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by Hawkboy

"It gets more fun every year; This year, we even had a woman come!"
4 stars

This movie is dedicated to a cat whose owner used to dress him up in a Star Trek uniform. That should give you an idea of the seriousness of this documentary.

I walked into this movie expecting a few cheap pot-shots at Trekkies, but what I got was an off-beat story about a few folks that take their favorite TV show a little TOO seriously.

The film starts with a preface stating that "Trekkies" is the only fan group listed in the Oxford dictionary. It's an internationally recognized word, and despite the constant jokes and insults about "getting a life" (even from William Shatner himself, though he later apologized) it's a phenomenon that has been going strong for nearly 30 years.

The film isn't able to rationalize the behavior of some of its characters - how can you explain a man who dresses up as the wife of a character who died in an episode of "The Next Generation"? But it does make some valid points - the main point that many of the fans raise is that if you wear a football jersey everywhere you go, you're considered a football enthusiast; you wear a Star Trek uniform, you're considered a nut.

The movie features testimonials from many of the Trek cast members (although we don't see Patrick Stewart, and William Shatner is only briefly seen) and we see the impact that the Trekkies have had on their lives. They all seem a little amazed that it's carried on for this long and the genuine love that these people have for them. Jimmy Doohan, who played Scotty, tells a tale of how he managed to talk a Star Trek fan out of committing suicide. Nichelle Nichols, Uhara on the original series, talked about being "The first black woman on TV who wasn't a maid". The bottom line, they say, is that Star Trek has done a lot of good for a lot of people. It's not like they're dressing up as Captain Kirk and robbing banks; the Trekkies are trying to live their lives according to the principles of the show - living together in harmony. And occasionally blowing the shit out of Klingon warships.

This movie really surprised me; despite my general dislike of the Star Trek series of movies and TV shows, it was a fascinating display of genuinely weird people. Sure, the people are a little wacko, but the movie treats them with respect and tries to portray them as human beings. But beneath it all, you can sense a dark undercurrent; you can see the children of these people (amazingly, they DO have sex occasionally) dressed in the uniforms, with glazed looks in their eyes, and you know that this is going to require some MAJOR therapy bills.

The pets and the children of these Trekkies are the true victims - they must be saved. Especially if that guy who rides around in the box is allowed to breed.

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8/26/05 ES It's an interesting watch, but its not something most will be comfortable with 3 stars
5/27/05 Christy Schultz long and prosper... 4 stars
10/20/00 hum interesting but very shallow. a good starting point 3 stars
12/13/99 SID It really isn't very funny, just sad most of the time. There ARE some highlights though. 3 stars
10/17/99 JonnyAngel weird and wonderful 5 stars
6/04/99 Ah Dooey not a trek fan, but a really interesting documentary. Right on! 5 stars
5/30/99 MickCollins Star Trek fans are just too damn creepy. 3 stars
5/25/99 grunter Should be required viewing by all nascent Trekkies -- scary and endearing. 5 stars
5/23/99 Mr Showbiz This winning, absorbing documentary is fathomable by trekkies and mere earthlings alike. 5 stars
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  21-May-1999 (PG)



Directed by
  Roger Nygard

Written by

  Frank D'Amico
  Denise Crosby
  Leonard Nimoy
  George Takei

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