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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…
HD doesn't do Data's makeup any favors
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…
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…
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) (13.10.15)
The first flick without any members of the original crew. The movie is probably better for it. Also, directed by a current alumni, Jonathan Frakes...
The writers revisit the Borg story-line. No surprise considering the popularity of those Borg episodes involving Picard. The Time Travel concept was also revisited(Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). No surprise considering the success of that...
The crew time travels to early 21st century, where they meet a reluctant Zefram Cochran, the first man to create warp drive, that initiates first contact with Aliens. But they have to stop the Borg, who are trying to stop it from ever happening...
Time Travel movies don't make much sense or logic, but they are certainly entertaining. There…
While the TOS Trek movies were very variable in quality, at least they all FELT like movies - whereas the TNG films merely seemed like extended episodes of the series on the big screen. Except First Contact. Taking the best villains - and one of the better Philosophy 101 tacks (the temptation of power and belonging) from the Trek Encyclopedia, First Contact is paced and performed with Khan-like gusto. The comedy is once again corny but it is balanced beautifully here with drama and action. First Contact owes a lot to the likes of Aliens (scary queen produces spawn army), Die Hard (Picard dons vest and turns Enterprise into Nakatomi Plaza) and of course the old Trek inspiration on obsessing over foes: Moby Dick. But it's its own complete piece: exciting, thrilling and confronting - like the best of the TNG series - but here, undeniably, a MOVIE.
First Contact is the 8th Star Trek film, the 2nd to feature the TNG crew, and the first directed by Jonathan Frakes (Riker). Note the similarity of the plot with Star Trek IV, a film directed by Leonard Nimoy (Spock), i.e. also the actor of the first officer of the Enterprise. Both films involve the crew arriving “late to the party” when Earth is about to be lost and traveling back in time to save it.
In First Contact, the Borg, a species of mentally retarded cyber-zombies with really cheap-looking and questionable implants (like, do you need a circle saw often on a spaceship in the 24th century? often enough to chop off your hand and replace it with one?)…
Still my favorite of the pre-JJ films. Picard is a little off his rocker in this one, but damn was this a good movie. Sci-Fi Horror at its best in some spots.
"Borg? Sounds Swedish."
Despite its numerous flaws, I still really enjoy watching this. Eeeeever so gently dips its toe into body horror until it decides to be an action movie instead.
PS: Troi's drunk acting is among the all-time worst.
Best of the TNG films, but still not as great as the best of the TOS films.
The best of the Star Trek films with the cast of The Next Generation.
Probably my favorite Star Trek movie.
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