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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

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The Borg go back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.

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It is the 24th century and the newly-commissioned Enterprise-E has been ordered the patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone. Captain Jean-Luc Picard has been ordered not to interfere in a battle between a Borg Cube and starships from the Federation. However, seeing the Federation is losing the battle, Picard ignores his orders and takes command of the fleet. With his knowledge of its weak spot, they destroy the Cube, but a Borg Sphere escapes and plots a course directly for Earth. The Enterprise chases the Sphere, enters a temporal vortex created by the Borg, and arrives in the 21st century. Their only chance of stopping the Borg from assimilating Earth is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous first faster-than-light travel to the stars. Written by Marc-André Deschênes <imer@videotron.ca>

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Population 9 billion. All Borg. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi adventure violence | See all certifications »

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22 November 1996 (USA)  »

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Star Trek 8  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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$30,716,131 (USA) (22 November 1996)

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$92,001,027 (USA) (28 March 1997)
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At the beginning of the movie, Picard is listening to "Les Troyens" by Hector Berlioz; a short while later Riker asks, "Why are we out here chasing comets?" There is an asteroid named "69288 Berlioz." See more »

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While Picard, Worf and Hawke are trying to disable the "interplexing beacon" the Borg are building on top of the deflector dish, smoke or steam can be seen rising up in such a way it only can in an atmosphere. Steam/smoke would normally dissipate in a vacuum, zero gravity, in all directions, if it's not propelled, and if it is propelled "upward", then it will continue to "rise" and won't come back "down" as seen in the movie. However, all this is true if the electric charge is taken out of the equation. The steam is likely ionized (positively charged), if not for functional purposes (we know that plasma is often used in the deflector), then because of Picard's phaser fire. Picard also mentions that the dish is charged with anti-protons (negative charge), which perfectly explains why the positively charged steam is pulled back toward the dish. Plasma behavior in an unknown electromagnetic field can be complicated enough to explain all the apparent inconsistencies of its motion in space. See more »

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Borg Queen: Locutus...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.
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After 'Stunt Players' are listed, the 'Stunt Borg' are listed. See more »

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Follows Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984) See more »

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Moonlight Becomes You
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Performed by Julie Morgan
Produced by John E. Oliver
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Enjoyable mix of light TV touches and sci-fi drama
21 December 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the Borg launch an attack on Earth, the Enterprise is sent to the neutral zone due to the Admiralty's mistrust of Picard's abilities as he had been assimilated in the past. The Enterprise however, disobeys and returns to help destroy the Borg ship. However a smaller ship escapes and travels back in time, causing the assimilation of Earth in the future. The Enterprise follow the ship back in time and have to undo the damage the ship did on the surface to an experimental warp drive unit that will led Earth to it's first contact with alien life. Meanwhile, on the Enterprise, survivors of the Borg ship begin to assimilate decks within the ship itself.

The trend of the `even good, odd bad' continues in Star Trek with this good entry in the series. Linking to previous story lines, the film starts immediately and continues at a good pace. Where the previous time travel excursion for the crew was more funny than anything else, this film goes down a more dramatic route with the main plot not turning out to be on the ground (as I first thought it would be) but on the ship where the crew struggle to contain the Borg's advances. This aspect works well - it is not edge of the seat stuff, but it is dramatic and involving.

In contrast the stuff on the surface is more a side issue that is used well to contrast with the pace on the Enterprise itself. There aren't many laughs but it does have a nice little bit of self mocking humour that raises it's head occasionally. The cast (crew?) all do good work, but it is Stewart's film and his Borg past help to enrich his character well. Frakes does an able enough job as director but as an actor he has little to do, as indeed do most of those on the Earth aside from a cameo from Cromwell who adds humour. Woodard is OK in her role but not as good as I've seen her be in other things.

Overall this is a solid Star Trek film, which although not excelling in any one area, has a strong backbone of drama and action aboard the ship that works well with the lighter stuff on the earth.


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