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Star Trek: First Contact
DIRECTED BY JONATHAN FRAKES
RELEASED: 1996

Why's it so good? Unquestionably the best big-screen outing for the Next Generation cast, this pits Picard and crew against wonderfully hissable bad guys the Borg. Picard, traumatised from an old encounter with them (in series 2 double-parter finale Best of Both Worlds, fact fans), gets closure by kicking stellar amounts of ass, while Data gets to explore his human side more deeply than ever before.

Star Trek: First Contact Star Trek: First Contact
How does it stack up to the original? If we're taking the original to be The Motion Picture, it's approximately a thousand times better. If the original's Generations, it's still better - despite the time-travel element, this plot still makes more sense. In fact, First Contact is neck-and-neck with Undiscovered Country, if behind the mighty Wrath of Khan.

Glaring error: The existence of the Borg Queen, while an awesome character, makes not a blind bit of sense for a collective hive mind. Why this need for individual avatars like the Queen and Picard's Locutus? Nothing logical: it's just a screenwriting thing.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 204 MONTHS


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