History Film / GalaxyQuest

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* YouCanAlwaysTellALiar: During the final confrontation between ''The Protector'' and Sarris' ship, Jason notes that he can tell Sarris' cool demeanor to be a put-on because he is sweating.
-->'''Sarris''': If you are counting on me to blink, then you are making a deadly mistake.
-->'''Jason''': It doesn't take a great actor to recognize a bad one. You're sweating!
13th Aug '17 12:20:52 AM Gideoncrawle
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Released in 2000, ''Galaxy Quest'' is superficially based on a little-known Canadian TV series of the same name, but is really an AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'', which the ''Galaxy Quest'' TV series [[FollowTheLeader closely copied]].



This AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ([[JustForFun/XMeetsY with aspects of]] the film ''Film/ThreeAmigos'') [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on most of its tropes. The film won the UsefulNotes/HugoAward for Best Dramatic Presentation, and the writers accepted the award almost in tears because they were so pleased that the Sci-Fi community "got it" -- that the film was a [[AffectionateParody valentine]], not a [[TakeThat sneer]]. And some fans consider it an [[SpiritualAdaptation honorary]] ''Star Trek'' film to begin with (especially because including it in the timeline helps keep the StarTrekMovieCurse straight).

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This AffectionateParody of ''Franchise/StarTrek'' ([[JustForFun/XMeetsY with aspects of]] the film ''Film/ThreeAmigos'') The story [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] lampshades]] on most of its tropes. The film won the UsefulNotes/HugoAward for Best Dramatic Presentation, and the writers accepted the award almost in tears because they were so pleased that the Sci-Fi community "got it" -- that the film was a [[AffectionateParody valentine]], not a [[TakeThat sneer]]. And some fans consider it an [[SpiritualAdaptation honorary]] ''Star Trek'' film to begin with (especially because including it in the timeline helps keep the StarTrekMovieCurse straight).
12th Aug '17 1:34:47 PM eroock
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'''Character tropes go on to the [[Characters/GalaxyQuest Characters Sheet]].'''
12th Aug '17 7:50:11 AM eroock
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* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels. "Oooh, that's just not right!"
12th Aug '17 7:49:45 AM eroock
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* DittoAliens: The blue-skinned "miner" aliens are almost impossible to tell apart.



* {{Jerkass}}: Some guys Jason heard talking negatively about the show in the restroom that causes him go into a HeroicBSOD CreatorBreakdown. It's further emphasized when you realize they paid money to go to a convention just to mock the show, the cast and the fans. Unfortunately, their [[JerkassHasAPoint gossip seems to not be completely unfounded]].



* {{Killer Rabbit}}s: The beryllium miners. While the rest of the crew is {{Squee}}ing about how adorable the child-like alien miners are, the very GenreSavvy Guy worries, "Oh, sure, they're cute now. But they're going to get mean. And they're going to get ugly somehow. And there's going to be thousands of them." Seconds later, he's proved right.
-->'''Guy:''' ''(frustrated)'' Did you guys ever '''''watch''''' the show?!



* MonstrousCannibalism: The inhabitants of the desert planet. One of their number comes out of the mine with a limp. It's promptly pounced on and eaten the moment its back is turned.



* NoEnding: In-universe. The original series of ''Galaxy Quest'' ended on a CliffHanger between episodes 9293.
12th Aug '17 6:42:25 AM eroock
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: The Thermians arrrrrrre... notverygood at imitating human speech-patterns.



* AscendedExtra: Guy, in-universe. He played a RedShirt on one episode of the show. At the end, when the show is re-launched, he makes the opening credits. He doubles as an AscendedFanboy, since it seems he was a fan who managed to score a background role in the show.



* BeautyEqualsGoodness:
** Subverted with the Thermians, who the cast and audience are led to believe are pale but handsome humanoids that are also friendly, helpful, and generally benign. They're actually StarfishAliens covered in tentacles who use "appearance generators", and are less human than Sarris and his crew, but still nicer.
** Subverted with the inhabitants of the planet they visit, who appear childlike and cute until the fangs come out. Lampshaded (like most of the film) by Guy.
--->'''Guy:''' In a minute they're going to get mean, and they're going to get ugly somehow, and there's going to be a million more of them.



