The news made its way across the Internet yesterday afternoon that Paramount was developing Galaxy Quest as a television series. The 1999 Dreamworks movie did quite well at the box office, doubling it’s $45 million dollar budget with a world-wide gross of $90 million. The film has gone on to achieve a cult like status in television reruns, so it was no surprise that Paramount would eventually get back to Galaxy Quest in some capacity. The question though, “Is television the right medium for a Galaxy Quest return?”
Normally, I’d be clapping like a Thermian at this news, but something in the back of my head made me pause and think about it.
Galaxy Quest writer Robert Gordon is expected to write the new series, which could be a retelling of the movie, or some kind of sequel, no one really knows yet. The film’s director Dean Parisot, and producer Mark Johnson are also said to be on board for the television project.
I’m afraid that nagging thought in the back of my head is that we’ll end up getting a watered down television version of Galaxy Quest with a couple of returning cast members that results in a weak shadow of the movie.
The movie left off with the Galaxy Quest cast getting a renewed series, and the Thermians off looking for a new home or planning to rebuild their destroyed planet. If we go with the thought that the original cast will end up being replaced, why not just retell the movie as the first season? That would at least establish a chance for the new cast to settle in.
They could even do a little bit of a wink and nod to Star Trek by casting some Star Trek alum in the roles. Since getting Tim Allen back while his own show Last Man Standing is still on television is a long shot at best, why not cast Jonathan Frakes in the role as Jason Nesmith?
I guess what is really holding me back from rejoicing at this news is that I don’t really want a retelling of the movie on the small screen. I want a big screen sequel where the Galaxy Quest cast find themselves caught up in a conflict between the Thermians who emulate Galaxy Quest and another alien race that emulates the other big Sci-Fi franchise….
(The Star Wars equivalent in the Galaxy Quest Universe)
Imagine that both casts attend Sci-Fi conventions, there has to be some friction between the two, especially after Galaxy Quest gets new life on television. There’s sure to be another alien race out there in the universe that follows the teachings of Battle Wars. Get those aliens and the Thermians in conflict and you’ve got an entertaining two hours of movie, or a great television series.
That’s just my two cents. What do you think?