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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!
dendroidmandendroidman on February 8th, 2005 08:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant on and prosper!
thats a good point, i'll use that when ever some ones tryes to make fun of us playing magic from now on.
Mark: thinkingboywondermark on February 9th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant on and prosper!
Magic the Gathering?
You go on and enjoy your game, sweetie! Ignore the bores that tease you!
dendroidmandendroidman on February 10th, 2005 04:09 am (UTC)
Re: Rant on and prosper!
yea magic the gathering. i don't have a deck though, i just borrow my friends. You kind of paused there, did you tease the card kids in school?
Mark: Angelboywondermark on February 11th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Rant on and prosper!
NEVER! I wasn't a mean spirited kid! I liked everyone!! :)
dendroidmandendroidman on February 12th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC)
Re: Rant on and prosper!
thats good to hear. words to live by "never make fun of nerds, one day you may work for them"