* BigBad: Sarris is TheLeader of the evil aliens and the reason that Thermians called the main cast to help them. DiscussedTrope between Jason and Laliari:
--> '''Jason''': Sarris is the bad guy, right?
--> '''Laliari''': Oh, yes, sir. He's a very bad man indeed. He has [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured our scientists]], [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture put us to work in the gallium arsenide mines]], [[SexSlave captured our females for his own demented purposes]]...
--> '''Jason''': Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I got the picture.



* BizarreAlienPsychology: The Thermians have only recently been exposed to the idea of dishonesty. They cannot imagine any reason to say something that is not the absolute truth, and therefore have no concept of fiction in storytelling, leading them to confuse the cast of a ''Franchise/StarTrek''-like TV show for real-life spacefaring heroes. Averted by their enemies; Sarris figures out what's going on the second he sees a clip of the show.



* BoldExplorer: Commander Peter Quincy Taggart, the bold [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Captain Kirk]] {{Expy}} from the eponymous ShowWithinAShow.



* BridgeBunny: Gwen's character, as a parody. All she does is repeat what the computer says.
* BrutalHonesty: One of the Thermians describes the pig-lizard's teleporter mishap very matter-of-factly. Much to Jason's dismay, since the teleporter is his only way off the planet.
-->'''Thermian:''' But the animal is inside out--\\
[''splat'']\\
--And it exploded.



* BuxomIsBetter: In-universe, this was one of Gwen's character's key attributes.



* CannotTellALie: The Thermians have no concept of lying or fiction in their culture. They don't even have ''acting''. The protagonists learn this the hard way. It gets even worse in that they're beginning to learn about malicious lying from Sarris, but still have no concept of benign fiction not intended to deceive.
* CannotTellFictionFromReality: The Thermians have this as one of their [[PlanetOfHats hats]]. They lament the plight of the castaways in ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
* CaptainObvious: Gwen's only job on the ship was to repeat what the computer says. {{Lampshaded}}.
-->'''Tommy:''' You know, that is getting ''really'' annoying!\\
'''Gwen:''' I have '''one''' job on this lousy ship--it's '''stupid''', but I'm going to do it, OK?!
* CargoCult: the Thermians are an inversion of real-life cargo cults: they produce real, working technology based on nonfunctional, for-show templates.



* CasanovaWannabe: Guy. In a blink-and-miss moment, where he tries to hit on a female stage hand, she brushes him off for being a [[MyBelovedSmother mother boy]].



* ColdHam: Tony Shaloub's character, who hilariously underreacts to everything.



* DeadpanSnarker: Alexander's every scene is dry, snarky and bitter.



* DumbBlonde: Gwen's character in the show itself. (Sigourney Weaver stated that her IQ [[BecomingTheMask dropped significantly]] every time she put on the wig...)



* EyepatchOfPower: Sarris wears one after surviving the first attack. At least he's doing better than his first officer...
* TheFace: Parodied like [[AffectionateParody everything else in the movie]]. The fact that Gwen has no technical specialty is pointed out: Her 'social skills' amount to "repeating everything the computer says."



* FauxActionGirl: Gwen's character, in-universe. She is shown kicking ass in the ''Galaxy Quest'' intro, but her role on the show is to recite what the computer says.



* [[GranolaGirl Granola Guy]]: Fred. After his team solves a problem, he has a GroupHug with them.
* GreenAndMean: Sarris and the rest of the Fatu-Krey soldiers.



* HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight: Alexander Dane, played to perfection by Creator/AlanRickman. You can ''feel'' the self-loathing as he has to say [[CatchPhrase "that stupid line"]]. However, he's ready to bask in adulation for saving the Thermians -- until they all yell joyously that "Commander Taggart has saved us!"
-->'''Dane:''' [''sighing''] It's just not fair.



* HellishPupils: Sarris's eyes are yellowish-green with dual pupils (one large one and a smaller one next to it).



* HumanAliens: Subverted when it turns out that the cephalopod-like Thermians use "appearance generators" to put the visiting Earthlings at ease (and presumably, to man the ''Protector II'' prior to their arrival); much to Fred's delight and [[SickAndWrong Guy's dismay]].
* HumorlessAliens: The Thermians have no sense of humor, until the end where they laugh at the "trick" Jason pulled off on Sarris. "The ship was a model! Only ''this'' big!"



* InnocentAliens:
** The Thermians. For example, the concept of deception is so completely foreign to them they don't know what actors are.
** Subverted with the miners, who look cuddly and sweet, but are sadistic cannibals.



