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Trekkies (1997)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Thirty years ago, science-fiction editor Art Saha coined the term "trekkies" when he saw a few fans of Star Trek's first season wearing pointy ears. Today, the word is found in the Oxford dictionary, and aficionados of the long-run series have seen their subculture achieve stratospheric status. In this documentary on the fan mania surrounding Star Trek, Denise Crosby (Star Trek: the Next Generation) serves as tour guide, stopping off at a radio talkshow, visiting fans in their homes,

Nov 9, 1999

Paramount Pictures

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gain a little greater appreciation for the genius of Roddenberry's phenomenon

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews

very interesting

July 5, 2008

A sort of neutral valentine to Trek die-hards.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source:

Love them or hate them, Trek fans make fine entertainment.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

I actually know quite a few of the people in this. Creepy.

February 23, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Hysterical look at Star Trek nerds in the wild

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Reveals the desperate lengths people will go to find a sense of meaning and community in their lives. Here entertainment becomes a surrogate religion.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

it doesn't have to try hard to get a laugh because the Trekkies provide the comedy with their mere existence - and the comedy is golden!

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

My enjoyment of this sci-fi series is nothing compared with the fanaticism of hard-core devotees of Gene Roddenberry's cultural phenomenon.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

I mean, let's face it: a poodle dressed up in a Star Trek uniform--that's good comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Serves as a funny and insightful glimpse into the world of that strangest creature of all--the 'Star Trek' fan.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Laugh long and prosper.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

All of this holds a strange fascination, but it does get somewhat redundant after a while.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Trekkies

Trekkies is a well crafted documentary that takes a look at the fan base of the famed TV show Star Trek. Fans of the shows are truly dedicated and follow the series feverishly. The series has been extremely popular for many years, but Trekkies showcases the dedication of the most diehard fans of the show. I really enjoyed the film, and thought it was a great glimpse into the fandom of Star Trek. Obviously some people may find these fans to be quite obsessive and with good reason, but the thing is, is that if you love something and you're interested in the subject, why not devote your time to something positive. Trekkies is a fun documentary, one that documents a truly interesting subject. For Sci Fi fans, this is a must seem, for viewers that are not used to the fandom, well you might want to pass this up. However if you're looking for a well crafted documentary to watch, definitely give Trekkies a viewing. The film is at times imperfect, but it exposes its subject perfectly, and with that being said, you can appreciate the dedication of the fans, even if you think they at times push the limits a bit too far. Trekkies is entertaining for what it is, and it gives you a glimpse into pop culture like you never seen it before. You'll surely enjoy this if you love a good documentary, but if you don't appreciate the Star Trek phenomenon, you may want to pass this up. This film features lots of interviews with fans and actors, and it goes at the heart of the culture of Star Trek. Trekkies is a fun film from start to finish.
August 18, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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I do love a documentary that focuses on weird and eccentric people. Trekkies looks at the fans of Star Trek. It chooses a small group to follow, from a young SFX whizkid that has gone on to much better things, a woman that insists on being called Commander, a dentist with a decorated surgery and so on. This is all cut together with interviews from some of the stars. Where the film kind of failed was in only showing the most eccentric people, and always surrounded by there memorabilia and/or in costume. I never really got a sense of who these people were without Star Trek. This can sometimes make them seem sad and lonely and often psychologically damaged. Luckily, they are having so much fun that you kind of get swept up by it all. The actors seem to take it too seriously though,recounting stories of how the show has changed or saved peoples' lives, from suicide attempts, to how it liberated black people, to how it helped people get over the deaths of their family etc. It's all a bit much at times and it doesn't really express the kind of fun people are having. Not informative, just a gallery of interesting people.
October 1, 2011

Super Reviewer

"There's One Born Every Day"

From a TV series that barely lasted three seasons in the 1960s, "Star Trek" has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry involving several spin-off series, numerous movies, and countless merchandise items. This phenomenon is due to the show's legions of rabidly devoted fans, popularly known as "Trekkies."

A documentary for Trekkies, made by Trekkies, about Trekkies. Trekkies are Star Trek fans, usually very obsessed fans (there is a brief segment on the debate between what are 'Trekkies' and 'Trekkers', but no conclusions are reached). The film, hosted by Crosby (who played Tasha Yar on the Next Generation TV series), who's also a producer, focuses on the whole gamut of far-flung Trek fans, including, famously, the juror who showed up in Trek uniform, and the dentist who converted his office into a Trek starbase. Then there's the guy who recreated a motorized life-support chair (from an early classic Trek episode) and rides around in it on his town's streets, only his head visible poking up from the top. Most of the fans come across as harmless eccentrics who are actually fairly intelligent (the one exception is a guy who, for some reason, seems to be wearing a female wig and lipstick - kinda creepy - I think he thinks he's Troi of the TNG series). The central message conveyed is a hope for a better future, without prejudices or other social problems. It that sense, these fans are, indeed, more advanced than the average citizen, who is still stuck with the 20th-century's petty squabbling and short-sightedness. There are also short interviews with several of the classic and Next Generation cast members,including (poignantly) DeForest Kelley, who died in '99, and Leonard Nimoy (Spock), Jimmy Doohan (Scotty), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura), Brent Spiner (Data), Michael Dorn (Worf), Jonathan Frakes (Riker) and Kate Mulgrew (Capt.Janeway). Some relate very touching stories about how the show literally changed someone's life for the better, including a suicide prevention by Doohan. It also touches briefly on the fringe element of Trek worship, the pornographic fantasy trade. The end credits contain clips from some stand-up comics doing Trek jokes, which are pretty funny.
March 24, 2011
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

I like watching Star Trek - The Original Series, so I knew I had to watch "Trekkies." It's an interesting movie to watch. Denise Crosby interviews a bunch of people who are major Star Trek fans and they're called Trekkies. It also features interviews with many of the most popular people from all the Star Trek series from the original series to Voyager. You'll recognize a lot of the people such as William Shatner, James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, and many others.
Parts of the movie are real interesting such as taking a trip to a dentist's office and seeing the whole inside of the building decorated with memorabilia from Star Trek and all the employees wearing a Star Trek uniform. Another good part of the movie is when Leonard Nimoy (Spock from the original series) tells a story about someone tapping him on the shoulder and saying "Hey I know you, you got your ears changed." He turned around and saw that it was John Wayne. This movie features not only in depth interviews with fans and stars from Star Trek, but it also shows footage from conventions and towns that are dedicated to Star Trek.

My only complaint about "Trekkies" is that some of the interviews of hardcore Star Trek fans can get a little repetitive, but it is an interesting movie to watch and I recommend anybody who likes any of the Star Trek series to watch "Trekkies." If you're a Trekky yourself and you go around wearing a uniform or decorate your home with Star Trek stuff, etc. I'd recommend buying the movie. Myself, I'm just a casual Star Trek watcher and I wouldn't ever wear a uniform or anything like that, so I guess I'm not a Trekkie. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.
September 10, 2009

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