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Star Trek Generations VHS
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There were only two ways for "classic Trek" cast members to appear in a movie with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation: either Capt. Kirk and his contemporaries would have to be very, very old, or there would be some time travel involved in the plot. Since geriatric heroes aren't very exciting (despite a welcomed cameo appearance by the aged Dr. McCoy), Star Trek: Generations unites Capt. Kirk (William Shatner) and Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) in a time-jumping race to stop a madman's quest for heavenly contentment. When a mysterious energy coil called the Nexus nearly destroys the newly christened U.S.S. Enterprise-B, the just-retired Capt. Kirk is lost and presumed dead. But he's actually been happily trapped in the timeless purgatory of the Nexus--an idyllic state of being described by the mystical Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) as "pure joy." Picard must convince Kirk to leave this artificial comfort zone and confront Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowell), the madman who will threaten billions of lives to be reunited with the addictive pleasure of the Nexus. With subplots involving the android Data's unpredictable "emotion chip" and the spectacular crash-landing of the starship Enterprise, this crossover movie not only satisfied Trek fans, but it also gave them something they'd never had to confront before: the heroic and truly final death of a beloved Star Trek character. Passing the torch to the Next Generation with dignity and entertaining adventure, the movie isn't going to please everyone with its somewhat hokey plot, but it still ranks as a worthy big-screen launch for Picard and his stalwart crew. --Jeff ShannonSee all Editorial Reviews
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Until this movie, I never realized what an accomplished horseman Shatner is. In the scene with him and Patrick Stewart, what people don't realize is Shatner is riding his own horse on his own property and did his own jumping over the ditch, something he did often at that time with that horse. Stewart does not ride his own horse in this film but the saddle he grabs is his own, also being an accomplished horseman in his own right. To watch the equestrian interplay between the two actors is lovely if you have a decent grasp of equitation. Shatner's horse is not out of control at any time when he's dancing around. The actor is giving the horse very subtle cues to make the movements that it makes. Stewart is not just sitting there either. It takes an equal amount of horsemanship to keep a mount calm and immobile while another horse circles it that closely. To think they did this while reciting lines and doing scenes is amazing to me.
This movie is really something; a great plot line, characters from both Star Trek The Original Seriesand The Next Generation.
This movie is full of jokes. It has almost as many jokes in it as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.
The only downside is it needs more of The Original Series. It only contains Captain James "Jim" Kirk (William Shatner), Lieutenant Commander Montgomery "Scotty" Scott (James Doohan), and Ensign Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig). It could really do with the other four well-known cast, namely Lieutenant Commander Leonard "Bones" McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy), and Lieutenant Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols).
Great movie, though.
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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