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.
On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.
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
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Despite the fact that the Borg's hive mind "speaks" English with a clear American accent, they are nonetheless heard speaking their signature line - "Resistance is futile" - with "futile" pronounced in the manner of British English ("FEW-tull" in the former, "FEW-tile" in the latter). This, of course, is the accent employed by Picard, who first introduced the "FEW-tile" pronunciation when he was captured by the Borg during Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds: Part 1 (1990). It has never been explained why the Borg changed their pronunciation of that solitary word for the film. Logically they could have "assimilated" the revised pronunciation after first capturing Picard - perhaps after concluding that it was a "more perfect" phrasing - though this explanation offers no rationale for why "futile" is the only word not uttered by the Borg mind in American English. The likely explanation is simply that Picard's Borg assimilation was one of the most widely acclaimed plot threads of the entire Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) run - and possibly the reason "First Contact" was the most commercially successful Trek film featuring TNG's cast - so the producers elected to have the Borg use Patrick Stewart's own British phrasing. (Nonetheless, the non-Borg characters who use the word in the film pronounce it in American English, as it would defy logic for humanoid characters to switch to the Queen's English for a solitary word.) See more »
Cmdr Riker unplugs the jukebox when he first meets Dr Cochrane. A few minutes later Dr Cochrane appears to simply hit the jukebox to turn it back on. However, in the background during the last few lines of Riker and Troi's conversation, you can see Cochrane bend down beside the jukebox, (presumably) to plug it in. He then hits it to restart it. See more »
Finally, after the dismal Generations outing, they got it right with this one! First Contact indeed is on par with the very best of the Star Trek films - The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country. Unfortunately, they won't get it right again to the present day (with the above average but still not as good Insurrection and awful Nemesis). The script is very solid, the acting above par (with kudos going to Alice Krige as the seductive Borg Queen and Alfre Woodard as the trusting Lily Sloane), and the score by Jerry Goldsmith again another hit. All of that combined with visual effects that service the story and not is the story makes this outing a spectacular success - a solid 9 out of 10!
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