Star Trek: Generations (Laserdisc)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Not the best Star Trek movie. It was good to see Kirk with Picard, but could have been a little better.Published 9 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie to continue the Star Trek adventure. Arrived in good shale and on time.Published 1 day ago by Rachel B.
Awesome movie. Kind of a must watch Not quite as good as Star Trek 4 The Voyage Home. But really good.Published 10 days ago by blksilverado
It had a great beginning, a good ending, and an absolutely terrible middle chapter. However it could have been much better with some editing tweaks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. Gee
I remember seeing this great movie in the theater, it was great then, as is now that I own it. I highly recommended this for bringing old Star Trek and new Star Trek together !Published 1 month ago by Andy Emparan
Star Trek VII: Generations is the beginning of the end for the original cast and the new Star Trek: The Next Generation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by By CJs Pirate