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STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (1996)

After being told by the Federation higher-ups not to interfere in a roaring combat struggle between a Borg Cube and ships from the Federation, Picard decides to disregard his orders when it is apparent that the Federation ships are loosing the fight.  Picard, leading the crew of the Enterprise,  enters into the battle, and manages to destroy most of the cube. But when a small part of the cube escapes and is making a bee line to earth, they follow the Borg back into time, in order to try to save the future earth.

The cast includes: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Micheal Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marine Sirtis, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, and Alice Krige as the Borg Queen.

Directed By Jonathan Frakes.

Story is based on characters by Gene Roddenberry. Rick Bergman gets story credit, while Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore share story and screenplay credits.

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It is what Enterprise starship Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been dreading for the past six years. The Borg has started their invasion of Federation space, but despite the Enterprise-E being the most advanced ship in the fleet, it is ordered to sit the battle out.

Why? Because its captain was taken into the Borg collective six years before and is a variable that Star fleet does not want to risk turning against them. But when the enterprise sees the federation losing and the admiral's ship blown up, they deliberately disobey orders and join in the battle.

While they are successful in destroying the Borg's cube, due to Captain Picard's insider knowledge of the Borg's technology, a Borg sphere escapes and the Borg create a temporal vortex and travel back in time. The Enterprise pursues and from the shelter of a temporal wake, sees that earth of 2373 has been assimilated, and know that they must follow the Borg back and repair whatever damage they have done. It is now April 4th, 2063 the day before first contact with the aliens and man's first voyage at warp speed. The Borg had badly damaged the Phoenix, the first ship to have warp capabilities. The Enterprise sends Commander Riker, Consoler Troi and Lt. Commander La Forge with a team to find Dr. Zefram Cochran (the inventor of Warp speed) and ensure that he makes his historic journey on the fifth. Meanwhile the Borg sphere is destroyed but not before the Borg escape and begin infesting the weakened Enterprise. Picard vows to destroy the Borg, no matter what the cost!

First Contact is one of many Star Trek movies and it is one that fans of the series will enjoy. Although it is considered no as good as Generations, it has many memorable moments and enough background is given so that even those not familiar with the television show will not be lost. As in all Star Trek movies, the cast is blessed with better costumes and hair than on the television series, and it is very nice to see Deanna Troi without the perm. As with most movies that involve time travel, it is best not to think too critically and just to enjoy what is going on onscreen.

James Cromwell steals the show as Dr. Zefram Cochran, the alcoholic party-animal inventor of Warp travel. Then interactions between him and the crew are amusing and his reaction to their hero worship is amusing.

Patrick Stewart shows some skin in the form of very well defined biceps, which he uses to do some clinging, and squirming. He also shows off some over developed drama muscle in a very passionate speech to lily about the Borg, Moby Dick and where the line must draw. " The line MUST be drawn HERE-a".

Jonathan Frakes not only plays the dashing Commander Riker but is also the director. He has in the past directed many Star Trek: The Next generation episodes, in addition to some episodes in the other shows in the Star Trek Franchise. His later directorial efforts have been Star Trek: Insurrection and Clockstoppers.

Alice Krige is wonderful as the slimy Borg Queen, who takes android Data to places that this reviewer did not really want to know that Data could go. The Borg Queen spend a good amount of time alternately caressing Picard and Data while looking like she's dieing of humidity, but fans of this salamander-like evil queen will be pleased to know that she will appear in the soon to be released Star Trek: Borg Encounter.

Great Quotes...

"I don't want to be a statue!" - Dr. Zefram Cochran

"Perhaps today is a good day to die! Prepare for ramming speed!" - Lt. Commander Worf

"It's my first ray gun." - Lily

".068 seconds. For an android, that is nearly an eternity." - Lt. Commander Data

Great moments...

When the Borg are attacking sickbay on the Enterprise, Dr. Crusher activates the EMA, the holographic doctor program and orders it to great a diversion while she and the others escape. The Emergency Medical Hologram insists that he is a "doctor not a doorstop!" But complies anyway. His diversion: the Borg burst down the door and is walking towards him. " According to Star Fleet medical research Borg implants cause severe skin irritation. Perhaps you'd like an algesic cream?"

Captain Picard and Data along with some of the crew have beamed down to earth to investigate the damage done to the Phoenix, when Lily, Dr. Cochran's sidekick begins shooting at them. Data flies down, terminator style, takes some machine gun fire in the back, spins around and says in his mellow style. " Greetings." Lily passes out.

The Borg is pursuing Captain Picard and Lily. But the great captain has plan. They duck into hologram and Captain Picard blows the Borg away with a machine gun.

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Patrick Stewart - Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes - Commander William Riker
Brent Spiner - Lt Commander Data
Levar Burton - Lt Commander Geordi La Forge
Micheal Dorn - Lt Commander Worf
Gates McFadden - Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marine Sirtis - Counselor Deanna Troi
Alfre Woodard - Lily Sloane
James Cromwell - Dr. Zefram Cochran
Alice Krige - Borg Queen