Today is all about Star Wars, as The Force Awakens comes home on Blu-ray at last. But in another galaxy closer to home in space and time, April 5 holds a different special significance. In Star Trek lore, this is the day, just 47 years from now, when Dr. Zefram Cochrane pilots the first successful warp ship, catching the attention of a crew of passing Vulcans and forever changing the fate of humanity by establishing peaceful first contact with an alien race.
The moment, long alluded to in Trek lore, was finally established on film in Paramount’s 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact, which featured James Cromwell as the hard-drinking rocket scientist.
Live long and prosper. And start studying those quantum field mechanics!