Who are you?
John E. Bielak of Westfield Massachusetts. I have B.S. in Information
Systems, A.S. in Video Production and a PhD in getting involved with
painfully neurotic women... but that's a whole other novel :) .
Please note: I am just a fan... I'm
not associated with DreamWorks, I don't know the stars, and I'm
not selling anything :)
Why have you decided to do this?
Is this a hobby or something?
answer your questions:
Is this a hobby? Yes.
Why have I decided to do this? ....Well you asked for it :)
I went to see the Galaxy Quest on December 26th and enjoyed it
immensely! So like any good Tech-nerd sci-fi fan at the edge of
the 21st century I had to extensively check it out online when I got
One of the first things I found was a good online interview with Tim
Allan. Being a sci-fi fan I was delighted to learn that
Tim Allen was a big fan as well. During the interview Tim made a
nice defense of fans (I found it personally gratifying because he's
used practically the same football fan analogy that I've used!) I also
found out he has a full sized replica of Robby the Robot from
Forbidden Planet... anybody that has a full sized Robby is very OK in
my book! :)
Eventually I made my way to the official Galaxy Quest Web site and
shortly there after found the "Travis Latke" site. I
got a good chuckle out of how they were playing it up as though it
were a real Galaxy Quest fan site. On the bottom on the
main page was this little banner add which read, "Join the Galaxy
Quest WebRing...Click here"... so I clicked here, and without
very much surprised I discovered it did absolutely nothing.
Over the next day or so I hunted up
a couple thousand of Galaxy Quest related references on the net...
hundreds of reviews, previews and show times, even more
references to Sigourney Weaver's amazingly optimized breasts, a few
articles on the making of the film, a number of interviews with the
actors and director, here and there a fan of one of the actors would
mention the film on their site... nothing very "fan"
related. I made my way back to official site, then back over to
the "Travis" pages. After poking around the site for a while
I found myself staring at the "Join the Galaxy Quest
WebRing" banner add once again. As I stared at it I laughed
as the thought occurred to me: "You know John, There isn't
a Galaxy Quest WebRing, the banners all just a part of a marketing
gag... they put out the challenge.. so why not run with the
joke?" So I did.
For years I wanted to do some kind of web site, something fanish,
somewhere to vent some of my creativity, but I could never find
anything that I could get really enthused about. There's lots of
fans out there doing lots of fantastic stuff and I just didn't what to
be yet another wannabe with nothing new to contribute... Just
replicating what had been done hundreds of times before. Then came
Galaxy Quest. Having been a sci-fi fan forever, I just loved the
inside jokes in the film and I though they made the picture with a
great deal of affection and respect for fandom... unlike the
documentary "Trekkies" which, though I'm not sure if it was
accidental or intentional, just made Trek fans look like they all
needed extra therapy sessions and their medication seriously
adjusted... I gained great deal or respect for the cast and
crew. Galaxy Quest is virgin territory and I finally felt it was
something that I really liked, something I could make a real
contribution to and something I could have a good time doing. So
a few minutes later I'd created the WebRing and within a couple hours
the first pages were complete and the Galaxy Quest WebRing was born!
We're only 6 sites at the moment. It's going a bit slow, but
then it's a young ring for a film that's only slightly older :) As for
the future I plan to keep the WebRing and my Site(s) actively going
for a very long time!
So, basically that's how it started. Look for it in paperback
this spring :)
Note: at the time of the
writing there where only 6 sites... We've hooked a couple more since
What do you hope to accomplish?
1. Add to and enrich a
2. Provide continuing support to the GQ fan community (see
3. To stick it out long after the official site go's 404!
4. Prove conclusively I have way to much free time. (see:
Get a Life)
5. Have fun!
Where is the site going in the future?
