Galaxy Quest script
Galaxy Quest (1999)
Synopsis: The stars of a 1970s sci-fi show - now scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions - are beamed aboard an alien spacecraft. Believing the cast's heroic on-screen dramas are historical documents of real-life adventures, the band of aliens turn to the ailing celebrities for help in their quest to overcome the oppressive regime in their solar system.

1EXT. OUTER SPACE

The vastness of space. Suddenly a hole in the sky opens with a

flash and a SPACESHIP rumbles into view. ON its hull the letters

NSEA PROTECTOR. Magnificent, though on closer inspection it

shudders ever so slightly, denoting pre-CGI model work on a

budget. We're watching a TV show.

LAREDO (V.0.)

We're exiting the time knot now sir!

2.INT. NSEA PROTECTOR COMMAND DECK - SPACE

5 Members of the crew of the NSEA PROTECTOR sit in the large

circa - 1979-"high-tech" cabin. All of them human except for DR.

LAZARUS, a purple reptilian-looking alien. LAREDO is 9. The

crewmates exchange relieved smiles.

FRED:

We're alive.

LAREDO:

We made it Commander, we made it!

LAZARUS (THE ALIEN)

By Grabthar's hammer, we live to tell the tale.

COMPUTER (0.S.)

Systems register functional.

GWEN:

All systems are working, Commander. Commander?

They all turn to look at THE COMMANDER, who turns to reveal

himself dramatically. Good looking. His acting is classic

Charlton Heston take-no-prisoners style. He looks around the

command deck, worried, almost sniffing the air.

COMMANDER:

I don't like it. It was too easy... Look for ambient energy

fields.

LAREDO:

All normal sir... The entire spectrum.

COMMANDER:

Check again Laredo.

LAREDO:

Yes sir, I- Wait. Oh no.

His radar lights up with dots. First a few, then HUNDREDS.

LAREDO:

They're everywhere. There are time knots opening everywhere.

LAZARUS:

IMPACT NOW Commander

Suddenly an EXPLOSION rocks the ship.

GWEN:

A trap.

LAZARUS.

We're surrounded Commander. The entire 5k Ranking is out there.

COMMANDER:

Our plasma armor?

LAREDO:

Gone sir.

Another BLAST rocks the room.

COMPUTER (O.S.)

Structural damage at 68 percent.

GWEN:

We're getting major structural damage.

FRED:

It's a core meltdown sir. It can't be stopped

The Commander turns to his advisor, Lazarus.

LAZARUS:

Commander, surrender may be our only option.

COMMANDER:

No, never give up... NEVER surrender.'

GWEN:

The reactor has eaten through four levels... Six levels... The

ship is disintegrating

LAREDO:

Your orders sir?... Sir, your orders?

The Commander walks into close up; Steely determination.

COMMANDER:

Activate the Omega 13.

The crewmates exchange expectant and terrified glances. CLOSE UP

of a crewman's hand as he operates a series controls which in

turn opens five layers of mechanical locks revealing a serious

looking lever. The Commander pulls that lever. A MACHINE Is

revealed, rising from the floor in the middle of the room. It

begins to GLOW. Cut to each actor in turn reacting dramatically.

Then suddenly.. THE PICTURE GOES WHITE, LEADER LEADER NUMBERS

APPEAR, with a STUDIO COPYRIGHT notice.

CUT TO:

3HUNDREDS OF FACES

ENTHRALLED LEGIONS of mostly spotty faced male adolescent FANS

staring into camera. For a moment all is silent. A few are

sobbing. Then a BURST OF THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE... We're at a

SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION. The enthusiastic crowd of FANS

continue cheering as the master of ceremonies GUY takes the

stage.

GUY:

Well, there you are! You are the first people to see the lost

GALAXY QUEST episode 52 two parter since it was originally aired

in '82! As most of you know, no concluding episode was filmed

when the series was cancelled, so one episode was never included

in the syndication run. Let's hear it for Travis Latke, who

actually rescued the footage from the studio garbage! Can you

believe that?

(Latke stands, fans cheer)

Now for the moment you've all been waiting for... The intrepid

crew of the

NSEA PROTECTOR!

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David Howard

Graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor's degree in theatre. He is also the holder of an master of fine arts degree from the University of Utah and a master's degree in theatre from Penn State University. more…

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