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Trek4Kids: My Trip To The Star Trek Premiere May 11, 2009

by James Trowbridge , Filed under: Star Trek (2009 film),Trek for Kids , trackback

We first met our ‘youth correspondent’ James Trowbridge, back at the 2007 Vegas Trek Con, when he was invited to the Star Trek premiere by Leonard Nimoy. James and his family flew to California for the premiere as guests of Mr. Nimoy and today we have James’ report from that event, along with his ‘Kids Review’ of the new Star Trek feature film.

 

Trek4Kids: An Overview of the Star Trek (2009) Premiere Event

by James Trowbridge

 

THE PREMIERE

Hello again, I have had the most wonderful experience at the Hollywood premiere of Star Trek (2009), which was held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 30. As you may know, at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention in August 2007, Leonard Nimoy invited my entire family to attend the premiere as his guests.  I was excited and thrilled as well as honored.  Now after a long wait, it felt exciting to finally board the plane from Honolulu to Los Angeles the day before the event.  The flight felt longer than usual because I wanted to be at the event already!  Mr. Nimoy and Paramount generously covered the costs of our airfare, hotel, and ground transportation.  We stayed at a very nice and comfortable hotel and were met on the evening of the event by a ten-seater limousine that had nice leather seats, ice chests with bottled water and sodas, and even two TV screens!  Just riding in the limo was an event in itself, especially for my little brothers, Henry (age 5) and Alastair (age 3).


Our limo

When we arrived at the theatre, the fans and the press thought we might be someone famous, but right as we stepped out of the limo onto the carpet, the screaming and the pictures stopped.  I personally thought that was amusing. [editor's note: But TrekMovie took a picture!] So we were looking around and we saw Zoë Saldana walk right past us!!! We also saw Leonard Nimoy but we did not get a chance to introduce the rest of my family before he was interviewed by the press.  I was a little sad not to have the chance to thank Mr. Nimoy again in person. We saw Walter Koenig and George Takei, Chekov and Sulu of The Original Series, Cristine Rose, Adrian Pasdar, Hayden Panettiere, and Jack Coleman all of Heroes, and celebrities from the new movie such as Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, J.J. Abrams, and many others. 


Trowbridges on the ‘black carpet’ (photo: Anthony Pascale)

We then picked up our tickets, proceeded into the movie theatre, got our popcorn and drinks, and found our seats.  It was really cool that the popcorn buckets had an image from the movie on them.  I plan to use mine as a Halloween bucket, and it would be really cool to dress in one of the Halloween costumes from the movie.  Before the movie started, J.J. Abrams stood up and gave his thanks to the many people who helped him make Star Trek and introduced the main actors of the cast, who stood up as their names were called.  When I saw J.J. Abrams, I knew that he thought this movie was going to do well and that he was proud of it.  Seeing a director feeling proud of his movie made me want to see how he portrayed Star Trek even more.


Before going in

 

 

THE MOVIE

To start off, I thought the movie was a very good reincarnation of Star Trek.  The way the new actors portrayed the old characters is very similar to the original actors, as when Spock says “Fascinating” toward the end of the movie.  The performances of Chris Pine as Kirk and Zachary Quinto as Spock were excellent.  I thought that Karl Urban, who played Dr. McCoy, gave a performance that was the closest to DeForest Kelley’s performance as McCoy in The Original Series.  Anton Yelchin’s performance as Chekov was very funny because the computer could not understand his name and code.  I did not think that he overdid the Russian accent because it made those scenes possible.  In my opinion, the scenes with Scotty (played by Simon Pegg) were the funniest, especially the scene when there is a momentary silence and Scotty lightens everything up by saying, “I like this ship.  It’s exciting!”


This movie is exciting

I think that older fans might have a harder time assimilating the new technology and the new direction.  After the beginning of the movie, you will see that it is more similar to the original than the pictures make it look.  I really liked the fact that the Kobayashi Maru test was in the movie, because it shows how close this movie is to the others.  Even if you are not a fan of Star Trek, it will be interesting to watch the test.  But as a fan, you can enjoy it at a different level.  Seeing how the younger Kirk responds to the older Spock was interesting, because Spock (played by Leonard Nimoy) knows everything about Kirk, and Kirk thinks that the older Spock is crazy.  In the scene at the end with the two Spocks, it is an important occasion as we see Leonard Nimoy giving Zachary Quinto the go ahead to be the new Spock.


Kirk thought older Spock was crazy

As you might have known from my last article, I showed some of my friends the trailers of the movie and at that time, they said they might see it.  But when I asked them recently if they are going to see the movie, they said that they definitely would.  I think kids my age will find this movie interesting because there is lots of action as well as humor and just a little bit of romance (but not too much) in the movie.  I thought that Star Trek (2009) was really good and I hope you see it as soon as possible. Live long and prosper.


Kids should like this new Star Trek

 

More about James
Last week, James’ local paper The Honolulu Advertiser ran a story about him and how he has become a bit of a Trek celebrity in his own right.


Picture from Honolulu Advertiser story

 

 

Comments

1. Illogical - May 11, 2009

Cool!

2. Sovak - May 11, 2009

JAmes and his family are so adorable in the family vulcan salute pic! I bet it was a blast for him and his family to be leonard nimoys guests!

3. Bill - May 11, 2009

Unlike “The Dark Knight” and other big budget movies its ok to take kids to this one.

4. Star Trackie - May 11, 2009

. Must have been like a dream come true to actually be there at the movie’s LA debut among all the stars of Star Trek, old and new. Great report giving us an insider’s view. Well done, young man!

5. Hat Rick - May 11, 2009

Invited by Mr. Nimoy to see the film…. How lucky can you get? Wow!

6. AJ - May 11, 2009

James:

I was waiting for Trekmovie to post your review. I have two kids, a girl 8 and a boy, 6. They know lots about Star Wars, and only know that silly old Dad likes something called ‘Star Trek.’

I have ‘Star Trek’ toys that I’ve collected since the 1970′s and the kids play with them: Communicators, tribbles, ships, phasers, etc.

My kids need a reason to go. I’ll drag them to the film soon, but there has to be something ‘cool’ that they’ll hear about at school that makes them want to go. My son knows who Darth Maul is, and that film came out two years before he was born. He had three lines. My kids love Yoda because he’s cute, and R2D2 for the same reason. What in “Star Trek” will appeal to children?

7. Scott Gammans - May 11, 2009

James, that was an excellent adventure you and your family had. Live long and prosper (or as Spock Prime might say, “good luck!”)

8. Star Wars is DEAD !!!! - May 11, 2009

Nice report (“,)

9. Krik Semaj - May 11, 2009

Great job James.
I have 2 boys 12 & 8 The oldest likes some of Trek esp TOS, the younger never really cared for it very much until this came out. He told me after the movie that he really liked it. He loved Scotty, Kirk, and Bones most because they had more humor in their lines overall, and generally thought it was a fun movie.
They both still aren’t as much of a fan as me – They are way into Little League baseball and the Red Sox, but it is still great to see the interest rekindled in the youth.
We all await the next installment.

10. DOSSABOO - May 11, 2009

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11. Clinton - May 11, 2009

Great stuff. Glad you had a good time at the premier and enjoyed the film!

12. Capt Krunch - May 11, 2009

I took my 11 year old Saturday…He really wanted to see Wolverine at first, but I wasn’t sure about the violence and all that…blah blah blah…
He is into Star Wars big time since he was a baby…and since I gave him a load of my old action figures!…
The sure sign for me he was into it was he waited til it was over to go to the bathroom….
He laughed at Scotty, and Kirk in the sickbay scenes with McCoy…
He recognized the neck pinch …though he called it the Vulcan neck grab…
He’s still learning….
He even said he wanted to see it again!…
This movie is truly for the NEXT GENERATION!!!

13. sean - May 11, 2009

We took my 11 year old niece to this and she thought it was great. I wasn’t sure because of the PG13 but other than some swearing and Uhura in underwear I’m not sure why it was rated that way in the first place (surely TWOK is more graphic/violent!).

Though I think they played the unedited version of ‘Sabotage’ and that might have done it, as they do use the f-bomb. Though you’d never know because most of the verses are incomprehensible.