The life cycle of the film Galaxy Quest is complete... So,
What do we Questies & Questarian do next? Well, we
hope somebody comes out with some neat merchandise, wait to meet up at
the next GQ convention, and pray for a chain of sequels!
as this site goes (for those that have asked), As I've said
before, I plan on keeping the site going long after the official site
goes away... So as long as I'm around, 1 site or a hundred, we'll be
Update: Though we are going on "hiatus" the site will be around as
long as I can keep it going, it's focus may change some what over time,
the GQ fandom will always be at the heart of it.
Why have you closed?
I was a fun run, but we really haven't many people looking participate
in the "Fandom" of it... and that why we really started it, to meet
and get to know the fan, and maybe create a little fan works of our
one... and we have to some extent
Is there any Galaxy Quest Merchandise?
1. The novelization of the
2. The Soundtrack CD (No
3. The Video/DVD
4.Promo Material, occasionally minor props, and 8,000,037 DVD's on eBay
See the GQ
for sale page for current finds.
As far as I'm aware there aren't any
toys or other "official" stuff at the moment.
Allen Indicated in an interview that he had modeled for a GQ action
figure and , for reasons not mentioned, the line of toys were
scraped. Several pic's of the canceled Galaxy Quest Toy Line by Resaurus
can be found on the Action
Figure Times site. The Canceled 12" action figures
include figures of Sarris, Commander Taggert , Lieutenant Tawny
Madison, and Dr. Lazarus.
For the model makers out there I've
heard a few rumors about a Protector kits from one of the small kit
makers sometime in the future.
Q:Where Can I get
...Can you help me find...?
Because I can not guarantee the quality and authenticity of items or
the integrity of a seller, I am unable to reply to requests for
assistance in locating sources of screen used props and
collectable items. I also do not have, nor do I intend to offer
in the future, Items from my own collection, or other peoples personal
collections, for sale on this site.
If you're looking for collectable
Items, try searching Internet auction sites such as eBay periodically.
These sites often offer "wanted" message areas that may help
you find the items you are looking for
The other option is to search out
movie memorabilia dealers on the net. Try search terms
such as: "movie prop", "movie memorabilia",
"Galaxy Quest prop", Etc. Bookmark the sites you find and
check them regularly... what they don't have today
What happened to Daryl Mitchell?
Daryl was paralyzed from the chest down after a motorcycle accident in
2001. He remains optimistic that one day he may walk
again. We're all rooting for you Daryl!!
How can I contact the Stars?
don't have direct contact information for Galaxy Quest cast and crew,
and even if I did I wouldn't give it out... So don't bother asking.
If you'd like to write fan mail (At the
moment I only have these) send to:
C/O William Morris Agency
151 El Camino Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
C/O International Creative
8942 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
9830 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
130 West 42nd Street
New York, New York 10036
C/O Innovative Artists
1999 Avenue of the Stars #2850
Los Angeles, CA 90067
I have this script idea, can you... ?
I'm more then happy to post your fan fictions on the site but sorry
no, I'm not going to forward your GQ script Ideas, or give you contact
names and addresses, to DreamWorks. I don't know what DreamWorks
policy is on unsolicited scripts* is, I'm not going to
ask, and if you feel your writing is that good get an
note: What I've heard most about unsolicited scripts is that they
get trashed as soon as they
come in... There are a lot of reasons, including several legal issues,
why they do this. Yes, there are exceptions like "Star
Trek: The Next Generation", but those are very RARE
Scripts get solicited to studios though the writers agency.
Is there going to be a Sequel?
I'm a hopeless optimist, so I'd still like to say maybe. While
I've consistently hear that the cast would like to do another
film, How DreamWorks feels about the idea is a total mystery.
