Report On Star Trek World Tour Press Event in Madrid

On Friday the Star Trek world promotional tour stopped in Madrid, Spain to hold a press screening and press conference. On hand were JJ Abrams and many of his Star Trek stars. With the help of our Spanish partners, TrekMovie has compiled a report from the event and how Star Trek is playing with the Spanish media.


Report compiled by Ignacio López Echeverría of


Madrid Press Conference
Like with Paris, there was no gala premiere in Spain, but JJ Abrams did come to Madrid to hold a press conference. With him were Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana and Eric Bana.

The Star Trek tour in Madrid

Summary of coverage of Star Trek in the Spanish media
Star Trek has not been very popular in Spain, however the JJ Abrams event received a lot of positive coverage in the mainstream Spanish media. Here are some examples.


  •  [includes video]Report says you don’t need to be a Trekkie and that you need to be Vulcan not to be thrilled.
  • Zoe Saldaya is quoted says that when she was a child and heard the song of TOS in the living room, she thought “Oh, there are the old ones watching Star trek. Well the young ones are here watching Star Wars.”
  • First lines of the text it says: "’Live long and prosper’ is what the Star Trek characters wish to each other, and that’s precisely what the producers want to give to the followers with this new entry of the saga, number eleven, which gives this science fiction story a rejuvenating lifting.”

Tve1 (National TV) [includes video]

  • In the video Zoe says she learned the Vulcan salute five years ago from Spielberg. JJ says he was a fan of Star Wars, and Quinto says he was scared of Spock’s ears as a child.
  • Article opinion: “It looks like the Enterprise still has some missions ahead”

RTVE  (National TV) [includes video]

  • In video Zoe Saldana makes the Vulcan salute and says (in her perfect Spanish), that she learned the Vulcan salute five years ago from Steven Spielberg

  • Also, Quinto says that he was terrified by Spock’s ears as a child, but he loves them now


  • Again mostly the same kind of overview, but a couple of notable quotes..
  • “The gigantic noteblock in which he writes and which he hides with care could be sold for a fortune on the internet. In it, J.J Abrams stores all his secrets, from strange drawings doodled in a hurry, which seem to be timelines, to ink spots describing characters which will one day be in a new successful movie or TV series.”
  • “Nimoy had said he would never make a sequel again, but after reading the script he changed his mind. “If he said no, we where screwed”, joked the director.

Europa Press

  • Mostly same kind of coverage, with some new quotes…
  • Abrams: “I feel like someone who has arrived very late to a party” says the director with irony, who assured after this film he feels “much close to the trekian universe”.
  • Eric Bana jokes with the press: “ Abrams sold Nero to me as a romantic leading man. He was probably talking about the sequel.

The Star Trek Madrid Press conference
( has more pictures on the forums)

Greeted by fans outside hotel
After their press conference, JJ Abrams and his stars were greeting outside their hotel by Spanish fans. Here is a video of that.

Base Estalar Nexus has more photos from the hotel fan greet


The Star Trek tour in Madrid

More TrekMovie Star Trek World Tour coverage
TrekMovie has been covering each stop on the world gala tour for JJ Abrams and his Star Trek team, with our own team on the spot when possible. Here is a summary of articles so far:

Tomorrow the Star Trek gala world tour stops in London for a press conference and gala premiere. TrekMovie has a team that will be reporting from both the conference and the red carpet. Look for our first report Monday afternoon/evening and a follow-up on Tuesday.

The compilation of links from websites with text comes from "Base Estelar Nexus" The links from TV where found by Gonzalo Arauzo from the fanclub from Madrid. The pictures from the entrance of the hotel come from the national fanclub, its friends and the posters in its forums.

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April 19, 2009 2:31 pm

Plllleeaqsae let this film do well….please oh please oh please.

April 19, 2009 2:32 pm

Bueno nada mal, que hay de suramerica? First ;-)

April 19, 2009 2:32 pm

Wow the guys must be so tired by now. London 2mora. can i make it i wonder

April 19, 2009 2:32 pm

Anyone else think JJ stil kinda looks like a Vorta?

April 19, 2009 2:33 pm

Nice wrap up.

…it’s getting closer.

Mr. AtoZ
April 19, 2009 2:33 pm

Can’t wait!!

April 19, 2009 2:34 pm

I want to thank Ignacio and the people at Base Estalar Nexus for putting this together. It has been fun working with Trek fans and journalists around the world to bring all this global coverage.

By the time I actually do the LA event, it will be like our 10th report from the tour, but I’ll still be there

April 19, 2009 2:36 pm

JJ does not look like a Vorta.

That Dude
April 19, 2009 2:40 pm

Sweet. I like their movie poster. I am not a fan of ours. Some people can’t tell what ours is.
I am excited about this film. IGN UK has a review up for the movie. They liked it, but they seemed to be confused by the story. They also had some complaints about the ‘lack of peril’ due to the confusing plot. Or something or other. Minor complaint I think. I think most people will be able to keep up with this film and enjoy it for what it is. The reviewer did enjoy the film.

Can’t wait!

