The Borg travel 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.
In the twenty-fourth century, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E has been ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone by the Federation to avoid interference with their battle against the insidious Borg. Witnessing the loss of the battle, Captain Jean-Luc Picard ignores orders and takes command of the fleet engaging the Borg. But the Borg plan to travel back into the twenty-first century through a vortex with the intention to stop Earth's first contact with an alien race (the Vulcans). Following the Borg sphere, Picard and his crew realize that they have taken over the Enterprise in order to carry out their mission. Their only chance to do away with the Borg and their seductive Queen is to make sure that Zefram Cochrane makes his famous faster-than-light travel to the stars.Written by
Michael Zaslow: Who appeared as Crewman Darnell in Star Trek: The Original Series: The Man Trap (1966) (the first Trek to be broadcast), makes an uncredited cameo as the barkeep. Claims that Darnell was the first actor/character/crewman to be killed on Star Trek, are not really valid, because the series episodes were not broadcast in the order they were made, and the original pilot, "The Cage", is ignored completely in such arguments. In the original pilot Star Trek: The Original Series: The Cage (1986), Michael Dugan (Rigel VII Warrior) was the first actor/character killed, by falling onto the broken spear point that Captain Pike was holding up as the warrior fell. In terms of the series episodes that were aired, the first crewman killed was in Star Trek: The Original Series: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966), the second pilot for the series which led to the show being approved and broadcast, even if this was not the first episode aired. Paul Carr (Lieutenant Lee Kelso) was telekinetically strangled in the control room of the lithium cracking station on Delta Vega by Gary Lockwood (Lieutenant Commander Gary Mitchell) from the security cell where Mitchell was being held. See more »
Worf fires four quantum torpedoes to destroy the Borg Sphere, whereas the standard spread is three at a time. Nothing of the Sphere should have survived either the torpedoes or re-entry. See more »
This is one of the two best Star Trek movies ever made (the other being "Wrath of Khan"). Everything about this film is superb.... acting, set design, special effects, plot, and action. The story progresses at a breathtaking pace, and from the first 10 minutes when the Enterprise is locked in a life-and-death struggle with one of the best villains in all of sci-fi history (the Borg), to a perfect ending; there isn't a wasted or redundant moment. This is a film that both trekkers and non-trekkers can enjoy because the film explains enough about the back-story to get non-fans up to speed, and does it in a way that will keep the fans interest (check out the excellent opening sequence that introduces Picard's first encounter with the Borg and explains much of his implacable and obsessive attitude towards them throughout the film).
In addition to fine performances from the crew (highlighted as always by Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard), the supporting cast is more than equal to the task. Its too bad that the crew didn't bring Alfre Woodward back home with them........ she's one of the very few actors/actresses in Star Trek history who have been able to match Patrick Stewart's personality, acting skills, and histrionics. Also, I thought I detected a touch of romance between the two that could have been further developed at another time.
James Cromwell makes a perfect Zefrem Cochrane. It was a humorous touch to portray him as somewhat of an anti-hero, in contrast to the god-like reverence with which the characters in the film viewed him from a distance of 300 years.
The protagonists in the film, the Borg, have never looked more dangerous. I'm glad that this film returned them to their "roots", unlike their last few appearances in the television series in which they were becoming a little too domesticated.
This is a film to savor for any science fiction fan. 9.5/10.0 !
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