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STAR TREK GENERATIONS (1994)
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."
Promotional Lines: "Two captains. One destiny." "The torch of adventure is about to be passed."
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.
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,