Saturday, August 27, 2011

Star Trek: First Contact

Star Trek: First Contact

The proper first Next Generations movie. Picard and the NCC-1701-E crew follow a rogue borg ship into the past to stop them from altering the First Contact of the human race to alien life.

Yes, I finally finished watching Next Generation so it was time to re-watch the movies and we start with First Contact. One of my rules is: Time travel in a film is usually a clear sign of awesomeness, and this follows that rule rather well. Probably my favourite of the Next Gen movies.

First off I loved the split plot. Data, Worf, Beverley and Picard on The Enterprise with the Borg and Riker, LaForge and Troi on Earth helping Zefram Cochrane, played brilliantly by Star Trek veteran, James Cromwell.

Now with the Borg plot line, I loved the scenes with Data (Brent Spiner) and the Borg Queen, the chemistry between the two characters and their similarities was nice to see. Patrick Stewart’s Picard as awesome as ever.

Down on the planet I liked everything between the crew members and Cochrane. James Cromwell just knocked out a perfect performance. There was a nice moment when LaForge is explaining to him about his effect on the future and Reg Barckley comes up to him all giddy. It was fun moment, especially to see Barckley again. Everyone in the film had a nice role to play, except for Troi. She has one bar scene where she gets drunk and passes out but other than that she does nothing for the film.

The gripe I have with the story is that I didn’t believe they would risk going against the Prime Directive so easily. I would have thought that they would have figured out a way to explain their presence rather than tell him straight out everything.

Recommend: Every Star Trek fan has already seen it and if you don’t like Star Trek then this isn’t for you.

Overall: 9/10

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