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movie reviewmovie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Trekkies

Starring: Denise Crosby, James Doohan
Director: Roger Nygard
Rated: PG
RunTime: 86 Minutes
Release Date: October 1998
Genres: Documentary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

*Also starring: DeForest Kelley, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Nichelle Nichols, Leonard Nimoy, Kate Mulgrew, Roxann Biggs-Dawson, John de Lancie, Walter Koenig

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Review by Susan Granger
3 stars out of 4

I confess: I am a "Star Trek" fan. I tape "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager" when I can't be home. I even had a bit part in a "Star Trek" movie. But my enjoyment of this sci-fi series is nothing compared with the fanaticism of hard-core devotees of Gene Roddenberry's cultural phenomenon. Before there was a "Star Wars," there was a "Star Trek." Over 30 million fans watch "Star Trek" programming each week. "Trekkies" are the only fans listed by name in the Oxford English Dictionary. "Star Trek" is seen in more than 100 countries, translated into dozens of languages. More than 63 million "Star Trek" books are in print and, since July, 1986, every "Star Trek" novel has been a New York Times paperback best-seller, making it the best-selling series in publishing history. The average Trekker spends $400 per year on merchandise, which is why "Star Trek" products have earned over a billion dollars in retail sales in the last five years. And "Star Trek" conventions are held every weekend of every year, in at least three different cities, attracting a million fans. In this funny documentary, Denise Crosby, who played Lt. Tasha Yar on "The Next Generation," and film-maker Roger Nygard capture the obsessive behavior of some truly serious "Star Trek" fans - people who live through and for "Star Trek." Like print-shop worker Barbara Adams, who claims she's a Starfleet officer and always wears a uniform. Like a Florida dentist who converted his practice to Startrek Dental. Like devotees who learn the Klingon language and an elderly man who wants to have his ears Spocked. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Trekkies" is a benign, amusing 7. Don't forget, the U.S. Space Shuttle was dubbed "Enterprise" after NASA received 400,000 requests from "Star Trek" fans.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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