It’s a legendary franchise that has several iconic films, multiple, smash-hit spinoff series, and an abundance of exhilarating, action-packed, and other worldly episodes. It’s a science fiction phenomenon that has created a culture and one that celebrates equality and inclusiveness. Fans of this worldwide sensation have their own language, connect with each other at conventions, and create one big… family. You’ve probably guessed what we’re talking about by now. We’re talking about one of the most popular, respected, and biggest franchises on this planet (and in the entire universe)… Star Trek.
Star Trek celebrated its incredible 56th anniversary in a truly unforgettable way during Star Trek Day, which took place on Sept. 8 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. Star Trek Day was a top-trending moment on Twitter and across all social media platforms as some of the most renowned Star Trek celebrities and Trekkies joined together for a very special occasion. 56 years of unparalleled adventures and taking a trip on the USS Enterprise. It all started on Sept. 8, 1966 when our lives were changed forever when the first episode of Star Trek aired. Ever since then, the Star Trek world has been continuously expanding, telling the Star Trek story through different movies and series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and animated series including Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy. Each Star Trek project is unique, compelling, and fascinating in its own way, inviting us to delve into this atmosphere in a way it hasn’t ever been done before.
Star Trek Day was a great success. The live event was hosted by Paul F. Tompkins and Star Treks: Lower Decks star, Tawny Newman. With wonderful banter, terrific jokes, and a supernatural, musical set and beatboxing by Reggie Watts, the show was one big Star Trek jubilation. Star Trek Day featured numerous panels and brought Star Trek heroes out on stage to talk about fave memories and give sneak peeks of upcoming seasons of Star Trek shows.
The first panel at the event brought together Star Trek: Picard‘s Sir Patrick Stewart, Jeri Ryan, and Michelle Hurd. When asked about what he’s most excited for fans to see during the series’ final season, consummate actor, Sir Patrick Stewart said, “That we can still do a job, an essential and necessary job of rescue and safety and hospitality when we are under threat.”
“It’s one of the things I particularly want to emphasize because this season has been called a reunion,” added Stewart. “It’s not a reunion, it is an essential gathering of all of the most important elements of Star Trek: Next Generation in order to do what they do best.”
The final season of Star Trek: Picard is set to air on Feb. 16, 2023.
The event saw more outstanding panels with the stellar casts of Star Trek: Prodigy, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. Star Trek enthusiasts were given first looks and teasers to new seasons of shows, along with some big announcements revealed at the event. It was announced that profound actor, Carol Kane will be joining season two of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
The magnificent day also gave us a phenomenal look at Star Trek: Discovery season five. We were brought on set and got to see none other than history-making actor, Sonequa Martin-Green on set in her element. We also got our first glimpse at Martin-Green’s character, Michael Burnham in this upcoming, new season as seen in the photo below.
Star Trek Day wasn’t complete without a tribute to the late, great Nichelle Nichols. After a moment of silence, the remarkable event showed a video featuring Star Trek stars expressing their great admiration for Nichols.
The stupendous event was then followed by a post-show reception.
AlexisJoyVIPAccess had a wondrous time attending Star Trek Day. Star Trek has created such an everlasting legacy. Its impact spans generations and Star Trek Day embodied the best motto to have in life: Live Long and Prosper. 🖖
Check out some more photos from Star Trek Day below and comment below and tell me or tweet me at @alexisjoyvipacc, what is your favorite Star Trek memory?
Photo Credits: Jesse Grant / Getty Images for Paramount+