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There were only two ways for "classicTrek" cast members to appear in a movie with the cast ofStar Trek: The Next Generation: either Capt. Kirk and his contemporaries would have to be very, very old, or there would be some time travel involved in the plot. Since geriatric heroes aren't very exciting (despite a welcomed cameo appearance by the aged Dr. McCoy),Star Trek: Generationsunites Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in a time-jumping race to stop a madman's quest for heavenly contentment. When a mysterious energy coil called the Nexus nearly destroys the newly christened U.S.S.Enterprise-B, the just-retired Capt. Kirk is lost and presumed dead. But he's actually been happily trapped in the timeless purgatory of the Nexus--an idyllic state of being described by the mystical Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) as "pure joy." Picard must convince Kirk to leave this artificial comfort zone and confront Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell), the madman who will threaten billions of lives to be reunited with the addictive pleasure of the Nexus. With subplots involving the android Data's unpredictable "emotion chip" and the spectacular crash-landing of the starshipEnterprise, this crossover movie not only satisfiedTrekfans, but it also gave them something they'd never had to confront before: the heroic and truly final death of a belovedStar Trekcharacter. Passing the torch to the Next Generation with dignity and entertaining adventure, the movie isn't going to please everyone with its somewhat hokey plot, but it still ranks as a worthy big-screen launch for Picard and his stalwart crew.--Jeff Shannon
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CastPatrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
DirectorDavid Carson
Genre:  Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy
Screen WriterRonald D. Moore, Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman, Brannon Braga
Runtime:  118 minutes
Studio:  Paramount
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review by . December 27, 2002
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This movie has some very strong points. Tolian Soran is one of the strongest villains in the Star Trek series, as Malcolm McDowell delivers a powerful performance. The initial scene where Kirk, Scotty and Chekov are guests on the new Enterprise, shows a Kirk that is regretful of his past, exhibiting weaknesses typical of a hero whose time has passed. Deadpan humor by Scotty and Chekov shows the depth of friendship and respect that they have for each other.    The scene where Kirk is in …
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