Tuesday, February 5, 2013

TREKKIES (1997) / TREKKIES 2 (2004) movie review

Trekkies (1997) d. Nygard, Roger (USA)

We all know one. We might even be one ourselves. But director Roger Nygard’s hilarious and affectionate examination of the universe’s most ardent Star Trek fans allows them the opportunity to prove themselves as ultimately human as the rest of us, even when they’re speaking Klingon.

ST: The Next Generation star Denise Crosby (aka Lt. Yar) meets and greets dozens of folks who make up the Trek family, be they cast members like Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley and James Doohan or ordinary fanatics such as the dentist who has transformed his office space to look like the bridge of the Enterprise. While it’s easy to laugh at them, by the end you might just find yourself identifying with or perhaps even inspired by these wackjobs. Either way, it’s a great way to spend 90 minutes.

Trekkies 2 (2004) d. Nygard, Roger (USA)

Boldly going where no one has gone before, director Nygard and ST: The Next Generation star Denise Crosby reunite once again after their warm and winning 1997 outing to explore strange new lands beyond the borders of middle America. This time, they head off to such exotic locales as Australia, Brazil, Italy, France, Germany and Serbia in search of those brave individuals who have devoted themselves to the code of the transporter, the communicator and the Tribble.

In addition to conversations with ST TV and film alumni such as Ethan Phillips, Dominic Keating and Tracy Scoggins, the film introduces more than a few new international Klingon-and-Kirk-loving characters as well as checking back in with featured fans from the previous installment (believe it or not, precocious word-mangling teen Gabriel Koener has actually evolved into an award-winning visual f/x artist, with a healthy sex life and Superman Returns, Serenity , Speed Racer and Shutter Island now on his resume!) While, the sequel feels a bit padded at times, Nygard does his best to “engage” by discovering little-known areas of Enterprise worship, including a segment on Trek-themed metal bands. Amusing enough, and fans of the first film should enjoy this one as well.

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