STAR TREK: GENERATIONS
STARRING: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes,
Brent Spinner, Michael Dorn, Malcolm McDowell, William Shatner
1994, 113 Minutes, Directed by: David Carson
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.
Like watching a long
version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation television show
on the big screen. Nothing wrong with that, except that . . . well, one
wanted something more. Perhaps glitzier special effects, a better story.
Captain Kirk makes a guest appearance to symbolically pass the baton to
the new crew.
One cannot escape the feeling that
this sort of thing should be relegated to the small screen where it goes
down much better. Except for a stunning opening sequence there is nothing
that makes one feels that the price of your movie ticket has been
Even so-called trekkies
had several bones to pick with the plot and characterization of this movie. Of course
non-trekkies only stood by in amazement muttering what Captain Kirk, er William Shatner,
once said in an unguarded moment: "Get a life!" (Perhaps
some day somebody will explain to me why nobody bothered fitting any safety
belts on the Starship Enterprise's bridge . . .)
Further sequels based on the Next Generation TV show are Star Trek - First Contact (1996), Star Trek - Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek -