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Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the Star Trek Beyond UK premiere at the Empire Cinemas in Leicester Square.
I did the whole ritual thing. Lined up, grabbed my wristband, prayed to JJ Abrams and the sorts. Praying worked wonders. I secured a fab spot at the front row. Shoutout to two lovely and hilarious Star Trek fans who let me squeeze my way in there.
I need to say this. Trekkies were beyond amazing. I am not kidding. At first, I thought that I would encounter a bunch of entitled fans who would smash your face in order to get their DVDs signed. I was so wrong. The fanbase was great, quite chill when the cast arrived and most of all funny AF.
John Cho, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, Simon Pegg and Chris Pine blessed us with their presence at the white carpet of the Star Trek Beyond UK premiere. Things went down as usual. All of them kept switching from press to fans and back and forth for about 45 minutes. All of them did a phenomenal job – signing and taking selfies at light speed. However I think I have to give extra props to Zachary, Chris and John for going the extra mile.
I was able to get pretty decent selfies with Simon and John. I also feel like I have to introduce to you my sidelfie which is basically me looking at the camera and Chris looking at me. That was a glorious failure of a picture.
I rushed my way into the cinema 10 minutes before the film and casually grabbed my Star Trek Beyond caramel popcorn that was expecting me at my seat (Thanks guys).
The cast and director Justin Lin introduced to us the vision behind “Star Trek Beyond” with Simon Pegg giving a heartfelt tribute to Anton Yelchin and almost tearing up. It was a very emotional moment.
And then…lights off. The film started.
As I have said many times I don’t enjoy long film reviews. So I am just going to cut to the chase.
Is “Star Trek Beyond” good? Yes. Is it great? Not really. The gang is back again in the Starflee but something is off. The storylines are oversimplified. The writing is too linear. There are no surprises. The action scenes are okay but forgettable.
The characters are definitely more mature this time around which is not necessarily a great thing but this is portrayed well. I personally enjoy the more stubborn version of Spock and the sillier version of Captain Kirk. But maybe that’s just me.
I wish Sulu and Chekov had more screen-time. I would have loved to see more of their characters and what drives them. Uhura is also at the backseat this time in a way that feels disorganized and distant.
The most redeeming element of “Star Trek Beyond” are definitely Idris Elba’s villain (Krall) and the new addition of Sofia Boutella’s Jaylah. In retrospective, they are not massively developed characters but Elba and Boutella bring an exciting dimension to them.
Elba’s voice is terrifying and the brief moment where we look into Krahl’s past, we can see Elba’s ability to turn every performance into an award-worthy one.
What made the film truly interesting for me is how it dealt with different relationship dynamics this time around. Kirk with Chekov, Sulu with Uhura and Spock with Bones. Seeing these unlikely pairs spending more time together than usual and drifting away from the been-there-done-that tension between Captain Kirk and Spock really elevated the film for me.
Go see it because we are warmed up for something REALLY good to come. I am rooting for all the characters and their emotional evolution in the upcoming film.
It hurts my heart that we won’t have any more Anton in Star Trek. It really hit me while I was watching the film. What a talented young man.
You will live long and prosper in our hearts, Anton.
Are you a Trekkie?
Does Krall excite you as a villain? Captain Kirk or Commander Spock? Let us know.
I feel like fanfic (short for fanfiction) gets a bad rap. I think it’s probably because people assume it’s all shameless smut full of Mary Sues (when an author writes themselves into the story, usually as a troubled but bad-ass heroine, or the love interest of their favourite character). And sure, there is some terrible stuff out there, but there’s also a lot of amazing work written by talented writers.
For me, fanfiction, or any fanworks, make up a valuable part of their fandom. They’re about picking up where the original left off, exploring alternate realities and delving deeper into the characters’ lives. I think it’s wonderful that fanfiction brings together talented, creative people, who are so inspired by the world created by their favourite film, book or TV show, that they simply want to live in it a while longer.
Some of the most beautifully written stories I’ve ever read have been fanfiction, and it’s no surprise to me that publishers trawled through fanfic to find their next superstar author (though I’m personally not a fan of 50 Shades of Grey, I think E.L. James’ discovery and subsequent rise to fame is pretty incredible).
Fanfiction may well lead you to some weird places. For example, and no judgement at all here, but I personally don’t get the whole wolf pack A/B/O dynamics thing. However I know what I like and what I don’t, and sites like AO3 have a pretty good system of warnings and tags, so you usually know what you’re in for. Also, I recently stumbled upon Chuckle Brothers fanfiction (I bet my husband that it would exist somewhere, and quickly wished I’d been wrong. Read in all its bizarre glory here). I know, I’m as confused as you are.
Sites like AO3 and Fanfiction.net foster a wonderfully creative and (for the most part) supportive environment, where people can share ideas, theories, and character analysis. As soon as I finish a show I love, I check out fanfic, often to see other people’s take on a particular scene/character, or what they think might come next. If fills in gaps, gives a unique insight into other people’s interpretations, and sometimes challenges my own.
The power of fanfiction
I love to write fic as well, get myself completely lost in the world, and truly become friends with the characters. I think what most writers love about it is there are no limits or restrictions, which can take you down some bizarre paths, but can also be wonderfully freeing. The creator of the original work has established the universe and its parameters, but you’re free to bend them however you like. You can bring in characters from other universes, change gender and sexuality, and explore alternate realities.
I’ve been reading and writing fanfic since I was a teenager, and it’s always disappointed me that it’s seen by many as nerdy or lame. It’s exposed me to some truly gifted writers, made me laugh and cry, and meant I could keep enjoying my favourite books/films long after they ended.
Fandom in general gets a bad name, and is perceived by many as screaming girls obsessing over their favourite celebrities. But for me, it’s so much more than that. It’s wonderful to get lost in something, over-analyse it, and let your imagination run wild. And really, isn’t that what entertainment’s all about?
There’s a lot of different fic out there. Personally, I prefer fics that stick to canon. For me, that’s when the best stories are born, the ones that truly delve into a character’s mind and explore their motivations and relationships with others. But again, each to their own. And that’s truly the joy of fanfiction. There’s something for everyone.
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