At the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, producer J.J Abrams raised everyone’s eyebrow when he announced that something was missing. But what could be missing at such a spectacular event?

Obviously, the announcement of the producer of Beyond, who also directed Star Trek’s first two films, in 2009 and 2013 was not far-fetched as the black command insignia lapel pins of Star Trek could be seen on every cast and crew member on the red carpet.

Other Star Trek alums, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine and newcomers Sofia Boutella, Idris Elba, and director Justin Lin joined Abrams on the stage at Embarcadero Marina Park Amphitheater in San Diego.

Sadly, co-star Anton Yelchin who was also part of the new franchise was nowhere to be found. Last month, at his home in Studio City, Yelchin was killed in a freak automobile accident.

In honor of the late 27-year-old actor, Abrams requested that a moment of silence be observed. Suddenly, a medley from the San Diego Symphony was rendered following the moment of silence. Also at the event, bright light from fireworks lighted the whole marina while a light show was seen above the audience’s head

Anton’s parents – Irina and Victor – were also present at the event. A few words were said for the late Leonard Nimoy who also passed away earlier this year. Quinto, who is also known as Spock in the series, took a few moments to celebrate and acknowledge him.

Like never before, a movie was screened on an IMAX screen as the event was held on the preview night of Comic-Con while a remarkable live accompaniment of the film’s score was provided by a ninety-piece orchestra.