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Star Trek - Generations (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition) (1994)

2 Ratings: 2.5
Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by David Carson

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 … see full wiki

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Director: David Carson
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Captains, My Captains!

  • May 10, 2009
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+3
Serving as a bridge between the original cast of Star Trek's films and TOS and TNG's crew, "Star Trek: Generations" is a fun ride that lacks the sentimental punch most fans would hope for. It opens with a new crew aboard the Enterprise being greeted by some of the ship's more legendary crew members (Kirk, Chekov, and Scotty). When the incomplete ship receives a distress signal, captain and crew attempt a rescue. What results is the loss of Kirk.

Hurtle seventy-eight years into the future. We find Picard and company celebrating the promotion of Worf. During the event, Picard receives bad personal news but must fight through it in order to save another ship that's eerily in the same situation as the Enterprise found itself in over seventy years before.

The Enterprise sends an away team to investigate, and they uncover Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell). While still investigating the vessel, Soran demands to return to the ship in order to finish an experiment that is extremely time sensitive.

Soon enough, the Enterprise finds itself attempting to stop the destruction of a planet as a madman tries to catch a ride on the Nexus, a place of pure joy and tranquility for any who are caught up in it.

Can Picard, Riker, and the rest of the Enterprise crew save the day? Perhaps an old hero from the past can give them a hand? All the answers lie within "Star Trek: Generations."

Albeit a somewhat hokey plot, Soran's quest to find ecstasy in the Nexus plays out very well on the screen. Subplots involving the personal loss of Picard and Data's humorous experiences with an emotion chip were also very entertaining. Where the film really struggles, in my opinion, is the installation of the TOS crew into the story. I personally feel that TOS crew got a perfect farewell in "Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country" and wish that they had been left alone after that film. Dragging out the "old guys" one more time made "Generations" feel sort of cheap. It's almost as if writers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga (with story help from Rick Berman) didn't feel that the TNG crew could man a film on their own and needed an "icon" in Kirk to help boost the film overall.

Despite its weaknesses, "Generations" is a decent entry in the Trek universe. The DVD itself is very good, and includes a number of wonderful extras. My personal favorites are the "Crashing the Enterprise" segment and the brilliant look into the "Enterprise Lineage" that includes glimpses at the real Enterprise through the ages.

Recommended to fans of Star Trek and anyone who enjoys a good space opera littered with action, suspense and Kirk kicking butt one last time.

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