Since I get asked to guess at this
regularly, I thought I'd include the official fandom "so
much from so little" breakdown :)
Not counting Alan Rickman who lucked
out with the hugely popular Harry Potter films being spaced about a
year apart, the GQ star's
sequels have spaced out like this:
7 years between Alien and Aliens,
6 years between Aliens and Alien 3,
5 years between Alien 3 & Aliens 4,
5 years between Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters
4 years between Toy & Toy Story 2,
8 years between The Santa Clause 1 &
If we except that the sequeling of
above films is roughly typical, the time between sequels is:
Average = 5.83
Median = 5.5
Mode = 5
So, with a high of 8 years and a low
of 4, the window of opportunity for a Galaxy Quest Sequel is
from 2003 to 2007 with the most probable date being 2004 or
(with an error factor +/- 300
What Constitutes Canon* Galaxy
If it appeared in the movie it's canon. There's no
"Official" ruling on what's Canon... and I how do wish there
was so much GQ material that it was necessary :) Like what's
been well established in Star Trek films, whatever points that
were previously established as canon facts can and will be ignored or
bent to fit whatever sequel storyline that they come up with... (regardless
of whether it makes sense or not :)
sources that are generally
considered to be canon:
- The "Fan" Promo
- The Novelization
- The "Travis Latke"
- The Sci-Fi Channel Special
- Information from Props Items
THE STARLOG ARTICLE
ON GALAXY QUEST IS NOT CANON!
The article is a cute attempt to play along with the "it's
real" marketing theme of the film. From the promotional
"Fanzine" it's clear that the "Actors" in the film
are the same actors as in the series, and not Actors playing the
"Actors" as Starlog suggested. Starlog needed a way to
bridge the "it was real" with an actual review of the film
so they used this devices.
When you look at the
promo/prop "fan material" there is no indication as to the
content of the "Galaxy Quest Movie" in the alternate
reality where the material "originated". So without
going on for several hours about the probability of cinematic
parallelism across realities (See
the Galaxy Quest movie we saw is not at all likely to be the same the
movie "they" saw... if in fact they saw one at all.
- in the context of a fictional series, what are considered the
"established facts" of the series (the who, when,
where, why and how) In Star Trek for example, novels based on
the series are considered "non canon", which is to say that
in the official "reality" of the series, the events describe
in the books never happened.
What are common misconceptions about Galaxy Quest?
are 2 of common misconceptions:
1. Officially, While admitting that in many places
they have tipped their hats to Star Trek and other popular Sci-Fi, The
Film makers have repeatedly stated that Galaxy
Quest is not a parody of Star Trek.
while in strictest sense Galaxy Quest certainly isn't
a direct parody of Star Trek, considering how faithfully
the film makers got fandom down, and the Nesmith/Shatner parallels, is
be a bit more then random coincident or some instance of parallel
convergence. Seeing how consistent the cast and crew of GQ
have been in stating "Galaxy Quest in not a parody of Star
Trek" ever time the subject came up in interviews, There
are undoubtedly legal or professional relationship reasons for this.
film was not making fun of Trek/Sci-fi fans or fandom.
The cast and crew
have been very clear on these points whenever interviewed.
Was Fred Kwan Stoned?
be honest, I don't know... and as the character "Guy" asks
Fred the question, my
guess is that the other characters don't know either :) Other
then Fred's extremely mellow disposition and his perpetual
snacking, I can find no direct indication in the film that this
is anything other then Fred's natural disposition. In an
draft of the script I've read, Fred seem to be played completely
The other possibility which gets
overlooked is, carrying on the Trek character analogies, that
Fred's munching might have been a reference to Jimmy Doohan's weight
My belief is that they played Fred
"Stoned" because it was a funny contrast to both the
"Tech Sergeant Chen" persona the Thermians saw him as and
to the general panic of the rest of the "cast" members.
Can You send me a
(MP3, Wav, Blank Check)?
As a general rule no... If you have a suggestion for something you'd
like to see on the site feel free to let
me know... but I don't do custom sound/video clips.
If you having a problem downloading something let me know and I'll
see what I can do to help.
