I'm always impressed by the Make-a-Wish Foundation's efforts to realize the most farfetched fantasies of terminally ill children. Sometimes, though, the Internet--yes, that terrible place full of jerks and trolls--pulls through and helps people with fatal diseases find some happiness in their darkest hours.
On Christmas Day, a Reddit user going by the screen name ideeeyut posted a message to the Star Trek subreddit asking if anyone knew a way to let his friend Dan--suffering from two separate and unrelated cancers, leaving him very little time--could see the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness.
Now, I don't know if many of you know this, but J.J. Abrams is incredibly secretive. The man hates spoilers, and relishes the thrill of being an unknowing participant in an audience. Seriously, if I posted Into Darkness leaks, he'd show up at my house and kick my ass personally.* I just need you to know the magnitude of what I'm about to tell you.
ideeeyut's request for Dan was bounced around the Internet until it eventually found its way to J.J. Abrams himself, who then set up a private screening of the film for Dan. Dan and his wife were sworn to secrecy, but the important thing is that this regret got checked off of his list. Here's a bit of what Dan's wife had to say about the screening:
"We are of course sworn to secrecy, BUT we are officially allowed to say we saw it and we enjoyed it IMMENSELY as a film and as a gesture. This is a story of us giving something to him, the internet community giving something to him and ultimately being a heartwarming gift to our friends, family and so many others...
"This is also so poignant as JJ Abrams took so much care in the first Star Trek movie to at least TRY to get everything 'right' for the fans and we were so touched when he was concerned that we wouldn't 100 percent enjoy the screening as it's still being worked on... Be assured we enjoyed it 110 percent!
"We are so grateful thank you, thank you, thank you..."
Thank you, J.J. Abrams. Regardless of whether fans like your new Star Trek universe or not, regardless of how absolutely batshit insane LOST became, you sound like a damn cool guy. What do you think about J.J. Abrams granting Dan's dying wish?