ViacomCBS continues to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement, today announcing a Star Trek marathon and donation drive.
Today, CBS All Access announced they will be running a free Star Trek marathon featuring 15 episodes which they consider the franchise’s most culturally impactful. The marathon will begin to stream on Wednesday, June 17 on CBS.com and run for a week. They will also be available for a week on StarTrek.com and Pluto TV, and for one day on Twitch.TV.
Also starting on Wednesday, if you use the hashtag #StarTrekUnitedGives (and remember to use the “Gives” part) to help raise awareness $1 will be donated to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, including Black Strategy Fund, Movement for Black Lives, and Black Lives Matter.
The 15 episodes chosen for the marathon are the following:
Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 3 Episode 10, “Plato’s Stepchildren”
Platonians use psychokinetic power to toy with the crew.
Star Trek: The Original Series, Season 1 Episode 25, “The Devil In The Dark”
An unknown monster threatens a critical mining operation.
Star Trek: The Original Series Season 3 Episode 15, “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”
Two survivors of a devastated planet remain committed to destroying one another.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 2 Episode 9, “The Measure Of A Man”
When Data (Brent Spiner) refuses to be disassembled for research purposes, Picard (Patrick Stewart) is enlisted to defend his rights in court.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3 Episode 7, “The Enemy”
After Geordi (LeVar Burton) is stranded on a storm-ravaged planet, the crew’s attempts to rescue him are hindered by an aggressive Romulan warship.
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 4 Episode 21, “The Drumhead”
A search for a spy aboard the Enterprise turns into a witch-hunt in which Picard is implicated as a traitor.
Star Trek: Voyager, Season 4 Episode 4, “Nemesis”
When Chakotay (Robert Beltran) is stranded on a planet that is in the middle of a major war, he violates the Prime Directive by helping the soldiers that discover him.
Star Trek: Voyager, Season 3 Episode 6, “Remember”
After Voyager encounters a telepathic species, B’Elanna (Roxann Dawson) starts having powerful dreams that depict the life of a woman and her lover in a time of great political and social upheaval.
Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 4 Episode 20, “Demons”
A xenophobic faction of humanity threatens to undermine talks to form a new coalition of planets.
Star Trek: Enterprise, Season 4 Episode 21, “Terra Prime”
A human isolationist leader threatens to destroy Starfleet Command unless all aliens leave Earth immediately.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6 Episode 13, “Far Beyond The Stars”
Sisko (Avery Brooks) has visions of himself and his crew as writers for a science fiction paper in 1950’s Earth.
Star Trek: Discovery, Season 2 Episode 6, “The Sounds of Thunder”
When a new signal appears over Saru’s (Doug Jones) home planet, Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Saru, and the crew embark on a perilous mission that puts Saru in danger and raises questions about the Red Angel’s intentions. Hugh (Wilson Cruz) struggles to come to terms with his new reality.
Star Trek: Picard, Season 1 Episode 1, “Remembrance”
At the end of the 24th Century, and 14 years after his retirement from Starfleet, Jean-Luc Picard is living a quiet life on his vineyard, Chateau Picard. When he is sought out by a mysterious young woman, Dahj (Isa Briones), in need of his help, he soon realizes she may have personal connections to his own past.
Star Trek: Picard, Season 1 Episode 2, “Maps And Legends”
Picard begins investigating the mystery of Dahj as well as what her very existence means to the Federation. Without Starfleet’s support, Picard is left to lean on others for help, including Dr. Agnes Jurati (Alison Pill) and an estranged former colleague, Raffi Musiker (Michelle Hurd). Meanwhile, hidden enemies are also interested in where Picard’s search for the truth about Dahj will lead.
Star Trek: Picard, Season 1 Episode 3, “The End Is The Beginning”
Completely unaware of her special nature, Soji continues her work and captures the attention of the Borg cube research project’s executive director. After rehashing past events with a reluctant Raffi, Picard seeks others willing to join his search for Bruce Maddox, including pilot and former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios (Santiago Cabrera).
Join us for #StarTrekUnited tomorrow to help raise money for charities supporting the Black Lives Matter movement and to stream Star Trek's most culturally impactful episodes for free. Only together, will we create the future we deserve. pic.twitter.com/KfqU6iktzX
— Star Trek on Paramount+ (@StarTrekOnPPlus) June 16, 2020
UPDATE: Star Trek stars talk StarTrekUnited
Starfleet is a promise. Nobody gets left behind.
For every person who tweets #StarTrekUnitedGives today, $1 will be donated to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Learn more about #StarTrekUnited donations and free Star Trek marathons here: https://t.co/Z3Y1KT4edN pic.twitter.com/5lTeDIl1Ee
— CBS All Access (@CBSAllAccess) June 17, 2020
#TrekkiesTogether grows, and takes it to the streets
Last week TrekMovie helped lead the effort of a number of fan sites and podcasts asking readers and listeners to make donations to groups fighting for racial justice, all under the banner of #TrekkiesTogether. The fan effort garnered some media attention from SyFy Wire and Inverse.
In the last week, a number of additional sites and podcasts around the world have joined in, both making personal donations and asking their audiences to do the same. The outlets joining #TrekkiesTogether include the Inglorious Treksperts podcast, the TrekGeeks podcast network, Australia’s TrekZone.org, the band Five Year Mission, the Star Trek Discovery Pod, Canada’s Ladies Who Trek podcast, the Measure of an Episode podcast, and New Zealand’s Half Measures podcast. Benjamin Harrison and Adam Pranica of the popular Greatest Gen podcast started their own fundraising drive by each donating $1701, and have since helped raise over $30,000.
I am stunned at how much the Friends of DeSoto have raised for the fight against institutional racism and systems that oppress black Americans. You’re such a wonderful group of people to be making a silly podcast for. #GreatestGen #TrekkiesTogether https://t.co/f5tirZTqmA
— Benjamin #BLM Harrison (@BenjaminAhr) June 8, 2020
Some Trek celebrities also helped out by retweeting and amplifying the message, including Star Trek star George Takei, Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan, Star Trek: Picard guest star John Ales (Bruce Maddox), and Star Trek: Discovery star Mary Chieffo.
THIS is the @StarTrek I believe in. Thank you to all those involved with #TrekkiesTogether for rallying behind what Star Trek should always be about — striving to create a better future for EVERYONE! And let’s remember, this is an ongoing fight for the future. Never give up. ❤️ https://t.co/WgV6QaOzkw
— Mary Chieffo (@marythechief) June 5, 2020
And there was at least one example of a fan who took the #TrekkiesTogether message to the streets. Gershon Wolf made his own #TrekkiesTogether sign featuring an image of Captain Sisko and a quote from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and carried it at a protest in support of Black Lives Matters in Salem, Oregon.
Keep up on all the Star Trek events at TrekMovie.com.