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Late Shift Cinema: Galaxy Quest

Late Shift Cinema: Galaxy Quest

Dan Bernardi
[intro-text size=”25px”]Twice a month, Cleveland Cinemas plays host to the Late Shift Series, a collection of classic and beloved films that have achieved cult status among fanatic cinephiles. Teaming up with Melt Bar & Grilled, the Cedar Lee and Capitol theaters bring us the chance to watch our favorite flicks up on the big screen in all of their intended glory.[/intro-text]

This weekend, the show has been canceled, but the adventure is just beginning.

Saturday at midnight, the Capitol Theater is taking us on a journey into deep space with a transmission of the 1999 sci-fi comedy satire Galaxy Quest. The film follows a group of actors, famous for starring in a massively popular space adventure  “Galaxy Quest”, a show in the vein of Star Trek. Only the show’s over, and now the crew is resigned to touring conventions and pandering to their hordes of  fans. Things get wild real quick when a group of actual aliens mistake their old show for historical documents, and bring them in to space for a very real and a very dangerous mission. For them, it’s the role of a lifteime.

A mere sixteen years after release, Galaxy Quest has become a cult classic among science fiction fanatics, especially Star Trek lovers, from which the film takes the majority of it’s inspiration. Each of the characters is an homage to Trek in some capacity, and the cast is absolutely stellar. Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shaloub,  Daryl Mitchell, and Sam Rockwell perfectly encapsulate each of their Trek counterparts to form a crew worthy of it’s fictional ninety-two episode run. Although the original series doesn’t exist, rumor has it that in standard modern day Hollywood fashion, a reboot series is in development at Paramount.

Fans have been clamoring after a sequel for years now, and even if they were to botch a revival with a new cast, nothing could tarnish the cult status that Galaxy Quest has achieved. It’s often hilarious and the special effects are solid, but the film stands out as a timeless send-up of science fiction culture and fandom, which hasn’t changed much over the last couple decades. Although the heart of the film is a parody of Star Trek, giving trekkies an edge on some of the humor, Galaxy Quest holds its own, managing to be satirical while also delivering a genuinely entertaining adventure for generations of Earthlings and Thermians to come.

Get beamed up to the Capitol Theater this Saturday for Galaxy Quest, where one lucky member of the audience will go home with the prize of Grabthar’s Hammer!

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