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Star Trek: First Contact

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Current Rating 8.04/10 | 113 Votes

It's a common known law in movie circles that odd-numbered Star Trek movies aren't all that great. Most odd-numbered Star Trek movies are actually pretty darn bad. That is why movies such as "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" and "Star Trek: Generations" have been regarded as the weakest in the series.

Thankfully, "Star Trek: First Contact" is *not* an odd-numbered Trek movie. It's number 8, and as far as Trek movies go, it's number 2 in quality (number 1 being, of course, "The Wrath of Khan"). And that fact means that you're in for one heckuva fun time.

The plot does tie into the "Next Generation" series, so non-Trekkers might have a few "huh?" moments as far as Jean-Luc Picard's (Patrick Stewart) relation to the Borg (a cybernatic race who decend on other species like locusts and assimilate them into their collective), but it's all explained before the movie is over.

The plot picks up at the start and keeps going at breakneck speed- it gives you breathing room, but this is an action sci-fi movie first, and it doesn't bore you for a second.

The Borg have penetrated Federation space and are headed towards Earth. While the entire Starfleet gears up for the defensive, the Enterprise and her crew are ordered to stay away, mainly because of Starfleet's lack of trust towards Picard when it comes to the Borg. However, when the Borg manage to create a temporal warp (time travel for us normal people) and go back in time to a place where there is no resistance. Well, what they weren't expecting was for the Enterprise to defy orders and follow them back. After Picard destroys the Borg ship, he begins to repair the damage they've already done- he must make sure that the first warp flight, headed by Zephran Cockram (James Cromwell) and Lily Sloane (Alfre Woodard), happens within the next two days, or the furute as they know it is toast.

While Commander Riker (Johnathan Frakes, who also directed) and Consuelor Troi (Marina Sirtis) attempt to get the flight off the ground, Picard and the android Data (Brent Spiner) discover another problem: the Borg are still around, on the Enterprise, and are slowly assimilating the entire ship. What ensues is a sort of "Aliens" type situation with the crew fighting the Borg, who are able to adapt to any phaser shot thrown their way.

I won't go any further into the detail than that. What I will say is that this film is immensly enjoyable for fans and non-fans alike. The film does take breaks to develop the characters some (Picard's Ahab-like obsession with the Borg leads to one of the film's most dramatic moments), but it does take for granted that you already know who a majority of these people are. Still, a fun ride for anyone looking for one.


Rated PG-13 for violence and language.

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