Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together, share a meal, and give thanks. TrekMovie hopes all those celebrating this day to have a great Thanksgiving. See below for more including Thanksgiving tweets from Trek celebrities, details on a BBC America Star Trek: TNG Marathon. [UPDATED with more Trek celeb tweets]
Today in addition to being thankful for our friends and family, Trek fans can also give thanks for some recent good news in the world of Star Trek. We finally have movement on the next Star Trek film, which goes into production in two months and has an actual release date: May 17, 2013. We also have recently learned that Star Trek: The Next Generation is going to be released in HD on Blu-ray, starting with a sample pack in early 2012. And of course there are new Trek books, new Trek comics and lots of Trek stuff to keep us occupied. At 45 years old, the Trek franchise is still giving us more.
UPDATED: Trek Celebs Give Thanks
Many Star Trek celebs have taken to Twitter to talk about Thanksgiving. Here is what they had to say. [UPDATED with more tweets]
And while not specifically about Thanksgiving, Star Trek sequel co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof offered also this hopeful tweet about yesterday’s big news.
TNG Marathon on BBC America
Today BBC America is running a Star Trek: The Next Generation Marathon. Here is the schedule:
8:00AM: Ep 26 Redemption, Part 1
9:00AM: Ep 1 Redemption, Part 2
10:00AMOn Now: Ep 2 Darmok
11:00AM: Ep 3 Ensign Ro
12:00PM: Ep 4 Silicon Avatar
1:00PM: Ep 5 Disaster
2:00PM: Ep 6 The Game
3:00PM: Ep 7 Unification – Part 1
4:00PM: Ep 8 Unification – Part 2
5:00PM: Ep 9 A Matter of Time
6:00PM: Ep 10 New Ground
7:00PM: Ep 11 Hero Worship
8:00PM: Ep 12 Violations
9:00PM: Ep 13 The Masterpiece Society
10:00PM: Ep 14 Conundrum
11:00PM: Ep 15 Power Play
12:00AM: Ep 16 Ethics
1:00AM: Ep 17 The Outcast
2:00AM: Ep 18 Cause and Effect
3:00AM: Ep 19 The First Duty
4:00AM: Ep 20 Cost of Living
The future history of Star Trek introduced us to many new holidays, like the Federation’s First Contact Day, the Klingon Day of Honor and the Bajoran Gratitude Festival. However, some current holidays persisted into the future, including the American holiday of Thanksgiving, with its traditional meal.
There are just two recorded instances of Thanksgiving showing up in Star Trek. Part of the episode "Charlie X" takes place on Thanksgiving Day 2266, and Deep Space Nine shows us that at least some families continued celebrating with a Thanksgiving meal in 2372. Clips showing both Trek references below.
Although it is an American holiday, the spirit of Thanksgiving is one that fits well with Star Trek. It celebrates family, and what is every Star Trek crew, but a family? It is also the celebration of cultures coming together and working together, something that is at the core of Gene Roddenberry’s future.
So on this Thanksgiving, wherever you are in the galaxy, we here at TrekMovie wish you a “Happy Treksgiving” (and Thanksgiving too).