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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?


Dan the gnomebrewergnome on February 10th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
I get way too fascinated by neat textures and fun sounds.

Um... and shiny things... and sparkly things... and green things... and purple things... yeeeaaaaah.

I used to drive my friends crazy 'cause we had a hollow wall in our house at school, and I'd clunk my head on it. They thought I was going to give myself brain damage. Heh.

::grin:: Well thanks. I try.
dendroidmandendroidman on February 11th, 2005 03:17 am (UTC)
lol i used to sit next to the wall in my class and i would hit my head against the wall and comment to my friends that the wall vibrated after i hit it for a little bit. lol
Dan the gnome: Me2brewergnome on February 11th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC)
Heh, I did that in my house at school. "But it VIBRATES!"

"But you're killing brain cells!"

"But you do too when you drink!"

"Well... don't do it anyway!"
dendroidmandendroidman on February 12th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
lol my parents are so "Do what i say, not what i do"