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Star Trek: Generations (1994) - 8/7/2012 4:29:01 AM   

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A new film, a new generation and the beginning of a newer franchise. I don't like these shorter one word film titles though.

The film kicks off with the handing over of the Enterprise from 'Kirk' to a new younger crew. You half expected the next generation crew to be at the hand over but not so. Shatner looks uncomfortable in this sequence (in my opinion), it does seem as if he would be quite happy to carry on being the immortal space legend 'Kirk'. It seems like a painful break for him and the original cast members that join him...Doohan and Koenig.

The same could be said for myself as a viewer, I've never been a Trekkie but I have always enjoyed the original cast. This new film starts off well and in familiar territory with the beloved 'kirk' 'Scotty' and 'Chekov' under pressure, but it quickly falls flat as we hesitantly hand over to the new duller crew.

The problem with the new generation is quite simply the new crew, Jesus they are bland! so very boring, the only character I think has some interest is 'Worf'. A Klingon male that has joined Starfleet and worked up the ranks, could almost be seen as a turncoat to his Klingon people, interesting.

Other characters in the film are all rather meek and uninteresting. McDowell's character isn't really very threatening and fails to crank up the tension when on screen, hardly a villain to remember. I must also admit I always hated Goldberg in Star Trek, she just seemed to big a name to have involved plus she really doesn't fit this type of genre if you ask me.

Other personal issues I have with this film and the new crew is the character of 'Data'. A tremendously annoying character that looks like a makeup mistake, terrbile effects when we do see his innards and whose humorous moments are rather forced and cringeworthy. His whole development during this film is along the same lines as 'Kryten' from British sci-fi comedy 'Red Dwarf'...yet not as good I might add. Of course my opinions are personal preference within the Star Trek universe.

Anyway the plot is pretty dull frankly, an odd choice of adventure, at least up until the 'Nexus' takes 'Picard' whilst part of the Enterprise crashes (film highlight borrowed from 'Star Trek III' perhaps?). Things do get a little more interesting then especially as we get 'Kirk' back. Still many questions arise during these sequences, what exactly is the 'Nexus'? an afterlife of some kind? where does it come from? how does it work? etc...How come 'Picard' can see and talk to 'Guinan'? and how come 'Kirk' had only just arrived there despite him entering the 'Nexus' 78 years prior?. Lastly, how come they can both simply decide to leave the 'Nexus' to where ever they wish?.

Maybe I missed these points I dunno but luckily it doesn't detract from the fun of having 'Kirk' and 'Picard' double up in a pretty cool franchise generation cross over. Alas they still decide to kill off 'Kirk' which I think is a mistake because he and his classic crew got a bloody good send off in 'Star Trek VI'. Seeing as he gets killed here you tend to think the character would deserve yet another royal send off with a big military funeral attended by all previous characters in a special episode or another film. Seems an anti climax to just leave it at this after all that has gone before.

As for the effects well of course they look sharper and bolder but most of the shots were cgi created with only a few models used. For me this is a shame and adds to the shiny plastic fake look of the film just like its TV counterpart, models always look better!!. The whole film did feel very much like an outstretched TV episode, more so than previous film offerings if you ask me. Like I said the plot is thin and could easily have been a simple episode (seeing as the effects aren't exactly much different). There really was no big silver screen stand out moment, the space battle against the Klingon sisters was quite good but that's all you get.

Overall I think this was a disappointing start for the next gen of Trek films. I admit it was always gonna be a hard sell to me as I never followed Star Trek after the original crew and never liked the next gen cast/crew. Despite that its still a very mediocre entry with a lot of dialog which could almost be construed as time wasting of sorts.

Seeing 'Kirk' and 'Picard' together was damn good I have to say. Seeing the 'Shat' back in action at the finale despite weight and age really puts a smile on your face, Trek fan or not. Lets not forget it was a three way battle including McDowell, that's a pretty awesome trio of legends duking it out right there folks :). Just a shame the rest of the film didn't live up to the action and excitement in the finale. It took the inclusion of Shatner to bring that excitement I might add, that tells you something.
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RE: Star Trek: Generations (1994) - 9/7/2012 10:41:55 AM   

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at the time i was pretty disappointed, expecting and wanting it to be something more like the best TNG ep 'Yesterdays Enterprise,' as the early trailer suggested, but now i think its quite interesting - sort of an Inception type thing going on when they get into the nexus! in fact it could be argued that Picard never left the nexus, never saved Veridian III or the Ent D, and the remaining movies all took place in the nexus. and did they even need to kill Kirk? itd have been more of a surprise/shock to audiences if they hadnt killed Kirk as was expected and had him alive in the 24th century like Scotty (see 'Relics') or returning to the nexus

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RE: Star Trek: Generations (1994) - 22/8/2012 11:25:55 PM   

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My main problem with this is that the dreams of both Captains rang so utterly false.

Kirk had three loves in his life - Edith Keeler, Carol Marcus and the USS Enterprise. His dream, even established right at the start, was to be a starship captain. Not settled down in a cabin riding horses. That is William Shatners dream, not Captain Kirks.

Same goes for Picard. Sure he may regret not having a family, but the whole reason he never settled down was because he wanted to be a captain. An explorer.

It all rings false. All Good Things... told this story so much better, and that was a TV finale.

That said there are nice things in the film, but at the end of the day it just doesn't work as fully fleshed out film.

You should all listen to the commentary - the writers are pretty harsh on themselves about what didn't work. Great stuff!


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RE: Star Trek: Generations (1994) - 22/8/2012 11:40:15 PM   

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I haven't given this film a lot of thought, but what bugs me the most is how everyone who's been inside the Nexus acts like it's the greatest thing imaginable, the most wonderful, warm, beautiful feeling in the universe, "like a blanket."

And yet when Kirk and Picard enter the Nexus they're almost immediately disillusioned by things that make them doubt everything they're seeing. There's nothing remotely wonderful about feeling like something's not right.

I still love Data's "ooooooohhhhhh Shit!" though, it makes me laugh

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RE: Star Trek: Generations (1994) - 22/8/2012 11:43:05 PM   

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They never really settled on the rules for how the Nexus worked - it was a vauge idea with no real rules given. It would have been stronger if the fantasies had been consistent with the characters - but Picard wanted a Quality Street advert and Kirk wanted to be Bill Shatner...


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