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STAR TREK GENERATIONS (1994)

The Starship Enterprise's maiden voyage is unexpectedly interrupted by a need to rescue two transport ships in a mysterious energy ribbon known as the Nexus. During the voyage, however, Captain Kirk is suddenly swept out to space.  Seven decades and some years later, Captain Picard, head of the Enterprise-D crew, goes head to head with an evil scientist by the name of Soren who is mercilessly killing off entire star systems.  As the Enterprise-D struggles to derail Soren's evil plans it seems the only man capable of stopping him has been dead for more than seventy-eight years…

The cast includes: Patrick Stewart, Wiliam Shatner, Malcom McDowell, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Le Var Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, Barbara March, Gwyneth Walsh, Alan Ruck, and Whoopi Goldberg.

With "Star Trek Generations" Director David Carson, provides a great introduction of the "Next Generation" gang to the big screen, with a nice tip of the hat to Classic "Star Trek."

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Promotional Lines: "Two captains. One destiny." "The torch of adventure is about to be passed."

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The basic story involves a Federation scientist, Dr. Tolian Soran, who threatens the existence of the universe in his attempt to return to a strange dimension, the Nexus, where everyone lives out their own dreams of paradise. In order to save the universe, two generations of "Trek" captains must unite to defeat him. "Star Trek Generations" features the long awaited meeting of legendary Enterprise captain's Kirk and Picard.

Patrick Steward is convincing as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who enters the Nexus and personally experiences that his dream of paradise is to have a family and a wife, as he experiences what it would have been like at Christmas. He also sees his nephew, Rene who was recently killed, whose death he was mourning at the beginning of the film.

Whoopi Goldburg as Guinan, does a great job in this small role. Guinan is the character that is the bartender aboard Picard's Enterprise, and who had been taken from The Nexus along with Dr. Soran, leaving a part of herself in The Nexus. Through the help of Guinan, Picard finds Kirk happily living in his own version of paradise, not dead as presumed, but merely enjoying his retirement.

William Shatner, does his usual fine portrayal as Admiral/Captain Kirk, enjoying his retirement, before being recruited back into the service of Starfleet.

While it is perhaps unfortunate that Shatner and Picard do not have more screen time together, the much anticipated get together is memorable nonetheless. My favorite scenes are those involving the two of them.

Admiral / Captain Kirk: "I take it the odds are against us and the situation is grim."
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: "You could say that."
Admiral / Captain Kirk: "Sounds like fun!"

Malcolm McDowell is great as an evil scientist, Dr. Tolian Soran, obsessed with getting himself back into this wonderful space matrix, to be with his family, who were killed, despite the cost to humanity around him, which would include the destruction of a sun in the way of his quest & then consequently its planets. Without chewing up the scenery as much as Ricardo Montalban in "Star Trek 2," McDowell manages to create one of Trek's most charismatic and memorable villains. McDowell's talents are well showcased in the new CBS series "Pearl."

Data (Brent Spiner) has a special implant which gives him emotions. Data fans will enjoy seeing their android buddy engaging in uncharacteristic, and sometimes hilarious, behavior.

The FX in this "Trek" adventure are particularly good. Some of them, involving a VERY rough landing for the Enterprise, go where no "Next Generation" adventure has gone before.

While Kirk (Shatner), Scotty (James Doohan), and Chekov (Walter Koenig), do show up, "Star Trek Generations" does suffer from the absence of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Nimoy turned down the chance to be involved, apparently because of the small size of the part offered. I do not know if logic or emotions dictated his decision.

If you enjoyed STAR TREK GENERATIONS you may like
STAR TREK 2, STAR TREK 3, STAR TREK 4, and/or STAR TREK 6.

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