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Trekkies

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With Star Wars fans in a state of hype-fueled paroxysm, the timing of the compatibly themed Trekkies couldn't be better. Hosted, as it were, by Star Trek: The Next Generation star Denise Crosby, and directed and edited by Roger Nygard, the documentary dives headfirst into the milieu of the Star Trek conventioneer and collector. Predictably, Trekkies is both fascinating and a bit disturbing: The fans interviewed include Barbara Adams, the Whitewater juror who donned a Trek uniform during the trial, and the other interview subjects are no less obsessive. One dentist decorates his office Star Trek-style—the receptionists even wear uniforms—while an enterprising young man is in the process of making his own Star Trek film, complete with newly designed models and impressive special effects. Not just aimed at people who can describe the difference between a "Trekker" and a "Trekkie," Trekkies instead stresses the universality of Star Trek that has led to the massive appeal and longevity of the franchise. Most interesting, perhaps, are the therapeutic qualities of the show as related by its most die-hard fans: from its messages of tolerance and logic to its place as an inspirational icon for the lonely or debilitated, Star Trek is made out to transcend the commercialism that clouds the post-Lucas era of science fiction. Another nice element of Trekkies is the participation of many of the cast members, who offer their own assessment of the Star Trek phenomenon and pass along some telling anecdotes: At one point, James Doohan almost breaks into tears as he tells of his efforts to stop a fan from suicide. Of course, whatever point Trekkies has to make is made in the first 10 minutes, so the testimonials do get redundant. But it's always nice to see real people, however eccentric, enjoying their lives; if Star Trek has anything to do with that, more power to them.