How could I forget this one? Very easily apparently.
1994 was the apex of Star Trek's appeal and love. The Next Generation just wrapped up with an awesome finale and their movie was in the works. Deep Space Nine was on tv going into it's second season and Star Trek Voyager was in the works.
Being the bridge between the original cast movies and the Next Generation, Rick Berman TNG's producer who loved time travel and after this would love getting other cast members from other shows into the mix had to have a passing of the torch. Kirk and Picard in a movie together. To a Star Trek fan, how could that NOT have appeal. If you were told that the Captains cook eggs together and ride some horses in a pasture and still see appeal, then you can be amased by one of those wooden birds that drinks water from a bowl.
The story begins almost 80 years before Picards time when Kirk, Scotty and Chekov are attending the maiden voyage of the new Enterprise. A distress call is picked up and the Enterpirse is off to the rescue of some spaceships trapped in a spatial phenomenon. Kirk plays a pivotal role in saving the day but sadly he goes MIA during the rescue.
Cut to present day in Picards time, a scientist who has survived since the aforementioned resuce is destroying stars in an attempt to move the same spatial phenomenon in the direction of a planet so that he can be absorbed by the entity, which we have learned by this point can put someone in a Shangri 'La like place where dreams can come true and Picard must stop him but first, he needs some help.
This movie is lit beautifully. Wonderful lights and shadows are in almost every scene and even sets that are clearly lifted right off the set of the show have that glossy big budget look to them. Thats where the good stuff ends.
The downside is that other then the main story I described abovve-there are about 4 or 5 other subplots going on that almost would have been better left for episodes of The Next Generation. While some of them do tie into the story about Time and loved ones a few of them are thrown in simply to tie up loose ends of the series. In the commentary track the writers admit to some of these misfires and claim that they didn't want too many threads left untouched if another movie didn't get made and I can't fault them there but some things like Datas experimentation with emotion and bad comedy push things too much. Other topics such as Picard dealing with the scientist are also baffling concerning his quest to destroy stars. It's too convuluted to touch on here but rest assured if you watch and follow whats going on, then you'll see what I mean.
Generations isn't a bad movie but it's really weak and underwhelming at points. A later Trek movie Insurrection has similar bad plotholes, thankfully none of which involve time travel and a similar villian, a vain man who is driven mad. Generations to me holds up better even with it's pass the torch baggage. Speaking of passing the torch, pass the nutmeg and dillweed, Captain Kirk is still cooking omelettes.
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Star Trek Generations is a 1994 science fiction film, and the seventh feature film based on the Star Trek science fiction television series. It is the first film in the series to star the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was shot in Overton, Nevada, Paramount Studios, and Lone Pine, California.