As Sylvia said, there’s nothing – nothing – like that moment of being in a theatre, watching the premiere of a Trek movie and knowing everyone in that theatre are part of the initiated. The energy, the enthusiasm, the getting-of-jokes and recognizing moments that would sail over the average movie-goers head.
And, LOL Sylvia, re your story of ditching work to see “The Wrath of Khan”. I did the same thing (for the first four Trek movies, actually) – and so, apparently, did half the people at every electronics company in Silicon Valley.
When I attended the premiere of Star Trek the Motion Picture I was prepared for the possibility of TV news cameras and, not wanting my face to be the one featured in their news segment, I was prepared with a big floppy straw hat and a copy of the newspaper. Whenever I saw a camera, down came the hat, up came the newspaper.
I made the front page of the entertainment section of the San Jose Mercury News, but all you can see of me is my hat and my newspaper. LOL!