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Star Trek: Generations (Laserdisc)

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  • Format: DVD
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (439 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6303899110
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By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 7, 2004
Format: DVD
Boldly going where "Star Trek-The Original Series" had gone before, "Generations" allows us to watch the passing of the torch. The Next Generation cast took the big screen but not center stage in the first feature of this television series. The real attraction here was the death of a beloved Trek icon-Captain James T. Kirk. As the film begins Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) along with former crewmates Scotty (James Doohan) and Checkov (Walter Koenig) are along on the ride for the launch of the newly commissioned Enterprise-B. When two ships signal that they need help, the Enterprise-B, despite the fact that it hasn't been outfitted with the rudimentary defense mechanisms, is ordered to help the two troubled passenger ships. New Captain John Harriman (Alan Ruck) reluctantly zooms to their aid. With news cameras from every network on Earth covering the launch of the ship, Kirk feels compelled to step in and help the inexperienced crew save the lives on the ships in distress. Unfortunately, Kirk appears to be killed in the process.

About 80 years later the crew of the USS Enterprise is celebrating the promotion of Lt. Commander Worf on the holodeck, Captain Jean Luc-Picard receives some disturbing news during the celebration; his nephew, brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a fire. The celebration is cut short when the Enterprise is ordered to help a research station under fire from Romulans. As the ship arrives, they discover everyone on the research vessel dead except Dr. Tolian Soren (Malcolm McDowell). It turns out that he is the cause of the attack and he's develop a dangerous new weapon that can cause a sun to go nova within minutes. He plans on using it to somehow harness the power of something called the Nexus ribbon.
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Twenty years on, looking back at Star Trek: Generations is quite odd. It's placement in the history of the franchise was unique coming just after the end of the Original Series films while The Next Generation, which had recently come to the end of its TV run, was about to begin its own series of films. What would be better than to bridge the two sections of the film series then by featuring the two in a film together? With that as both starting point and promotional point, Star Trek: Generations was released to theaters. Yet the finished film has proven to be one of the lesser regarded Trek films. Why is that?

The film was written, directed and scored by the production team of The Next Generation TV series and that ultimately was its biggest problem. Generations, as a film, feels like little more than a two-part story from the TV series translated to the big screen. Outside of the opening 15-20 minutes of the film, its structure and pacing is far better suited for TV. Watching the film, one can sense where the ad breaks would go and find one or two places where the first episode cliffhanger would go. The film also does, as the TV series would do, try to find moments for all the characters to contribute something to the plot, which leads to some odd moments as well (such as Crusher briefing Riker and Worf in sick bay of all places). There's also a tendency in the film to break up important scenes by suddenly shifting tracks and trying to do a character moment inside of it with the two biggest offenders coming in the film's first hour. The result is jarring to say the least and breaks up the flow of the film immeasurably. That isn't the only problem though.

Where the TV origins are most apparent though is how the film starts picking up elements of Next Generation continuity.
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Star Trek Generations is simply a great transition movie, handing the torch from Captain Kirk and crew to Captain Picard and crew. While not living up completely to what we the fans wanted, that doesn't really matter. That is the case in most of the movies. Especially the odd numbered ones for some strange cosmic reason. We all knew the Galaxy Class Enterprise 1701-D had to go. It was simply not made for the silver screen. I was personally hoping that more of the original series crew could've made it for the opening sequence. The scenes between Kirk and Picard were very well done. If I remember correctly, this was also the first time that we'd heard Captain Sulu's first name. Patrick Stewart once again showed the depth of his acting abilities with the death of his character's brother and nephew. It's a little disturbing to see Captain Picard basically recieve a beating from Soren. After watching Kirk fight many a people and win over the years. Malcolm McDowell, Soren played a very good, tortured villain. And yes, Captain Kirk said in Star Trek V The Final Frontier that he always knew he'd die alone. And that was the case, he was alone in the sense the Spock and McCoy weren't there. The way Kirk died did seem a little melodramatic for the character. Overall though, a very good transition movie. I would suggest that if you'd like a few more of the details, I believe you can still get a copy of the book. It does bring to light some of the things that were glossed over on the screen.
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I have written this review so there are no spoilers to those that haven't ever seen or heard of this movie. While there are many fans of Star Trek (both original & The Next Generation) that have blasted this movie for the death of one of the characters, I wasn't so quick to dismiss it.

I found the writing to be superb and was very surprised that many of the characters we have come to love from TNG undergo a definite maturing process. So it's not just a 2 hr TV episode. I also found that the writers were able to bring the old and the new together in a very pleasing way that doesn't seem to be aimed at irritating one set of fans or the other. However, there is no getting around the fact that the movie was written in such a way as to leave no doubt that Star Trek as a franchise and a universe is moving on from the old.

I hesitate to recommend this movie to someone that isn't familiar with The Next Generation TV series as much of the movie assumes you are familiar with the characters and their personalities. I also don't recommend this movie to someone that likes the original Star Trek series but hates Next Generation.
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