Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)
April 16, 2020 10:29 AM - Subscribe

A feature-length documentary about the film Galaxy Quest and its legacy, celebrating its milestone 20th anniversary.

The documentary was produced by the website/fan wiki conglomerate Fandom (fka Wikia), and features interviews with most of the movie's cast and crew, as well as fans such as Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Greg Berlanti, Paul Scheer, and Damon Lindelof, and other fans doing cosplay at cons in a parallel to the film's framing scenes. The docco covers much of the same ground that was covered in the article by The Hollywood Reporter that was linked in this FPP last December, but seeing the family that cosplays as Thermians, plus of course the cast interviews, adds something. (There's also a lengthier discussion of the late Harold Ramis' participation in the pre-production before he left the project.)
posted by Halloween Jack (16 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Oh fabulous! I had heard of this but haven't had a chance to see it. Where is it available?
posted by rmd1023 at 10:43 AM on April 16, 2020

It's currently on amazon prime in the US
posted by acidnova at 10:45 AM on April 16, 2020 [4 favorites]

EEEEE. Fabulous. Dammit, why isn't my workday over yet??
posted by rmd1023 at 10:49 AM on April 16, 2020

I heard about this from a friend yesterday, watched last night. It reminds me of all the reasons I love Galaxy Quest. That perfect balance of snark, silly, sincere, big-hearted, terrific performances from actors I like so much.
posted by theora55 at 10:59 AM on April 16, 2020

I was so excited to see this come out last year, and since it's been available on streaming I've watched it a couple times. One delightful side effect: you will want to watch Galaxy Quest after watching this, so have that ready to go. And a paper bag of snacks.
posted by winesong at 11:03 AM on April 16, 2020 [3 favorites]

This was enjoyable. It made me reflect on the weird liminal moment in pop culture before nerds inherited the earth that Galaxy Quest happened in. Seems like the cast has fond memories too.
posted by Wretch729 at 12:32 PM on April 16, 2020

Kills me that Alan Rickman isn't around anymore to chime in. sigh...
posted by Wretch729 at 12:32 PM on April 16, 2020 [14 favorites]

yeah omg...Galaxy Quest is so awesome, def my favorite hangover movie...but can I watch this docu without weeping and rending my clothes for Alan Rickman?
posted by supermedusa at 1:48 PM on April 16, 2020 [1 favorite]

Watched this earlier in the week and loved it! Really enjoyed the inside look at how one of my favorite movies came together.
posted by merriment at 3:09 PM on April 16, 2020

Okay, was anyone going to tell me that Justin Long is amazing at impressions, or was I just supposed to see that in a documentary about Galaxy Quest myself?
posted by nonasuch at 8:36 PM on April 16, 2020 [3 favorites]

As excited as I am to watch a documentary about the making of the movie Galaxy Quest, I was REALLY hoping this would be a Spinal Tap-esque mockumentary of the making of the long-running science fiction series "Galaxy Quest".
posted by hanov3r at 7:32 AM on April 17, 2020 [9 favorites]

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posted by thedward at 11:01 AM on April 17, 2020 [2 favorites]

Watched it, loved it, got all teary (again) when Rickman's character does the "By Grabthar's hammer" line for the dying Thermian. Finished it and immediately wanted to watch Galaxy Quest itself, so yes, that will happen as someone mentioned above.
posted by WalkerWestridge at 11:47 AM on April 19, 2020 [3 favorites]

This was all the fun I wanted it to be. A documentary that loves its subject.
posted by rmd1023 at 6:26 AM on April 21, 2020 [1 favorite]

loved it, immediately had to watch Galaxy Quest again, would now also like to watch people tell Alan Rickman anecdotes for 2 hours.
posted by mwhybark at 11:18 PM on May 4, 2020 [3 favorites]

We watched this a couple nights ago and yes, I have gotten out my Galaxy Quest DVD. It truly is a shame that Rickman isn't around to participate in this - he could spin a story as good as anyone. Justin Long's impressions are very good, but how about Spiner nailing Patrick Stewart in one sentence.
posted by Ber at 9:42 AM on May 20, 2020

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