I recently decided to revisit this classic documentary about Star Trek fandom.
Sixteen years on, Trekkies is still a stellar (in both senses of the word) chronicle of a niche subject. The titular ‘Trekkies’ – actually defined in the Oxford Dictionary as a “fan of Star Trek”, though ‘fan’ is a broad term – are an endearing bunch. From starship captains to Klingon warlords, the vibrant characters are what make this doc such a success.
The film is fronted by Denise Crosby, who played short-lived but fondly-remembered character Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation. She wanders around various conventions and locations pertinent to the series, occasionally brandishing a microphone in the direction of a willing soul.
Crosby is hardly a penetrating host, but she’s a route into the underbelly of Trekdom, and handily she’s also still pally with a bunch of the key cast members. Director Roger Nygard takes a back seat, but his influence is palpable; Trekkies is a supremely measured film, the pacing, in particular, is crafted with a deft touch.
The danger with any documentary that depicts such fanatical personalities is making a big joke out of your subject matter, but the film never gets close to being condescending. The Trekkies prove themselves to be interesting, charming and dedicated people, and though many of them would be considered odd by the general populace, we all have our own eccentricities and few of us are willing to grasp them with such passionate hands.