So basically it’s been a huge mash of traveling from one convention to the other this summer, in between trying to work periodically so I won’t end up on the streets with my Disney/Star Trek merchandise in a shopping cart. So far, I’ve been to E3, WonderCon, Pacific Northwest Mouse Meet, Disneyana, SDCC, SIGGRAPH, and Star Trek Las Vegas. Consequently I haven’t had a huge amount of time to blog, although I do have up some of the Disney SDCC panels over at AllEars.Net here, and what Marvel content I could get into, along with the Once Upon A Time panel here.
I am however, slowly going through my photos of the last…month or so, and may start dumping some out here for posterity. As a side note to the one blog I did get up on the Star Trek Beyond premiere, here are some more photos of the event that I didn’t get to put up then:
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.
So May 20th, Paramount held a one-night-only “Star Trek Fan Event” celebrating the upcoming film “Star Trek Beyond.”
Invitations were largely won through a variety of sweepstakes (how I got in,) although there were the usual assortment of media and industry types. They gave somewhat conflicting information about what you could and could not take into the event–I was told that I couldn’t take so much as a purse in, whereas other people walked in with large bags, cameras, etc. After the usual check-in procedure, we were ushered through a mock-up of an Enterprise corridor into a circular bridge-like area for a series of presentations.
The MC for the evening, Adam Savage from “Mythbusters,” started off with a quick discussion between “Star Trek Beyond” producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin.
Some of the topics discussed:
Abrams said that the lawsuit against the “Axanar” filmmakers will be dismissed, partly due to Lin’s insistence that it was a bad way to treat Star Trek fans.
Lin announced that “Star Trek Beyond” will premier at San Diego Comic-Con this year, July 20th, with outdoor IMAX and a live orchestra. All the fans in attendance at the Fan Event will be given tickets.
Abrams hated the chair he was sitting in.
They then played some behind-the-scenes footage reminiscent of the behind-the-scenes footage Abrams brought from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” last year to SDCC. This was followed by the introduction of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Karl Urban.
The three stars then fielded some questions from the Savage, the audience, and Twitter.
On whether they would be attending SDCC: Pine–“I haven’t gotten an invitation.” Urban (as McCoy)–“are you kidding? Comic-Con is full of disease and and danger and darkness!”
Bones and Spock end up spending a lot of time together in the movie and end up with a better understanding of each other.
Quinto’s favorite aspect of filming is getting together with the rest of the cast and crew which he considers family.
Urban liked that they filmed in Vancouver, which forced them all to hang out together and get closer.
Quinto says the theme of the movie is all of the characters trying to get back together and understanding the power of their unity.
Pine notes that past films have dealt with Kirk trying to live up to his father, while this film sees him searching to define himself on his own terms.
After they finished up, TV Producer Scott Mantz conducted a short trivia game in which audience members won props from the film for answering questions such as “what was the name of Edith Keeler’s mission in ‘City on the Edge of Forever?'” (Answer: 21st Street Mission)
The entire room then adjourned to bleachers outside the soundstage for a short ceremony renaming the street after Leonard Nimoy.
It was a particularly nice touch, given that it was right outside the soundstage where they shot ST: TOS back in the day.
Then, a bevy of Orion Slave Girls sealed our phones into green pouches, and we went inside to watch the new trailer and a couple scenes from “Star Trek Beyond.”
The trailer looked much better to me than the initial one, but still seemed pretty similar to the action-filled trailers of the last two films.
The additional scenes they played really sold it to me, however. Some quiet moments with Kirk and McCoy made it feel much more like a movie than a video game cutscene, and the obvious mirroring of a similar scene in ST: TWoK seemed much more respectful than the last time these movies referenced ST: TWoK.
The plot mechanics appear to be setting up one of those tried-and-true character development devices where unusual groups get marooned and isolated together and have to take their relationships to a different level to survive.
Karl Urban is terrific.
After getting our phones unlocked, one of the walls to the screening room opened up to reveal a party complete with DJ, open bars, appetizers, desserts, custom printed t-shirt stations, and costumes and props from the movie.
At the end of the evening, everyone (or at least everyone until they ran out) received a swag bag with limited edition poster, tribble, Spock ears, and premiere credential!
In all, it was an amazing event–way more than I had imagined it would be when I showed up for it. Probably one of the best parts was knowing that I’ll get to see the Star Trek premiere at SDCC without having to resort to homicide and espionage, as I almost certainly would have otherwise. Thanks J.J.!