Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. USA, 1997. NEO Motion Pictures. Cinematography by Harris Done. Produced by W.K. Border. Music by J.J. Holiday,Billy Sullivan, Walter Werzowa, Jimmie Wood. Film Editing by Roger Nygard. Las Vegas Film Critics Awards 1999.
Captivating documentary hosted by former Star Trek: The Next Generation cast member Denise Crosby, who investigates the fandom of the epic television series originally created in the late sixties by Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek conventions have been in existence since the seventies and, over time, have become synonymous with, to put it nicely, singular personalities who devote themselves to Roddenberry’s universe. In this wonderfully entertaining film we follow a woman known as “The Commander”, who wears her Starfleet uniform to jury duty, a family whose dentistry operation uses the show’s paraphernalia as decoration and office theme, and a young man who takes part in one of many Star Trek social groups and has designed his own costumes for them. It also includes interviews with members of the cast of the various series and features terrific footage of the conventions themselves, which despite all your snooty judgments actually seem like good fun. The film does not go very deep into its subject matter, but it avoids having a judgmental tone of even its most outrageous subjects and as a result is incredibly pleasant.