Are you looking for a movie that will make you laugh out loud, at times horrify you, at times astound you, and maybe even put a tear in the corner of your eye? Would you believe me if I told you the movie you may be looking for is Trekkies?
You donâ€™t have to be a Star Trek fan to enjoy this charming and thoroughly entertaining documentary. I canâ€™t recall if Iâ€™ve ever actually seen even one full Star Trek episode but that didnâ€™t hamper my enjoyment of Trekkies one bit. The documentary delves into the infamously obsessive world of the most devoted Star Trek fans, from the stories of the original cast members recalling the first Star Trek convention to a kid meticulously detailing the changes in Dataâ€™s costumes over the years via the chronological line-up of Data action figures in his room.
You donâ€™t have to know about Star Trek to enjoy Trekkies because the documentary isnâ€™t ever about the show; itâ€™s about the impact of the show and the lives it touched and continues to touch. Itâ€™s about a dentist who redesigned his entire office as â€śStar Base Dental,â€ť even going so far as to require his hygienists and secretaries to don Federation garb. Itâ€™s about a woman so devoted to her position as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Artemis (the Little Rock unit of the Federation Alliance) that she wore her Star Trek Commanderâ€™s uniform to jury duty, the same way a military officer might wear his uniform, she says. Itâ€™s about a group of Klingons who hold a charity miniature golf tournament and classes where people can learn to properly speak Klingon and even read Klingon language versions of Hamlet and the Bible.
I alternately laughed hysterically and sat in shock with my mouth agape while watching this film. I even got a little misty eyed a few times.
Trekkies begins by throwing viewers headfirst into the world of mind-boggling devotion to what Majel Barrett Roddenberry (Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberryâ€™s wife) describes as, â€śthe 20th century mythology.â€ť Weâ€™re shown an auction where a Klingon bidder pays $14,000 for a piece of costume used in an actual episode. Convention Promoter Pat Rimington then recalls a story about â€śthe Q virus.â€ť Actor John de Lancie, who played a character named Q in the Star Trek universe, was extremely ill but still showed up for a convention show. When he left he left behind a half-finished glass of water which Rimington then jokingly decided to auction off a sip from. To his disbelief, someone actually paid upwards of $40 to run up, gulp down the infected remainder of the drink and proudly proclaim, â€śIâ€™ve got the Q virus!â€ť