STARRING: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Alfre Woodard, James Cromwell, Alice Krige, Neal McDonough, Dwight Schultz

1996, 112 Minutes, Directed by: Jonathan Frakes

Description: Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to ensure that the inventor of warp drive (played by James Cromwell) will successfully carry out his pioneering warp-drive flight and precipitate Earth's "first contact" with an alien race.

After bidding a fond farewell to the old Starship Enterprise crew of Kirk, Spock, Scotty, etc. in Star Trek VI - The Undiscovered Country it was time for the much younger Next Generation crew to take over the movie franchise. Which only made sense if we wanted our regular dose of Star Trek on the big screen. Except that Star Trek - Generations was a mess that didn't bode well for the future at all . . .

So that's why Star Trek - First Contact is such good news. There is a future with the new crew of the Enterprise-E ("lots of letters in the alphabet" you know) since First Contact is one of the best Trek movies we have been treated to in a while. Why, it might even be accessible to non-Trek fans!

First, the plot. The Borg (no, they are not Swedish), a fiendish race of cyborgs that assimilates other cultural groups, is invading Earth by traveling back into time and changing key events in the past and it is up to the Enterprise and her crew to stop them. Don't worry about not having seen any of the television episodes or previous films since all is explained in the film itself - even though there are references to events chronicled in the television series.

First Contact is an action-packed joy ride, offering excellent special effects and sets, a genuine sci-fi story, literary allusions and even some Berlioz thrown in for good measure. After idiocies such as Independence Day it usually takes a movie like this to restore one's faith in the sci-fi genre. Even if you don't count yourself as trekkie you should see it too for the same reason.

Further sequels based on the Next Generation TV show are Star Trek - Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek - Nemesis (2002).


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