not right.wav

you shall be avenged.wav

a great commander.wav

take us into the black hole.wav

never give up, never surrender.wav

don't forget.wav

never give up, never surrender 02.wav 

 

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