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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,…
Strive for betterment. The universal message Star Trek, on it's basest level has always stood for, that is fundamentally accessible to everyone on the planet, the basic desire to be your best self. Every character, every pursued subplot and minor character acts in this interest, to seek self-betterment. On it's base level, Star Trek: First Contact is an almost flawlessly executed and paced action/sci-fi adventure; with two compelling narratives boasting widely disparate thematic content but a sense of narrative unity as well. But with an awareness of the franchise that exists around it, the established motivations, histories and dynamics at work within these characters; First Contact blossoms into a rich melting pot of philosophy and ideas, a beautiful reminder that…
"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
Film #17 of my May 2016 Challenge
Task #20: A Star Trek film
The heart of Trek returns in this installment with First Contact, another thought-provoking and entertaining entry in the Star Trek franchise. The Next Generation characters are more interesting this time around, with Patrick Stewart taking a more vengeful turn this time around when dealing with the technologically smart and sinister Borg race, the film takes us back to its cinematic look after the made-for-TV feel of Generations (no thanks to Trek-star Jonathan Frakes that knows how to properly handle filmmaking), it's an epic look at a bright and optimistic future, and Jerry Goldsmith gives us one of his best scored films of the franchise. Not really…
The very first shot is a marvel, a flashback to Picard’s original abduction and assimilation into the Borg, captured with a long pull-back that begins on a close-up of Patrick Stewart’s eye and ends on the cold landscape of a vast metallic hull. The interior of the Borg ship is envisioned as a brutal tech dystopia; in this regard, First Contact beat both Dark City and The Matrix to the punch. The ship’s occupants remain unseen until more than a half-hour into the movie, a skillful bit of showmanship that allows Frakes to get in a few horror-movie licks before settling into some of the show’s old standbys: an away team mission and a crisis aboard the USS Enterprise.
Easily the best TNG movie, despite (or because of?) its unabashed goofiness throughout. There's also a pretty clear disconnect between the two narratives, with one really digging into time travel's impact upon history and legacy, and the other a pretty episodic follow-up to "The Best of Both Worlds". Even so, the cinematic budget allows the "Borg take over the Enterprise" story to feel both a lot bigger than a TNG episode and sufficiently distanced from TOS - the zero-G sequence, Picard using the Holodeck to kill the Borg, and everything with the queen, most notably. But the stuff taking place on Earth is still clearly better, and not just due to James Cromwell - it's just simply more in the spirit of Trek.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm no Trekkie, but this is the only Star Trek movie I have ever and probably will ever love. It stands alone; you don't have to have seen very many episodes of the show to enjoy it. I love the sweeping Jerry Goldsmith score, I love Patrick Stewart's angry, obsessive, Ahab-like turn as Captain Picard; I love Brent Spiner as Data, discovering unfamiliar and exciting human sensations for the first time; I love Alice Krige, sexy and creepy as the Borg queen; I love the Borg themselves, who do so little, and yet are still so menacing as villains.
Alfre Woodard's character, Lily, starts out merely as an audience stand-in whose purpose is to yell "Bullshit!" in every other scene,…
Now looks a bit dated after two decades, but still my favourite of the Star Trek: TNG films.
I liked the drunk guy a lot. I think he deserves a statue dedicated to him.
Possibly the most overrated "Star Trek" film I have seen (have not seen them all).
STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (Jonathan Frakes, 1996) features the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" crew in a new Enterprise, as promised by the previous film, which is ugly. No wait, I am getting ahead of this review. I have to do the plot summary before I lay into it. Let's continue.
So the NextGenners have a new Enterprise, and use it to rescue Worf (Michael Dorn)'s new ship (because we saw him get promoted in the previous film) from the Borg, those mindless, collective entities that we're reminded repeatedly once assimilated Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) in two episodes of the series. Of course we're /not/…
I'd really like to see an art-house, talky, ponderous Star Trek. Imagine if Stanley Kubrick directed one. That would be my ideal Star Trek.
And this isn't that. But it's ok. I like it better than the newer JJ Abrams movies. The borg queen is a dumb idea.
20-years ago today, the creators of Star Trek presented me with a love letter in the form of this film. I was a huge fan of "Next Gen" and always wanted to see a dark, brooding story about the Borg since I loved them on the show. "First Contact" was everything I wanted and it well exceeded all my expectations. I can't name more than a handful of films that have done that for me. Seeing it on opening night was one of the most satisfying movie-going experiences I've ever had. This is easily in my top ten favorite films of all-time. From beginning to end, it is absolutely A-game. Also, one of the few films I can quote from beginning to end...
A fun Star Trek, and maybe my favorite of the franchise outside of the first JJ Abrams one. Granted, I need to rewatch some of the originals from the 70s-early 90s.
The film holds all of its themes as text, obvious, but the way it visualizes Picard's struggle (and Data's struggle, to a lesser extent) is pretty high quality action-adventure science fiction. This was a television show turned film franchise, and it actually transitions well enough. Maybe Jonathan Frakes uses too many Dutch angles, but the filmmaking is solid and strong.
The film, ultimately, entertains well through its runtime. The characters, built from my memory of watching the show as a kid, are well represented, though this is the Patrick Stewart show.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…