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Star Trek: First Contact, based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry: a Film Review


Jean-Luc Picard is startled awake from a nightmare.  His subconscious has decided to offer up his assimilation to the Borg six years earlier as the night’s entertainments.  While the Borg are threatening Earth, Enterprise and her crew are sent to patrol the neutral zone.  Starfleet seems worried that Captain Picard would be too emotionally invested in the situation to join the fight against the Borg.

But when the Enterprise learns that Starfleet is losing the battle against the Borg the crew disobeys orders and heads towards Earth to offer aid.  With their assistance the USS Defiant and the remaining fleet is able to destroy the Borg Cube, but not before it sends off a small part of itself towards Earth.

When the Enterprise pursues the portion of the Cube they end up caught in a temporal rift sending both ships back to the 21st century…landing on an Earth circa 2063 that has been completely altered by the interference of the Borg.

How will the crew figure its way out of this?  And will the Borg actually assimilate the entire population of Earth?  Will the Enterprise and her crew ever make it back to their own century?

General Information:

-Genre: Science-Fiction

-Creator: based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry

-Length: 111 minutes

-Rating: PG (for mild violence and gore, very mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)

-Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video (Buy/Rent), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library

-Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige

-Page of Reference in RP1: 25

Review (contains spoilers):

Ok so…this movie combines some of my favorite Star Trek tropes and characters into a film.

You get the Borg one of the best grey-style villains in the entire series.  You get time travel.  You get the morality and philosophy debates that come with the Borg being a thing.  You get to see old Enterprise crew further in their careers…

Its just a good movie.  Not on the level that we expect now over 20 years later.  But really its just a good movie.  It doesn’t feel like an extended episode of the show.  It is an actual movie.

And I believe, as do a lot of fans and critics alike, that this is the movie that really brought the shows back to life. 

Everything about this film seems to hold even years later.  The graphic and practical effects are well done.  The Borg, as always, look wonderful.  Costumes and sets are on point.  Just a generally good film all around.

This is probably my favorite of the Next Generation films.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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