The term arose in pop culture through the 2009 film Fanboys. It's about these obsessive twentysomethings who grew up as monster Star Wars fans and now they run a comic/science fiction/fantasy bookstore. Except for one, who got into his Dad's automotive sales business. One of them is terminally ill, and they decide to go on a cross-country road trip/pilgrimage in the fanboy played by Dan Fogler's custom van, equipped with nitrous oxide boosters, and an on-board music selection consisting entirely of everything the Canadian band Rush ever recorded, to Skywalker Ranch, in hope of seeing Episode I before it hits theatres, and before their friend dies. Replete with Star Wars and Star Trek cultural references, an imaginary rivalry between groups of Star Wars and Star Trek fans, one of each played by Seth Rogen (the Star Wars fan is also a pimp). And, cameos by William Shatner, Billy Dee Williams, and Carrie Fisher. Oh, and Kristen Bell's naked butt (or that of a body double) in the van rear window. 18.104.22.168 02:57, July 25, 2011 (UTC)
Great answer. Thanks.
I guess that I just had different experiences growing up with Star Wars and Star Trek. Most of the people that I know who watched Star Trek also watched Star Wars. I've never know of any animostiy between the two groups. At my highschool, I was on the Rifle Team, the football team, the baseball team, and won awards for both science and math. (Forgive me if this sounds like I'm trying to brag because I'm not. I'm just trying to prove my point that Hollywood has it wrong about Trek fans.) Almost everyone at my school watched Star Trek along with all of the other popular shows on television. My girlfriend and I both go see the Star Wars and Star Trek movies as well as the "mainstream" movies. I simply don't understand why Hollywood tries to classify Trek fans obsessive and anti-socail. I just its just another stereotype that Hollywood uses to make money. (My apologies for the rant.)
I remember the very first Star Trek episode ever saw. It was in late 1972 or early 1973. It was "More Tribbles, More Troubles" from The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek--except for one thing. It was in French, on Radio-Canada, the French-language service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Even though I could only understand a little bit of it, I was hooked. We only got a few channels back then, all of them southern Ontario--only people with the big aerials could pull in the U.S. stations from Erie and Detroit.
But then came cable TV. And it opened up a whole new world, including Star Trek. All of a sudden we had two different cities of ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS--and even an independent station from Cleveland (it was great to be able to watch the Cleveland Indians and the Detroit Tigers because this was before the Blue Jays came to Toronto). Star Trek was being rerun on WSEE-TV--Channel 35 from Erie, Pennsylvania. It was a second-season episode, I think it was "Miri".
My friends and I quickly bonded over Star Trek. We would wear out uniforms to school--and I remember getting laughed at and and getting into more than a few fights over my yellow shirt and gold braid. By 1975 or 1976, I'd seen all of them--but the fascination didn't fade, I'd just watch them again. We played 'Star Trek' around our neighbourhood. But Star Trek, like Walt Disney World--and everything about the U.S. that was fantastic and beyond the mundanities of Canada--to us was fantasy, and it was far away. It wasn't "real".
William Shatner was from Montreal--and it was particularly difficult for Anglo-Quebecers to identify with Canada after moving stateside, not having shared English-Canadian culture (except through the CBC). After Star Trek it was really tough for him, and I guess English Canadians kind of took care of him, because the next I saw of William Shatner, he was doing commercials for a Canadian grocery store chain called Loblaws.