Some of the TrekMovie team had the privilege of attending the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego Comic Con on July 20th. We were treated to a one-of-a-kind outdoor IMAX experience, complete with laser light show, fireworks, Conan O’Brien, and the San Diego Symphony performing the score to the film. Immediately after the screening, we sat down to record our first thoughts just minutes after the end credits.
The Star Trek Beyond Comic Con premiere was one to remember. Conan O’Brien, in town for the con, took the stage as emcee and introduced each member of the Beyond cast, including newbie Sofia Boutella (Jaylah). The group laughed and joked, sharing the usual banter. Just before the orchestra kicked off the show, the crew of the Enterprise led the entire audience in a moment of silence for Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin (Chekov), who passed away just weeks before the movie’s premiere. It was a heartfelt and truly moving moment.
The tribute to Leonard followed by a moment of silence for Anton beings around 12:47
The entire experience of seeing a movie in this unique outdoor IMAX format was really something else. Thought we were exaggerating about the laser light show? Check out this short video we grabbed during the opening act, which led into the film.
After the conclusion of the night’s festivities, we booked it to our hotel to sit down and record our very first thoughts of Star Trek Beyond while it was still fresh in our minds after seeing it for the first time. Shuttle Pod host Kayla Iacovino was joined by TrekMovie writer Laurie Ulster and photographer Andrew Britton.