14. scause - May 11, 2009

Excellent report James. I too was at the ’07 Las Vegas Star Trek convention and remember you well. You asked questions of most of the guests that weekend and I remember thinking what a smart and thoughtful young man you were and how proud your dad must have been. Again, great job James.

15. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - May 11, 2009

Bah. I knew it. Scotty is only there to amuse the kiddies.

That idiot Pegg is a diservice to the character of Scotty, and in my opinion, James Doohan.

16. raveoned - May 11, 2009

James-

Thank you for this review! My daughter is 8 (and much like your sister, takes an American Girl doll everywhere!) and is very much looking forward to this movie.

She gets scared at some things, so some of the Delta Vega scene she’ll probably close her eyes. But the rest will probably remind her of the show she watches with Dad!

Thank you again!

17. J_Randomuser - May 11, 2009

#15:

Lighten up. Pegg was fine. And as I’ve said previously, some nuStar Trek is better NO Star Trek.

18. Julio - May 11, 2009

#15

LOL trolling kids

I’ll be taking my little ones to see it this week… they’re both looking forward to it!

19. J_Randomuser - May 11, 2009

That is to say:

“Some nuStar Trek is better than NO Star Trek”

20. SChaos1701 - May 11, 2009

10 and 15

Both of your shut up and go away.

21. J_Randomuser - May 11, 2009

#20

Thank god somebody said it. I’ve been waiting for somebody to the yahoos to take a hike.

22. J_Randomuser - May 11, 2009

CORRECTION (sorry folks, late night last night):

“…to TELL the yahoos to take a hike”

23. Chris Pike - May 11, 2009

Trek should be for anyone of anyage to thoroughly enjoy, this film does that in the same way TOS did in the early 70′s for the first time when I was a teen.

I feel so great to know James and family had this extraordinary experience, he’ll be talking about it when he becomes James Prime. Similar age to my kid, I guess that’s why I’m so happy for him and also to know what that would have been like for me at that age. Lap it up James!

24. Horatio - May 11, 2009

# 20 – Amen!

25. Commodore Kor'Tar (U.S.S. Kahless NCC-76108) - May 11, 2009

James,

That was an excellent report on the movie and the 5 star treatment that was given to you and your family! I’m glad you and your folks had a good time! Keep on writing and keep on enjoying all the Star Trek you can !

26. Ken - May 11, 2009

One of the best reviews of Star Trek I have read. And thanks for sharing your experience from the premiere event.

27. Hat Rick - May 11, 2009

James writes better than a lot of college-age kids I’ve taught. Way to go, James!

Also, I want to say that if Trek is to survive, it must change. That’s the way of the world.

How was it that Trek itself put it in ST VI? Ah yes: Some people are afraid of change. But change must happen.

28. RoobyDoo - May 11, 2009

My daughter (turning 6 on Wednesday) and son (10) have seen it twice now.

My daughter favourite scene was the one featuring Kirk’s “big hands”. Her favourite characters where Uhura and Kirk.

My son liked Scotty’s little companion on Delta Vega. He also liked the special FX, and said they were better than the Star Wars films except maybe for Revenge of the Sith.

29. Ensign RedShirt - May 11, 2009

James-

Great work! You write and express your thoughts far better than most adults! Cheers!

30. Matt Wright - May 11, 2009

OK so my little (future) brother in law is 5 years old, about to 6 in July. Do you guys think we could take him? I’m on the fence about it. I’ve seen it once but I want to see it again and take my fiancee and next weekend we’ll be visiting her parents and we could take her litte brother who is a big Star Wars fan (gotta try and do a little conversion…).

31. Mike Ten - May 11, 2009

James you are a lucky guy! and ignore #10 and #15, they are jealous that Mr. Nimoy and Paramount didn’t give them the limo treatment to the movie.

Trek on my friend!

32. Cobalt 1365 - May 11, 2009

Congratulations on seeing Trek at the premier, you have a lot of older Trekkies jealous of you right now!

James you wrote a terrific review as well. Your observations and insights show a wisdom beyond your years. I love your comment about JJ: “When I saw J.J. Abrams, I knew that he thought this movie was going to do well and that he was proud of it. Seeing a director feeling proud of his movie made me want to see how he portrayed Star Trek even more.”
Very cool!

33. Mike Ten - May 11, 2009

PS I think Simon Pegg did alot better than I thought he would. I think Mr. Doohan would be proud.

34. Dom - May 11, 2009

Ah, ignore the grouches!

Plenty of old-timers (I’m 34, my Mum 61 and my Dad 72) loved this film. The film’s for everyone, which is why some people don’t like it.

Thanks for the review!

35. bijillm shkatnerirk - May 11, 2009

james , great review…..
and your mom is hot!!!

36. krikzil - May 11, 2009

I’ve seen you at the last couple of Vegas cons James. You are fine young man and a credit to our fandom. I always enjoy your questions and you are mature beyond your years.

Thank you for this lovely review of your adventure in Hollywood. I’m so glad to see a new generation of fans for Star Trek.

37. rwoodcock01 - May 11, 2009

Great review young man, how lucky can you get! :-)

As for Simon Pegg he did us proud, there where moments that he really felt like the old Scotty I knew. I am sure when we move to the next film Where get to see more of Scotty develop.

38. Laura - May 11, 2009

James — Lucky you! It sounds like you had a wonderful time.

I took my ten-year-old daughter on Friday, and she loved it so much she went back again yesterday. I hope she tells her friends how great the movie is so that there will be a new generation of Trek fans to keep it alive.

39. THX-1138 - May 11, 2009

What does one say in this instance?

Good for you, kid. Don’t get cocky.

40. U.F.P. - May 11, 2009

Good work James. I’m glad you enjoyed the film and I hope more young folks are going to see it because of your review. Ignore the bad posts on here, some people never grow up… =/\=

41. spiked canon - May 11, 2009

took my 6 yr old…he loved it. He wasn’t thrilled with the Bar fight. He giggled at the Orion Slave Girl and just wondered why she was green. Dropping TWOK bug in Pikes moth freaked him a little but it went so quick he was ok. And the snow monsters just startled him. that was it. It was a very minor PG-13

42. ucdom - May 11, 2009

Great review James! Nice to see that even a 43 year old franchise can appeal to bright young kids like yourself.

Live long and prosper!

43. T2 - May 11, 2009

Very nice work. I was a kid for most of the Trek movie premieres, but young or younger, I still enjoy it. Actually last night I took 2 friends (both in their early 20′s) who have put Star Trek down since we were in high school. Never nothing nice to say, always gave me hell with being a fan, but I talked them into actually going (which never wouldve happened unless I didnt keep telling them how good it is) and they liked it. Both they and I were surprised to hear that. I have now talked 3 former Trek-haters into seeing it and they have all liked it (one got confused when Spock Prime showed up, but I explained it a second time later). Overall, I agree this movie works for kids and adults…and people who never would give Star Trek the time of day.

44. OneBuckFilms - May 11, 2009

Nice review James.

Great insight into Young Kirk’s reactions to Spock Prime.

45. Capt Mike of the Terran Empire - May 11, 2009

James you are one kool kid and you are very smart for you age. Great Review.

46. starfleetmom - May 11, 2009

James:

I was at the premiere, too, and I took your picture! At first I thought you might have been one of the kids in the movie, but then later I realized where I knew you from! I remember you from the convention last year, when Mr. Nimoy invited you onstage.
My little girl was at the con, too…she was 5. She is now 6 and she loved the movie. She is going to the con in Las Vegas with me again this year. I was wondering if you will be there…I’d love to introduce you two because she doesn’t know many kids that even know what Star Trek is. Although, I suspect this movie may change all that.

Thanks for your report. You are a bright light.

47. Chris Doohan - May 11, 2009

Great job, James

15. You couldn’t be more wrong. Move along now.

33. He would be

37. I agree.

48. Robert - May 11, 2009

I’ll be in the minority here but I would not take kids younger than 13 to see this movie simply for the scene with Kirk and his Orion female friend and Uhura changing clothes. We are exposing kids to too much sex and violence these days and they don’t have a chance to simply be KIDS! Don’t get me wrong, I thought the film was great and I took my 15 yr old son to see it but my next oldest is 7 and there’s no way I’ll expose him to that.

