Today in Star Trek future history is "First Contact Day," the day in which Star Trek fans (pre)remember the future meeting of humans and Vulcans. To celebrate TrekMovie.com will be hosting an online viewing party of Star Trek: First Contact. Others are also celebrating including Star Trek stars, Star Trek Online and the official Trek store. Details on all the FCD fun below.
The fateful moment
Regardless of your timeline, on April 5th, 2063 Dr. Zefram Cochrane is to became the first man to break the warp barrier (with a little help from the crew of the NCC-1701E), which will catch the notice of some passing Vulcans who initiate the ‘first contact’ between humans and aliens…and the beginnings of the United Federation of Planets and all that came with it.
The following scene from Star Trek First Contact is one of the more powerful in all Trek film history, culminating the best of the TNG era films. The moment of Humans and Vulcans meeting for the first time, in friendship, you see in an instant the entirety of Gene Roddenberry’s message of a humanity that will eventually (after many struggles) come together into an optimistic future.
Learn more about the ‘First Contact’ (links from our friends at Memory Alpha)
TrekMovie First Contact Live Tweeting Online Watch Party Tonight
TrekMovie.com staffers will be celebrating First Contact Day by watching Star Trek: First Contact tonight. The event kicks off at 8PM Eastern (5PM Pacific). We will be synchronizing our watching of Star Trek: First Contact and chatting on Twitter using the hashtag #STFCParty. Everyone is welcome to join in. You can follow along on Twitter or via a "CoverItLive" streaming chat which will be posted here at TrekMovie shortly before the event. During the event there will also be a trivia contest with prizes! So come join us.
The TrekMovie.com viewing party is BYO copy of "First Contact"
Trek Stars Tweet First Contact
Star Trek’s first Kirk and Spock have acknowledged the importance of this day on Twitter.
First Contact Event in Star Trek Online
The massive multiplayer (and now free-to-play) game Star Trek Online is celebrating First Contact Day with a special event. The event kicks off at 10 AM PST today and runs until April 9th (10 AM PST). Here are the details posted at the official site.
During this event, you’ll be able to visit one of the Advanced Starship Design Bureau research facilities at Utopia Planitia, in orbit over Mars. While there, have a chat with some of the bridge officers of the Enterprise-F, which is home for a bit of testing and system recalibration. After you meet the crew, pick up your own replica of the Phoenix, humanity’s first warp-capable ship, as a deployable non-combat space craft. Once the event ends, the Enterprise will be warping off to new missions, so make sure you visit before she leaves.
The new Utopia Planitia research facility is also joining our list of Foundry maps, so you’ll be able to include it in your user-created missions!
First Contact Day takes place in the Vulcan sector of the Sirius Sector Block, at the Sol system. Hail Commander Winters to accept the First Contact Day mission that will reward you with your Phoenix non-combat pet. First Contact Day is for Federation characters only – but KDF characters will be busy with their new mission, Alpha!
You can have your own Phoenix in Star Trek Online
First Contact Day Sale at Official Star Trek Store
To celebrate First Contact Day, CBS Consumer Products is offering special 20% off deals and new products at the StarTrek.com store. These include special First Contact T-Shirts for $19.99 All items are available HERE.
First Contact sale at official Star Trek Store
How will you celebrate First Contact Day?