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What if Sci-Fi were real? The movie Galaxy Quest (Dreamworks; rated PG for sci-fi violence) takes a comedic look at the idea by having a bunch of actors from a Star Trek-like TV show thrust into space by aliens who think the drama is real. Twenty years after their show's cancellation, the performers playing the mock Captain Kirk (Tim Allen), Spock (Alan Rickman), and crew (Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell) are all reduced to an endless tour of fan conventions. Their careers are stalled and they only perform before over-intense fans who savor every word of old dialogue. Then the aliens show up, thinking the reruns are "historical documents," and take them onto their spaceship. The alien culture had been destroyed by interstellar bad guys, so they rebuilt their entire civilization around what they saw on the reruns. So our heroes must pilot a real craft based on their old set. Galaxy Quest pokes gentle fun at Star Trek and proves itself more entertaining than several of the original's movie sequels. (Its content is also tamer than most sci-fi.) Toward the end of the movie, it becomes more action-intensive as the actors must play out their parts to save the aliens. Best of all, it takes an interesting look at people who take TV a little too seriously.