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Star Trek - First Contact (1996)

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A bitterly disappointing departure. . .

  • Sep 19, 2001
. . .from the established "Star Trek" Canon.

First, the good bits: This was an exciting adventure movie involving the Borg -- certainly one of the better adversaries ever created in a science-fiction setting.


The DEPLORABLE portrayal of Zephram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive and the equally DEPLORABLE "first contact" encounter with the Vulcans flies in the face of everything that REAL Trekkies know and have known about the "future history" of the Star Trek world.

Rick Berman and crowd have apparently successfully completely taken over the world envisioned by the late Gene Roddenberry, and the thousands of TRUE Star Trek fans from the 60's, 70's and early 80's. I, for one, don't like it.

For Canonical Star Trek information about the invention of the warp drive, first contact with the Vulcans, etc. please allow me to refer the reader to the sadly out-of-print "Star Trek Space Flight Chronology" and to the early classic Trek novels.

For an adventure movie, yeah, this was worth the minimal time investment. For a true "Trek" fan, however, this was a sad disappointment.

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Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, andFirst Contact(#8 in the popular movie series) is no exception--an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth's past, alter history, and "assimilate" the entire human race. Time travel, a dazzling newEnterprise, and capable direction byNext Generationalumnus Jonathan Frakes makes this one rank with the best of the bunch. Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to ensure that the inventor of warp drive (played by James Cromwell) will successfully carry out his pioneering warp-drive flight and precipitate Earth's "first contact" with an alien race. A seductive Borg queen (Alice Krige) holds Lt. Data (Brent Spiner) hostage in an effort to sabotage the Federation's preservation of history, and the captive android finds himself tempted by the queen's tantalizing sins of the flesh! Sharply conceived to fit snugly into the burgeoningStar Trekchronology,First Contactleads to a surprise revelation that marks an important historical chapter in the ongoing mission "to boldly go where no one has gone before."--Jeff Shannon
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DVD Release Date: October 7, 1998
Runtime: 111 minutes
Studio: Paramount

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