The boy loves Transformers and I hated to not let him see the 1st movie but when I heard the foul language and saw Megan Fox slinked out over Bumblebee’s hood I was heartbroken. Don’t these producers know that young boys want to watch a movie about their favorite toys and take that audience into consideration when they start filming? Just a few wise script edits and some better wardrobe choices are all it would’ve taken, both with Transformers and Star Trek.

He will eventually see both movies, but a few years down the road from now.

49. Josh - May 11, 2009

Star Trek Gains nearly $3 million on weekend actuals, now up to $75.2 million for the weekend, and $79.2 million for Thursday-Sunday. So close to $80 million!

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/?view=&yr=2009&wknd=19&p=.htm

Looks like it only dropped 22% from Saturday-to-Sunday vs. the predicted 33%

50. U.F.P., $Version=0, $Version=0 - May 11, 2009

48. You are in the minority but your argument is valid. There is a reason they rate films, it always makes me cringe to see tykes at pg13 films. Don’ worry JJ I’ll see it a few more times at the theater to make up for the kiddies ! :-{)

51. girl6 - May 11, 2009

Thank you, James for once again writing a very interesting and detailed article.

52. MORN SPEAKS - May 11, 2009

Great article! I’ve been following James’ story like everybody else. It’s great to see young adults getting into Star Trek!

53. Craig - May 11, 2009

http://bighollywood.breitbart.com/cmuir/2009/05/10/star-trek-reloaded/

star-trek-reloadedt

54. Christine - May 11, 2009

Haha, he’s cute~ ♥

(If not a little young for me. xD
And I envy the fact that he has a model ENT NX-01. D: )

And I love his sister’s dress. I had one similar for homecoming last year, hehe.

55. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - May 11, 2009

47 (of all the numbers!)

Had I known Chris Doohan read these, I’d have been more tactful! The thing is, Simon Pegg can do comedy brilliantly, as evidenced in Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and my personal favourite, his and Nick Frost’s cameo in Land of the Dead! But, by God, he can be chilling, as we saw when he was in the 2005 Doctor Who episode “The Long Game”, where he palyed The Editor, and blew Christopher Ecclelston and Billie Piper (yes she can act!!) of the screen! But, I suppose he only did what he was told, and followed the script… In any case, I was in a foul mood when I wrote that first entry, ironically, because I could’nt find a 15cm Scotty figure! I swear, I can’t find a Scotty and Chekov figure anywhere!

Anyway, my humblest apoligies to the family Doohan for my insane ramblings.

56. SChaos1701 - May 11, 2009

55

Dude you showed your a** and now because Chris responds you wanna make yourself look better. Sorry bud, you put your foot in your mouth. You can’t back track now.

57. JeFF - May 11, 2009

Good for you James!!! I’m glad you enjoyed the premier as much as I did!

58. GaryS - May 11, 2009

Well done James!
Also, thats a nice model of The Enterprise you have there!

59. VZX - May 11, 2009

I took my kids to see the movie. My son, 9, loved it. He said it was the best movie he ever saw! My daughter, 7, liked it but feel asleep towards the end (it was 9 PM). I had to cover their eyes a few times, though. The scene where Kirk and the Orion girl are kissing in their undies and when Nero dropped that bug in Pike’s mouth. The rest was OK.

60. U.F.P. - May 11, 2009

56 while i dont agree w/ mr apology ive heard worse. i think he just hopped on the wrong thread for his comments and is sorry for it.

61. spiked canon - May 11, 2009

48 your kids never see anyone in their underwear? People change clothes dude. it’s life. do you think my 6 yr old knew why Kirk was on the Orion? nope he thought it was funny. Don’t deprive them

62. Christopher Pike - May 11, 2009

Leonard Nimoy is a class act! Inviting James and his whole family is was a really nice thing to do. That’s what will help keep Trek going, the pride and caring the actors and crew have for not only the films but toward the fans. Reaching out to the Next Generation is as Spock says “logical”! I took my little girl to see the movie this past Friday. She loved it! She was dead set against going but loved every minute of it!

