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Star Trek: First Contact
Resistance is futile.
The Borg, a relentless race of cyborgs, are on a direct course for Earth. Violating orders to stay away from the battle, Captain Picard and the crew of the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise E pursue the Borg back in time to prevent the invaders from changing Federation history and assimilating the galaxy.
They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here!
This is much more like it. After directing several episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager, Jonathan Frakes makes his feature film directing debut for a franchise that he'd been working on for almost a decade. He knew the characters, he knew how to work with a budget constraint and hopefully he knew what made Star Trek work.
The script was written by long time Next Generation writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore. Moore of course would go on to re-image Battlestar Galactica with great success. Having written some of the…
With the original series crew put out to pasture and Star Trek on TV at its mid-90's prime, First Contact happened in the middle of a near zeitgeist era for the franchise, capping off its 30 year celebrations in style and it's fair to say honouring the fan tradition that only even numbered Trek movies are any good. Jonathan Frakes aka Commander Riker takes the directorial chair as The Next Generation crew get to cut loose and have the movie franchise to themselves, following the well meaning but uneven gap-bridger Generations, and the wise decision is to have them face their most intractable enemy: the Borg, perhaps one of the most iconic Trek creations beyond the days of the 1960's,…
"Resistance is futile."
The Borg really are a truly great Star Trek enemy in my book, and that's a lot of what makes this installment in the franchise so much fun. They're intimidating in their massive size, adaptive strength and resilience, and of course their fearsome take all prisoners ideology. They threaten not our existence, but our identity and our humanity. And here of course we get the Borg Queen, a wonderfully ominous antagonist who uses temptation to seduce Data and revenge to seduce Picard.
The (slight) problem with First Contact is that the plotting is a bit convoluted. It feels a bit like they wanted to make a Borg movie but couldn't pick a good story arc. The premise…
I grew up on Star Trek (minus TOS), watching it religiously for years on BBC2, but now can only vividly remember chunks of each and every series. First Contact (along with Nemesis) is one of those chunks. It terrified me before, I was literally too afraid to watch parts of it. "Don't Let Them Touch You!" still gives me nightmares.
That said, I hadn't seen it in years. Super excited to get back into Trek and watch it with my now (mostly) grown mind, and make sure I'd seen all the episodes, I couldn't resist just skipping to First Contact first because I had liked it so much when I was little, and was eager to see how well it…
awww I remember seeing this for the first time!
My dad came and pulled me out of school telling the front office I had a dentist appointment..once we left the school he was like "not really we are going to see a movie! " aww it was great
he would do this for all the films that came out while I was in school :)
I remember this just being amazing to me with the borg and the main borg lady just being a head and spine ...
I remember seeing this in theaters at about eleven years of age. It was a hell of a lot darker than I had come to expect from your typical Next Generation premise. At the time, the Borg scared me to death, and I was genuinely frightened at moments. Today, seventeen years later, First Contact doesn't serve to scare me, but the visuals hold up pretty well, and it is a truly enjoyable watch.
My father picked up the Next Generation Blu ray pack, so I will likely go through all of them in the coming weeks; but there was something about Picard (Patrick Stewart) in this film that really stands out. His performance is really something to behold, as he…
"They've adapted..." - Worf.
Great story, great emotions, one of the best Star Trek movies.
A bit of a hodgepodge, wherein a highly likable story about space exploration vies for screen time with a sluggish techno-thriller about malicious cyborgs. Sadly, the latter mostly wins. Did nobody tell Frakes that the stuff with James Cromwell was great and the slow-motion Borg fight on the hull was hilariously terrible? Were the Borg seen as the ass-in-seats factor that would ensure continuing profits for the Star Trek franchise's conniving Ferengi overlords? Who knows. Did you guys realize that Worf's helmsman on the Defiant in the opening battle is Adam Scott, as in Party Down and Parks & Recreation? I'm surprised this isn't Ben Wyatt's favorite film.
I'm a Trek nerd since velcro days. A family friend of ours worked…
Resistance may be futile, but they keep on tryin!
The thing bout Star Trek is, you are either into it or you aren't it.
If you are into it then your going to love First Contact.
If your not, then your wrong.
This is the Eighth feature in the Star Trek big screen series, and it is one of the best. It's the first to cast aside all of the old cast, and in doing so it establishes a buzz and a freshness that has been missing for years. It doesn't just feel like an extended TV episode, it feels like a proper movie.
A Star Trek movie though. There is no access point here for non Trekkies. GOOD.
However, it's more of a generic space movie than a faithful adaptation of the characters, and this is definitely to the films benefit. It's an intelligent and action packed space movie. With an outstanding villain.
Let First Contact engage you.
These TNG movies really do feel like elongated TV episodes. The writing, visuals, direction, and plot all feel like something taken from TV and spruced up a bit for the big screen. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing because this movie is still pretty entertaining, despite being a little jumbled at times. The Borg are pretty scary "bad guys" and the time travel aspect is interesting. I just felt that sometimes I was being left out because I didn't watch any of the television shows.
Star Trek: First Contact comes at a pivotal point in the Star Trek saga: it was released on the 30th anniversary of the original show but is also the first feature length film without the original series crew. So how does it hold up? Pretty good, as it turns out.
First Contact deals with two running, parallel plot lines: the crew of the Enterprise trying to save themselves and humanity from the Borg aboard the Enterprise, and Riker & Geordi attempt to save Earth by ensuring a launch goes as planned, featuring James Cromwell.
However, these running plots present a challenge. They are significantly different in tone, and in many ways go against each other in the large scheme of the…
My favourite of the older Star Trek films. It felt a bit dated now (especially after JJ Abrams reboot) but this time travel adventure is enjoyable, funny and has a great cast with the Enterprise crew.
The Borg queen with Data scenes are amongst my favourite and have a creepiness about them that contrasts nicely with the lighter tone in the Earth based scenes.
The moment of First contact is a fitting climax and is backed by Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful main theme. (28.6.14)
Now this is how you make a Next Generation Star Trek movie. Frakes directs with skill, making the basic TV concept feel much more cinematic without resorting to the bombastic bluster of Abrams' CGI shenanigans and yet retaining the low key familial nature of the Enterprise crew putting their lives on the line for all of humanity once more. Patrick Stewart really was an excellent choice to captain the Enterprise, bringing a much needed gravitas to proceedings and nowhere is it more apparent than in First Contact as he struggles with his inner demons and his desire for a most un-Federation cold dish of revenge. The makeup for Alice Krige as the Borg Queen is really quite something and the…
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