Friday, May 18, 2012

Star Trek Generations (1994)

Star Trek Film Fest Movie #7

Synopsis: Over-the-hill macho egomaniac and sensitive bald guy join forces to save the galaxy, or something.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “During a perilous rescue attempt, Kirk is swept out into space. Seven decades later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurian physicist named Soran (Malcolm McDowell). Unbeknownst to Picard, Soran harbours a deadly plan that includes the destruction of the Enterprise and millions of lives. Now Picard’s only hope for a future rests within the Nexus... and a legendary captain from the past.”

What Did I Learn?: It might not be a great idea to send a ship into space when nearly everything it needs will arrive next Tuesday.

Really?: 1) Gee... they certainly have to drag Picard and Kirk out of the Nexus (described by Whoopi Goldberg as the “centre of joy” that nobody ever wishes to leave) kicking and screaming, don’t they? 2) Scaffolding? The guy who survived a Klingon gulag, and defeated Khan, “God”, Trelaine, V’ger, Harry Mudd, Space Nazis and a dumptruck full of Romulans and Klingons gets iced by scaffolding?  

Rating: Star Trek Generations starts out well but ends very, very badly. The film is basically an extended Next Generation episode, and while it features both legendary captains on the VHS jacket, there isn’t a whole lot of Kirk until the last 20 minutes or so. Ordinarily, I’d give Generations 6.5 stars (it’s an ok action flick, although Data’s light-hearted emotion chip become tiresome, quickly), yet I don’t think there was any need to kill off Captain Kirk, and the movie does so in a truly piss-poor manner (I don’t think I’m giving away any spoilers – this is fairly common knowledge). I’m still angry about it. 5.5/10 stars.

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