Star Trek actors Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes really loved Galaxy Quest.
Star Trek: The Next Generation saw Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes play the roles of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Commander Wiliam Riker for all seven seasons and did so lovingly. The television show turned into a film franchise and the standard bearer for Star Trek was cemented in the eyes of many. Turns out, however, that despite the sincerity that both men played their roles with, they absolutely loved Galaxy Quest; the film that poked fun at Trek.
Galaxy Quest is beloved by many in the Trek fandom. It’s almost a spot on Star Trek film but told from a different lens; actors forced into a Trek film and asked to save the galaxy. It’s zany, quirky, and wonderful. So it’s no surprise that Stewart and Frakes adored the film. It captured their life after all.
"Colldier: I have to ask you. I obviously, and I’m sure you love it as well, I love Galaxy Quest.FRAKES: Oh my God.Collider: I just have to know, what was it like for you watching that film for the first time?FRAKES: I was at the CineramaDome in LA, and I saw it on a Saturday morning, or Saturday matinee. As I got out of the movie the first thing I did was call Patrick, who was in Toronto, I think, shooting X-Men. I said, “Dude, I just saw a movie that is about us and captures us like they’ve been reading our mail.” Patrick saw it that night. Then went again on the Sunday. And it was, I mean, some of the stuff in it is so on the nose and so accurate, and perfect, and funny. And Rickman. Rickman with the peeling makeup. Stuff that LeVar’s character does. I mean, it’s a favorite. I don’t know why that sequels never been made. I gather it’s encumbered with a lot of people who need money before they even shot, but this seems rife for a remake."
Star Trek fans want a Galaxy Quest sequel too
We as well don’t understand why a sequel to Galaxy Quest hasn’t been made yet. Yes, with the passing of Alan Rickman there isn’t as much as a push to get it done but there have been rumors of a sequel film or series in the work for some time now.
It’s unknown if we’ll ever get it made, but if it does, I hope that Frakes is involved in some form. He’s been such a steady hand for Star Trek after all these years, and he’s worked on The Orville, a show made in the vein of the classic Star Trek series of the 80s and 90s.
So it’d be nice to see Frakes get involved in all of Trek’s illegitimate children; so to speak.