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08 February 2005 @ 09:25 am
TREKKIES!  
OKAY...so I was in Suncoast this weekend and bought a few DVDs..."Ray", "Alien vs Predator", "Mulan II" and "Trekkies". When I checked out, the clerk holds up 'Trekkies' and says to me "This one is really, really scary!"...and then rolls her eyes. I just laughed it off and went on my way.
After watching, I had to wonder...NOT at the 'Trekkies/Trekkers', but at the people who feel the need to ridicule them or anyone else. Are many of these folk eccentric? Sure are. Flambouyant? You betcha! Are they hurting anyone? Nope! Are they losers/geeks? Not in my book! Most of these fans are very intelligent and very nice people...yep, I know some Trekkies myself...and I may be considered a very mild Trekkie. Y'know, I've yet to read in the paper or see on the news..."Trekkie goes on killing spree" or "Trekkie rapist caught"...or "Trekkie drug ring busted"! I guess my little semi-rant is saying that this isn't about just Trekkies...it's much larger than that...it's about anyone who is different...TOLERANCE, people, TOLERANCE!!!!

Besides, how boring would life be without eccentricity or flambouyance?!!!

LOL...okay...sorry if I sounded 'preachy'...here is a little about the "Trekkies" film...



In just under 90 minutes, this dynamic documentary manages to boldly go where a lot of Star Trek fans have gone before: into the heart of Star Trek fandom, where humanity blossoms into its most endearingly odd and bracingly positive manifestations. Are "Trekkies" (or "Trekkers") just a bunch of geeks, loners, and societal outcasts who've found their niche on the fandom convention circuit? This delightful film proves that the stereotypes are simultaneously valid and woefully myopic, because the people introduced here are only as strange as you make them. We could just as easily embrace them as ideal citizens of the United Federation of Planets, living Gene Roddenberry's fictional future on present-day Earth. Who's to say theirs is not a better world than ours?
Superbly directed by Roger Nygard and hosted by Denise Crosby (who played Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation), the film offers splendid interview segments with all of the original Star Trek cast, and many from later Trek series, but the real story here lies with the devoted fans who are profiled with an equal balance of fascination, bemusement, and respect; they're a bit weird, to be sure, but these die-hard Trekkies are never unduly patronized. Instead, Crosby and Nygard respond as all Trek insiders have in the past: with astonished affection.
Filmed in 1996-97 at a variety of locations and conventions, Trekkies visits a vast array of Trekkers, Trekkies, and just plain folks who love the series and its pop-cultural progeny. Uplifting, thoughtful, comprehensive, and frequently hilarious, this good-natured film (sanctioned by Paramount without being subservient) is guaranteed to entertain fans and nonfans alike, and a proposed sequel would be wholeheartedly welcomed. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

What am I gonna pick up next weekend?



LOL!!




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The Veggiesquashed on February 8th, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
Rant on and prosper!
Last week someone on my flist had pasted an article about how folks in Philadelphia were taking out personal loans, refinancing their mortgages and stuff just to buy superbowl packages. The one guy remortgaged his home to pay almost $5000 for his package which included flight, one night hotel, a meal and his one ticket to the superbowl. Yep. $5000 for a single person -- the tip was not 48 hours worth of time spent.

And yet it's the Trekkies who are held up to ridicule.

I guess it's all in your perspective.

And do draw an analogy with your comment regarding never seen "trekkies go on killing rampage" or whatever -- you do however hear about sports fans going nuts and causing riots and stuff.

And yet the sports nuts are the "normal" ones.

Yeah, right.
Mark: elfboiboywondermark on February 8th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant on and prosper!
Excellent subject line, Pumpkin! LOL! That gave me a chuckle!
You are 100% correct...mainstream society can do anything and never be held up to ridicule or scorn...I'm still trying to figure out why the riots and destruction over certain sports events! We had an outlandish amount of policemen patrolling the college grounds to handle the crowds whether the Terps won OR lost!
Re: Rant on and prosper! - dendroidman on February 8th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Dan the gnomebrewergnome on February 8th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
True enough. People are way too judgemental.

