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Trekkies 2
Paramount // Unrated // August 31, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted August 31, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Although the original "Star Trek" series struggled with ratings and budget, that series launched a following pretty much unlike any pop culture phenomenon ever. "Trekkies", as they're called, follow the series with an intensity that is often remarkable, as with the example of the one fan included in this documentary who spent what appears to be a fortune turning his place into the bridge of a starship that looks rather similar to the Enterprise.

In 1997, "Trekkies" was a documentary feature from director Roger Nygard that explored the "Trek" phenomenon in America. This sequel continues to bravely venture into the masses of fans not only in America, but in Germany, Australia and Japan. "Trek: Next Generation"'s Denise Crosby plays host and interviewer, trying to get information from fans about what attracts them to the subject, as well as their feelings on how "Trekkies" are looked upon by the public at large - we even hear a discussion on the differences between "Trekkies" and "Trekkers". Some "Trek" fans have gone to remarkable lengths to try and create their own "fan films".

To the credit of "Trekkies 2", the film doesn't get dull very often; although Trekkies are often interesting to hear from, the stories of some of the fans occasionally do feel a little similar or simply are somewhat uneventful. Overall, the film could have managed to lose a few minutes here and there, but it's otherwise an interesting exploration of the "Trekkie" phenomenon across the globe.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Trekkies 2" is presented in 1.33:1 full-frame (the doc's original aspect ratio) by Paramount. The image quality is generally very good, with detail that remains consistently good, if not quite great (although that may be attributed to the elements used in the fairly low-budget film.)

Some minor shimmering appears once or twice and a trace or two of compression artifacts appeared, but these were brief bits that did not cause any distraction from the viewing experience. Colors remained bright, natural and cleanly presented, with no smearing or other issues. Overall, a very nice effort.

SOUND: The 2.0 soundtrack provided perfectly fine sound - given the documentary format, simply having clean dialogue - which this audio track offered - is really the only requirement.

EXTRAS: The DVD offers a commentary from director Roger Nygard, host/producer Denise Crosby and producer Michael Leahy. This is a very amusing commentary where the three discuss their experiences getting into the "Trekkie" masses, sharing some of their funny stories about going around the world to meet different fans and some of the issues in the documentary - mainly, worrying about the fact that some of the fans in the film would have to have their statements subtitled.

The deleted scenes section is broken down into the different places that the filmmakers visit. "Play all" results in nearly an hour's worth of lost footage. We also get short "fan films" "Final Frontier Revisited" and "Really Bad Star Trek".

Finally, we get previews for the director's prior works.

Final Thoughts: "Trekkies 2" provides a fun global view of the "Trek" phenomenon. While some of the stories aren't particularly involving, some of the stories present some pretty amazing lengths that fans have gone to support the "Trek" phenomenon. Overall, it's an entertaining documentary that fans should enjoy. Paramount's DVD provides good audio/video quality and a very nice helping of supplements.

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