Trek Talks
Galaxy Quest

William Shatner
George Takei
Patrick Stewart

Will Wheaton

Brannon Braga

 

WILLIAM SHATNER - Excerpt from StarTrek.com Chat 11/ 8/2001

Shatner:  I thought it was very funny, and I thought the audience that they portrayed was totally real, but the actors that they were pretending to be were totally unrecognizable. Certainly I don't know what Tim Allen was doing. He seemed to be the head of a group of actors and for the life of me I was trying to understand who he was imitating. The only one I recognized was the girl playing Nichelle Nichols.

 

GEORGE TAKEI   -  from SciFi.com interview by Patric Lee

Takei: I think it's a chillingly realistic documentary [laughs]. The details in it, I recognized every one of them. It is a powerful piece of documentary filmmaking. And I do believe that when we get kidnapped by aliens, it's going to be the genuine, true Star Trek fans who will save the day. ... I was rolling in the aisles. And [star] Tim Allen had that Shatner-esque swagger down pat. And I roared when the shirt came off, and [co-star] Sigourney [Weaver] rolls her eyes and says, 'There goes that shirt again.' ...How often did we hear that on the set? [Laughs.]

 

PATRICK STEWART - Excerpt  from BBC Online interview

Stewart: I had originally not wanted to see [Galaxy Quest] because I heard that it was making fun of Star Trek and then Jonathan Frakes rang me up and said You must not miss this movie! See it on a Saturday night in a full theatre. And I did and of course I found it was brilliant. Brilliant.

No one laughed louder or longer in the cinema than I did, but the idea that the ship was saved and all of our heroes in that movie were saved simply by the fact that there were fans who did understand the scientific principles on which the ship worked was absolutely wonderful. And it was both funny and also touching in that it paid tribute to the dedication of these fans.

 

WILL WHEATON - Excerpt from WillWheaton.net 

Wheaton:  So I didn't want to do cons, because it made me feel like a loser, standing there, talking about what I did so many years ago...then I saw "Galaxy Quest".

I *loved* "Galaxy Quest". I thought it was brilliant satire, not only of Trek, but of fandom in general. The only thing I wish they had done was cast me in it, and have me play a freaky fanboy who keeps screaming at the actor who played "the kid" about how awful it was that there was a kid on the spaceship. Alas.

When I saw "Galaxy Quest", I remembered how much fun I used to have at conventions, and I missed it. I missed the interaction with the fans. I missed the chance to tell stories about my life on TNG...but mostly, I missed the sex. The hot, Klingon-forehead-wearing fansex.

WHAT?! Just kidding. I just wanted to see if you were skimming or not.

 

BRANNON BRAGA - Excerpt from The Mothership by Jeff  Bond and Anthony C. Ferrante

Braga: I loved it! Braga says. I laughed all the way through it--Tim Russ and I watched that movie and we absolutely loved it. It was definitely making fun of STAR TREK and science fiction shows and science fiction fans and people who make the shows, it poked fun at the genre, but it did it very well. And I have to think if youre a STAR TREK fan youd find it even funnier than a normal person. And of course it made me a little depressed because the things they were making fun of were things we take far too seriously. I saw TREKKIES and I enjoyed that, but GALAXY QUEST I think is the best parody that Ive seen done of STAR TREK. It was well-done.

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