Galaxy Quest should get the Orville treatment and bring more comedy to space with Tim Allen back in the captain’s chair.
When Tim Allen and the rest of the cast agreed to join Galaxy Quest, no one expected this film to still be this beloved 20+ years later. The movie perfectly caught lightning in the bottle, not only with its brilliant acting and writing but also with its ability to capture what it was like to be a Star Trek fan at the time. The passion, the obsession, the understanding of every little detail of the show; all of that was captured and put into the film.
For those unaware, Galaxy Quest was a 1999 parody of the original Star Trek series with some slight alterations. Generally, though, the show, (set in the ’80s) is a perfect encapsulation of what the original series and it’s stars dealt with behind the scene. Allen played the William Shatner/James Kirk stand-in Jason Nesmith. Much like Shatner in real life, some of Nesmith’s colleagues can’t stand him.
The film has an amazing cast, including Sigourney Weaver, the late Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, Daryl Mitchell, and Enrico Colantoni.
Essentially in the film, a group of real aliens comes to Earth to recruit Nesmith, thinking his show was real and that what they were seeing was broadcasts of their real triumphs. Because of some miscommunication, Nesmith and the rest of the series cast get involved in an interplanetary conflict, and all-out brilliance ensues.
It’s a long-beloved film, and while it didn’t earn its place on its initial release, the franchise is still beloved and cherished today. If a sequel of any sort is going to happen it has to happen soon. These are the three reasons why it would work.