Star Trek: Generations (1994) – Encore Review


“[to Sulu’s daughter, Demora] Congratulations, Ensign. It wouldn’t be the Enterprise without a Sulu at the helm.” – Kirk

Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (at least 5 times  (twice in Theater, video, DVD, 23 Mar 2014 and 17 Apr 2017)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Captain Picard and his crew must find a way to stop a crazed scientist from destroying a planet in order to reenter an existence he was forcefully removed from 80 years earlier.

My Take on it – Over the past seven months, I have watched the entire series of Star Trek The Next Generation and upon finishing watching them, I knew that the next step was obviously to watch the films.

Having seen all 176 episodes has given me greater insight into the characters here and it was fun seeing them continue to use their unique qualities as this film is essentially an extension of the show.

The idea to combine both TV shows premises here was a great one because not only does it give us the opportunity to see two Captains working together, we get to essentially watch the baton being handed over from the older crew to the younger one.

The cast of the shows are all great here and it was nice that they chose to add Whoopi Goldberg here as Guinan because her characters fits well into the storyline conceived here.

Malcolm MacDowell is a great villain and keeps everyone on their toes.

The fact that some unfinished elements of the show itself are used here makes this film give the show even more closure as it moved from the small screen to the big one.

Loved the philosophical issues brought up about career and family and it gives one lots to think about for a long time after the credits roll.

Bottom Line – Great way to integrate both series together and “hand over the baton” from crew to crew.  Nice to see Kirk and Picard work together to try and stop the villain.  Uses many great elements of both TV shows to give us a really fun episode.  Wise move having Guinan play a major part here because her character is perfect for this storyline. Great philosophical issues about career and family are shown here in a very relate-able way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  William Shatner has stated that his line “Who am I to argue with the Captain of the Enterprise?” was the hardest line he ever had to deliver.  (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (slightly downgraded from original review)

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4 thoughts on “Star Trek: Generations (1994) – Encore Review

  1. Nice review! I love this movie and the way they handled the crossover between the two series. I’m perplexed by how its gotten a mixed reputation, but it’s up there with the best Trek films for me.

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  2. A much maligned Star Trek film (even by the makers of it), but I think it’s terrific. Always been one of my favorites. The Enterprise crash sequence is one of the most exciting bits in any of the movies.

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