If you're looking for something
custom you can ask, and if you catch me on a good day and it sounds
like it would be an interesting addition to the site then maybe.... but
I'm NOT going to put up the sound track as MP3's, tell you how to
crack the encryption on the GQ DVD, or tell you where to find
VCD's of the film... Not gonna happen
I can't download... Please send
I apologize for the inconvenience but because of a lot of external
linking to files and images on the site, and limited bandwidth, I've
been forced to implement some simple redirection and rejection
routines to stop some of it. I've tested it with IE and
Firefox, and out of a frame from a Google search and it works.
I know some people have had a problem, but it seems to be
working for the majority of visitors. If you are having
a problem, let me know (please give me as much details as to
the date, time, and how you accessed the page) and I'll look into
the problem, but please be aware that I'm not going to email you the
file or give you FTP access.
What is you
site's link/banner exchange policy?
we are dedicated to providing our viewers with a "crap
free" environment, We absolutely,
positively WILL NOT PLACE BANNER ADDS
FOR ANY COMMERCIAL SITES/SERVICES OR NON SCI-FI SITES ON ANY PAGES
FOR ANY REASON.
The Questarian maintains a number
of link pages and is always happy to actively support the efforts of
other Sci-Fi Fans and Fandom. The general policy for link exchanges
at the Questarian is:
- The Link should
be "Galaxy Quest", Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Fan/Fandom related
or items Questarian staff feels would be of general interest to
- We give highest
priority, the most page space and the most promotion to other
fan run sites.
- We are happy to set up links to
any site, project, charity, Etc. of DreamWorks or any
member of the Galaxy Quest Cast and crew. It's the least we
can do for giving us something so interesting to obsess on :)
- We do not list
sites with political or religious addenda's.
- Sites with
"Adult" themes which have some artistic or literary
value are acceptable, but we do not list sites which contain or
- We do not
except sites related to online gambling or any "money
- If the site is
strictly commercial in nature, to be listed in "the Trading
Post" it must have some Galaxy Quest Items for sale or
items the Questarian Staff feels would be of general interest to
- A site may be
commercial and listed in the general links area, but it must
have significant content other then sales listings and product
- The Questarian
is non-profit fan run tribute site and has no interest in
participating in or subscribing to any "fee per hit"
or "pay referral" services.
- The site must
not promote illegal activities.
- All sites are
subject to review and approval by the Questarian staff prior to
- The Questarian
makes no promises as to the length of time links will be carried
on the site. Links may be discontinued at any time without
notice in favor or more relevant content or if the linked
violates any of the above considerations.
As we are a non-profit fan run
tribute site we do not maintain much in the way of, nor are we
particularly interested in keeping or distributing, long-term site
What are the site's submission policies?
are encouraged to submit any material they would like to share with
the Galaxy Quest fan community... be it a story, review, an
editorial, Observations, How to's, Artwork, etc.
Submitting material, please indicate how you would like to have it
sites has a few basic rules:
NO SEXUALLY EXPLICIT ADULT CONTENT!
CONTENT WHICH PREJUDGES AGAINST ANY RACE, RELIGION, SEXUAL
ORIENTATION, POLITICAL IDEOLOGY, OR CONTENT THE SITE MANAGER MAY
DEEM AS UNFAIRLY BIASED AGAINST ANY OTHER GROUP, PEOPLE OR PERSON.
CONTENT WHICH PROMOTES OR DESCRIBES ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.
containing child pornography, Hate speech, or threats, will be
brought forwarded to the proper law enforcement authorities.
As this is a "Fan
Site", and you can stretch "Fair Use"
just so far, we exist at the gracious mercy of the copywriter
holders... and as such the Questarian tries not mangle copywrite
laws too extensively... So any submitted content that we feel goes
way beyond "fan tribute" (Such as MP3's of the soundtrack,
Electronic Text versions of the Galaxy Quest Books, or Video VCD's)
will be rejected. I will also not post content that replicate
any officially licensed product... which sadly there isn't much
Submitting does not guarantee posting on the site. All content
is reviewed and approved by the Questarian staff prior to being
Submissions are posted based on availability of space, relevance to
area content, conformity to size, format, content, media
requirements, and Artistic/Technical merit as determined by the Site
Operators. The Questarian makes no promises as to the length
of time submitted material will be carried on the site.
material may be discontinued at any time without notice in
favor or more relevant content.
