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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 1:01 p.m. PST

Or did the viewers familiar only with the later Trek shows enjoy it just as much?

For example, when Guy Fleegman says "I know! You could construct a weapon. Look around, can you form some sort of rudimentary lathe?", all I could think of was Kirk looking around for a way to make a rudimentary bamboo cannon to kill the Gorn. And all the ingredients were just a few feet from each other! :)

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Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member05 Nov 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

Couldn't say,as I watched OS when first broadcast.

Come to think of it,would there even be any way to know?

Even given a group of ST fans who have somehow not been exposed to OS. I'd guess the number of those would be very small..

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 1:25 p.m. PST

I am old and I enjoyed Star Trek and I enjoyed GQ. As for other people, I cannot say.

haywire05 Nov 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Watch it with someone who has never watched original trek. Like a teenager. See where they laugh.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Actually, Comet has been running the Andromeda series and I think the plots and acting are way above ST. The ones I have seen remind me of Farscape.


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Well, some survey must have been conducted at some point. Which group (OST or post) rated Galaxy Quest the highest, or some such.

PS. Haywire, I don't think I could tolerate sitting next to a teenager for a whole movie. :)

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 1:41 p.m. PST

Cute movie and a nice knock off of star wars

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 2:04 p.m. PST

Original Star Trek for me.

jdginaz05 Nov 2017 2:31 p.m. PST

I have this happen. When the movie first came out a couple of us were talking at work about how funny we thought the movie to be a fellow much younger female employee hearing us decided to go see GQ. Later she came up to me and told me we didn't know what we were talking about, she didn't like it and the movie wasn't funny at all.

charared Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 3:12 p.m. PST

Best "Star Trek" picture of them all… And I watched the original series & movies when they were first run.

Legion 405 Nov 2017 3:16 p.m. PST

I liked Galaxy Quest. And have been watching Star Trek since Day One !

StarCruiser05 Nov 2017 5:06 p.m. PST

Galaxy Quest was a loving tribute to old-school SciFi – and a send up of it at the same time.

The original concept was supposed to have Shatner, Nimoy et. al. but, Paramount wouldn't allow another studio to do anything like that!

OneHuaiTicket06 Nov 2017 5:34 a.m. PST

Yep, without the Trek, it would have been funny, but not THAT funny!

Vigilant06 Nov 2017 6:37 a.m. PST

Took my son to see Galaxy Quest when it came out. He was about 10 and had never seen Star Trek in any form (divorce from a woman who didn't like sci-fi) so he had no reference. He thought it was really funny even though he didn't get some of the Trek references about the cast in-fighting or the captain losing his shirt again. So I would say that anyone with a sense of humour would enjoy it, but a knowledge of TOS and the post-cancellation conventions would get more out of it. As an aside the DVD is the reason why I don't watch deleted scenes because I so wanted them too be put back into the film.

Captain Gideon06 Nov 2017 7:27 a.m. PST

I'm a big Star Trek fan eventhough I wasn't old enough to watch the first series when it first aired I do like it,but with regards to Galaxy Quest which I didn't like.

To me Galaxy Quest wasn't as funny to me as it was to others and I've seen it a few times but I just didn't like it.

Dynaman878906 Nov 2017 8:26 a.m. PST

Most of the characters were riffs on the original trek but the kid who piloted the ship was direct from Next Generation so they were certainly shooting for both demographics.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 11:02 a.m. PST

In the news last week, there was a blurb that they are working on developing a GQ TV series, per Tim Allen. Don't know how many of the original cast they might get, but I would love to watch it. Love GQ! Painfully good spoof on TOS and Next Generation… Cheers!

Dynaman878906 Nov 2017 11:45 a.m. PST

The GQ TV show or followup movie has been in the works for a while. The death of Allen Rickman put a stopper to a follow up movie (I think) that was in the planning stages.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member06 Nov 2017 12:12 p.m. PST


Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 7:46 p.m. PST

Alan was one of my favorites too.


Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP06 Nov 2017 8:21 p.m. PST

As I dislike TOS & have seen only a few, and enjoyed Galaxy Quest, I'm afraid the OP's premise doesn't hold true for me.

chromedog06 Nov 2017 9:31 p.m. PST

I know a few old TOS "True fans" who thought that GQ was offensive to them and their ilk, that they shouldn't have mocked fandom – but then, they didn't see the joke in William Shatner's old SNL "Get a life" sketch, either.

Myself and a few closer friends found GQ to be a cack (incredibly funny). You should be able to take two steps back and look at your hobby and laugh at the folly of it. If you can't then you are taking it all a bit too seriously, elevating it to the status of a religion, than a hobby (but then, I mock religion as well).

Cyrus the Great06 Nov 2017 9:43 p.m. PST

I've watched every iteration of Star Trek. I liked some more than others. I thought Galaxy Quest was a hoot.

Legion 407 Nov 2017 6:41 a.m. PST

Cyrus +1 !

chromedog07 Nov 2017 4:47 p.m. PST

Saw GQ in the cinema and one of my friends commented (during the convention scene with the asking of inane questions … )

"Hey, I know people like that …"
HIS girlfriend responded with :

"We ARE those people … "

Legion 408 Nov 2017 7:59 a.m. PST

thumbs up

UshCha08 Nov 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

Must say GQ was a hoot. Personally some Star treck iterations are better than others. TOS, Enterprise and maybe Discovery were/are to me excellent. DS9 and Voyager I gave up on got bored.

Best film without doubt the Undiscovered Country.

Parzival08 Nov 2017 1:22 p.m. PST

My wife and I both love GQ. I was a TOS geek from my high school days. My wife's first real exposure to ST was The Wrath of Khan (on its opening weekend), which she enjoyed. At some point we started watching ST:TNG at her suggestion (at the time, I was dismissive of it, having only seen the pilot, which I thought was poorly done). We then went on to the TNG films and the spin-offs DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise. So her familiarity with ST was almost entirely from TNG/DS9 when we saw Galaxy Quest. Years later, she's now watching TOS with me (after much refusal). After one of the episodes, she told me that she finally fully understood the shirt joke in GQ. laugh

Paint it Pink10 Nov 2017 6:42 a.m. PST

Which is why The Orville is so good, because it's a homage to Star Trek that doesn't take itself too seriously, which TNG often did; even though I enjoyed TNG immensely it was at times a bit po-faced.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2017 11:03 a.m. PST


Lol. I think you and I must have married the same girl.


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