“Never give up, never surrender,” so goes the motto of Galaxy Quest, the fictional series that serves as the basis for the 1999 cult film. While the movie did okay at the box office, Star Trek fans and lovers of all things science-fiction glommed onto it after it appeared on home video. Their reasoning was simple - it’s one of the best sci-fi comedy movies and one of the best Star Trek movies that (technically) never existed.
Galaxy Quest follows a group of washed-up actors who are famous for a TV show that was canceled years ago; it’s basically the life story of everyone from the original Star Trek series. When those actors are abducted by aliens, they suddenly have to go on a real adventure. The movie could have been full of schlocky jokes at the expense of Star Trek and its fans, but it turned out to be a soulfully interesting take on fandom, celebrity, and science fiction.
Whether you didn't know about Galaxy Quest until now or you’re a long-time fan, you’ll find the people behind the film all loved making the movie, and that’s why it still works decades later.
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