63. fred - May 11, 2009

I wish my stepdad could be alive just to see how successful the new movie is! It would really aggravate him to no end.

Anyone reading my blog long knows that story, but this young man is so lucky that his family supports his interest. I applaud him!

64. Anthony Pascale - May 11, 2009

SupremeDalekOnTheBridge
please look up ‘tact’

65. C.S. Lewis - May 11, 2009

What a beautiful family, the Trowbridges. James is a very lucky boy. (It doesn’t hurt that their youngest could pass for C.S. Jr’s twin brother!)

Sincerely,
C.S. Lewis

66. T'Sal - May 11, 2009

Thanks for the review James…well done! :)

I remember you from the Trek Con in Vegas this last summer. You dressed as a Vulcan for the costume contest.

You and your family are adorable. :)

67. MC1 Doug - May 11, 2009

#15: “That idiot Pegg is a diservice to the character of Scotty, and in my opinion, James Doohan.”

Gee, funny you’d say that. Chris Doohan, James’s son, is on record saying that Pegg’s performance honored his father quite nicely.

I would hope in future TREK films each of the characters get to do more, but then with this being an ‘origins’ film a lot of time was necessary to establish the “new” universe. That definitely will not be the case in future productions.

Lastly, you don’t have to like Pegg’s performance, but calling him an idiot is contemptible and only serves to call attention to your hemmoroid problem.

68. MC1 Doug - May 11, 2009

Oh. And James, nice review. You are a credit to kids your age!

Your parents and brothers must be very proud!

69. RTC - May 11, 2009

James, great job on the review! What a terrific experience for you! Man, when I was 11, all we had was horribly chopped reruns of TOS in syndication. And I had to watch it on an old black and white TV set — quietly, so my mom didn’t know I wasn’t in bed yet. And dinosaurs still roamed the Earth. (Well, ok, I made that last one up.) You’re one fortunate guy, congrats and well done!

70. SChaos1701 - May 11, 2009

Good work James. I’m just sorry that people like SupremeDalekOnTheBridge have to try to ruin it for you. But you have to admit. Him putting his foot in his mouth was pretty funny. :-D

71. FSL - May 11, 2009

James,

Hope you had a lot of fun with your family at the premiere. And I hope you will have the chance to keep in touch with Mr Nimoy.

Glad you like the new movie. It won’t be on until June in my city. Wondering how you feel about the short scene of Uhura taking clothes off, or Kirk with Orion in bed. I certainly hope kids are exposed to less (or none at all) of these.

72. yvaine - May 11, 2009

Awww, this must be one of the nicest reviews I’ve read. The kid has better grammar and overall writing skills than a lot of the adults who post on the internet these days, too. :p And he knows his Star Trek! Good job, James! (hey, were you named after Kirk? :p )

“Kirk thought older Spock was crazy.” — LOL.

73. Jim Nightshade - May 11, 2009

Great job on the review James-Wish I could have seen ya at the Vegas Con I was there in 06-it was great, my first & probably only convention-can’t afford it–Did you get a chance to go on the star trek experience klingon & borg rides before they closed? If so how did you like them? I loved them!

74. Daoud - May 11, 2009

Super job, James. I found your comment below very interesting:
“I think that older fans might have a harder time assimilating the new technology and the new direction.”

Actually, I think those of us born before 1966 who grew up with Trek, probably accept the new technology and the new direction rather well. It seems to be those in the middle that have problems…

I’ve had 40+ years of enjoying Trek, so I know it’s your turn. :) Hope you find a way to continue staying involved!

75. Hawaiowa - May 11, 2009

Hmm, he has a couple bookshelves filled with Star Wars books and a half-shelf of Hairy Potter? Three figurines of the Dark Emperor from Star Wars? Pretty revealing about where his fanboy preferences are, at least as far as reading. This may be a comment on the quality of Trek books coming out, as the kid is clearly quite literate (notice the several Penguin Classics on the left shelf?). Gotta love the tribbles and the models, tho’. Must be nice…

Actually, his article was very kind to the premiere and well-written. I had to giggle when he wrote about how some older/original Trek fans would “have a hard time assimilating…” Reading a number of posts here, he’s spot-on with that assessment! Scary how some posters noted that his writing abilities exceed their college students. Then again, this is the US…where the adult literacy rate is lower than that of Iraq.

