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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
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…
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…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's funny how time changes things - when a movie like Star Trek First Contact came out, the eighth entry in the series, I skipped it as a kid because I grew up without Star Trek being a major part of life and my friends weren't into it. Zip ahead twenty years later and I'm now an adult having gone through about ten years of being a Trek fan, from the original series and movies onward (though I've still many episodes of other shows to see, I've caught up enough that I can have a conversation or two about TNG, but I digress), and now coming to this movie I see it with fresh eyes and I can still take…
Hadn't seen this since it first came out.
Strong, smart storytelling.
Well directed by Frakes.
Does what great sci fi should do: explores speculative ideas and uses the genre's opportunities for action and visuals.
Pretty terrific with great moments of humor and character.
This one holds up. Pretty dang good.
Really good fun and feels a lot more in keeping with the Star Trek ethos than Generations did. The story has a ton of plot holes, just like Generations did, but things move fast enough and are fun enough that you can't linger on them any more. First Contact definitely has a cinematic quality to it that gives the whole film a real novelty.
The special effects are actually... really fucking good?! The Enterprise-E looks seriously shit hot and the spacewalk scene has some brilliant shots. Mega 2001 vibes. The Borg costumes and makeup are incredibly well-realised too (roasting pink Data aside).
Picard is thoroughly unlikeable in this film, in a way that kinda reminds me of his Season 1…
Starts off a little impenetrably for a newbie who never watched the Next Generation TV show. But, it eventually finds its groove and works much better as a fully formed movie than the previous Generations. Feels epic in scope and deepens the mythology of Trek. And someone actually says 'Star Trek'! Is that the only time ever? These Next Gen movies are still no where near the heights of the Original crew's best stuff but this is a solid step in the right direction.
A lazy Saturday night rewatch.
It's still the best of the Next Generation movies, mostly because all of the other Next Generation movies were either mediocre (GENERATIONS) or bad (NEMESIS) or the absolute worst (INSURRECTION). It's probably only about the sixth or seventh best Trek film overall (II, IV, and VI of the original movies are definitely superior, as are the first and third NuTreks, and then you have to decide whether I and III are better than it as well).
But it's still a decent movie, all things considered, a rock-solid Trek actioner with a sufficient dose of Roddenberry-style optimism about the future. The ending - the actual first contact - is genuinely touching for any Trek fan. Patrick…
The special effects are lame, but the story is still fantastic.
Complete list. :-(
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…