The Captain's Torch is Passed on...In the Most Unfortunate of Ways as "Generations" Comes to Blu-ray
Sep 28, 2009
Star Trek Generations is not a bad movie. I'm starting this review by saying that because it's the truth, but Generations had one major flaw that was almost disastrous to the Star Trek franchise...Captain Kirk gets killed. I don't care whether he, as the Klingons would say, died gloriously in battle, it was cheap and it was screwed up. Take away the not so glorious death of the greatest starfleet captain of all time, and you have a great film that finally introduces the crew of the Enterprise-D to the big screen. Generations brings some new stories into the fold while cleverly wrapping up old ones, giving the TNG franchise of films a fresh start. While not the best Star Trek film ever made, Generations served its purpose as a smooth transition from the TOS crew to Captain Jean Luc Picard and the officers of the Enterprise-D.
During the maiden voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise-B, with Captain Kirk, Scotty and Chekov in attendance, receive a distress call, Captain John Harriman reluctantly alters course in order to rescue the people in danger, with only a skeleton crew and most f the major systems still not installed. When the Enterprise reaches the coordinated, they come across a ribbon of pure energy. While Scotty is able to beam some of the El-Aurian survivors to safety, the Enterprise gets caught in the ribbon in the process. Captain Kirk volunteers to modify the deflector dish to help the ship break away. While Kirk successfully completes the modifications, he is also thrown into the ribbon, presumed dead by the Enterprise and her crew. Now, seventy-eight years later, Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D must stop Soran, one of the survivors from the Enterprise-B incident, who threatens to blow up a star in order to return to the Nexus, the ribbon that cost James Kirk his life. Picard, who is dealing with a personal crisis of his own, must use every resource he has ever known...even if that means asking for the help of a former Captain of the Enterprise.
Generations was a cool movie, mainly for me because I got to see the two most famous starfleet captains work together in the same movie. But besides that, the film also had some great moments. The battle between the Duras sisters Bird of Prey and the Enterprise and the saucer separation that leads to the destruction of it. You get to see Data deal with emotion finally and the ways in which to control it. On top of that, you have a great acting performance from Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard, who is dealing with the loss of his family in a fire. It all made for an excellent Star Trek movie, but Generations one fatal flaw was the death of Captain Kirk. Obviously, we weren't going to see him in another movie, but they didn't need to kill him off. If they hadn't, they could have left the door open for a cameo bit as an Admiral or for example...THE NEW FILM!! If Kirk hadn't died, this probably would have gone down as one of the better Trek films.
The digitally remastered Blu-ray looks beautiful. For a Trek film, it comes down to all the minor little details, and the picture quality really brings them out. When I talk about minor details, I mean the uniform colors, the green Romulan blood, the battle damage on the Enterprise. All those little things plus the crystal clear picture make this maybe a little bit better than watching it in the theater fifteen years ago. For some reason I think the sound quality on the TNG Blu-ray set is a lot better than on the TOS Blu-ray set, I mean, it's really good. Phaser fire sounds amazing and the battle between the Enterprise and the Bird of Prey sounds like a war. It's stunning. The Generations Blu-ray also comes with some new HD special features including a four part interview with Brent Spiner that is really fun to watch.
Overall, Star Trek Generations on Blu-ray is a hit with the major downfall again being Captain Kirk going out like a chump. Not cool. Everything else is a blast and is amazing to watch and hear on Blu-ray. Generations has a little bit of everything; from laughs to tears and some great edge of you r seat battles. For the most part, this film won't let you down as a Trek fan. It also helps that Generations is followed by one of the best Trek films of all time, First Contact. Generations gets a 4/5!
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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.