Star Trek Generations

Drama and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by David Carson

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Strong villain makes a good story

  • Dec 27, 2002
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 the nexus and Picard is explaining the situation also shows Kirk in a vulnerable state. Years of being the hero has worn on him and he wants to do nothing more than go back and reclaim a life with a family. However, the last scene where Kirk and Picard are battling Soran is a very weak one and is predictable. Other strong points are the personal battle Data has with his emotion chip and the intense scene where the Enterprise saucer section makes an emergency landing.
By far, the weakest part is when Picard so emphatically states that if he could just talk to Soran, he could dissuade him from carrying out his plan. By this time, Soran has been proven to be a man who attacked and tried to [eliminate] Enterprise crew members, destroyed a star, allied himself with renegade Klingons and is implementing a plan to destroy a planetary system with millions of inhabitants. Furthermore, Picard has talked with Guinan and she told him that Soran is a madman who cares about nothing but his plans to reenter the nexus. A sensible person would have realized long ago that reason is of little value and worked out a much more realistic plan of action.
A transitional film, showing members of the original Enterprise crew as honored guests who are media curiosities rather than crew, this film is at times very intense. However, at other times it reaches a level of campiness that was disappointing in that it was so unnecessary.

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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 ...
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Director: David Carson
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime: 118 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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