Galaxy Quest was arguably one of the best sci-fi flicks of the 90’s. The movie was a funny, not-so-subtle parody of Star Trek, that spoke to both audiences and critics alike. In fact, included in the director commentary for the 2009 Star Trek reboot, J.J. Abrams called Galaxy Quest “one of the best Star Trek movies ever made”. The movie follows the cast of Galaxy Quest, a science fiction television series that was cancelled decades before, as they discover that much of what they portrayed on the show was made reality by a peaceful alien race who believe the episodes are documentaries. The crew soon find themselves traveling through space in real life and fighting for the survival of the race that depends on them. Like the original Trek series, fans who loved the Galaxy Quest movie refuse to let it die, and it turns out they aren’t the only ones.
MTV recently gave Galaxy Quest the oral history treatment where it was revealed that most of the original cast, including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Long, and Sam Rockwell, as well as writer Robert Gordon and producer Mark Johnson, are all on board should the opportunity for a sequel arise. Not only that, but according to Tim Allen, who played the Shatner-esque Jason Quincy Taggart in the movie, there’s even a completed script out there.
Tim Allen: There’s a sequel somewhere. It’s written, but I haven’t really gotten a straight answer about it, but Hollywood is a very peculiar place. It is none of my business.
Writer Robert Gordon: On the record, I definitely have ideas for a sequel. Off the record, OK, turn your recorder off.
Well, if that isn’t a tease, I don’t know what is. There is definitely a demand for a sequel, and fans won’t stop bringing it up anytime they have the chance.
Justin Long: So many people ask me about a sequel.
Producer Mark Johnson: If we announced a sequel or a TV show, there’d be genuine excitement, not “It’s too late.” We’ve tried. I’d do it, Dean would do it. But we need Bob. It’s a Bob Gordon joint, but Bob is a very specific guy.
Sam Rockwell: F–k yeah, a sequel would be amazing. If it was a respectful script to “Galaxy Quest.”
Sigourney Weaver: Tell Bob, tell Dean, we are all ready for a sequel. I still have my costume!
Tim Allen even has an idea for the sequel, should the script he referred to earlier never see the light of day.
Allen: How’s this for a sequel: it’s 15 years later. The Thermians come back, but they haven’t aged. Maybe they don’t have warp anymore so it took 15 years. They have to search for a new homeland. Sarris [the main villain] is gone but his family never forgets and you take it from there. . .
Galaxy Quest was a wonderful adventure that had great laughs and action, and plenty of heart. While it was a parody of Trek and does poke a bit of fun with respect to its fans, it is never nasty or mean-spirited towards Trekkers. As a matter of fact, the one time that there is any nastiness towards the fandom that is devoted to the television series sets the perpetrator up to look like the biggest jerk in the movie. Considering the main villain of the movie is a murderous creature named Sarris who takes pleasure in torturing the peaceful members of the Thermian race, that’s saying a lot.
Fans will have a while to wait to find out whether or not all of this chatter will go anywhere but anytime a cast and crew are on board, the studio really begins to consider the potential of a sequel. Perhaps Galaxy Quest 2 will get the same grass-roots support that funded the recent Veronica Mars movie and is currently trying to get the Deadpool movie off the ground. Whatever it takes though, Hollywood, the world is ready to board the NSEA Protector for one more voyage.