Today is First Contact Day and is celebrated around the world by Star Trek fans everywhere.
When Star Trek was first aired, over fifty years ago, no one had a clue as to the impact this science fiction show would have on the world. Fast forward to today and Star Trek is a series that has spawned four further live action TV series (soon to be five with the Star Trek Discovery soon to air on Netflix here in the U.K.) one animated series, thirteen movies (with a fourteenth in development) and numerous books, computer games, comics etc… it is hard to believe that a franchise that had such a faulty and struggling start is now one of the biggest in the world.
What makes Star Trek so special and why is First Contact Day so important?
Well for me there are a few special things about Star Trek that make it stand out from other programs that’s have been and gone. To me every time I watch a series I haven’t watched for a while it’s like going back for a family reunion with people I haven’t seen for a while. Even though I know their stories and the events in these characters lives I still feel for them everytime someone dies, falls in love, has a baby or just gets lost 70,000 light years from home.
The other thing that makes Star Trek popular and also interesting to me is the fact it portrays a future where humanity has developed enough mentally that we’ve put the problems we face today such as racism, hate for others and greed. In Star Trek humanity and the Federation works to better itself not for the wealth of the individual as we do now.
One thing that is certain we Star Trek Discovery due to air later this year it looks like that this version of future for humanity is going to be around for sometime to come.
Happy First Contact Day to all our readers.