1 Days Left to Support a Troper-Created Project : Personal Space (discuss)

Trivia / Galaxy Quest

  • Actor-Shared Background: Alexander Dane's resentment of being Typecast following his famous television role reflects on his actor Rickman similarly trying to avoid typecasting as a villain following his Breakout Role as Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Also, both Dane and Rickman came from Shakespearian acting backgrounds.
  • Based on a True Story: A Star Trek fanfic with a similar plot, Jean Lorrah and Willard F. Hunt's "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited", was originally published in the zine ''Spockanalia'' (more here) in 1967, and was reprinted in the 1970s in Star Trek: The New Voyages, an anthology of fanfics edited by Sondra Marshak, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, and Myrna Culbreath. In the story, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, and DeForest Kelley are accidentally beamed to the actual U.S.S. Enterprise in a crisis with the Klingons. note 
  • Casting Gag: Sigourney Weaver, Action Girl from the Alien film series playing a Bridge Bunny.
  • Deleted Scene: Several, including Fred taking pot, Gwen using Distracted by the Sexy to take out some mooks and a Placebo Eureka Moment by an unknown Thermian.
  • Fake Nationality: Parodied with Lebanese-American Tony Shalhoub playing Chinese-named Fred Kwan/Sgt. Chen, a reference to Japanese-American George Takei playing totally not Japanese-named Sulu on Star Trek, Englishman Patrick Stewart playing French Jean-Luc Picard on TNG, and Canadian James Doohan playing Scotty, a Scotsman.
    • Kwan isn't even his real name. He visibly squints for the camera in an attempt to make his eyes look Asian, which doesn't really help as Shalhoub's eyes naturally curve downwards.
  • Enforced Method Acting: When the crew first arrives on the ship and Guy screams in terror, Sigourney Weaver nearly jumps out of her skin in shock. Apparently the director (purposely) didn't tell her that that was about to happen.
  • Genius Bonus: Gallium Arsenide is the primary component required for the production of laser diodes.
  • Name's the Same: A very different Jason Nesmith is a singer-songwriter, and son of The Monkees' Michael Nesmith.
  • Playing Against Type:
    • Sigourney Weaver stated that her role was a parody of her iconic role as Ripley. Gwen was the opposite of the progressive sci-fi heroine, being a "dumb blonde".
    • Alan Rickman, who normally plays dark, emotionless characters and often villains, playing a sarcastic, dissatisfied actor in a comedy.
  • Slash Fic: The one somewhat unrealistic element in the convention scenes was the fangirls desperately hoping Taggart and Madison had or would have a "thing". A very few years after Star Trek went off the air, the majority of its fandom had vectored off in the direction of Kirk and Spock having a "thing". Of course, you couldn't show that in a 1999 film, so they went with Roddenberry's original idea of hinting that Kirk and Rand had a "thing".
  • Truth in Television:
    • According to George Takei, the line "There goes the shirt again" was actually said fairly often by the original Star Trek cast.
    • Dragging mines in hope of running them into an enemy was once a real naval tactic, in the form of Torpedo Boats (Torpedoes were originally named for an electric ray which preferred to lay still and zap the sin right out of anything stupid enough to get close). Seeing as how this was both very difficult and very dangerous, later designs moved the torpedo to a spar on the front of the boat, and eventually someone got the bright idea to just put the boat's engine on the torpedo and let the thing sail itself into the enemy without the boat attached.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Prior to release, this movie was met with disdain by Trek Alumns, who assumed that this was going to be a mean-spirited parody of the show that made them famous and the fans of that show who love them. This perception quickly changed as it became apparent on release that this was instead an Affectionate Parody. Some expressed regret that they did not participate on the film in retrospect. Particularly Wil Wheaton who suggested he could have had a cameo where he insults Tommy Webber for his Teen Genius Kid-Appeal Character.
    • Following tropes ended up in the Deleted Scenes:
      • Mars Needs Women: When Jason Nesmith and Gwen DeMarco are attempting to shut down the reactor, they are held up by two of Sarris' men. One of them is strangely attracted to Gwen, which disgusts the other one, who claims that he'd sooner mate with an animal. ("Yes... I know.") Gwen is disgusted by the first one's attraction and pissed off at the second one's insult, so she makes the ship's computer squash them underneath a blast door.
      • Nobody Poops: Lampshaded in one scene, where one of the Thermians mentions to Alexander that Earth's "historical documents" did not contain any information regarding waste facilities on the ship and "we extrapolated based on your anatomy" — revealing what looked to be the most horrendously painful toilet ever created.
      • Placebo Eureka Moment: In a deleted scene, a Thermian crew member has one of these while being tested by Tech Sergeant Chen doing a Parrot Exposition.
      • The Power of Acting: When Jason is fighting the rock monster, Alexander's advice is to attempt to figure out its "motivation". One deleted scene shows Alex "entering the mind" of the rock monster through method acting, deducing that what it really wants is peace and quiet. And, as the climax of the film reveals, he was right.
      • Stripperiffic: In the film we see Gwen's uniform undergo Clothing Damage. In a Deleted Scene, she uses it to her advantage.
    • Harold Ramis was attached to the film as director at one point, and wanted Kevin Kline or Alec Baldwin as Jason Nesmith. He left after Tim Allen got cast.