20 Apr - Star Trek (2009) Premiere

April 20th, 2009

I'll be honest, I felt a bit rusty going to this one. And a bit worried. You see, I had Trek tendencies a while back and, much like Star Wars, these once mighty franchises have become a bit of a laughing stock due to overexposure and George Lucas' greed (well... one more than the other on that reason). So.... would it be excruciating seeing a whole crowd filled with Klingons, Borg and Ferengi, or would it be really sad if there weren't many.

... but who cared? As long as one (1) cute actress showed up and I got a JJ Abrams autograph, I wouldn't mind.


Forget odd and even number rules for star trek sequels. forget JJ Abrams. Forget fans who distinguish between 'trekker' and 'trekkie'. It's Yellow Cap Guy, so it all pales into insignificance.

Forget odd and even number rules for star trek sequels. forget JJ Abrams. Forget fans who distinguish between 'trekker' and 'trekkie'. It's Yellow Cap Guy, so it all pales into insignificance.

Blue carpet premiere. Funky! (and insofar as you can tell a lot about a movie from the colour of the carpet at the London premiere, I choose to immediately redouble my optimism that the movie will not suck)

Blue carpet premiere. Funky! (and insofar as you can tell a lot about a movie from the colour of the carpet at the London premiere, I choose to immediately redouble my optimism that the movie will not suck)

That? Says it all. Which is to say : she's here under sufferance, oblivious to the dilithium crystal monoliths spewing forth periodic dry ice and fans screaming "KHAAAAAAN" every couple of minutes. But honestly, lady? This isn't a tenth of how bad it could all have been!_

That? Says it all. Which is to say : she's here under sufferance, oblivious to the dilithium crystal monoliths spewing forth periodic dry ice and fans screaming "KHAAAAAAN" every couple of minutes. But honestly, lady? This isn't a tenth of how bad it could all have been!_

Ya cannae change the laws of sporrans, cap'n. It's Simon Pegg. I've photographed him at, like, four premieres already, so he'll only be appearing in this album once. Wearing a kilt, though. He plays Scotty in this film.

Ya cannae change the laws of sporrans, cap'n. It's Simon Pegg. I've photographed him at, like, four premieres already, so he'll only be appearing in this album once. Wearing a kilt, though. He plays Scotty in this film.

It's Zachary Quinto, better known as villain Sylar in Heroes. I stopped watching that about halfway through season One but do plan to continue. I kind of expected him to punch the people in wheelchairs in front of him, but in fact he was more than happy to sign autographs ('Yours in evil, Sylar... I mean Zachary. Love...')

It's Zachary Quinto, better known as villain Sylar in Heroes. I stopped watching that about halfway through season One but do plan to continue. I kind of expected him to punch the people in wheelchairs in front of him, but in fact he was more than happy to sign autographs ('Yours in evil, Sylar... I mean Zachary. Love...')

"Are you calling me 'Stacey'? Are you calling me 'Jane'?. Those aren't my name." Indeed, John Cho plays Sulu in the film.

"Are you calling me 'Stacey'? Are you calling me 'Jane'?. Those aren't my name." Indeed, John Cho plays Sulu in the film.

Uhura got.... thin. And a look in her eyes that says she'll cheerfully kill you if you say just one wrong thing... about like ANYTHING. I have to say... I'm liking where this franchise could be heading!

Uhura got.... thin. And a look in her eyes that says she'll cheerfully kill you if you say just one wrong thing... about like ANYTHING. I have to say... I'm liking where this franchise could be heading!

She's Zoe Saldana, and she's more than cute enough for me to forgive her if that's a vulcan salute she's trying for in this shot. She plays Uhura in the film.

She's Zoe Saldana, and she's more than cute enough for me to forgive her if that's a vulcan salute she's trying for in this shot. She plays Uhura in the film.

Christ Pine plays Captain Kirk in this film and if that's a Vulcan Salute, then I may have to go home in protest. (I'm not that big a fanboy... I'm just a supporter of... ermmm infinite diversity in infinite combinations?).

Christ Pine plays Captain Kirk in this film and if that's a Vulcan Salute, then I may have to go home in protest. (I'm not that big a fanboy... I'm just a supporter of... ermmm infinite diversity in infinite combinations?).

"Dude, loved you in that movie" "Yeah, me too" Kirk and Spock share a moment.

"Dude, loved you in that movie"
"Yeah, me too"

Kirk and Spock share a moment.

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was telling the people in front of me desperate for his autograph that he was kind of running late. Obviously not driving a Bugatti to the premiere, then....

Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond was telling the people in front of me desperate for his autograph that he was kind of running late. Obviously not driving a Bugatti to the premiere, then....

Farq, I feel like I might have somehow just insulted Kirk. On the plus side, I did nearly burst out laughing at the lady apparently doing that 'pretend you're walking down stairs on a flat surface trick' in front of him ("Look at me! I'm heading into the basement!!")

Farq, I feel like I might have somehow just insulted Kirk. On the plus side, I did nearly burst out laughing at the lady apparently doing that 'pretend you're walking down stairs on a flat surface trick' in front of him ("Look at me! I'm heading into the basement!!")

