STAR TREK First Contact Day!
Happy FIRST CONTACT DAY!
(yeah, that's a thing)
Monday, April 5th ViacomCBS will be honoring the Star Trek franchise with its annual observance of First Contact Day.
Of course (and, as depicted in the film Star Trek: First Contact) April 5th, 2063 is the day that humans first make contact with beings from the planet Vulcan, marking the most pivotal moment in human exploration in Star Trek's history.
Our April 5th will be different, but loaded through and through with Star Trek goodness at StarTrek.com/FirstContact, so let's take a quick look at everything they'll have to offer.
Very much like September 8th's Star Trek Day - ViacomCBS' new virtual event will celebrate, honor & commemorate this date in "history of the future" by providing Trekkies & Trekkers exclusive programming, themed panels with guests from classic and current Star Trek television series along with the cast of Star Trek: First Contact, exclusive news from the all over the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+, curated episode marathons, and the return of the #StarTrekUnitedGives initiative.
"On April 5, for every person that tweets the hashtag StarTrekUnitedGives (#StarTrekUnitedGives), Paramount+ will donate $1 to organizations who do the real-world work of championing equality, social justice and the pursuit of scientific advancements." -ViacomCBS
The Day's main event (kind of like being in Hall H at SDCC) will start at 3PM EDT (12PM PDT) on April 5, when Star Trek Day's emcees Wil Wheaton & Mica Burton will host 3 hours of panels and presentations, right in the middle of a 12 hour Star Trek episode marathon.
The full schedule of events can be found here: https://blog.trekcore.com/2021/03/star-trek-first-contact-day-april-5-event/ , but here’s a few that I’ll be paying special attention to...
A "Special Presentation" event begins at 3PM EDT / 12PM PDT with a “special announcement and presentation by Patrick Stewart,” with details yet to be revealed. I’ve no idea what this is going to be. A teaser for Star Trek: Picard season 2? A full trailer for the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds? ViacomCBS has proven that they love to drop cool things during events like this, so I’m not gonna miss it!
Star Trek: Discovery Costume Designer Gersha Phillips, Senior Concept Designer Neville Page, VFX Supervisor Jason Zimmerman and Star Trek: Picard Make-up & Prosthetics Department Head James Mackinnon come together in conversation about creating the art of Star Trek in the “Creating First Contacts” Panel at 4PM EDT / 1PM PDT. These folks are friends of ours, and help with the intricate world (Galaxy?) building that goes into every episode made in the Star Trek Universe.
I LOVE the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, and so from 5PM ET / 2PM PT I’ll be streaming the “Second Contact'' panel with Mike McMahan (creator of Star Trek: Lower Decks), Paul F. Tompkins, the co-host of official Star Trek podcast The Pod Directive, and TNG's Brent Spiner & Jonathan Frakes discussing how some of the ridiculous "B-Stories'' from earlier Trek shows inspired Star Trek: Lower Decks.
Just like September's Star Trek Day event, all of these panels, and more will be available to fans worldwide through the official website — www.StarTrek.com/FirstContact — and will also stream for free in the U.S. on PlutoTV and Paramount+’s Twitch page. And, if you can’t watch it live - don’t stress about it. All of this content should be available later on the Paramount+ dedicated YouTube channel, and to streaming subscribers on Paramount+.
If that isn't enough Star Trek in one dose, episodes from all of the television shows (each one featuring it's own “iconic first contact") starting with The Original Series’ “Arena.”
How's that for a concentrated taste of Star Trek for you? All of that and more, including perhaps a few new Star Trek announcements, product launches? Crazy, and more than enough to keep me watching all day. See ya there?