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Arts & Entertainment'Galaxy Quest' makes spoof of spaceEmail story to a friendPrinter-friendly Format Add your comments Send Letter to Editor Digg this story ROCKLAND (April 20): Rockland Public Library will screen "Galaxy Quest" 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 23, in the Friends Community Room.

Advertisement The library is at 80 Union St.The screening is one in a trio of film screenings leading up to the theatrical release of director, and part-time Midcoast resident, J.J.

Abrams' new "Star Trek" film on May 8."Star Trek" gets an affectionate drubbing in "Galaxy Quest." Years after their science fiction television adventure show "Galaxy Quest" was canceled, actors Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco, Alexander Dane, Tommy Webber and Fred Kwan are making appearances at sci-fi conventions and store openings in costume and character.

They're also wallowing in despair and at each other's throat.Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen) played ship's captain Commander Peter Quincey Taggart.

Gwen DeMarco (Sigourney Weaver, no stranger to sci-fi with her roles in the "Alien" films) played Lt.

Madison.

Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman, also known for his roles as Hans Gruber in the 1988 film "Die Hard" and Professor Snape in the "Harry Potter" films) played Dr.

Lazarus.

Fred Kwan (Tony Shalhoub, who stars in the detective series "Monk") played ship's engineer Tech Sgt.

Chen, and Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell) played ship's pilot Laredo.None of these actors found descent acting jobs after their series was canceled.

Instead, they are relegated to appearing occasionally as their former "Galaxy Quest" characters at fan conventions and infrequent commercials.

Especially frustrated is Dane, a trained Shakespearean actor who cannot escape the stigma of having said those immortal words, "By Grabthar's hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!"Aliens in jeopardy, however, have mistaken the 20-year-old "Galaxy Quest" television transmissions for historical documents and beam up the crew of actors to help save their planet.

Director Dean Parisot's 1999 "Galaxy Quest" may be the funniest science fiction/comedy film of all time.A hilarious send-up of 1960's science fiction shows, "Galaxy Quest" will have you boldly laughing where no one has gone before.

The New England screening premiere of "Star Trek: Of Gods and Men" is scheduled for next week.Special accommodations for persons with disabilities can be made with 48 hours notice; call the library at 594-0310.Email story to a friendPrinter-friendly Format Add your comments Send Letter to Editor Digg this storyThe Herald Gazette Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney C.

Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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