About That Time 'Star Trek' (and Scotty) Saved a Fan's Life

About That Time 'Star Trek' (and Scotty) Saved a Fan's Life

Jan 04, 2013

Much has already been written about that special advanced screening of Star Trek Into Darkness that J.J. Abrams set up for a dying Star Trek fan after he was given weeks to live following a cancer diagnosis. Those close to him had reached out to the online community when Dan, a movie lover who helps out at the New York Asian Film Festival, was unable to see that special IMAX preview because it wasn't screening near him. Through the power of the Internet, one of his final wishes was granted, and his wife recently took to Reddit to thank everyone for making it happen.

This isn't the first time Star Trek or its characters stepped outside the big screen in order to help a fan make it through a difficult time. Reading about this recent story reminded us of one of the more emotional scenes from the documentary Trekkies, when late actor James Doohan (who played Scotty on the Trek TV series and in six movies) spoke about a fan who had reached out to him by sending a suicide note. Doohan, afraid the girl was about to take her own life, invited her to a Star Trek convention and... well, watch what happened below.

With so many people obsessing over what movies aren't getting right these days, it's always nice to see the stories about what they are getting right. [via Flavorwire]


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