Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary

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By Grabthar’s hammer, by the Sons of Warvan, you shall be avenged!”

I was watching Screen Junkies one day and they wound up talking about their upcoming documentary through Fandom about one of the great movies of the late 1990s, Galaxy Quest.  They spoke about a one-night presentation with the people at Fathom Events.

I have always enjoyed the Screen Junkies.  In particular, I am a fan of Dan Murrell, who I got to know through Movie Fights and the Schmoedown. And I loved the movie Galaxy Quest, arguably a better Star Trek movie than many of the Star Trek movies that have been released.  I immediately went and purchased my ticket.

That was around a month ago and tonight was the night for the documentary to be shown.  I made my way to the theater, ready to be informed and entertained.

Murrell, along with producer Roth Cornet, writers Joe Starr and Spencer Gilbert, started the doc off with the Honest Trailer for Galaxy Quest.  Honest Trailer is the online weekly show where they create a trailer of a popular or famous movie and poke fun at it.  They have been nominated for several Emmy Awards for Honest Trailers.  The bit at the beginning was funny and showed some of the personality that this group of people have.

Then the actual documentary started and the film remained entertaining and engaging.

Of course, the subject matter was not earth shaking, but a light-weight romp through the making of a movie, told through interviews with the creators and actors of Galaxy Quest, highlighting the pratfalls and challenges along the way.

Many of the stories told by director Dean Parisot where very funny and insightful.  We got interviews with stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Enrico Colantoni, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell.  There was conversations with Greg Berlanti (Flash/Arrow), Damon Lindelof (LOST) and Mark Johnson (Rain Man, Narnia) as well as other iconic sci-fi stars such as Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner.

The stories were all funny or filled with a joy that showed just how much this project meant to the creators.

They also spent some time on the importance of treating the fans with respect. In Galaxy Quest, some of the obsessive fans wind up helping save the day and the message is that everyone has value.  It is a very positive message to take from the toxicity of the Internet these days.

One of the most poignant moments was when the cast was discussing the lasting effects of having the late, great Alan Rickman in the cast.  Playing the hoity-toity actor who was tired of his role as Dr. Lazarus, Rickman displayed his dry British wit and it was so apparent that his fellow actors loved him.  This was one of the most emotional sections of the doc and might be the best sequence in the film.  Parisot delivered perhaps the best line of the documentary in recalling a story with Alan Rickman and his feelings towards co-star Tim Allen.

Yes, the documentary may not be the hardest hitting doc you will ever see, but I was entertained by it through the full run time.

“Never give up.  Never surrender.”

3.85 stars 

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