Three hours before the Australian world preem of J.J. Abrams’ new “Star Trek,” supreme Austin showman Tim League and AICN’s Harry Knowles advertised a Fantastic Fest screening of “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan” along with 10 minutes from the new Trek.
But there was a problem:
In the very opening scene, though, something started to look off. The print we had was really bad, with long green lines and scratches through the whole thing. Before we’d made it more than ten lines into the dialogue, the scratches consumed the film, the picture got warped, and the film itself caught fire like the engine room of the Entrerprise.
“Stall for time!” Tim yelled out, as he handed the screen writers microphones. “I’m gonna run up to the booth and try to fix this mess…” He ran out of the theater and down the hall (a sight those of us at the Alamo have seen many, many times), and the writers were left to fend for themselves and tried to do an impromptu Q & A – but only for a short while: