So we’re back again at SDCC. It’s like we never left, except for the part where we usually indulge ourselves in activities like “sleeping” and “eating.”
Having attended the Star Trek Fan Event a couple months ago, I had guaranteed tickets for it, which was an amazing stress relief. It did mean that I missed Preview Night, but like I needed more merch, right?
When we were let in, we were told that general admission could sit anywhere in the first 14 rows. This apparently was not true, as some 2 1/2 hours later, we were told that other people had reserved tickets for our seats. After some negotiation, they were relocated and we continued in peace.
Entering, we were given light-up bracelets and a ticket for a Subway meal box with a turkey sandwich, cookie, and chips. Water and soda were out in iced tubs which was a relief as the heat combined with standing in line forever was dehydrating.
To kill time while the sun set, they showed “The Corbomite Maneuver,” had a costume contest, and did red carpet interviews with the arriving cast.
Then, Nichelle Nichols came out and answered a few questions and said some nice words about Roddenberry. After that, she was shown to her seat which was about 1 row back from hours which was both awesome and frightening, as a hoard of fans descended on our area.
The night’s host Conan O’Brien came out and introduced the major cast and crew of “Star Trek Beyond” each of which said a few words. J.J. Abrams held a moment of silence for recently departed Anton Yelchin.
So then we figured the movie would start since the cast was seated and the orchestra was starting, but no! Star Trek fireworks!
Finally, the film started and we got to see it in IMAX, outdoors, with a live orchestra. It was a great presentation and a fun movie–the plot is a little flash-and-dash, but the character bits more than make up for it. Karl Urban in particular is terrific in it.
Afterwards, we were given a premiere swag bag, along with a commemorative seat cushion.
In all, a great start to SDCC 2016!