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
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).
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
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