* {{Jerkass}}: Some guys Jason heard talking negatively about the show in the restroom that causes him go into a HeroicBSOD CreatorBreakdown. It's further emphasized when you realize they paid money to go to a convention just to mock the show, the cast and the fans. Unfortunately, their [[JerkassHasAPoint gossip seems to not be completely unfounded]].



* KidHeroAllGrownUp: Tommy Weber (Daryl Mitchell) played Lt. Laredo on the show, a parody of kid prodigies like ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s Wesley Crusher. At the time of the movie, he's 20 years older, and being put in the position of ''being'' that prodigy he played on the series two decades earlier.



* KnightOfCerebus: Sarris is an extremely disturbing villain for a PG-rated movie. A genocidal sadistic torturer who not only [[spoiler:guns down most of the main characters]] but [[OffWithHisHead beheads]] his second-in-command, and, to top it all off, he has a horror-worthy design. And, because he's a real alien military leader, he's significantly more GenreSavvy than the average villain in a movie of this type. It takes [[spoiler: a maneuver no one in their right mind would do AND the activation of the Omega-13 AND some deft shooting skills from Jason/Taggart to finally take him down.]]



* LargeHam:
** Tim Allen has to parody one of [[Creator/WilliamShatner the biggest hams in television history]]. He does so with gusto.
** The actor playing Sarris (Robin Sachs) hams it up considerably as well.
* LastOfHisKind: The Thermians on board the ''Protector'' are all what's left of their race.



* TheMeanBrit: [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra Sir Alexander Dane]], of the JerkWithAHeartOfGold variety.



* MsFanservice: Gwen [=DeMarco=], and she's well aware of it.
-->'''Gwen''': "My TVGuide interview was [[BuxomIsBetter six paragraphs about my boobs]] and [[FormFittingWardrobe how they fit into my suit]]!"
** Worth mentioning: when ''Magazine/TVGuide'' interviewed Jeri Ryan about playing Seven of Nine, a good chunk of the article was about her costume and how exactly she filled it out. Clearly, the writers [[ShownTheirWork did the research]]...



* MyBelovedSmother: Downplayed. In a blink-and-miss scene, we learn from a stage hand that Guy still lives with his mother.



* NoNameGiven: Guy was one of these in the show, identified only as "Crew Member #6". His panic over the fact that this was connected to his RedShirt status leads to him freaking out and apparently forgetting that he actually has a name in real life:
-->'''Gwen:''' Guy, you ''have'' a last name.\\
'''Guy''': "''[[SanitySlippage Do I?]]'' '''[[SanitySlippage DO I?!]]'''"
** If you listen carefully, though, you will hear Jason addressing him as "Fleegman" once when they're on the desert planet.



* NoSuchThingAsAlienPopCulture: The Thermians obviously don't have a pop-culture of their own, otherwise they would have seen through the sham of the Galaxy Quest TV series not being real. Sarris's race apparently does, since he realizes what he's seeing immediately.



* OctopoidAliens: The Thermians have this as their default form, but [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith they disguise themselves as humans so that the main cast will understand them.]]



* PerpetualSmiler: The Thermians always have some sort of smile on their faces, [[DissonantSerenity even when being tortured]]



* PluckyComicRelief: Guy is told that he can survive because he might be this instead of a RedShirt.



* PrettyBoy: Each of the Thermians... or should we say, [[StarfishAliens their holographic disguises]].
* PromotionToOpeningTitles: Guy, who formerly played a RedShirt on the canceled ShowWithinAShow, plays the chief of security on the relaunched series.



* RavenHairIvorySkin: The Thermians invoke this with their appearance generators. Their study of "historical documents" obviously indicated that this was a pleasing image for humans.



* RedShirt: Guy spends most of the film terrified that he will die since it was his only role on the show. Inverted, in that [[spoiler: when Sarris goes on a killing spree, Guy is the only character ''not'' killed or mortally wounded]]. He gets upgraded to a supporting character when the show relaunches, even getting name-dropped on the new show's title screen. Although it should be noted that he becomes the security chief, a position held by the late [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Tasha Yar]]...
-->'''Gwen:''' We've gotta get out of here before one of those things kills Guy!



* RubberForeheadAliens: Alexander Dane as Doctor Lazarus is a ''literal'' rubber forehead alien. In fact, Alexander is ''never'' seen without the prosthetic during the entire film, including at home, and even when it's half torn.



* SciFiBobHaircut: The Thermians's human holograms all include this as the hairstyle.



