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Picard grows a pair

  • Aug 26, 2010
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Perhaps a little of Kirk rubbed off on Picard during their brief encounter in Star Trek: Generations. For Picard, who was always more of a bureaucratic captain who delegated the dangerous jobs to underlings like his first officer, finally learns how to take charge and kick butt on his own.

It takes the Borg, the ultimate bad guys of Star Trek: The Next Generation, to do the job. Picard's passionate hatred of the Borg mirrors Kirk's hatred for the Klingons after the death of his son.

Also, fans of the rest of the Next Generation crew will be pleased to see them starring in well-rounded roles of their own. While Generations gave a lot of screen time to the two captains, the Enterprise-D crew held mostly supporting bits. Not so here.

The new Enterprise-E has been in space for a year when the Borg launch an assault on the Federation. Because of Picard's history with the Borg, Star Fleet foolishly sends Enterprise away from the conflict. But when the battle goes badly, Picard (Patrick Stewart) makes a Kirk-like decision to disobey orders and go anyway.

After collecting Worf (Michael Dorn, who has been passing time on Deep Space 9 since The Next Generation went off TV) from a damaged Defiant, the Enterprise follows a Borg sphere into a time vortex -- back to the mid-21st century, to be exact, just before warp drive was developed. The Borg manage to change history, and Picard must change it back.

That's made a little harder to accomplish when Borg survivors, led by the surprisingly sensual Borg queen (Alice Krige), make it onto the Enterprise and begin assimilating its crew.

At this point the film splits into two storylines. Action on the Enterprise is serious and intense, with Picard leading his diminishing crew against the powerful Borg occupation force. Meanwhile, on the Earth's surface, Riker (Jonathan Frakes), LaForge (LeVar Burton) and Troi (Marina Sirtis) try to rebuild history. Their interactions with 21st-century humans, particularly the scientist Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell), provide the comic relief.

First Contact is where The Next Generation comes into its own. This is high-quality film-making, and top-notch Star Trek. Welcome to the 24th century.



by Tom Knapp, the Rambles.NET guy

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September 20, 2010
That is funny.
All of the comparisons between Kirk and Picard over the years. Although the Kirk character is what I would expect from television of the 60s I also consider him totally unrealistic. I would expect the captain of a real aircraft carrier or nuclear submarine to be more like Picard than Kirk. Kirk is a macho fantasy that appeal to a lot of people.

But First Contact was the best Next Generation movie.
October 01, 2010
I think that's my point, really. Sure, Picard is the more realistic captain ... but who wants realism in science fiction? Picard is a bureaucrat, and bureaucracy is dull. Kirk is a hero -- much in the same vein as an Arthur, a Robin Hood -- and that's EXCITING. I'll take exciting television any day.
 
August 26, 2010
I love this movie but even as I watched it, and Mr. Plinket brought it up, the Borg could time travel from their point in the galaxy and go to anytime they wanted to not just on the cusp of warp drive. If you can ignore that, then this movie is great. No nonsense and right on. Thanks for the review.
 
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Star Trek: First Contact

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Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Produced by Rick Berman
Marty Hornstein
Peter Lauritson
Written by Story
Rick Berman
Brannon Braga
Ronald D. Moore
Screenplay
Brannon Braga
Ronald D. Moore
Starring See Cast
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Joel Goldsmith
Cinematography Matthew F. Leonetti
Editing by Anastasia Emmons
John W. Wheeler
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 22, 1996
Running time 111 min.
Country United States
Language English
Gross revenue $146,027,888 (worldwide)
Preceded by Star Trek Generations
Followed by Star Trek: Insurrection

Star Trek: First Contact is the eighth feature film in the Star Trek science fiction franchise. It was released in late 1996 by Paramount Pictures. First Contact is the first picture in the series to exclusively feature the cast of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television series. After the mechanical Borg conquer Earth via changing the past, the crew of the USS Enterprise travel back in time to save their present and future.

After the release of Star Trek Generations, Paramount tasked writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore with developing a sequel. Moore and Braga wanted to feature the Borg in the story, while ...

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Director: Jonathan Frakes
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: November 22, 1996
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 50min
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