Galaxy Side Quest: Oscars 2017 and Margaritas

February 23, 2017

In this special Galaxy Side Quest the crew of By Grabthar's Hammer What A Podcast sit down with a bottle of tequila and attempt to discuss the 2017 Academy Award nominees. Note: this is the 89th consecutive Academy Awards in which Tim Allen is NOT nominated in any category. We also look back at the movies of 1999 (the year Galaxy Quest premiered) to see which movies remain relevant. The Matrix was fine, but what about those visual effects in The Cider House Rules?

And please welcome special guest Mariel Bayona, a San Francisco-based artist and fellow Galaxy Quest fan! Check out Mariel Bayona's work at and follow her on Instagram at


What, More Galaxy Quest References???

February 15, 2017

By Grabthar's Hammer What A Podcast, the only podcast dedicated to the 1999 epic space-adventure comedy, Galaxy Quest. In this episode the crew uncovers recent Galaxy Quest references in pop culture, Alex digs up a Galaxy Quest movie review from his high school newspaper, and the team welcomes an all-star cast for another reading of the Galaxy Quest movie script.

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What A Script

January 17, 2017

By Grabthar's Hammer What A Podcast, the only episode dedicated to the 1999 epic space-adventure comedy, Galaxy Quest. We're back with the debut episode of season 2! We're catching up on all the latest Galaxy Quest news, talking about Justin Long's new commercial campaign for a cell phone company we're unable to pronounce, and reading excerpts from a recently acquired copy of the complete, unedited Galaxy Quest movie script!

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What A Nerdy November

December 8, 2016

We are excited to announce that season 2 of By Grabthar's Hammer, What A Podcast will begin soon!

In the meantime, here's a recap of our recent screening of Galaxy Quest at The Logan Theatre in Chicago as part of the annual Nerdy November series. Thanks to all of the guests who stopped by our table to share their thoughts on Galaxy Quest.

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What Bonus Features

June 2, 2016

The crew of By Grabthar's Hammer digs into every nook and cranny of the Galaxy Quest Deluxe Edition Blu-ray Disc™for an in-depth review of bonus features. That's right -- we're watching all the extras so you don't have to! Special features include "Historical Documents: The Story Of Galaxy Quest", "By Grabthar's Hammer, What Amazing Effects", "Actors In Space", and a video of Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl "Chill" Mitchell rapping.


What A SciFi Spectacular

May 18, 2016

The BGH crew reunites after a long break to catch up on Galaxy Quest news and recap the Sci Fi Spectacular 2016 where they hosted a screening of Galaxy Quest in the beautiful, rustic, and quite frigid Patio Theater. To the disappointment of many audience members, Tim Allen did NOT make a surprise appearance at the festival. But spirits remained high. BONUS: Listen to interviews conducted at the screening with Galaxy Quest fans and first time viewers of the movie!


What Actors Playing Actors

March 24, 2016

By Grabthar's Hammer, What Actors, in which the crew discusses actors playing actors in Galaxy Quest and beyond. Special guest Barry "The Kid" Kidd, bassist of The Noise FM and the only actor we know, chimes in from the 2nd row bench as we cruise down I-35 in a van rapidly falling apart en route to South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. We're talking acting archetypes, movies with actors playing actors, and just now realizing that Galaxy Quest and Three Amigos are the same movie.

Had we edited this episode sooner, it would have been a great promotional tool for SXSW concert appearances by our bands The Noise FM and Archie Powell & The Exports. Ah well, better late than never.

Mark your calendars for Sci-Fi Spectacular 2016 at Patio Theater in Chicago! We're sponsoring a screening of Galaxy Quest and will be recording a live podcast! Galaxy Quest, Big Trouble in Little China, Westworld, Blade Runner and more!

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What Galaxy Questions

February 23, 2016

By Grabthar's Hammer, What Galaxy Questions, in which the crew sits down to answer our listeners' most important questions. We're talking Beryllium Spheres (who knew they were a real thing?), alien technology and weaponry, Tony Shalhoub's Tarantino-esque character arc, and whether Galaxy Quest and The Fifth Element exist in the same universe.

Ask us YOUR questions via twitter, email, Instagram or Facebook and we'll be sure to answer them in an upcoming episode!
Get tickets NOW for the Sci-Fi Spectacular 2016 taking place Saturday, April 9 at Patio Theater in Chicago. By Grabthar's Hammer, What A Podcast will be introducing a Galaxy Quest screening and conducting a LIVE podcast taping! And stick around for screenings of Blade Runner, Big Trouble In Little China, Westworld, and more!
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What A Tribute To Alan Rickman

January 28, 2016

By Grabthar's Hammer, What A Podcast gives tribute to recently deceased and beloved theater and film actor, Mr. Alan Rickman. From his villainous breakout roles as Die Hard's Hans Gruber and Robin Hood's The Sheriff of Nottingham, to his charming turns in Sense and Sensibility and The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Alan Rickman captivated audiences with his Shakespearean charisma and mesmerizing voice.

By Grabthar's Hammer once again celebrate Rickman's hilarious turn as Alexander Dane in Galaxy Quest. The crew also somehow stumbles upon an analogy between Rickman's resurgence as a fan-favorite for a new generation as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and the band Green Day's equally interesting career trajectory. Hans Gruber is to Dookie as Severus Snape is to American Idiot. A bit of a stretch? You betcha.
By Grabthar's Hammer, you shall be remembered, Alan Rickman.

What Beryllium Spheres

January 14, 2016

Fresh off a viewing of Galaxy Quest the crew sits down to discuss new observations, possible beryllium sphere plotholes, and weird overdubs. The fellas offer a heartfelt apology to Tim "The Tool Man" Allen, who upon further review, was not actually responsible for the extermination of the entire Thermian race. We also welcome to the show first time Galaxy Quest viewers PJ Thompson and Dennis "The Menace" Arkesteyn for a much needed new perspective on Galaxy Quest, a movie we are clearly no longer able to view objectively.