* SixthRanger: Guy gets a promotion from RedShirt to crewmember. [[spoiler: Not only in real life, but in the show's eventual resurrection]].



* StarfishAliens: The Thermians in their native form look like [[RuleThirtyFour an octopus mating with a squid]]. Sarris' insectoid race are standard PeopleInRubberSuits.
* StarfishLanguage: When the Thermians' translators are broken (or not on), their speech sounds like shrieking mixed with NailsOnABlackboard. The DVD release contains a Thermian Language audio track, so you can listen to the ENTIRE MOVIE like this if you wish.



* StatuesqueStunner: Gwen, as she's portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, is over six feet tall.



* TheStoner: Fred Kwan.
** Even though the drug references were removed, one might notice he's eating something in every scene, and is asked "are you high?" at one point.



* {{Stripperiffic}}: Gwen's uniform, more so after ClothingDamage.



* TokenMinority:
** Laredo.
** Parodied with the InUniverse Lebanese-American Tony Shalhou as Tech Sergeant Chen [[FakeNationality somehow]] being representative of a Chinese character. When the Thermians are naming the crew, he narrows his eyes when his character's name is spoken. Apparently, that's supposed to be enough to make him seem Chinese.
** This may actually be a nod to the fact that the Chinese-surnamed Dr. Soong was played by the very-definitely-not Asian Brent Spiner.



* TookTheBadFilmSeriously: InUniverse. Alexander admonishes Jason for never being serious as an actor. This indicates that Alexander, despite being a [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra Shakespearean actor]], brought his A-game to even a schlocky syndicated sci-fi show.



* TranslatorMicrobes: The Thermians do not speak English. They use a device for that.



* UnfazedEveryman: Fred is the only actor who is not fazed by the teleporation or his crush turning into her true form.



* UnfortunateName: "Guy Fleegman" -- and that's the ''actor's'' name - in the show, he was just "Crewman #6". [[spoiler: When he joins the cast of the new series, he's given the AwesomeMcCoolname 'Roc Ingersol']].



* YouAreNumberSix: Guy's original character is Crewman Number Six. [[spoiler: When the ShowWithinAShow gets rebooted, this is averted as he's re-cast as Chief Of Security.]]
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** Jason when Mathesar tells him that the SpaceClouds in front of them are actually SpaceMines.
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* AnalProbing: The crew believes this to be happening to them after their arrival at the star port, when three of the Thermians approach them in their true forms with probing tools in their tentacle hands.



* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens and closes with [[ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack the Galaxy Quest theme]] -- Starting with [[ShowWithinAShow the end of the last episode]], and ending with the title theme of the renewed series.

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* {{Bookends}}: The movie opens and closes with [[ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack the Galaxy Quest theme]] -- Starting with [[ShowWithinAShow the end of the last episode]], and ending with the title theme of the renewed series. Also the actors are being called on stage by a presenter at start and end.



* CoincidentalBroadcast: When Jason zaps through the TV channels on his home TV he comes across an episode of "Galaxy Quest" which he then tries to lipsynch to.



* PromptingNudge: Gwen gives one of these to Alexander during their store-opening gig.

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* PromptingNudge: During a promotion at a store-opening, Gwen gives one of these has to nudge fellow actor Alexander during their store-opening gig.to get him to once again spit out his character's despised catchphrase.


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* TheStinger: After the credits have rolled we hear Mathesar boasting [[BorrowedCatchphrase "Never give up. Never surrender."]]


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* YouGetMeCoffee: Laredo is told to practice flying instead of joining the other characters in saving the ship.
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* ChekhovsTimeTravel: The time-machine device that allows the user to go back 13 seconds into the past, just enough time to correct a mistake. It's mentioned early in the film but then dismissed and not used until the end.
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* AchievementsInIgnorance: The Thermians construct a fully-functional, spaceworthy StarShip, complete with WarpDrive, holographic communication, and {{Teleportation}}, all based off designs they saw in "Historical Documents" (read: episodes of ''Galaxy Quest''), not realizing that the show was fictional and that none of the technologies portrayed existed.

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* AchievementsInIgnorance: AchievementsInIgnorance:
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The Thermians construct a fully-functional, spaceworthy StarShip, complete with WarpDrive, holographic communication, and {{Teleportation}}, all based off designs they saw in "Historical Documents" (read: episodes of ''Galaxy Quest''), not realizing that the show was fictional and that none of the technologies portrayed existed.
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