Jane Fretchen (which I’m not sure that’s her last name. I swear I couldn’t hear her last name correctly, it was a chaos) is a Startrek fan from the Land Down Under, for 46 years she’s been a fan of this TV serials. She admitted she started to be Startrek ‘whore’ since she was 8 years old. So without further delay, here’s my interview with this 54-year-young Australian woman having enthusiasm of a 24-year-old young lady. Being interviewed in her black-red Startrek crew outfit, she told me the story of her obsession of Startrek.
Me: Hi, may I interrupt? (I held my cell phone forward, right near her mouth)
Jane: He will take your picture for you. (Pointing to her fellow Startrek maniac, she thought I’d love to take a picture with her in it)
Me: No, I mean I’m going to record this.
Jane: Oh, you’re gonna record it? I misunderstood!
Me: What’s your name?
Me: Where are you from?
Jane: Australia, from Sidney.
Me: Why are you soo interested in Startrek?
Jane: Ok, I’ve been a Startrek fan for longer than you’ve been alive!! (chuckling). I was 8 years old. So 46 years I have been a fan.
Me: It’s a long time!
Jane: It’s a long time! And every year it gets more interesting because there’re new things happening.
Me: I haven’t known very much about Startrek. Can you tell me why Startrek is so ‘sexy’ to you? (I have to admit, ‘sexy’ is a wrong choice of word. Ugh!)
Jane: I love it because it has adventure. But it also tells a moral, it has a story. So it teaches, it tries to teach you about truth, honesty to do the right thing and I think that they have very good value.
Me: Do you have kids? And do they like Startrek?
Jane: They like Startrek but they’re not Trekkie (?) fans like their mother. So they have to put up with their mother.
Me: How about your husband?
Jane: My husband likes Startrek, not as much as me. He does like…he has a uniform, and he goes to convention with me.
Me: Oh, so there are conventions for Startrek fans?
Jane: All over the world! In Las Vegas, we meet every year in August with 15 or 20,00 0 people from all over the world. So you’re here to…?
Jane: I live in Jakarta. And I met with Irianto and the group (I have no idea this guy is, but my hunch is he and his group are other Startrek fans. And they have allowed me to join their group and I love them. I love the group.
Me: How many countries have you visited for this Startrek thing..?
Jane: I live in Indonesia. And I’ve only gone to convention in America. But there are conventions in Europe and in Britain and in South America and in Japan.
Me: And what do they usually do at conventions?
Jane: People like to get dressed up, as I wear…I wear a uniform. People like to get **** (excuse my failure to listen accurately) and Startrek collect such as book, model, and we like being together and watch a **** together and listen to the music and exchange apps on the iPhone. So there’s a big community.
Me: So what character do you like most?
Jane: (with glaring eyes) I think Captain Kirk is my number one. But I like Piccard as well. Very difficult. Very difficult between the two. And Captain Jane Way (Correct me if I’m wrong, I’m no Startrek fan). So I love three! Yes, yess…
Me: Which one do you hate most?
Jane: I don’t hate any of them. I like all of them.
Me: You’re here to present or introduce Startrek to bloggers or what?
Jane: Yes, to bloggers, to anybody who wants to have a look at what Startrek is about. I have some pieces of my Startrek collection. And some of the guys have brought their pieces. So we hope that we can share and make some new fans , maybe some new members.
Me: How many members..?
Jane: (asking her Indonesian fellow Startrek maniac) Jerry, how many members are there now?
Jerry: Around 800.
Me: 800? In Indonesia alone? 800. And what do they usually do when they meet each other?
Jane: We might have a quiz so we have a bit of fun and we might watch several episodes together and meal and drink because Indonesian love to eat. And we take a lot of photos with each other.
Me: Is there any regular meetup for Startrek fans in Indonesia?
Jane: We try to get together every two months. We might be having a meet before Christmas, it’s not in the new year we can get together.