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Star trek: First Contact - Gene Roddenberry, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

Stardate 50893.5 and April 2063 CE
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Resistance is futile.

In the 24th century, the Borg collective of part humanoid, part machine beings is heading to Earth. This is a major threat for the United Federation of Planets. They were beaten before and now they desperately attempt to go back in time to 4 April 2063, to stop Earth's first warp speed space travel which causes the First Contact with the Vulcans.

Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the USS Enterprise-E go back in time to make sure that Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) makes his warp flight and that the timeline remains untouched. The Enterprise runs into unexpected trouble, however, when the Borg start to assimilate the Enterprise. Captain Picard must face his greatest terror and deal with the Borg. He is looking for revenge.

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker, Director
  • 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
  • Alfre Woodard .... Lily Sloane
  • James Cromwell .... Zefram Cochrane
  • Alice Krige .... Borg Queen
  • Michael Horton .... Security Officer
  • Neal McDonough .... Lieutenant Hawk
  • Marnie McPhail .... Eiger
  • Robert Picardo .... Emergency Medical Hologram
  • Dwight Schultz .... Lieutenant Reginald Barclay
  • Adam Scott .... Defiant Helm Officer
  • Jack Shearer .... Admiral Hayes
  • Eric Steinberg .... Porter
  • Scott Strozier .... Security Officer
  • Patti Yasutake .... Lieutenant Alyssa Ogawa
  • Victor Bevine .... Guard
  • David Cowgill .... Guard
  • Scott Haven .... Guard
  • Annette Helde .... Guard
  • Majel Barrett .... Computer voice
  • CJ Bau .... Bartender
  • Hillary Hayes .... Ruby
  • Julie H Morgan .... Singer in nightclub
  • Ron Rondell .... Henchman
  • Don Stark .... Nicky the Nose
  • Cully Fredricksen .... Vulcan
  • Tamara Lee Krinsky .... Villager
  • Don Fischer .... Borg Drone
  • JR Horsting .... Borg Drone
  • Heinrich James .... Borg Drone
  • Andrew Palmer .... Borg Drone
  • Jon David Weigand .... Borg Drone
  • Dan Woren .... Borg Drone
  • Robert Zachar .... Borg Drone
  • Mike Boss .... Holographic nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Brannon Braga .... Holographic nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Ronald D Moore .... Holographic nightclubber (uncredited)
  • Ethan Phillips .... Holographic maitre d' (uncredited)
  • Ray Uhler .... Holographic dancer (uncredited)
  • Kelsey Grammer .... Captain Morgan Bateson (voice) (uncredited)
  • Michael Zaslow .... Old man in village (uncredited)
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Creator
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Brannon Braga .... Storywriter, Screenwriter
  • Ronald D Moore .... Storywriter, Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Those who reside in the Trekkie household are a sensible and mature lot, open and available to all sorts of dramatic events, moral dilemmas, philosophical debate and cultural exchange, but there's nothing quite like a whole bunch of spaceships blowing each other to smithereens.

Oddly enough, however, the Fire all weapons! bits all occur at the beginning of First Contact, although given that violence is always supposed to be a last resort for Starfleet, maybe that doesn't seem so odd after all (in that the failure of violence to save the day (and Earth) must lead to a path that investigates less destructive solutions). Fortunately there's lots of intimate violence as Enterprise crew members take on the Borg hand to hand. Even better is the personal violence of normally cool as a cucumber Jean-Luc Picard; coming face to face with the species (the Borg) that most intimately invaded his person and personality is just a little too much for this man to handle. Yay, drama!

The line must be drawn! Here!

I was always a little curious as to how come Jean-Luc was the only Borg to have a name (Locutus), as opposed to being just another part of the Collective, but that quandary is explained in this film, albeit a little off-handedly ("Oh yes, now I remember..."). There are also more than a few tips of the hat to dramatic licence, an annoying habit of Hollywood, but they're all good for a laugh so no action will be taken this time.

The effects are done well, the USS Enterprise-E is flash, the acting of the TV cast is strong (although Alice Krige as the Borg Queen gets the biggest piece of cake), everyone with hair gets a new do and Deanna on tequila has the campest scene in many a Star trek. The worst thing I can say about First Contact is that there are no Vulcans until the end when First Contact is finally made (regular readers of this site will be aware that I have a fetish for Vulcan ears). And although everyone knows that Human/Vulcan interaction formed the UFP, how come the Vulcans speak English? Do they have a universal translator? Did they learn it on their way toward the Terran System? Questions, questions, questions...

The best thing that can be said - other than the orgasmic Star trek-ness of it all - is that William Shatner doesn't appear because they killed Captain James T "Fatty" Kirk in the last movie and, for that, I am eternally grateful.

First Contact is a big must see for Trekkies and ordinary people alike. So do.

There is a saying that goes "Fantasy is a crutch for those who can't handle reality", to which I reply, "Reality is futile".

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 19 May 2005 - Special edition

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Speech

I will not give up the Enterprise! We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again! The line must be drawn... here - this far and no further!

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