Leonard Nimoy was so impressed by a young fan at the Vegas convention, he invited him to the premiere of the new film. Now young James shares thoughts on why he is such a big Trek fan and what it was like to meet Mr. Spock…
My name is James – I am ten years old and I have been a Star Trek fan all of life. My first Trek experience was when I was just two. My dad was watching The Original Series on the Sci Fi Channel, and I knew I liked it even though I didn’t understand it all. The first time that I can really remember was when I was four and Enterprise came out. I liked it so much that I wanted to see more. Star Trek appeals to me because it is a positive view of the future. I have always thought that Star Trek has made life easier, because some of the technology today is based on Star Trek, like a cell phone. Star Trek symbolizes human growth in the 22nd through 24th centuries.
I grew up watching Enterprise and really miss it. When I found out the show might be over after the third season I asked my dad what I could do to help. So we wrote letters to help save the show and it worked. Over the years I also have watched The Next Generation, The Original Series, The Animated Series, and all of the movies with my dad on DVD. I thought that the movies were very good sequels to the series. Some of my favorite movies were Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. I also liked Generations, First Contact, and Insurrection. My dad’s favorite show is The Original Series, but mine is The Next Generation because human beings made peace with the Klingons, and I was fascinated to learn more about them. My favorite character is Captain Picard because he always grasps the situation and resolves it.
I went to the Las Vegas Star Trek convention with my dad for my tenth birthday. I thought it was one of the most fun things that I have ever done. It was so incredible I could hardly believe it when I was invited on stage by Leonard Nimoy. I was even more surprised when he invited my family to the Star Trek (2008) premiere. Star Trek (2008) is going to be one of the best movies, I think, because some of the original characters are coming back. I am so excited about being one of the first to see it, and I am especially thankful that Mr. Nimoy has so generously invited us to the premiere.
James T with Leonard Nimoy on stage in Las Vegas
TrekMovie.com was as impressed with young James as Mr. Nimoy. He has now joined TrekMovie.com as the ‘youth correspondent.’ Expect more from James over the next year and of course his report from the premiere of ‘Star Trek’ as the special guest of Leonard Nimoy next Christmas.