"The Journey Continues"
Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues #1 (IDW)
Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Nacho Arranz
Cover by Nacho Arranz
actor-crew's actions in space aboard the Protector
years ago come back to haunt them.
Due to Nesmith having activated the Omega 13 and setting time
back by 13 seconds (in
Galaxy Quest) a
rebellion against the technocracy on the planet Dryth failed and
the rebellion's leader has vowed to make whoever was responsible
for activating an Omega 13 device pay.
Years later, the follow-up TV show to
Galaxy Quest, Galaxy
Quest: The Continuing Adventures is a hit on Earth, as well
as being followed by the Thermians on New Thermia. At a
convention appearance, Nesmith is contacted by Brandon, who has
learned of shape-shifting lizard people coming to Earth to
conquer the planet. Nesmith is skeptical, but while trying to
calm the young man down at his TV-star pad, he comes
face-to-face with a lookalike of himself.
CONTINUED IN GALAXY QUEST: THE JOURNEY CONTINUES #2
Notes from the Galaxy Quest Chronology
Page 7 of this issue indicates the story takes place some years
after the events of
Galaxy Quest, hence it
would also be some years after the events of the
mini-series which took place shortly after
The Journey Continues
was a 4-issue
mini-series published by IDW.
Apparently IDW did not have the rights to the likenesses of the
actors who appeared in the
film, for the artist's depictions here do not resemble them at
Pages 1-6 take place concurrently with events near the end of
The desert planet Dryth gets its name from the Old English word
"dryth" meaning "dryness".
The scene on page 3 is from Galaxy
Quest, when Sarris kills most of the Protector's
bridge personnel and Taggart activates the Omega 13, reversing time
by 13 seconds.
Page 7 indicates the story takes place some years after the events
of Galaxy Quest.
Brandon is now working at the California Center for Scientific
Advancement in San Francisco. This is a fictitious institution,
possibly named for the
Center for Scientific Advancement that appears in the
massively multiplayer online science-fiction role-playing game. The
Galactopedia on the 2009 U.S. Blu-Ray release of
Galaxy Quest indicates that
after the events of the film, Brandon went on to earn a Ph.D. in
Aerospace Engineering from MIT and was accepted to the astronaut
program at NASA.
Brandon's office is seen to hold a number of statues and busts of
sci-fi/fantasy characters, most of which seem to be fairly generic creatures
or demons. One bust on his desk, seen only from behind, looks like
On page 7, panel 2, a poster on Brandon's office wall has an image
of the NSEA Protector with faces of characters that appear to be
Dr. Lazarus and Lt. Tawny Madison. The logo on
it reads simply "GalaxyQ!"
Brandon is speaking on his interstellar vox to an alien scientist
named Adnar. Adnar appears to be a new character not previously
Brandon tells Adnar that there are rumors of a movie in the works
and mentions the season finale, which was the second part of "The
Scarab of Antares". Presumably his references are to
Galaxy Quest sequel TV series which had a pilot
made as seen at the end of Galaxy
Quest and aired at the end of
"Inherit a Cosmic Wind".
Adnar remarks that part one of "The Scarab of Antares" left him and
others in the interstellar community wondering how the hordes of
Sulimak will be defeated.
Page 10 opens at the So-Cal Comic Expo. This appears to be a
fictional comic book convention, probably based on the annual
Comic-Con (though there is a smaller comic-centric convention in
recent years called
So Cal Comic
Con as well).
A poster for something called 1936 is seen at the expo on
page 10, panel 1.
On page 10, the expo crowd gets to watch an episode of
Galaxy Quest: The Continuing Adventures
(apparently they changed the name of the series from the pilot's
Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues, as seen at the end of Galaxy
Quest. From the panel host's
comment at the end of the episode, it is either the season two
finale or the season three opener. It features the GQ version of
Star Trek's original mirror universe episode of evil versions
of our heroes (the ST original series episode "Mirror, Mirror"),
here from the Galactic War Collective instead of the "good"
universe's National Space Exploration Administration.
The episode played at the expo implies that Taggart is now a
commodore in the TV series.
Apparently one of the titles of the mirror/evil Taggart is "Butcher
of the Tertiary".
In the mirror universe of this episode, Dr. Lazarus has a goatee,
just like the mirror Spock of the Star Trek episode
At the end of the TV episode, the mirror Taggart orders Dr. Lazarus
to take the mainstream Taggart to the Misery Pit. The Misery Pit
must be analogous to the agony booth of the mirror universe in
Brandon's description of the shape-shifting lizard people is similar
to the real world theories presented by conspiracy researcher David
Icke, who claims that shape-shifting reptilian humanoids manipulate
and, in fact, largely control, human affairs on Earth.
Why was the name of the follow-up TV series changed from
Galaxy Quest: The Journey Continues
Galaxy Quest: The Continuing Adventures?
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