Marc Bernardin
November 09, 1999 AT 05:00 AM EST

Trekkies

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Denise Crosby
director
Roger Nygard
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B-

Ah, to be a geek. laugh if you will, but there’s something inspiring about the intense passion and clarity of purpose that beats in the heart of a true ”Star Trek” fanatic. Think about it: Do you love anything that makes you spend all of your money, all of your time, and all of your energy on it — and all you expect in return is some audiovisual pleasure?

The documentary Trekkies attempts to penetrate the freaky mystique that surrounds ”Star Trek” worshipers. Of course, it tells us, they’re people, too, albeit people like Denis Bourguignon, a dentist who has turned his entire office into the theme restaurant-ish Star Base Dental. They’re everyday folks who seem a wee bit touched, and you’d think that a movie called ”Trekkies” would help us understand them. Instead, it simply portrays them as lovable but unfathomable kooks. B-

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