So, as you probably already know, Leonard Nimoy died today. There’s not really much I have to add to what’s already been said, thousands of times over.
The first movie I can remember going to in the theater is The Search for Spock. Star Wars may have been the bigger phenomenon in the early ’80s, but Star Trek was on TV, regularly. For a kid born in the late ’70s to geek parents, with no older siblings to pass on the Star Wars bug, Trek was simply more present. I was never precisely fannish about it, but I liked it, I’ve watched most of the movies, and I know I’ve seen nearly every episode of TOS and TNG at some point or another.
I saw a lot of references to Nimoy today as the “soul” of Trek, and, yeah: That sounds about right.
While the film enjoyed its world premiere in Australia, Texas fans thought they were going to an Austin-area Drafthouse to get a 10-minute sneak peek of the new Star Trek Movie before settling in for a viewing of The Wrath of Khan.
After a bit of “impromptu” theater featuring one Leonard Nimoy, they got to watch the whole friggin’ movie! Rather annoyingly, the AICN article starts going into story detail (my eyes). If you can stop yourself, quit reading when he talks about the excitement level in the audience. If you can’t stop yourself, here’s a much tamer description. (via)
Bummed you missed the excitement? You can console yourself during the long wait by getting a Star Trek bridge wall mural.