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.
Galaxy Quest convention is similar to
Star Trek conventions.
Guy states that
he was in
81 in 1982,
where he was
killed by a lava
This is a
reference to the
shirts" on the
who are easily
killed in the
course of the
(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.)
character of Dr.
Lazarus seems to
be a cross
Spock on the
and Lt. Worf on
Star Trek-The Next Generation.
- The large
on the bridge of
is similar to
the one seen on
the bridge of
- The handheld
device called a
vox used by the
crew flips open,
similar to the
that powers the
flux drive is a
reference to the
power the warp
drive of the
- The digital
is docked is
to the drydock
seen in Star
- Tech Sgt.
Chen (Fred) has
to deliver the
ship is breaking
to the commander
surface pod of
is similar to
to Nesmith on
planet to look
should be able
weapons from the
available to him
on Cestus III in
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
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
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
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
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
At 2:21 on the DVD, a
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
is a Japanese automobile manufacturer, generally known for their
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
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
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
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
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
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
As Nesmith is about to head back to Earth, Mathasar hands him an
interstellar communications device called a vox. "Vox" is Latin for
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
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
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
At 23:51 on the DVD, a package of
Final paper towels are seen on top of the microwave.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
As the ship is hurtling towards the Earth's surface at
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
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
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
Guy Fleegman is seen to have joined the crew as Security Chief Roc
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
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
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.
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
Grabthar was a king of the Tev'meck, uniting them during the Great
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.)
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
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
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
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
Trek-The Next Generation episode "Yesterday's Enterprise".
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
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 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
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).
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?
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