The Captains is a feature length documentary film written and directed by William Shatner. The film follows Shatner as he interviews the other actors whom have portrayed Starship captains within the illustrious science-fiction franchise.
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From a television series that barely lasted three seasons in the 1960s, Star Trek has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry involving several spin-off series, numerous movies, and countless merchandise items. This phenomenon is due to the series' legions of rabidly devoted fans, popularly known as "Trekkies". Star Trek actress Denise Crosby provides an affectionate and humorous look at some of these people, who demonstrate how Star Trek has affected and even shaped their lives. Several members of the series' cast and creative team also describe what the series and its fans mean to them. Written by
I`m a DOCTOR WHO fan and being a DOCTOR WHO fan often means making negative and sometimes downright nasty comments on least liked eras of the show . I hate the era of the mid to late 1980s and quite happily boot the boot into the series made between 1985-89 . In short being a fan of the show is like being a football supporter who spends his weekends at matches shouting for the manager to be sacked . There , that`s what it`s like to be a DOCTOR WHO fan . What we don`t do is dress up as Sontaran battle fleet commanders , or learn the Sea Devil dialect , and under no circumstances do we wish to be tarred with the same brush as STAR TREK fans . Why ? Well watch TREKKIES to find out what I mean .
TREKKIES was produced as a documentary but it turned out to be the biggest unintentional laugh-fest I`ve ever seen . Are we expected to swallow that STAR TREK fans are normal intelligent people ? Okay then let`s take a look at these normal intelligent people ......
The first person to be interviewed is a transvestite trekkie , and seeing as he/she is only filmed in extreme close up I`m just curious as to what he/she was wearing at the time . I`ve got a suspicion he/she was wearing one of these sexy little mini dresses from the original show . I hope he/she shaved her/his legs
The dentist whose wife and children are dressed in ST uniforms and whose dental surgery is decked out as a ST shrine called " The Starship Dentalprise "
The Greenstiens who spend every day dressed in their USS Enterprise uniforms and who don`t have any children ( Did anyone faint in surprise upon knowing this ? ) but have a poodle also dressed up in a ST uniform . It goes without saying it`s the dog I feel sorry for
A bunch of people dressed as Klingons order their lunch in a klingon dialect. The voice over informs us they do a lot of " community service " ( Probably a euphamism for work fare - Would you give them a job ? ) and that they " Visit sick children in hospital " . I`ve got to confess that if I had a child in hospital I`d want them to meet klingons as much as I`d want them to meet Victor Salva or Michael Jackson
The James Doohan anecdote of the suicidal fan . This isn`t as heartwarming as has been made out . In fact when Scotty finishes with the line " She wasn`t getting the help she needed " I shouted out " None of the people I`ve seen so far are getting the help they need " .
This brings me to the saddest fan of the lot who is the lad who owned Captain Pike`s life support/travel machine which resembles a headless Dalek. The fan turns up at an electrical store to buy some batteries and stuff only to get a weird reaction from the store worker who eyes dart from right to left very suspiciously and who has a " WTF " expression plastered all over his face . The reason for this attitude is explained when the fan leaves the store in the same transport he arrived in , yes that`s right he came in the Captain Pike life support /transport machine and now drives off at 2 mph with his gormless face sticking out of the transporter .
I can`t wait to see TREKKIES 2
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