According to a June 2021 article in The Times, television scribe Georgia Pritchett, known for her work on the HBO show “Succession,” is teaming up with Simon Pegg. Together they are working on a television adaptation of “Galaxy Quest.”
Pegg, who Trek fans know as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott in the Kelvin series of films, has been busy lately. He’s starring in the new Netflix film “America: The Motion Picture” and had been connected to a fourth Kelvin film up until November 2020.
This is not the first time fans have gotten their hopes up for a “Galaxy Quest” revival. In January, actor Tim Allen told Entertainment Weekly that a script for a film sequel was “fabulous.” Before that, the outlet reported that Amazon Studios was working with Paramount for a television version as well.
‘Galaxy Quest’: The Original Trailer
The original “Galaxy Quest” film was directed in 1999 by Dean Parisot, who told MTV that he was a “huge ‘Star Trek’ fan.” Growing up, he said, “my brother took my mother’s gray station wagon and wrote NCC-1701 on the door.” Creating “Galaxy Quest” for Parisot was not just another job — it was special.
“Part of the mission for me was to make a great ‘Star Trek’ episode,” Parisot said.
The film struck a chord with “Star Trek” fans and the stars of the franchise, including William Shatner. Allen’s character was modeled after James T. Kirk, and Shatner seemed to enjoy the spoof.
“Certainly, I don’t know what Tim Allen was doing,” Shatner said during a StarTrek.com live chat. “He seemed to be the head of a group of actors and for the life of me I was trying to understand who he was imitating. The only one I recognized was the girl playing Nichelle Nichols.”
Patrick Stewart said he enjoyed the film as well.
“I had originally not wanted to see [Galaxy Quest] because I heard that it was making fun of Star Trek, and then Jonathan Frakes rang me up and said, ‘You must not miss this movie! See it on a Saturday night in a full theatre,’” Stewart told The Times in 2007.
“And I did, and of course, I found it was brilliant. Brilliant. No one laughed louder or longer in the cinema than I did, but the idea that the ship was saved and all of our heroes in that movie were saved simply by the fact that there were fans who did understand the scientific principles on which the ship worked was absolutely wonderful. And it was both funny and also touching in that it paid tribute to the dedication of these fans.”
Repeating the Computer
While fans might be encouraged by this news, especially lovers of “Star Trek”, the story of “Galaxy Quest” was actually very similar to one drafted for Captain Benjamin Sisko and the crew of “Deep Space Nine.”
According to Memory Alpha, Sisko and the Defiant were to visit the planet Sigma Iotia II. This was the same world that Kirk and the Enterprise crew visited in the episode “A Piece of the Action” — which most call “the Gangster Episode.”
The Gangster Episode
Instead of imitating the lives of 20th-century gangsters, the inhabitants of Sigma Iotia II were now walking around pretending to be like the crew of the Enterprise, which had visited roughly 100 years before.
In their book “Deep Space Nine Companion,” writers Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block detail that the Defiant crew would then interact with the people of Sigma Iotia II, much in the same way that fans of “Star Trek” interact with the actors from the shows and films.
Memory Alpha reported that this “tongue-in-cheek” approach to making fun of Trek fandom was abandoned in favor of the episode “Trials and Tribble-ations,” which aired during the 30th-anniversary year of “Star Trek.” This episode cleverly edited Sisko, Dax, Worf, O’Brien and others into the classic “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode in “Star Trek: The Original Series.”