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Riverside residents get sneak peak of new Star Trek

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Riverside is known for being the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk, from the successful Star Trek television and movie series.

Wednesday night, they got a sneak peek at the new "Star Trek," set to re-boot the famous franchise, at Iowa City's Sycamore Theater.

As the trekkies took center stage at the theater, anticipation soared. "I have not heard one bad thing about this new movie," said Carol Riggan, who's heading up Riverside's Trek Fest this year. She was pleased to see so much enthusiasm. "It looks like it's gonna be a full house tonight."

And it was. About 300 fans, mostly Riverside residents, got in to take an early look at the future of their beloved sci-fi franchise.

"Star Trek is really big in Riverside," said Brandon Kaufman, "and I think this movie can only empower it."

Star Trek, helmed by blockbuster Hollywood director J.J. Abrams, tells the origin story of the starship Enterprise and her crew.

Some said the first crew will always be remembered as the best. "The broken mold is Captain Kirk and company, on the original series," T.C. Wilson told us. But this crowd was willing to boldy go in a new direction. And as Trek lore may have been somewhat alien to many moviegoers in the past, this re-boot of the long living and prospering franchise promises to bring the mainstream and die-hard fans together on the common ground of good storytelling and pure entertainment.

"It's proof positive that Star Trek lives," said Wilson. "Another generation is literally going to be able to see and enjoy Star Trek."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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