I have written this review so there are no spoilers to those that haven't ever seen or heard of this movie. While there are many fans of Star Trek (both original & The Next Generation) that have blasted this movie for the death of one of the characters, I wasn't so quick to dismiss it.
I found the writing to be superb and was very surprised that many of the characters we have come to love from TNG undergo a definite maturing process. So it's not just a 2 hr TV episode. I also found that the writers were able to bring the old and the new together in a very pleasing way that doesn't seem to be aimed at irritating one set of fans or the other. However, there is no getting around the fact that the movie was written in such a way as to leave no doubt that Star Trek as a franchise and a universe is moving on from the old.
I hesitate to recommend this movie to someone that isn't familiar with The Next Generation TV series as much of the movie assumes you are...
I had purchased a Toshiba DVD recorder from Amazon in order to transfer material from VHS to DVD. I had purchased a Magnovox DVD recorder from Fingerhut but it had stopped working. The Toshiba has worked very well but when I tried copying the Star Trek movies, including Generations, from two VHS tapes I kept getting that message on my TV screen that I was not permitted to copy the material. I knew that meant the tapes were too old since they were homemade an not pre-recorded. I was delighted to find a set of the first six movies and this one of Generations. This was a meeting of the generations in that Captain Kirk along with Scotty and Chekov were on board the new Enterprise with its new crew until, well, you will have to watch the movie. It then jumped a few centuries to when Star Trek: The Next Generation's crew entered the picture. I was not that familiar with this crew, not being a view of Next Generation, but it was interesting to meet them, including their captain. Enter a...
The cheesy movie where Picard meets Kirk and both get out-acted by Malcolm McDowell as he manages to character act a character that is so thin on details it shouldn't exist. The plot doesn't make sense, the effects are dated, and it somehow still manages to capture the fun of TNG Star Trek in an easily consumable way.
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