This blog showcases my fascination with travel into the heart of America. Each blog post will transport readers from behind their screens and into the realm of the American experience. My goal is to inspire people with tales of travel and discovery and to motivate them to explore the world beyond their doorsteps.
An Other-Worldly Quest in the Valley of the Goblins
The crew of the starship "Protector” is on a mission to procure a new source of Beryllium spheres to power their ship’s damaged reactor. Finding the spheres involves a seemingly simple trip to a nearby planet but alas, the planet is inhabited with unfriendly aliens and the mission is not as straightforward as it seems.
Take a close look at the alien terrain below. Do you recognize the movie? How about the planet? Is this a Hollywood set or a true-to-life place?
The aliens are coming!
"Galaxy Quest", the entertaining Science Fiction/Star Trek spoof starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Richman, is the movie. And that nearby planet containing those fictional Beryllium spheres? It’s none other than Goblin Valley State Park in Utah.
The Valley of the Goblins is filled with fantastical eroded sandstone formations which reminded early explorers of spooky creatures. The creators of “Galaxy Quest” saw the potential in these humanoid rocks—during the movie a group of goblins assembles and animates into a monster, threatening Tim Allen’s character, Jason Nesmith.
"Jason", on the run from the sandstone monster.
Computer generated images (CGIs) have been superimposed on the above DreamWorks studio photos from Goblin Valley. Below, see pictures from the Valley of the Goblins as it actually appears, without CGIs.
Next week’s post will detail a visit to Goblin Valley State Park by a group of earthlings on vacation—no aliens or spaceship crews included.
This weekend, if you’re a fan of Star Trek or if you enjoy—as I do—watching the great Alan Richman perform, rent or stream “Galaxy Quest” for your viewing pleasure.