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A Quick Tip by Trekscribbler

  • May 4, 2011
I've always been a fan of Star Trek, primarily on the small screen, but this silver screen crossover for THE NEXT GENERATION crew -- with a bit of baton-passing from select members of the classic cast -- didn't quite work for me after its wonderful 20-minute, big picture opening with the (apparent) death of legendary Captain James T. Kirk. Over the course of the picture, we learn that Kirk isn't dead, that he sucked into a temporal Nexus, where he can emerge and help save ... life as we know it one last time? No: he only saves the lives of the crew of the Enterprise D, and I think that is, perhaps, the greatest misstep in this picture (outside of the inevitable death scene). Kirk and company were always meant for grander adventures, not just saving another ship and crew. They were heroes intent on preserving life as we know it, and GENERATIONS falls miserably short on that mark. Continuity (within the film) strays between two differing versions of crew uniforms until the point it becomes a distraction. Also, who in the hell authorized the lighting aboard the Enterprise D? When did all of the bulbs blow out and why was this never explained in the plot? Horribly photographed and ill-paced, GENERATIONS is the little picture that could, enraging one legion of Trek fans and enlightening others. It will be an argument for the Trek ages, one that will never reach a satisfactory conclusion b/c 'the man' is still dead when the pictures over.
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May 14, 2011
Very good points! I wasn't too happy how Kirk died either.
 
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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.
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