Star Trek movies never really reached the masses of audiences out there. When the shows are readily available to anyone with a TV it's "techno babble" of "subspace field emissions of influx meson particles" and "quantum singularities in the warp field matrix" are seen as a turn off to many and add to the "geek" nature of Star Trek where it's fans buy books to learn the process of how such things work, as if it matters. Many people would just assume stay away from the movie and watch something that makes sense.
The Next Generation television show defied all the odds and became immensely popular but it flourished in this sort of talk in many of it's episodes. All the shows touched on this kind of talk but none more then TNG, which is amazing to say the least what a lean and mean movie First Contact is.
Picking up as a thread from an infamous two parter episode of the show finds Capatin Picard facing his most intimate of foes, The Borg. The Borg are a cyborg species that absorbs entire alien species, it's planets, it's technology and it's citizens into their culture. A colonizing and dominating force thats seemingly invincible and in the two parter, Captain Picard became a borg. Thanks though to his crews efforts, he was rescued and restored to a normal human being.
Some time has passed and the Borg are making another pass at Earth and Starfleet has amassed a task force to stop them, the Enterprise and Captain Picard will not be a part of the force with Starfleet fearing that Picard's psychological damage would be a hinderance to the mission. Picard can only sit on the sidelines for so long though and is soon off to the rescue. His involvement allows the Borg to be defeated but an escape vessel is launched and heads for Earth and begins to open up a portal which takes the Borg back in time. The Enterprise follows and destroys the escape vessel while it is attacking Earth, but not before some Borg get aboard the Enterprise and begin transform it into another one of their vessels. Picard also knows at which point of time they have arrived in, not long after World War III where society is hanging on by a thread and a scientist is planning his first warp speed flight, a flight that will put Earth in contact for the first time with aliens. During this time Data the crew's android is captured by the Borg and is seduced by the Borg Queen into giving up security codes that will allow her access to the ship. On Earth other crew members must help repair the damaged warp ship to complete it's history turning flight.
First Contacts biggest asset is that it cuts down heavily on it's technobabble nonsense, even the slightest mention of something that sounds like technobabble is explained right away. The Borg also don't make a chore out of their time travel by having to fly around a sun for a gravitational effect or however that was supposed to work, they just shoot out some particles and viola, easiar then having a DeLorean. Another is on the action. TNG always had a ask questions first, maybe shoot later attitude. Not this movie. There are plenty of phaser fights and a nice armada starship battle in this film.
Each story has it's nice slant. On the surface, the scientist Zefrahm Cochrane is a lecherous alchohalic who doesn't care what history he makes, only what money he makes and the more he hears of his impeding fame the more it scares him. On the ship, Picard takes a survivor from the surface attack on board and she learns in a way that the more things change, the more they stay the same with Picards gung ho attitude to destroy the Borg who are taking over his crew and mutilating them. Data's story encompuses his experiences more and more with human emotions and human fralities with the Queens attempts to charm him into giving up the Enterprise codes. She at one point even puts real human skin on his body and the minute it gets damaged, the mighty Data is humbled.
The whole cast is great but sadly Dr. Crusher gets lost in the shuffle and has little to do after the ship invasion occurs. The best of the cast are the guests. James Cromwell, Alfre Woodward and Alice Krige in their roles as Zeframe Cochrane, Lily and The Borg Queesn repectfully.
Two commentaries are on the disc. One from Johnathan Frakes the director who gives some nice insight and some really screw loose comments. "Ahh, see the shadow, this IS Ed Wood!" The writers make up the second commentary and have their own things to say. Other pecial features and makings of are on the second disc.
Solid on action, not lacking in drama and an ending that might even make you applaud like I did when I saw this way back when in theaters. First Contact is bar none the best of The Next Generation's films and on par with the best of the Kirk movies, whales or not.
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