The Orville shows a “funny Star Trek” could work.
We already know a “funny” Star Trek works, thanks to the Orville. While critics lambasted it, the fans of Star Trek absolutely love it. The show mixes classic Star Trek morality laden drama with outlandish humor. It’s done wonders for the fan community and the appreciation is obvious.
So any doubts that a Galaxy Quest show would work in a modern audience should go out the window. The series would absolutely be a hit. With it being a sequel, a dip back into the nostalgia pool, and part of a winning formula, there’s almost no way this show doesn’t make its producers rich.
Some will wonder why have both and that’s a simple answer. While The Orville is a comedic take on the Star Trek series, Galaxy Quest would be a meta take on the near hilarity that happens behind the scenes of Star Trek.
When the film first came out, an on-the-nose parody wasn’t really what fans were looking for. It was a time of the “extreme” and the “real”. Fans wanted to be challenged, with films like The Sixth Sense, the Matrix and Fight Club dominating the box offices, there wasn’t much desire for a series that poked fun at a show that was over 30 years old at the time.
With Star Trek fans not being too fond of Galaxy Quest at the time either, the film really landed on deaf ears. This was at a time when Star Trek was everywhere, but fans were often still mocked for liking it. This caused resentment for parody properties. With geek-culture being integrated into the everyday zeitgeist, it’s very likely that the biggest audience supporting this property would be in fact Trek fans.
If you keep a tight enough budget, that’s all you’d need to have a hit.