Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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More overtly religious than VeggieTales and less fun.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 40 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to prescribe a Christian way of living.

Positive Messages

If you meet someone who needs help, then help. Give up your dreams and replace them with the tenets and goals of your Christian faith.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Buck and his cohorts are helpful and kind, although Buck seems a bit narcissistic in his obsession with doing "something big" instead of playing his small part in a large organization.

Violence & Scariness

Scary blue aliens imprison the crew. A sandstorm threatens the crew.

Sexy Stuff

This is part of the Buck Denver series of DVDs and books, made by the creator of the VeggieTales empire.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that like the earlier Buck Denver What’s in the Bible? series, this Galaxy Buck installment continues the boiling down of Christian biblical themes into easily consumed messages for young kids. Unlike in the related VeggieTales series, the Christian message is overt and Jesus-specific, which may preclude it for some families. Cute but menacing alien puppets may seem scary to young kids. Creepy blue aliens imprison the crew, and a sandstorm threatens them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byStephen M. May 29, 2018

My children loved it

It was great to find a movie that's funny (even for adults!) with such a positive message.
Adult Written byMatt C. March 7, 2018

We liked it.

If you grew up with Thunderbirds and, of course, StarTrek, you will see the funny side of this video.
We have used it with our Boys Club aged 5-8 and they love... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 27, 2017

Don't listen to common sense media

The reason why Phil Visher made it is to tell about christianity.
And common sense wants kids to leave the church like they did before this was made.
And it was... Continue reading

What's the story?

In GALAXY BUCK: MISSION TO SECTOR 9, Buck is tired of answering phones for the Christian call center, Pastor Paul’s Galaxy Gospel. He hates spending his day sending out tote bags and verifying credit cards. He’d rather do "something big" for God. When the transponder carrying Paul’s signal goes down on a faraway planet, Buck volunteers to take a crew into deep space to make the repair. Pastor Paul gives him the go-ahead, even though Buck has no experience either captaining a spaceship or repairing transponders. He meets an evangelical on the supposedly uninhabited planet who advises him that God doesn’t want Buck to do anything in particular; God just wants him. Period. Buck gives up his dream to heroically save the transponder and is awarded a captain’s license anyway, giving him the sense that he is doing something "big."

Is it any good?

Unlike so many clever VeggieTales stories, this movie recites religious rhetoric but doesn't engage kids. Galaxy Buck is kind of a hopeless dope, which may keep some kids from relating to the challenges faced by this "hero." The film amusingly echoes some of the hokier aspects of cheap 1950s space movies, but some fans of his far subtler VeggieTales may be disappointed by the blatant Jesus talk. Upending the message of the movie, Buck ultimately achieves his dream of being a pilot despite having been told God wants him to give up his ambitions and dreams and replace them with God’s plan. It sure looks as if Buck succeeded through hard work and persistence. On the other hand, the overarching message here is "help people who need help," and that sounds like advice anyone could use.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about religious-themed movies and shows. Do you think everyone can enjoy them or only people who share those beliefs?

  • Do you think people who do "small" jobs also can make important contributions? How?

  • Do you ever want to do something "big" like Galaxy Buck? What would you like to accomplish? How can you do it?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love preschool fun

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