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Date: Thur, July 6, 2000, 1:38am

The first time I saw Trekkies was actually in the theater (I was suprised it came to this city) with my best friend. It was doubly memorable because the, literally, ONE night it was showing here was the night DeForest Kelley passed away. Talk about news to come home to--after getting home it was the first email I got from a list I'm on. :\

Anyway, we were two of about 9 people in the theater. Four of the nine were made up of couples who just wanted an empty theater to fool around in. The other five were my friend and I and three guys we didn't know. It was BEYOND hilarious to see the looks on their faces the first time they turned around to see who was trading quips, in-jokes, and comments with them and the people in question turned out to be *gasp* FEMALE! :D You'd think they'd never seen a female Trek fan before. ;)

The documentary itself was great, at times hilarious and other times touching, and never slow or dull. I'm not sure where some people get that it made fun of Trek fans in a bad way; my guess is it's people who take themselves WAY to seriously.

I make fun of MYSELF for some of the things I own and do that are Trek related! The worst thing I heard was from Anne (the Spiner Femme) on her webpage, she claimed that she'd been misquoted, that a lot of her interviews had been cut, and that she was made to look like some sort of insane maniac. Now, I obviously have no way of knowing if that's true or not, but I never thought she came off that way; she just seemed like a really big fan to me. *shrug*

And of course I bought the DVD as soon as the stores here started carrying it. I still watch it frequently and it's wonderful every time.



*Note from Roger Nygard regarding Anne Murphy, the "Spiner Femme."

I sat right next to her at the first screening and she chuckled all the way through the film, especially at Brent's jokes, and really seemed to enjoy herself.

Afterward, on your her site she reviewed the film. Here is her review:

Denise Crosby is making a documentary, Trekkies, about Star Trek fans, and I was one of the people she interviewed for the documentary. However, as I explained to her, I'm not so much a Trekker as I am a Brent Fan, and I had a chance to show her my extensive Brent Collection, including some NC-17 drawings of Data and Tasha. ;-)

Last night (June 11th) I went to a screening of the movie. They still don't have a distributor for it, and the screening was mainly for distributors and other industry people; although the director, Roger Nygard, also invited the people in the movie. It's a really good movie and I hope they get a distributor. They already have a built in audience with Trekkers/Trekkies, so I'd think that they'd get one no problem.

The Whitewater juror is also featured prominently in the movie - this gal *lives* Star Trek... even wears her com badge, tricorder and phaser to work! There's also a dentist in Florida who has his dental office all done up with Star Trek stuff (it looks like a convention dealer's room, there's so much stuff), and he and all his assistants even wear Trek uniforms!

I, of course, babbled endlessly about Brent. :-) It was cool the way they did it... here I am babbling about Brent and "Spiner Femmes" and then they cut to Brent and ask him how he feels about the term "Spiner Femmes" and he said he liked it. So OK... I consider myself a "Spiner Femme" again... as long as Brent likes it! ;-)

Then they had these scenes where folks were showing their Trek collections, and they showed me opening up my earthquake-proof, fire-proof, burglar-proof safe and pulling all my valuable, irreplaceable Brent goodies out, including my rare Data Playmates figure in the red uniform, and then they cut to a scene of me flipping through my photo album of Brent. Just page after page after page after page of Brent photos... the audience was cracking up by this point!

Brent looked gorgeous as usual, and it looks like they interviewed him in his backyard.... that's where Roger got the rock from! (Yes, I am the proud owner of a rock from Brent's backyard. I'll get around to taking a picture of it and scanning it someday, I promise!)

Brent was also really funny when they asked him about the fan drawings of Data and Tasha (the X-rated ones) and he very seriously talked about how the fans had drawn him naked perfectly, and that he was really as buff as the drawings, etc. Then he looked straight at the camera and asked, in that innocent Brently style, if it was running. :-)

Brent, Jonathan, LeVar, Michael and Wil Wheaton were the TNG cast members who were interviewed in the movie. All the original cast members and Grace Lee Whitney were interviewed, Kate Mulgrew and Ethan Philips from Voyager were interviewed, and Terry Farrell and Chase Masterson from DS9 were interviewed. John DeLancie and Robert O'Reilly were also interviewed.

It was so funny... when I got to the screening, all these industry folks were there (I only recognized two people there who were actually in the movie)... studio people, agents, etc., and no one even gave me a second glance. Then we watched the movie, and the lights went up. As we were all leaving, people were *staring* at me and smiling, and I could even hear a couple of them saying stuff like," hey that's the woman in the movie," "she's in the movie," etc. Now I have a little idea of how celebrities must feel!>>