April 19, 2009 2:41 pm


I never thought of that.

He kinda *does* look like a vorta.


Lancelot Narayan
April 19, 2009 2:56 pm

Anthony, I saw the movie and would like to ask your opinion on a couple of points. Can’t discuss openly as they’re spoilerific! Is there an email address I can get you on?



April 19, 2009 3:04 pm

I have to say, I was originally sceptical of all the secrecy (remember that?), but these guys (and gal) have truly hit the streets to get the word out for the film.

Getting early reviews out has been a positive boon in this connected world. Wolverine and Terminator have no buzz at all at this point except “leaked pre-FX footage” and re-shoots for the former, and Christain Bale’s famous F-bomb-laced rant for the latter. I’ve had MTV on this lazy Sunday, and the TV spots are running constantly. Go, Go Star Trek!

Colonel West
April 19, 2009 3:06 pm

4 & 10:

slick back the hair and whack on the ear extensions and definitely! If it’s good enough for Jeffrey Combs and Iggy Pop…. ;P

JJ selling the film to non Trekkies always reminds me of Weyoun trying to sell the Dominion to Sisko… (yeah I said Trekkies, not Trekkers, I’m a Trekkie and damn proud of it!)

April 19, 2009 3:18 pm

An Tour Of Latin America when?????????????????????
An Tour Of Latin America when?????????????????????
An Tour Of Latin America when?????????????????????
An Tour Of Latin America when?????????????????????

Latin America Exists.

Colonel West
April 19, 2009 3:56 pm
April 19, 2009 4:27 pm

They must be getting tired!

April 19, 2009 4:42 pm

They all look tired. Better rest up before coming back to the US and going on the talk shows

April 19, 2009 4:54 pm

4. Great call. He definitely looks like a Vorta. Hilarious.

Locke for President
April 19, 2009 6:20 pm

Will they be stopping on Vulcan for their press tour? If word gets out there about the events in this movie, they are going to be p*$$&#!

April 19, 2009 6:25 pm

Got my tickets for May 7th IMAX here in Houston @ 9:55 pm, anybody in the area wants to join me that’d be cool, let me know and I will give you my email…

My impression of myself after seeing the movie, ala Lisa Simpson:

“So how was it?”

“Ehh, it wasn’t that good…”

“Come on…”

“It was the greatest event of my life!!! And the cameos!!!! Leonard Nimoy, Winona Ryder, Ben Cross…of course, they didn’t use their real names, but you could tell it was them!!”

Poroto Parker
April 19, 2009 9:55 pm
I also want to know why they didnt make any kind of event in South America. Star Trek, also known as “Viaje a las Estrellas” in the countries that speak spanish, or “Jornada nas estrelas” in Brazil, was always very popular in this side of the world. In the nineties, with the popularity of TNG, the movies, DS9 and VOY, a lot of fan clubs emerge in a society where is not common any kind of fan club. I mean, Star Wars barely has fans organized, but Star Trek has (had) a lot of fans and a lot of clubs in all the region. And there were conventions, and some artists came (William Shatner was in a convention in Buenos Aires). So, I´m not asking for a premiere with all the gang, but at least a press conference, at least in one country, will make people realize that a new movie is coming out, and generate some interest in it. There is not great promotion for the movie, no posters, no tv spots, just the trailers in the theaters. In contrast, Transformers 2 has a lot of promotion, in the theaters and the media, with months of anticipation. I really want this new Star Trek movie do well and had a lot of success, but in South America, and in Argentina (where I am), only the fans knows is coming. And in a country where all the series were always succesful, (much more than in Spain, for example), that´s just… Read more »
April 19, 2009 10:52 pm

#4–I never noticed it, but yeah, he does look a lot like a Vorta!

#13–I totally agree with your assessment of JJ vs Weyoun. And yes I also am damn proud to be a TREKKIE!

April 19, 2009 11:33 pm

They looked very very tired.

Zoe and Pine need a week of sleep at least.

April 20, 2009 4:33 am

I live near London but sadly can’t get to go to the premiere which really sucks.

It’s cool they’ve all been to all those place on the tour but I should think the down side of it all is having to give the same answers to the same questions which can’t be helped because that’s what it is all about. They must be all wearing thin by now.

April 20, 2009 5:43 am

#4, #10, #18, #22

Actually, I always figured he looks a lot like the pictures of my Dad from the 1960’s, even the eyeglasses. I’m wondering if JJ owns a red 1965 Pontiac too….

Colonel West
April 20, 2009 6:17 am


nice to see i’m not the only one! I forgot to add that the JJ/ Weyoun evil aspect comparison doesn’t bother me, the guys gotta try and get as many asses on seats come may as possible and he can say what he likes to achieve that. otherwise we’ll all be stuck watching our dvd’s in our basements for the next 50 years!

All we need now is for him to say:

“I hate Ferengi….” lol!

April 20, 2009 12:40 pm

#7 Anthony

You know where we are.

April 20, 2009 4:25 pm

Me gusta Espana mucho!!!!!! 8D


April 22, 2009 3:07 am

They have already left the UK? where are they heading to now?