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First Contact Day 2021: Every Panel From The Star Trek Universe

Patrick Stewart, John de Lancie, and many, many more joined in for Paramount+'s celebration of First Contact Day!
Posted on Apr 7, 2021 | 01:30pm
The entire Star Trek Universe traveled at warp speed on Monday, Apr. 5, 2021, for Paramount+'s first-ever virtual Star Trek: First Contact Day celebration, in honor of the first meeting between humans and Vulcans on that date in 2063 in Star Trek: First Contact.

We've assembled every panel from the day in one place, featuring cast members, executive producers, and more from the Star Trek Universe.

Revisiting First Contact Panel

WATCH: Star Trek: First Contact 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years after its theatrical release, Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard), Director Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Brent Spiner (Data), and Alice Krige (the Borg Queen) share on-set memories and extol the legacy of Star Trek: First Contact.

In a panel hosted by Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation), celebrate this time-traveling, Borg-fighting feature film.

Stream full episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and other series in the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+.

Creating First Contact Panel

WATCH: How Star Trek Comes To Life

Creating the Star Trek Universe takes, well, a universe of talent. Gersha Phillips (Costume Designer) is joined by Neville Page (Lead Creature Designer), James MacKinnon (Makeup Department Head), and Jason Zimmerman (Lead Visual Effects Supervisor).

In a panel hosted by Mica Burton, the group covers everything from designing new creatures and costumes to the immense amount of collaboration between production departments.

Stream full episodes of Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, and other series in the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+.

Women In Motion Panel

WATCH: Nichelle Nichols' Impact On Science And Representation

In honor of Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) and the new documentary Woman In Motion, which tells the story of how Nichols used her visibility to recruit women and people of color to NASA's space program in the '70s and '80s, a few of Star Trek's leading women unite.

Stars Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery), Michelle Hurd (Star Trek: Picard), Dawnn Lewis (Star Trek: Lower Decks), and Isa Briones (Star Trek: Picard) join host Mica Burton to share how Nichols inspired them personally, and the significance of the work they do in Star Trek carrying her legacy forward.

Stream full episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and other series in the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+.

Second Contact Panel

WATCH: Talking Trek's Comedy With Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, And More

Host Wil Wheaton (The Ready Room) virtually sits down with Star Trek: Lower Decks Creator and Executive Producer Mike McMahan, Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), and The Pod Directive co-host Paul F. Tompkins to discuss the vitality of comedy to the Star Trek franchise.

The group covers everything from Spiner's favorite Data moments to the role comedy plays in humanizing some of our favorite sci-fi heroes.

Stream full episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Picard, and other series in the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+.

Star Trek: Prodigy Panel

WATCH: Kate Mulgrew Reveals Animated Janeway For Star Trek: Prodigy

In a special panel hosted by Mica Burton, star Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager) speaks with Creators and Executive Producers Kevin and Dan Hageman about how Star Trek: Prodigy will appeal to younger viewers and the influence of Mulgrew on the design of her animated counterpart.

Stream full episodes of Star Trek: Voyager and other series in the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+.