Documentary Monday~~Trekkies

TitleTrekkies

Year–1997

Awards–Won the Sierra Award for Best Documentary at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards in 2000

Summary–Delves into the world of Star Trek fandom through interviews with actors from the series and the fans themselves.

My Thoughts–I honestly don’t know much about Star Trek, only having seen a few episodes of various incarnations of the show and two of the movies (one of them being the new one, so that probably shouldn’t even count….the other was the one with the whales, which I used to watch with my dad all the time), but I know many people who are huge fans, including my dad and several close friends.  So as someone who is not an “insider” I did not know if I would like it or not, but I LOVED it!!!!

I might not be a Star Trek fan, but I am a Harry Potter fanatic and there are a lot of things I could relate to in Trekkies.  The filmmakers interview and follow several very hardcore Star Trek fans in their daily lives and at special events like conventions.  I could totally understand where many of them were coming from, even though I don’t normally walk around in Potter gear all day long.  Several people were a little too extreme even for me, but they were all really interesting to listen to.

There are also interviews with actors and other people behind the scenes from the various shows (original series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, etc.)  who talk about some of their experiences with fans.  I really enjoyed these a lot because they all seemed so astounded and humbled by how deeply people have been affected by Star Trek.  My favorite was a touching story that James Doohan told about how he helped a young woman who was contemplating suicide (but anything he said was my favorite because I LOVE Scotty).

Now, saying all of that, there are some people who will watch this movie and laugh hysterically.  I admit to laughing several times at some pretty outlandish behavior.  There was one teenage boy who was so particular and nitpicky about a Starfleet uniform that had been custom made for him that I couldn’t help but roll my eyes (then I think back to how nitpicky I was about the Harry Potter display at my library and realize that I had no place to judge).

My absolute favorite part of the film was when one guy (who might have been from Riverside, Iowa, but I can’t remember for sure) was talking about the yearly birthday parties they have for Captain Kirk.  He basically said, “It started out with a few people, then some young people started coming, and this year we had a girl come, you know!”  I laughed so hard I almost cried.  That statement is true of the Harry Potter fandom as well, except it is reversed.  Go to a Harry Potter conference and you will be surrounded by hundreds of giddy girls and a couple dozen very lucky males.

Final Verdict–Very interesting (though slightly dated–my God the hairstyles!!!) look into the world of passionate fans.  Great for anyone who enjoys Star Trek or knows what it’s like to truly love something bigger than yourself.

Jen

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17 Responses to “Documentary Monday~~Trekkies”


  1. 1 ngtlindsay March 28, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I’ll have to watch this one. One day I want to go to Trekfest! 😀

  2. 2 ngtjennifer March 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    This year it is June 24-25. I have it on my calendar to go!

  3. 3 ngtlindsay March 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    NO WAY! You are so COOL!!!

  4. 4 Diana March 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I’m not a Trekkie either, but this documentary sounds pretty entertaining.

    A documentary that I watched recently that I would recommend is King of Kong. It’s a fascinating look at the attempts to achieve the highest score in one of the hardest video games, Donkey Kong.

    This is off topic, but I know you nerdgirls, like myself, are Meg Cabot fans. She posted her upcoming book tour schedule. If I’m not mistaken, three of you live in Iowa. She’ll be in Cedar Rapids on July 12 (not sure if that’s close to where you live). Lindsey, you live in Tennessee, right? Meg will be in Nashville (is that close to where you live?) on July 7. Here are the details:

    http://www.megcabot.com/meg-cabot-tour-information/

  5. 5 Diana March 28, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    Sorry, I meant to type Lindsay.

  6. 6 ngtjennifer March 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Diana, I just found out today that she is going to be in Cedar Rapids! But do you know what is the worst thing ever??? Tuesday July 12, is the day of the midnight release of Harry Potter….so I will be waiting in line when Meg gives her program. Why does everything have to happen at the same damn time???

    • 7 Abby March 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

      Wait wait wait, Tuesday July 12 is the midnight HP release? WE TOTALLY PLANNED OUR HARRY POTTER PARTY FOR THE AFTERNOON OF JULY 12! I AM A SCHEDULING GODDESS!!! 😀

    • 8 Diana March 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      Jen, that’s a bummer! While I love Harry Potter, I’m not as big of a fan as you, so I would choose Meg over Harry. Sorry, Harry! Having said that, I might try to watch a midnight screening of the last Harry Potter movie. I mean, it’s the last one, after all.

  7. 9 Diana March 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Lindsay, forgot to mention that Meg will also be in Memphis on April 26.

  8. 10 ngtlindsay March 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    @Diana, I totally volunteered to help out with the Nashville event! FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!! Memphis is too far though 😦 I wish I could go to both – I’m so looking forward to Abandon! I ❤ MEG!!!!

  9. 11 ngtjennifer March 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Okay guys, sorry I jumped the gun on that…..apparently the movie comes out on Friday the 15th. For some reason I assumed it would be a Wednesday like it usually is in the summer. So Abby, you are still awesome, because now the really hardcore fans won’t be waiting in line. And I can go to Meg Cabot! Oh wait, no I can’t, because we always have programs Tuesday nights. Argggg!

  10. 12 Diana March 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Jen, can you play hooky on that Tuesday?

    There’s a chance that Meg might come to San Francisco later this year. I hope so because it would be great to see her again.

  11. 13 ngtjennifer March 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I was planning to play hooky to go wait for Harry Potter, so maybe I can do the same to go see Meg. Hmmmmm, I have plenty of time to come up with a plan.

  12. 14 Amber March 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Meg Cabot is coming to IOWA WHAT?! I so rarely check tour schedules unless I am going on vacation to a place and I am hoping and praying that stars will align…BUT SHE IS COMING HERE?! NO YA AUTHORS EVER COME HERE!!! we only get like pulitzer prize and national book award people who pause in Iowa City for kicks and giggles. Oh gosh oh gosh and thank goodness it is at night so I shouldn’t have to ask off work (I wasn’t able to get off for Harry Potter FROWN)

  13. 16 ngtlindsay March 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Isn’t that around the time you’re coming to visit me? Or..? I can’t remember now. I thought it was sometime in July. OMG, how terrible would it be if you came right AFTER Meg LEFT Nashville and DURING the time she was IN Cedar Rapids? How terrible/sorta funny would that be?!

  14. 17 ngtlindsay March 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I should have put @Amber in front of that last comment.


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