At the same time, there are a lot of people who go to those cons (or gaming cons or comic cons) who... well... "It burns like hygeine!" A quote from my favorite comic www.somethingpositive.net

And yes, I'm a sci-fi/fantasy geek (though most of Trek bored me) and a gamer.
Markboywondermark on February 8th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
"It burns like hygeine!" ...Not sure what that means, Dan.
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Michaelmikey89 on February 8th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
I usually find that those who ridicule others, have worse hobbies...

Mark: nice nipboywondermark on February 8th, 2005 05:58 pm (UTC)
...OR none at all! ;)
kaijuman on February 8th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
I've wanted to see this so bad for so long.
I've never been a HUGE 'Star Trek' fan, but I'm definitely involved in fandom.
Toronto has some of the biggest, and most popular cons. Each summer (which we now affectionately call 'convention season') we attend easilly four cons.
More so for the costume contests actually.

But this is what I don't get.... (Dawn and I were discussing this yesterday)
What is the difference between someone dressing up, attending a con, getting excited about meeting people, and buying things....
... and, say, someone who goes to sporting events, like football, or baseball games.
They dress up, go with friends, buy pariphernalia, get rowdy, get excited about thier team, get drunk, etc....
I mean.... honestly... who's the bigger geek here?????
LOL
Mark: Archangelboywondermark on February 8th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
I have to agree, Phil! Somehow it's okay to be half nekkid and painted in 'team colors', get drunk, scream cursewords and get into fights over a game...but seen as bizarre if someone peacefully follows a certain genre of sci-fi/fantasy and gathers with like-minded folks to discuss it, collect it or even roleplay it a bit.

Things that make you say..."HMMMMMMM"!
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Mark: Angelboywondermark on February 8th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
We all need to dream...to suspend belief, if only for a little while...right, Cass?!
Fandom, to me, is a way of expressing certain beliefs in a creative way...or of loosing some creative energy!
You also point out another positive thing...it helps folks who have other problems...agoraphobia, paralysis, etc...your mind can go where you cannot!

~HUGS~
A.M.ultimategirl on February 8th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Eccentricity! Flamboyance! Yeah baby! ;D

It is rather interesting how extreme devotion is somehow acceptable (perhaps even expected) for sports fans, but for fans of, well, just about anything else such behavior is deemed odd or weird. Some fandoms at least can claim to be attracted to ideas beyond "We're number 1! We're number 1!"
Okay, maybe that was a wee bit judgmental ;)
Mark: charliesmokeboywondermark on February 8th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
LOL! You ARE number 1, Anne! :)
Judgemental? Well...nah...you are illustrating a point...and very wel, I might add!

~HUGS~

PS...I almost quoted a line from Trek..."The greater the mind, the greater the need for the simplicity of play"! (No...I don't remember which episode it's from!)
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the things that get stuck in my brain... - ultimategirl on February 8th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Jaseslavetopassion on February 8th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big Star Trek fan but I think life is all about finding what makes you happy and doing it. As long as it isnt hurting anyone else, who cares?
That goes for many of the sexual interests, even furries!, as well as anything else in life!
Why is it that someone elses happiness bothers so many people? Its sad.

~smooches~ love you!
Mark: Archangelboywondermark on February 9th, 2005 12:43 pm (UTC)
There's my baby! Yep...this post isn't about Trekkies exclusively! It's about intolerance of people who are happy doing something that isn't hurting anyone.
Love ya, Monkey! :)
turtleinashell on February 9th, 2005 12:03 am (UTC)
I'll have to look for this at the video store. I am a Trek fan, though I don't know if I'd be considered a Trekkie. Maybe I'm just afraid of the label, like I have been of other things. I could sit for hours and watch any of the Trek series. I also am clean and have good manners. lol. Perhaps we should start a "Trek" liberation political lobby for opressed fans. haha.
Mark: blueeyesboywondermark on February 9th, 2005 12:46 pm (UTC)
Trek is alot of fun! I like all of them from the Original series to the current one!
LOL...the current administration won't even recognize the rights of gays and lesbians...not sure what chance Trekkies would have!
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