USS Angeles goes to world premiere of ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and sees stars

By Fleet Capt. Dave Mason
“Star Trek Beyond” lives up to its name.
The bold movie, now in theaters, pays homage to the franchise’s past and moves the iconic characters of Kirk and company forward. It is a film for all generations who love “Trek.”
USS Angeles members cheered for the movie during its world premiere July 20 in San Diego.
We saw the cast, a fireworks and laser show, and watched the film on an IMAX screen outdoor near the San Diego Convention Center on the eve of Comic-Con. The San Diego Symphony performed the score live during the film, accompanied at times by a choir.
Thousands of fans cheered for the stars, producer J.J. Abrams and director Justin Lin. We had a moment of silence for Anton Yelchin, the late star who played Chekov, and cast and crew praised the late Leonard Nimoy, the original Spock.
No plot spoilers here. But Simon Pegg, who played Scotty, co-wrote a story that is very original and provides great moments for all of the actors. It advances the “Star Trek” saga in a compelling, exciting and thoughtful way. The characters have matured, and there was some great humor in a movie that made us feel like we were in deep space and truly in the future. This is easily the best of the three J.J. Abrams-produced movies and ends the curse for odd-numbered “Trek” movies. (It’s the 13th movie.)
After the film, the stars, including Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana, walked right in front of us. Fans cheered, and Pegg raised his arms in triumph.
Chris Mulrooney drove us in a van. First Officer Gloria Rodriguez, Community Service Director Karen Hoagland, Associate Community Service Director Renee Wike, Lisa Sobien, guest Gabriel Köerner and I attended.
The Angeles will see the movie again, several times beginning Saturday in Hollywood. If you would like to see the movie with us, contact me at dave@ussangeles.org.
The best way, though, to learn about our activities is to click “Join us” above and become a member. It’s a great time to embrace “Star Trek” and become part of a club that visits “Trek” filming sites, has guest speakers including actors, and supports fandom and community service. Join us.

Dave Mason

Commanding Officer, USS Angeles NCC-71840