What screen resolution is this
site designed for?
designed the pages so they can be viewed at minimum screen resolution
of 800 x 600, but also to look the best at a screen resolution of 1024
x 768 or higher. I choose this size
because for today's PC this is typically the standard display
If you're running at 800x600 or
below I strongly
suggest upgrading your video card and/or screen resolution and join
the rest of us in the 21st century :)
If you're not a
commercial site why are you a .com and not an .org or .net?
I thought .com looked and sounded cooler :)
Can you send me the Fraunhofer
MPEG layer-3 Codec?
of excessive downloading / linking, The Questarian will no longer be
hosting, or taking requests for, the Fraunhofer Codec from
this site. If you are unable to play the sound files, you
should download one of the many current media players.
Why haven't you
replied to my e-mail?
I try to respond to everyone that emails, unless:
Spam Filtering! -
Unfortunately the Questarian's gotten on a lot of spam lists and I get
hundreds of spam hits a day (Better then 2800 spams the week I went for Christmas).
As I result I've had to tighten mail filtering, which unintentionally
clips some legit e-mails. I apologies to everyone that's
sent a mail and gotten no answer, the new address is "Galaxy.Quest",
and/or to bypass the filtering preface your subject line with "GQQ:"...
which will flag the message as "priority"
YOU'RE TRYING TO
SELL ME SOMETHING! - As if the million junk
emails I get from address harvesters weren't bad enough.... At work I have to play nice and politely tell you to send over some
materials for us to review before I hang up on you.... Here, I'll just
hang up on you.
don't have a chance - As much as I like spending time working on
the site and talking to other fans, there are many other things in
my life I try to make time for, so I don't always get a chance to
respond as quick as I'd like.
System problems -
E-mail isn't infallible, and neither is my PC, so occasionally
mail either gets lost in transit or lost in translation.
You're being lame -
I'm a big fan of fans... but I've gotten messages
over the years like "I went to college with so-and-so, can you give
me their phone number." or some wise guy's looks at the FAQ
and ask for everything that I say I won't send.
Too Weird -
Along with the lame stuff, every so often I also get some really weird
messages I'm not sure how to classify... If I can't make sense of what
your asking, why your asking for it, or in which state it's legal, into
the trash bin it goes.
Why does the count on sites hit
counter jump up and down?
running a fairly simple counter script, and for reasons I've yet been
unable to determine, it likes to flake out and it clears part of the page counts
periodically. As I have a running hit log, When the counter
glitches, I add back the missing hits.
Why haven't you been updating the
I'm running the site pretty much solo. As I'm limited as to how
much time I can dedicate to the site, there isn't much new to work
with... Not like there ever was a whole lot... and fan participation
have trickled off, updates are coming in "as needed"...
which at this point means about every other month or
How can the left side of the nose
of the Protector 2 scrape the space station without damaging the left
are 2 ways that the Protector can scrape it's nose on the wall with out
damaging the wing:
1. Dramatic License.
2. Looking at shots of the "Starport" there are 2 sections
that protrude from the sides, If they are deep enough the wing would
slide under it while the nose scrapes on it.
Why all the typos?
For the longest time I though it was a joke,
but really! Hey this is a fan site, and if it weren't for
the spellchecker, I'd be spelling "cat" wrong :)
(that's a joke... please no mail on that) I don't know why
every so often I get these long letters complaining about the number of
typos on the site... I just don't get it? are there thousands of
really board neurotic English teachers surfing the web? I really appreciate
people letting me know when I've misspelled someone's name or gotten
some fact wrong, but if you feel the need to write me a 500+ word
spelling and grammar critique... Please don't!!! Save us
both the aggravation and consider switching to something decaffeinated!