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April 06, 2016

Amazon's "Galaxy Quest" Sequel Scrapped After Death of Co-Star Alan Rickman

I didn't even know they were planning a sequel, and now I found out they were planning it only to discover the show won't be going on without Alan Rickman.

As great as Rickman was, let me remind these people of the words spoken by Jason Nesmith that spurred a panic-stricken Alexander Dane to take the stage despite his condition: The show must go on, Nesmith said.

"Damn you," Dane said, knowing Nesmith was absolutely right.

Never give up!

Never surrender!

A Commenter Points Out... If Jeremy Irons can replace Rickman (basically) in Die Hard 3, why not have him do it again?

So here's how it goes: Dane has left the show to finally do the thee-a-ter again. A one year gig as Hamlet. I'm sure there's footage of Rickman actually playing Lear or whoever.

A replacement comes in -- playing "Dr. Lazarus." Gary Oldman, Jeremy Irons, what have you. This "Fake Dr. Lazarus" is despised by the Questerians, and jeered and mocked when he appears at coventions in make-up. He is blasted by angry crowds chanting "Dane! Dane! Dane!"

So his character arc is to go from a mercenary replacement actor, widely hated, to being a real member of the Galaxy Quest team.

Oh, and if it's Oldman, have his real persona (that is, the real actor, not Dr. Lazarus) be the exact opposite of Dane -- a druggy, low-rent aging British hippie who just knows how to fake an upper-crust British accent.

(Bonus: His previous TV work might have been as a little-loved, briefly-employed incarnation of a British time traveling hero on a cheesy low-production values show called Professor Zed. His failure in the previous role, and his failure in the new role, bringing both shows to the brink of cancellation, might have earned him the nickname "Destroyer of Worlds."

Which would then mean that the new Galaxy Quest must of course be a time-travel episode, where Fake Dr. Lazarus can make some guesses about time-travel based on the scripts he did for the previous show.)

Lens Flare Quest? Reactionary Monster mentions this. Given that the show would be rebooted in-world, it only makes sense for the show to feature an obnoxious, distracting, I-can't-even-see-who's-talking-now amount of lens flare, and, as someone else mentioned, a "dark and gritty tone" which the original crew probably doesn't like and would like to get back to some good old fashioned adventure.

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