My brother and I will be off to see JJ Abrams’ Star Trek at the Birmingham Imax this evening and – I must admit – I’m rather looking forward to it. As a lapsed Trekker, I’ve almost forgotton how that feels. To actually look forward to a Star Trek fim… why, that’s a sensation I haven’t experienced since about 1994. That was Star Trek: Generations – the one where Captain Shat met Captain Baldy – and it turned out to be not very good. I’d have to go further back to find one I look forward to and actually enjoyed.
When tonight’s tickets came through the post an accompanying leaflet promised an evening of ‘Star Trek themed fun’:
- Come in costume and receive a FREE sci-fi goodie bag
- Have your photo taken with your favourite Star trek characters
- Competitions to win amazing Star Trek prizes
While it’s nice of the Imax to make an effort and all, this does not bode well. I’ve been to places where grown-up people dress up in genre drag and its never a pretty sight. I don’t relish the opportunity of spending this eveing surrounded by chartered accountants dressed as Klingons.
I guess I’ll be coming home empty handed.