A Star Trek spoof starring Tim Allen sounds about like one of the more terrible ideas for a movie you could think of, but trust me when I say, Galaxy Quest is an underrated comedy gem, and a great film for not just sci-fi fans, but anyone.
Allen is actually hilarious here, as a Shatner-type Captain long past his glory days. He and his crew, made up of an excellent supporting cast that includes sci-fi legend Sigourney Weaver, a perfectly deadpan Alan Rickman, pre-Monk Tony Shaloub and even a goateed Sam Rockwell, travel the country signing autographs at Comic-cons and opening supermarkets.
But a race of aliens who have been watching episodes of their show that have been beamed into space for years believe they’re the real deal, and they abduct the crew to try and get them to save them from annihilation by a rival alien race. It takes a while for them to catch on the whole thing is for real, and it all builds to one of the most satisfying endings I’ve ever seen.
It’s a hilarious film from start to finish, even if this premise sounds a bit wonky. I’m sure many of you have already experienced it, but if you haven’t, and you like the kind of sci-fi crap we normally talk about on the site here, you’ll definitely love Galaxy Quest, Tim Allen and all.