Trekkies (1997)

Starring: Denise Crosby
Roger Nygard

Encoding: Region 2 encoding (Europe, Japan, South Africa and the Middle East including Egypt)
Color, Closed-captioned, Dolby
Aspect Ratio(s): 1.33:1
Audio Encoding:
Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Run Time: 87

Movie: * * *
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Here I was thinking that I was all geeked-out, you know, being the webmaster of the Sci-Fi Movie Page and actually knowing who the heck Dean Cundey and Elvin Jones are and all that.

So my wife bought me this hour-and-a-half documentary about Star Trek fandom hosted by Denise Crosby, who once appeared regularly on Star Trek – The Next Generation and I realised jut what a well-balanced individual I am. Sort of . . .

To be honest, Trekkies focuses on the more eccentric and lunatic fringe of the whole trekkie phenomenon because . . . well, they’re more interesting. Would you want to watch a documentary about a group of normal, every-day, well-balanced Star Trek fans? No, I don’t think so. So instead you get the juror who did her jury duty during a high-profile case in her Star Trek uniform, the dentist with the Trek theme waiting and consulting room and the fan who considers having his ears surgically altered to resemble Mr. Spock’s.

You’ll often find yourself shouting “get a life!” at some of the people in this documentary, but this funny, irreverent (and only occasionally condescending) documentary would be loads of fun for the die-hard trekkie, the occasional fan (such as myself) and even strangers to the whole fan genre. (And if you think you’re bemused by the trekkie thing, wait till you see the reaction of the Trek actors interviewed.)

However, the most perceptive comment in the whole documentary is that of a stand-up comic who remarks that people who walk around in the uniform of their favorite sports team are never frowned upon as is the case of someone dressed up in a Trek uniform, while both are equally weird when you think about it.

THE DISC: No trailers, no audio commentary, nothing. Not even a trailer for Trekkies 2, which features more fandom weirdness such as a German fan of the show whose house resembles the interior of the Starship Enterprise.

WORTH IT? Yup. This is both eye-opening and funny stuff.

RECOMMENDATION: Buy it for the favorite geek in your life (yourself!). It also ought to make a nice double-bill along with Free Enterprise, a cool romantic comedy for geeks starring William Shatner himself . . .

Dean Cundey is a cinematographer who had his start on films by director John Carpenter such as Escape from New York, The Thing and Halloween. (Less famously, he also worked on Angel’s Revenge, a very bad movie spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Yes, I actually walk around with this sort of trivial information stored in my brain. Sad, innit?)

Fooled you! Elvin Jones has nothing to do with sci-fi: he was a jazz drummer who regularly played with John Coltrane who sadly recently passed away. Rock guitarist Santana considered him the “greatest drummer ever”, which just might have been the case.

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