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.