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Star trek: Generations - David Carson, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, William Shatner

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Two Captains. One destiny.

Stardate: the 23rd century. Retired Starfleet officers James T Kirk (William Shatner), Montgomery Scott (James Doohan) and Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) are guests of honour aboard the newly christened USS Enterprise-B. A test run takes an unexpected turn, however, when the starship encounters two vessels trapped inside the Nexus, a mysterious energy ribbon. During a perilous rescue attempt, Kirk is swept out into space.

Seven decades later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurian physicist named Soran (Malcolm McDowell). Unbeknownst to Picard, Soran harbours a deadly plan that includes the destruction of the Enterprise and millions of lives. Now Picard's only hope for a future rests within the Nexus... and a legendary Captain from the past.

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander will Riker
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • LeVar Burton .... Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Worf
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis .... Commander Deanna Troi
  • Malcolm McDowell .... Soran
  • Whoopi Goldberg .... Guinan
  • James Doohan .... Commander Montgomery Scott
  • Walter Koenig .... Commander Pavel Chekov
  • William Shatner .... Captain James Kirk
  • Barbara March .... Lursa
  • Gwynyth Walsh .... B'Etor
  • Alan Ruck .... Captain Harriman
  • Jacqueline Kim .... Ensign Demora Sulu
  • Jenette Goldstein .... USS Enterprise-B Science Officer
  • Glenn Morshower .... USS Enterprise-B Helm Officer
  • Tim Russ .... USS Enterprise B Lieutenant
  • Thomas Kopache .... USS Enterprise-B Communications Officer
  • Patti Yasutake .... Lieutenant Alyssa Ogawa
  • Christine Jansen .... Journalist
  • John Putch .... Journalist
  • Tommy Hinckley .... Journalist
  • Michael Mack .... Ensign Hayes
  • Dendrie Taylor .... Lieutenant Farrell
  • Granville Ames .... Transporter Chief
  • Henry Marshall .... Security Officer
  • Brittany Parkyn .... Child with Teddy bear
  • Rif Hutton .... Klingon guard
  • Brian Thompson .... Klingon Helm Officer
  • Marcy Goldman .... El-Aurian
  • Jim Krestaiuce .... El-Aurian
  • Judy Levitt .... El-Aurian
  • Kristopher Logan .... El-Aurian
  • Gwen Van Dam .... El-Aurian
  • Kim Braden .... Picard's spouse
  • Cristopher James Miller .... René Picard
  • Matthew Collins .... Picard's child
  • Mimi Collins .... Picard's child
  • Thomas Alexander Dekker .... Picard's child
  • Madison P Dinton .... Picard's child
  • Olivia Hack .... Picard's child
  • Spot .... Herself
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Creator
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Ronald D Moore .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • David Carson .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

The official handing over of the torch from the old generation to the next generation, and that's always the choice of the next generation, isn't it?

In many ways this is a good thing, not least because the special effects are better. The social and power structures of the UFP and its allies are more strongly delineated, there are more non-Human beings, more Vulcans (pointy ears!), bigger space battles, luscious lesbians and a lot more episodes. On the down side, there is Data, no inter-racial kissing and no Uhura.

Generations crystallised my dislike for Data (due to circumstances beyond my control I had missed most of the TV series before I saw the movie) and his sycophantic affectation of Humanisms. As an android he had so much wider vistas to explore, but he continually limits himself in his desire to become Human. I am not overly impressed with Brent Spiner as an actor, either. And who thought of that stupid make-up? It just makes him look fake, where they should be able to make him look human by this time.

Anyhoo, it's good to see age creeping up on the original crew members, Kirk especially. And nothing made me happier than when the USS Enterprise-B got hit by the energy ribbon, taking Kirk with it. No, that's not quite true, I always get hot when I see Lursa and B'Etor: talk about bitch babes! And the cleavage!

I really am wandering, aren't I? This is a good film to watch: entertaining, funny, exciting, incredibly stunning and wonderfully heroic. There are scenes which must be seen to be believed. A ripping yarn with lots of good acting. Rent it, see it, be it!

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: Out now

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