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08 February 2005 @ 09:25 am
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?


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! :)