The thing that keeps standing out about this whole experience is how much fun Nimoy is having, from his SNL appearances to the Austin premiere surprise, to the very generous gesture of taking this kid and his entire family to the premiere in Lollyhood.

I hope that a figure of Spock Prime will take a prominent place of honor on this kid’s bookshelf ASAP!

76. JEFF - May 12, 2009

Oh how i envy you James your certainly a lot more mature than the 6th grades who followed me around on my third showing of the movie and pointed and laugh and called me Trekkie (which i ignored).

You are so lucky that Leonard Nimoy invited you to the movie premiere. I wish i was into Star Trek at your age compared to you i’m just a Trek NooB (I’m in my 2nd year of being a Trekkie and i’m only 17 years old). To be honest i agree and disagree with your Statement about how older trek fans will have a harder time adjusting to the changes. I’m 17, my favorite series is TOS and i thought the new movie did the characters justice (especially McCoy). I disagree because i believe after Nemesis (which i personally couldn’t stay awake during the first time i watched it) people will find this film refreshing. I hope one day you end up working with Star Trek in one way or another.

Live Long And Prosper.

77. Nick Snarko - May 12, 2009

Hi there James I read the HA article last week. You are extremely luck to have met Mr. Nimoy and have him invite you to the opening. Most Trekkies only get to meet their favorite actors at a convention (and a conversation that lasts maybe 2 minutes)!

I don’t agree that the movie is the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it’s better than a lot of stuff that Hollywood comes out nowadays. Plus if the new Star Trek can steal fans (and kids!) from Star Wars, that must be worth something :o)

Live long and prosper

78. Jtrekker - May 12, 2009

This is a friend of mine, but I just had to post it because I thought it gives a great way of seeing Star Trek from a kids perspective (Note: Ben and Kate are both under 10 years old):

I was shocked! Ben was excited about going to the movies, but when he heard what we were going to see – he crossed his arms and said “I have absolutely no interest in that!”

Then as they played the trailers for Transformers and GI Joe, he said “If STAR TRACK is anything like that, I’d be interested.” So I knew he was warming up. Before you know it, he was asking questions and laughing at “Bones.” It was like watching ice thaw! LOL!

Kate was much more optimistic. She was excited and laughed… and then the first time she saw Spock do his fingers, she was busy trying to get hers to part that way. She was awfully proud of herself when she figured it out!

Even the baby was kicking like crazy! We can’t wait for a sequel!

79. Crazy Trek Girl! - May 12, 2009

I’m 14, and in a “GATE” classroom, which is pretty much the way they separate the nerds from the other kids.

Great, right?

Well, I can say that 3/4 of my class went to see it the opening weekend.

How do I know? When the teacher asked what we did this weekend everyone answered “Saw Star Trek” and those who didn’t told everyone they were going this sunday, because there is a speech contest this saturday.

And half of them are doing Picard motivating.

I loved it!!!!

There is Scotty’s cute little green guy bff for the kids, btw.

80. SupremeDalekOnTheBridge - May 14, 2009

Ok, I admit, I probably went slightly overboard with my thoughts, but this is supposed to be a democracy, you know, like the Federation. So should people be ambushed from almost all sides because they had a negative thing to say about JJ Abrams vision of Star Trek?

Or a such things considered treasonous now in this new age of fandom? That I personally did’nt agree with something in Star Trek? Am I expected to blindly love everything Trek? Looking at these comments, I half expect if my identity was known, I’d be taken out back and shot.

Seems to me this place is know like the Dominion. Our way, or the high way. Wait, do you people know who the Dominion is? You know, old Star Trek? 1990′s Star Trek?

So I have decided to find my news elsewhere, and am off from this palce. So I shall leave with a quote from Spock, which was directed at the Vulcan Science Academy:

“Live Long and Prosper”

Of course, we know what Spock really meant.

81. Neville A. Ross - June 24, 2009

The next generation is shaping up nicely. Good work, and good writing, young man.

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