Don't look into his eyes - he'll steal your soul! (My knowledge of Heroes is limited, so I'm not sure he can actually do that...)

Don't look into his eyes - he'll steal your soul! (My knowledge of Heroes is limited, so I'm not sure he can actually do that...)

Karl Urban is a Doctor (or rather, an Actor PLAYING a Doctor), not a theologian, and therefore can not tell you what Sylar/Zachary Quinto is doing to your soul right now. But he'd probably err on the side of 'nothing'.

Karl Urban is a Doctor (or rather, an Actor PLAYING a Doctor), not a theologian, and therefore can not tell you what Sylar/Zachary Quinto is doing to your soul right now. But he'd probably err on the side of 'nothing'.

John Cho, meanwhile, is content merely to be cool above all else.

John Cho, meanwhile, is content merely to be cool above all else.

JJ Abrams. All joking aside, and forgetting for a moment that I never watched Alias and stopped watching Lost about four episodes in in protest over them not revealing what the deal with the giant dust monster and the polar bear was.... he's a great director. Mission Impossible III was excellent and Cloverfield was fantastic. (Plus I scored an autograph moments later)

JJ Abrams. All joking aside, and forgetting for a moment that I never watched Alias and stopped watching Lost about four episodes in in protest over them not revealing what the deal with the giant dust monster and the polar bear was.... he's a great director. Mission Impossible III was excellent and Cloverfield was fantastic. (Plus I scored an autograph moments later)

Why yes, I did get rather close to director JJ Abrams, thank you for noticing.

Why yes, I did get rather close to director JJ Abrams, thank you for noticing.

Check it out - actor Eric Bana is a fan of Top Gear - here is is mixing with yet another host of the show - Jeremy Clarkson! I am too (a fan of Top Gear, I mean). And I think Bana is a very good actor. I just thought Ang Lee's 'The Hulk' was maybe not the acme of comic book adaptations. 'Slow and ponderous to the point of coma-inducing' is not the same as 'deep and meaningful'. But I don't blame the guy who wore the purple shorts...

Check it out - actor Eric Bana is a fan of Top Gear - here is is mixing with yet another host of the show - Jeremy Clarkson! I am too (a fan of Top Gear, I mean). And I think Bana is a very good actor. I just thought Ang Lee's 'The Hulk' was maybe not the acme of comic book adaptations. 'Slow and ponderous to the point of coma-inducing' is not the same as 'deep and meaningful'. But I don't blame the guy who wore the purple shorts...

Actually, I was both surprised and relieved that there wasn't more of this kind of thing.

Actually, I was both surprised and relieved that there wasn't more of this kind of thing.

Eric Bana doesn't like it when you dis The Hulk. Fine, I'll modify it by saying I did quite like Munich and Black Hawk Down, both of which he was in. And Jennifer Connelly made The Hulk bearable anyway..

Eric Bana doesn't like it when you dis The Hulk. Fine, I'll modify it by saying I did quite like Munich and Black Hawk Down, both of which he was in. And Jennifer Connelly made The Hulk bearable anyway..

Actress Zoe Saldana once again looking cute. I was vaguely disappointed by 3 of the last 4 Star Trek films and most of the last two series, but I think I'll give this movie a go.(hey, it wouldn't be the first time I've watched a movie on the strength of the prettiness of the female lead. Aeon Flux sure did suck, incidentally....)

Actress Zoe Saldana once again looking cute. I was vaguely disappointed by 3 of the last 4 Star Trek films and most of the last two series, but I think I'll give this movie a go.(hey, it wouldn't be the first time I've watched a movie on the strength of the prettiness of the female lead. Aeon Flux sure did suck, incidentally....)

Pike and Kirk. If nothing else, the trailer looks good and the instrumental score they were playing on the speakers sounds interesting (hey, it wouldn't be the first time I've watched a movie on the strength of the soundtrack composer, incidentally)

Pike and Kirk. If nothing else, the trailer looks good and the instrumental score they were playing on the speakers sounds interesting (hey, it wouldn't be the first time I've watched a movie on the strength of the soundtrack composer, incidentally)

JJ Abrams signed an autograph, so I'll forgive his attempt at a Vulcan Salute, if that's what it was..

JJ Abrams signed an autograph, so I'll forgive his attempt at a Vulcan Salute, if that's what it was..

JJ Abrams thinks : "That Sylar dude sure is popular. I must become more evil. Somehow..." . Please don't Mr Abrams.

JJ Abrams thinks : "That Sylar dude sure is popular. I must become more evil. Somehow..." . Please don't Mr Abrams.

".... .and I'm coming for you and I'm coming for your kids. Oh, wait, hold that thought. Go about your business, people" Alrightey, then...

".... .and I'm coming for you and I'm coming for your kids. Oh, wait, hold that thought. Go about your business, people" Alrightey, then...

So.... I gotta say that was a pretty fantastic premiere. It might not have been the world premiere at the Sydney Opera House (that ironically I could have gone to had I never moved to London), but... well... this was pretty awesome. Plus there are more premieres to come. For instance : tomorrow, possibly, for "State of Play.

You'll note that daylight savings has started in London as well... nice to have some natural light at these things.

But in any event, until next time!

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