Galaxy Quest: The Inside Story – Book Review

Galaxy Quest: The Inside Story by Matt McAllister

About the Book:
By Grabthar’s hammer! A witty, inventive, and heartfelt tribute to science fiction fans, Galaxy Quest has been making audiences laugh, cry, and cheer for over two decades. This authorized book examines the entire process of making the movie, from the initial spec script through to development, filming, and postproduction. Along the way, it takes an in-depth look into the film’s visual effects. Artists at ILM and Stan Winston Studio reveal how they used a mixture of lovingly designed miniatures, puppets, prosthetics, and CGI to bring to life the Protector, the pig lizard, and the movie’s other incredible monsters and starships.

Featuring over 60 new interviews with Galaxy Quest’s cast and crew, including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, and Dean Parisot, and unseen photos and concept art, this is the ultimate guide to the funniest movie in the Galaxy.

Charting the story from concept to script, filming and release, with chapters looking at the casting, the sets, the costumes and makeup and the ship design and the visual effects, this guide is packed with hundreds of fascinating production photos, concept art and rare behind-the-scenes images.

Galaxy Quest is a 1999 cult classic science fiction comedy film. A parody of, and homage to, science-fiction films and series, especially Star Trek and its fandom, the film stars Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell. It depicts the cast of a fictional defunct cult television series, Galaxy Quest, who are visited by actual aliens who think the series is an accurate documentary, and become involved in a very real intergalactic conflict.

Review:
Wow, this is a fantastic book for Galaxy Quest fans! It’s 200 full-color pages, with a ton of beautiful images and stories. It looks like a giant coffee table book, heavy and oversized. But there is a lot of information packed in this stunning book, not just full-color photos. I haven’t been able to read the entire book yet, but the interviews are great. And I love behind-the-scenes stuff. If you watched the Galaxy Quest documentary, this goes even more in-depth. This comedy/scifi classic seems to be timeless. I’ve watched it many times throughout the years. And this is a fun book chock-full of amazing content.

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