In 2293, former Starfleet officers Kirk, Scott and Chekov attend the maiden voyage of the new USS Enterprise-B. what should be a simple shake down mission and hand off to the new crew from one of the most famous Enterprise crews to date turns into something more when they are called to help with a rescue mission. As the crew of the Enterprise-B races to save the El-Aurian refugees things go from bad to worse and while the Enterprise and the refugees are mostly unscathed it is at the loss of Admiral James T. Kirk.
Nearly 100 years later the crew of USS Enterprise-D are on their new holodeck for a simulation honoring the promotion of Worf to lieutenant commander. When Captain Picard learns of the passing of his brother and nephew as well as a distress call from an El-Aurian observatory, the crew is sent into chaos as they try to unravel more than just the personal connections they have with each other but with the universe at large.
-Creator: based on the universe created by Gene Roddenberry
-Length: 118 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, Malcolm Mcdowell, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, William Shatner
-Page of Reference in RP1: 25
Review (contains spoilers):
This is a fairly decent movie that passes the torch, even though we have had seven seasons of The Next Generation already. It was nice to see some of the old crew back. And having William Shatner reprise his role as Kirk is always a good time.
I’m honestly not as impressed with this movie as I was with the actual television series. This film feels like a long and drawn out episode…and not necessarily one that you want the extra time with. And unlike a lot of the newer series and films that are coming out amongst so many genres this one lacks the ability for anyone off the street to come in and enjoy. You really need to know what happened at least in part in The Next Generation series and to know some about Kirk to really make it enjoyable.
This is in stark contrast to what happened with the reintroduction of Star Trek with the new Kelvin timeline and the new shows like Discovery and Lower Decks. While its always better to have some history with the past series you don’t have to know anything about them to really enjoy them.
This isn’t my favorite of the Next Generation movies. Its just fine. Nothing spectacular.