According to Star Trek future history, today is First Contact Day. As established in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, humans will be visited by a team of Vulcans on April 5th, 2063. This first contact with aliens ushers in a new era leading eventually to the United Federation of Planets and the rest of Star Trek history.You can watch that fateful moment below.
And the day of that visit became honored as a holiday, but we here at TrekMovie see no reason to wait until 2063 to celebrate it.
Braga honors holiday he helped create
As the co-writer of Star Trek: First Contact, Brannon Braga could be seen as one of the fathers of the holiday. And so as the day dawned Braga took a moment on Twitter to honor it.
— Brannon Braga (@BrannonBraga) April 5, 2017
Build your own Phoenix in Star Trek Online
Today (and through to tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Pacific) gamers playing the online MMORPG Star Trek Oline can visit the Zefram Cochrane Memorial and Historical Museum and participate in a “special re-enactment event.” Gamers are invited to visit “Bozeman, Montana and “engage in the construction of their own replica Phoenix!”
Captains search the area to scavenge parts and build their own Phoenix model. With the variety of available parts, each ship can be customized. Whoever’s model reaches the highest altitude will be declared the “winner of that launch and the honorary student of Cochrane.” More info at arcgames.com.
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TrekMovie Shuttlepod First Contact Podcast
Last year, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Trek: First Contact, the TrekMovie Shuttle Pod crew dedicated an episode to talk about the film. You can listen to that podcast below
Or grab the direct link to the podcast here
And from more from TrekMovie, you can listen to founder Anthony Pascale’s views on the film as he is joined with Damon Lindelof for an alternative audio commentary on the First Contact Blu-ray, released in 2009. (See TrekMovie review of the TNG movies box set)
Shopping First Contact Day
Just like any holiday, First Contact Day has gone commercial. The official Star Trek Shop is having an all day sale with 20% off everything to celebrate the day.
How will you celebrate First Contact Day?
What are some of your personal reflections on Star Trek: First Contact? Share them in the comments section below.