Trekkies is a documentary film featuring the lives of select die-hard Star Trek fans and the overall community behind the franchise.
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. Star Trek actress Denise Crosby provides an affectionate and humorous look at some of these people, who demonstrate how Star Trek has affected and even shaped their lives. Several members of the show’s cast and creative team also describe what the series and its fans mean to them.
Directed by Roger Nygard and released in 1997, Trekkies comes across as a great film on Star Trek fandom. Even though Trekkies cherry picks some of the slightly odd fans in the fan community, the documentary film still pulls off becoming engaging, and at times, hilarious. Being “weird” will always trump the boredom of normal.
I watched Trekkies a few years back, uninitiated in the Star Trek story. As always, it interested me greatly how certain people in this documentary chose to overshadow their real life with a fictional one. Wanting to live in a dream world, exploring space, a beacon of light for the human race and being a part of a cause. Some play, others become entangled. Honestly, I also thought most of them were a bit too geeky.
But in an effort to understand more, I started on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Luckily for me, my girlfriend has been a Trekkie since childhood (unbeknownst to me). As a start, she showed me the episode called “Inner Light” followed by “The Royale”. Both were really good, and over the next years it spiraled on with a new episode here and there. Soon I found myself really enjoying myself, so much so I became a glutton for new Star Trek episodes at least once a day. After finishing The Next Generation, I started on some of the movies and other Star Trek series. However, none of them really got up to the level of The Next Generation for me.
Today, I re-watched Trekkies in a new light. The love for the franchise and story behind Star Trek is genuinely nice to see. The people in the documentary are still a bit weird, and I highly doubt I would ever wear a Star Trek uniform to work, but the fans burning for Star Trek is heartwarming. It reminds me that I should also stay true to the things I love in life and celebrate it with likeminded people.