According to Star Trek future history, on April 5th, 2063 Dr. Zefram Cochrane became the first man to break the warp barrier (with a little help from the crew of the NCC-1701E) and garnered the attention of some Vulcans in the neighborhood…sparking the ‘first contact’ between humans and aliens…and the beginnings of the United Federation of Planets and all that came with it.
The fateful moment
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. It was a bit brave to have the ultimate moment in the film given over to the guest actors and have the TNG ‘stars’ literally fade off into the background. In that brief glimpse 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. The moment, punctuated by composer Jerry Goldsmith with just the right amount of celebratory gravitas, truly said this is our future and this is the beginning of ‘Star Trek.’
Learn more about the ‘First Contact’
(links from our friends at Memory Alpha)
First Contact Day
First Contact (film)
…and from the real world attempts at first contact
NASA: Warp Drive, When?
How will you celebrate?
Planning a First Contact viewing party? Going to finally go up to that girl/guy and make your own ‘first contact’? Share your ideas with your fellow trekkies.