On July 18, 2016 the Fiksilmiah community was invited to the red carpet premiere of Star Trek Beyond by United International Pictures and Telkomsel through my good friend, Hilmy of the Indonesian Star Trek community. [Update, some minor details corrected. Joe Taslim didn’t arrive late, but was schedule to arrive at that time]
The premiere was also attended by Star Trek Beyond cast member Joe Taslim (who plays the antagonist Manas) and other celebrities. I didn’t get to spend time with Joe, but I was lucky enough to meet up and chat with magician Romy Rafael whom we shared mutual friends.
Many members of the Fiksilmiah community attended the event. Those who weren’t wearing any Star Trek costume took time aside to take this group pic together.
The invite told us the event starts 6.30pm WIB (Western Indonesian Time or GMT +7), but everyone were waiting for the big celebrity to arrive. The red carpet has been rolled, but till 7pm there were no signs of Joe. Luckily, our invitation also included meals and drinks coupons. (Yay, free food!)
Finally, at about 7.30pm Mr Joe Taslim arrived at the red carpent and was greeted with Michael Giachinno’s Star Trek theme. It was a wonderful media event, with the MC repeatedly stating that we’re all getting to watch it 2 days before the worldwide release! Finally, when Joe passed by our position Mungni tried grab a picture with him with some success.
The theater doors were finally opened at 8pm and we were ushered into the room with 3D classes. After a while (as the seats were mostly filled), Mr Joe Taslim came to greet us and told us to enjoy the show. Icha, Mung and I moved one row up and to the central vacant seat and got to enjoy in its 3D amazing glory.
TL;DR, the red carpet event was awesome… Joe Taslim arrived and was welcomed by the fans. Afterwards, he entered the theaters and welcomed us to enjoy the show. The movie itself was awesome and very intense. Really worthy of being called Star Trek in spirit with an action that surpasses any previous Trek movie.