Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 — REVIEW

Galaxy BuckAfter you get past the first 20 minutes of nauseating repetition about Buck wanting to do something BIG for God, the “Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9” story finally settles into a worthwhile message. Even adults who enjoy Star Trek and Star Wars will appreciate the story nods to both franchises.

The story is about Buck Denver who has a big dream to save the galaxy by carrying God’s love to every corner of the Milky Way. Unfortunately, Buck is frustrated working for the Galactic Mission Board, as the only help he gives people is making sure they receive their donation premiums.

Buck finally gets his chance to do something big for God when a tech devise needs to be repaired in sector 9. He quickly gets a space ship, since he’s been taking online courses to learn how to be a captain, and puts together a crew to pilot the ship from his call center buddies. It was disappointing that fun and games didn’t ensue from this awkward crew trying to figure out how to fly the ship, as it’s automated to the point of driving itself to sector 9 before anyone can push a button.

The away team steps off of the ship’s shuttle on the “uninhabited” planet to fix the equipment and Buck is separated by a sand storm. Finding shelter in a cave with a wise man, Buck learns about what its really like to serve God, rather than focusing on doing something big. That’s when things heat up at the hand of the planet’s inhabitants and forces Buck to make a decision that will impact the future of all involved.

Phil Visher (Creator of VeggieTales®) did a great job developing the story in the second half of the show, which means that kids might want to jump to the middle of the show after watching it a few times. The galactic adventure attempts to teach kids a message about trusting God with everything, but the intense repetition of Buck wanting to do “big” things for God might overshadow a child’s memory of the message – At least it did for this big kid.

“Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9” has an approximate runtime of 40 minutes, is well-shot and enjoyable to watch for young children. The puppets and sets work well, and the story in the second half of the program makes owning the show worth it. The show releases tomorrow.