How to Blend With Trekkies Socially

If you have a friend who is into Star Trek, you may eventually find yourself in a conversation that goes deep into the show's lore. Or worse, you may find yourself dragged along to a convention or even just a party where everyone around you is talking Trek. This guide will help you acquire enough information that you won't seem or feel out of place in these situations.


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    Check your TV listings to find when and where you can view episodes of Star Trek or one of its series: The Original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, or Enterprise. This will familiarize you with some of the characters and the basic terminology.
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    To quickly absorb the general backstory, obtain and watch the following movies: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. These are the key films featuring the original cast. Follow this up with Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: First Contact, which feature The Next Generation cast.
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    Peruse websites such as or Memory Alpha to get additional background information on the series. The Internet is brimming with Star Trek trivia and fan fiction.
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    Consider picking up a Star Trek novel at a local bookstore. Most Trekkies will appreciate discussing the plot of such books.


  • Be prepared to attend at least one Star Trek Convention in your lifetime, especially the larger conventions which take place in the US. You don't need to dress up, even if your friend does; you may find that there are some fun things to look at and do; and certainly, there are worse things you could do with an afternoon - if you like your friend, it's definitely worth one afternoon to explore this one time.
  • Learn what other television, movie or theatrical roles cast members of each series have contributed to. For example Walter Koenig has portrayed the role of Bester on the SF series Babylon 5, Scott Bakula was the protagonist of the early 90's SF series Quantum Leap. William Shatner appears on Boston Legal, along with Rene Auberjonois. Do this and your Trekkie will appreciate that you actually know a thing or two about SF in General.
  • Don't try to do this all at once, and if you aren't enjoying it, stop. Your Trekkie will understand.
  • You can get the basics just by watching Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. You won't impress a Trekkie, but at least you won't be totally confused when the basic terminology finds its way into conversation around you.
  • Later seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine have a very involved plotline that may be confusing for a starting viewer that jumps in the middle of it. However, many Trekkies consider it an overlooked gem for its great character development, plotlines that involved political intrigue, and the general quality of writing. Standout episodes that don't require a lot of Trek history knowledge: Far Beyond the Stars, The Visitor, and Duet.


  • If your Trekkie friend has actually taken the time to learn how to speak in fluent Klingon, you may be in over your head. That said, Klingon is one of the most widely spoken invented languages in the world, and many observers joke that if there were a universal language, Klingon would be it.
  • There have been (at the time of this writing) five live-action Star Trek television series, one animated series, eleven feature films, and oodles of books, comic book adaptations, magazines, etc. - if you try to absorb it all, you'll either go insane or become a Trekkie - or both.
  • Be wary of individual Trekkies who have constructed sets in the likeness of actual Star Trek sets in their own homes and or places of work; these people are trying to hard to live in a world based on fiction. If these individuals ask you to help finish these constructions, kindly aid them in their endeavors.

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