Celebrate Star Trek’s First Contact Day

On today’s date April 5th, 2063 first contact was made. Today is First Contact day for Star Trek fans. The best way to celebrate is to enjoy some of the new shows and some panels with some of the actors behind the movie Star Trek VIII: First Contact.

Starting at 9 AM PST Paramount+ will begin streaming First Contact episodes from the Star Trek Universe. Will your favorite episodes be a part of the celebration? Looks like you will have to tune it to find out. Look for panels throughout the day as well. Starting at 12 PM PST look for  Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton as they host these free panels listed below. The panels are set to be about two and a half hours of Star Trek greatness.

Star Trek: First Contact 25th Anniversary Panel: featuring cast members Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, and Alice Krige as they discuss behind-the-scenes memories and the film’s importance 25 years after its premiere.

Creating First Contacts Panel: Costume Designer Gersha Phillips (Star Trek: Discovery), Senior Concept Designer Neville Page, VFX Supervisor Jason Zimmerman and Make-up & Prosthetics Department Head James Mackinnon (Star Trek: Picard) come together in conversation about creating the incredible worlds of Star Trek, as seen in Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard.

Women In Motion Panel: featuring Star Trek: Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green, Star Trek: Picard’s Michelle Hurd and Isa Briones, and Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Dawnn Lewis. As they look back at how Star Trek: The Original Seriesactress Nichelle Nichols helped pave the way for women of color. On television and her lasting impact on not only Star Trek. But science and culture. 

Second Contact Panel: Mike McMahan, the creator of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Paul F. Tompkins, the co-host of Star Trek: The Pod Directive and Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner and Jonathan Frakes discuss how some of the hilarious B-stories from past series like Star Trek: The Next Generationpaved the way for new iterations of Star Trek, including Star Trek: Lower Decks, the Star Trek franchise’s first animated comedy. 

Star Trek: Prodigy Panel: series executive producers Kevin and Dan Hageman are joined by Star Trek: Voyager’s Captain Kathryn Janeway herself, Kate Mulgrew, who is reprising her role in animated form in Prodigy, as they talk about the highly anticipated upcoming CG-animated kids series.

Click the link on the first panel to get a full listing of today’s schedule. Be sure to use the hashtag #StarTrekUnitedGives. Paramount+ will give $1 to organizations that help make the world a better place.

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