Fridge / Galaxy Quest

Fridge Brilliance
  • The Thermians in human form walk weirdly, with their arms thrust out and down. Seeing their true form makes you realize there's more limbs (tentacles), and they all extend downward naturally.
  • The Omega-13 is on the ship, but nobody knows what it does, because the show was canceled too early. The Thermians themselves aren't certain, building it exactly as they could without any certainty as to its purpose, only that it could be used by Sarris for great evil. Sarris doesn't know, but wants it because the Thermians are willing to die to keep it from him. Cast and crew don't know. How is it, then, that it works exactly as a fan describes in his own conjecture? Nesmith initially believes the Thermians are doing an exceptionally well-done fanvid. He's impressed, but not surprised — he's seen it before, if not done this well. The Thermians can't tell reality from fiction even on obvious sets, like Gilligan's Island. The fan who described the Omega-13's function wasn't right because he had better insight into the show, since the Thermians took everything at face value. He was right because the Thermians watched fanvids, believed them a continuation of the original "historical document" due to fans' attention to detail, and followed the designs of the fans. Or else they thought along the same lines as the human fans: the Omega Thirteen is either a bomb that destroys the entire universe in thirteen seconds or a thirteen-second time jump to the past. And since the universe isn't destroyed, it must be the second option.
  • What did the Thermians think of shows that had canned laughter, or even a live studio audience? They must think it's the documentary makers laughing. Wow. The people filming Gilligan and co are bastards.
    • We know they're bastards, because they didn't take everybody (except Gilligan) home when they left the island.
  • In the scene where the actors are taking the shuttle down to the alien planet, Fred can be seen eating one of those Kraft cheese and breadstick snack packs. Granted, the Thermians can synthesize human food, but this seems like a rather esoteric choice. But a deleted scene in the movie reveals that Fred is high on marijuana the entire time. So, he probably carries snacks around with him all the time in case he gets the munchies when out and about.
  • The Thermians modeled their entire civilization around the television show "Galaxy Quest," including their hero-worship. However, since the crew of the NSEA Protector are humans, the Thermians do not seem to believe that their own species is capable of great acts of courage or heroism, which is why they enlist Nesmith to overlook their negotiations. By the end, however, not only does Mathesar have Nesmith’s recognition as a great commander, but with new "historical documents" coming out (the show has been revived), the Thermians are finally able to watch and mimic the brave exploits of one of their own - Laliari.
  • The intro to the rebooted Galaxy Quest show is much less action-y than the original, showing the crew doing day-to-day activities on the ship and almost coming across as a Reconstruction. The cast is taking their roles much more seriously because if the thermians read them as "historical documents," some other species might do the same (and of course, the thermians are still watching somewhere out there, too).
  • It's mentioned several times how useless Gwen's character's purpose on the show ( to talk to/repeat the computer) is. However, having the computer programmed to recognize and respond to only one voice on the ship would ensure that no accidental commands are followed, especially when things got chaotic on the bridge (i.e. during the flight through the minefield or the final battle between the Protector and Sarris).
  • From one of the deleted scenes: Thermian engineers ask Sgt. Chen/Fred Kwan for assistance in explaining some unusual readings on their instruments. Rather than actually do anything, Fred simply asks some questions of the Thermians, who, in turn, identify the problem and solution for themselves. Fred Kwan actually taught the aliens critical thinking skills!

Fridge Horror
  • We sure hope no one was in the parking lot or the part of the building the ship crashed into at the end.
    • There were; you can see several people at the convention running for their lives as the ship crashed in to the stage. Let's just hope they're all okay!
  • The Thermians probably thought the Gilligan's Island episodes were Apocalyptic Logs, since you'd think they'd have been rescued by the camera crew had they really been lost.
    • Unless they were also lost.
  • Mathesar is horrified to find out that his heroes have lied to him and the Thermians about the show's true nature, but after the climax is apparently of a mind that they were actually lying to Sarris about being actors. He now thinks lying is something that can occasionally be used for good, but doesn't understand that Jason's white lies (made when he thought everything was fine) led to cataclysmic consequences anyway. He definitely doesn't seem to get that any benefits of Jason's deceit were entirely accidental.

Fridge Logic

On the headscratchers page.