"Star Trek" is a pretty amazing thing. It has spawned four television shows (and more to come), ten movies, and thousands of collectibles. There are "Star Trek" conventions going on all over the world, and there are millions of fans.
Trekkies honors and makes fun of these fans at the same time. It states and explains the reasons why some people are so obsessed with this show, but also looks at some of the fans who set the stereotype for Trekkies. There are people who wear Starfleet uniforms out in public on a regular basis, build the machines that have been built in the show, collect weird collectibles, and even turn their businesses into a "Star Trek" shrine.
The movie is well done both in direction and editing. It fluctuates perfectly, using comedy as its main driving force but presenting a more serious side to the fans, "highlighted" by a near-suicide experience that James Doohan (Scotty) helped resolve. Even though it is a documentary without any specific plot, it has been edited in a way that introduces and keeps on bringing back characters so as to relate with them. Of course, by the end of the movie there are a couple of people you wish would just go away and realize that they don't have a life, but it's all in good fun.
Luckily, this movie also has lots of interviews with the actors who starred in the four shows (there's not too much of Voyager's cast, though). They tell stories about being on the set but more importantly about fans they have encountered, and what they think about them. They all seem to share just about the same opinion: That it is great that so many people love them and that they can get together, but some of them are pretty crazy at the same time.
Trekkies is a must-see for anyone who likes "Star Trek" or even for anyone who doesn't understand why people like "Star Trek." I'm a "Star Trek" fan but I'm by no means a Trekkie, and I think the farther away you get from being a Trekkie the more you'll enjoy this film. If you are a Trekkie, you must be willing to laugh at yourself, because Trekkies does make fun of the fans, but in a nice way.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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