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Star Trek: First Contact

by

Roger Davidson

Star Trek: First Contact
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The eighth entry in the Star Trek series, this one is the first film that stars the Next Generation entirely and does not feature any of the original series members. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) travels back in time to the mid-21st century to battle one of Trek's most infamous enemies, The Borg. The cybernetic, ant-like race is attempting to destroy all humankind, by taking over Earth in the past and preventing an event called First Contact. This is where a second story unfolds.

Riker (Jonathan Frakes), Troi (Marina Sirtis) and Leforge (LeVar Burton) attempt to help a future space pioneer (James Cromwell) make the first space voyage using light speed. The problem is that Cromwell, an idol of billions in the future, is an alcoholic, who is doing this for his own self-interest. Meanwhile, Stewart, Worf (Michael Dorn), Crusher (Gates McFadden) and Data (Brent Spiner) battle the Borg on board the Enterprise. The creatures are attempting to take over the ship, in hopes that they can use it in their quest for domination over the Universe.

One of the more intricate and complex of the series films, this one also adds a bit more humor to the usually serious proceedings. Cromwell and Spiner provide some good moments, while Stewart and Alfre Woodard as a tough scientist give fine dramatic impact to the story. Alice Krige is a sight to see as the Borg Queen, and the special effects are great as ever. It does have a few slow spots that tend to dampen the pace of the story, but other than that, it's one of the better releases that has come out this winter.

My Rating = Three Stars


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