Trekkies (1997) – Blu-ray Review

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Directed by Roger Nygard.
Starring Denise Crosby, Frank D’Amico, Barbara Adams, Denis Bourguignon, David Greenstein, Laurel Greenstein, Gabriel Koerner, Richard Koerner, Rich Kronfeld, Joyce Mason, Evelyn De Biase, Anne Kathleen Murphy, Male Barrett, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley , Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nicholas, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Kate Mulgrew and Brent Spiner.

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SYNOPSIS:

The classic documentary by Roger Nygard and Denise Crosby trekkies arrives on Blu-ray for the 25th anniversary of Shout! Factory, which also included a new look back at the film from the pair.

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I’m too young to have seen the original star trek series when it aired in the late 1960s, but I watched the reruns on TV as a kid during the 1970s and was taken with the show. Star Wars overshadowed star trek in my heart in 1977, but he was still someone who still appreciated the creation of Gene Roddenberry, especially the last series of films with the original cast. (Okay, well, except for the fifth, which I’ll be happy to never see again.)

However, I confess that I never got into serious fandom for either franchise. I’ve never been a cosplayer, and I find the deep dives into the minutiae a bit annoying. As a result, I have never attended a Star Wars either star trek convention, although I did go to San Diego Comic Con several times in the mid to late 1990s and saw more than my share of Klingons. They seemed to dominate that convention before the Star Wars The prequels arrived.

However, I find the fandom a fascinating thing to examine. I guess I look at it more from an anthropological or sociological perspective, so I wanted to have the opportunity to review trekkies, which I have never seen before, in this new Blu-ray 25th Anniversary Edition of Shout! Factory.

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Directed by Roger Nygard and presented by Denise Crosby, who played the character of Tasha Yar in Star Trek: The Next Generation, trekkies takes a look at various fans of the franchise, particularly the more extreme ones, like a dentist whose office is decorated with star trek souvenirs and who wears a Emigrate suit, along with their employees. He, his wife and children are interviewed using Emigrate attire, as do many of the other fans who feature prominently in the film.

I’m not sure if trekkies it’s appeared on Blu-ray before, but it looks about as good as you’d expect from a 25-year-old documentary shot on 16mm film. Scream! Factory says that a new 4K scan was done for this version, but given the quality of the source material, it’s hard to see a noticeable improvement in quality. That’s not to say it’s bad, it’s just clear that it was shot in different conditions with different types of film stock, so the look is a bit inconsistent, and a 4K scan can’t magically fix that.

Crosby and Nygard reunited for a 20-minute look back at the making of the film that is included here as the only bonus feature (other than the trailer), revealing that in the late 1990s, they put a message online asking Emigrate fans to contact them, which produced an avalanche of requests. Some of the fans, including teenager Gabriel Koerner, appear repeatedly throughout the film, thanks to the host’s and director’s interest in talking more with them.

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It would be easy to criticize trekkies as a movie that pokes fun at the obsessive lengths some fans go to in order to incorporate Emigrate in their lives (Barbara Adams, who went to jury selection for the Whitewater trial in a Emigrate costume and was later scrapped, it also has a lot of screen time), but I honestly saw it as a soft approach to the subject. Like I said, I can appreciate the fandom from an independent perspective, even when I have no interest in doing the same to profess my love for a franchise.

Another topic Crosby and Nygard touch on in their discussion is the film’s structure, which is admittedly a bit messy. Nygard says that she wanted to organize trekkies into chapters, so there would always be something new to hear every ten minutes, but he admits that most documentaries have one or more protagonists and antagonists, along with some sort of conflict and arc that the participants must go through. Instead, trekkies it moves from one theme to the next without a clear linear path.

That doesn’t make it a bad movie though. It’s certainly worth a watch, whether you’re a hardcore Trekkie or more of an armchair watcher, like me. I’m glad Shout! has allowed us to assimilate trekkies on Blu-ray for their anniversary.

Flashing Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

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