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Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Way overrated movie.

It’s more movie-like and has better pacing, better spaceship sets and special effects than the first TNG movie. And I also like the new uniforms. But the plot is stupid. I say that the worst movie with the original cast is better than the best TNG movie.

I’m not a fan of adding time travel to series that aren’t specifically about time travel. So the TV series Travelers, specifically about time travel, was great, but time travel is bad when it’s in Star Trek. If the Borg can travel back in time, then why not just travel back in time in Borg space, then send a Borg cube to Earth which is back in time before they have any defenses, and they can just easily assimilate the planet, and Picard would have totally been unable to do anything about it.

The supposedly great accomplishment of man’s first warp flight becomes pretty meaningless if time travelers from the future are helping out.

This is a more minor point, but I don’t understand why Picard allowed Doctor Crusher to bring the injured black woman back to the Enterprise. It’s a mistake that Captain Kirk would have made, but Picard is supposed to be a real stickler for following the rules, even if following the rules sucks. With several people from the past knowing about the future, including Zefram Cochrane, I don’t see how the timeline hasn’t been screwed up.

Vulcans discover Cochrane’s tiny little spaceship, but are oblivious to the huge-in-comparison Enterprise from the future orbiting Earth.

Nothing in this movie makes sense if you spend more than a few seconds thinking about it.

A horny grotesque Borg “queen” who wants to have sex with Data, this is just so stupid I don’t know what more to say about it.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 28, 2020 at 10:38 AM

Posted in Star Trek

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  1. Well they did mess up the timeline. That’s part of the reason Enterprise contradicts the preceding Star Trek series.

    JayMan

    January 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

  2. I saw “1917” yesterday. Fantastic! Highly recommended.

    Black Death

    January 28, 2020 at 11:23 AM

  3. The cringe was strong in that, to be sure. But then I always liked the supposedly bad ST Final Frontier, directed by Shatner. I think my fave was the last original cast movie, The Undiscovered Country. All of them were better (except the first one, which nearly killed the franchise) than the Picard movies, imho. Don”t even get me started on JJ Abrams versions.

    jack cade

    January 28, 2020 at 3:48 PM

    • You liked Star Trek V? In the immortal words of Rajesh Koothrappali, that movie is the badness against which all badness is measured!

      And I saw it in the theater when it came out. Worst film I saw in 1989. Worse than Karate Kid 3.

      njguy73

      January 28, 2020 at 5:32 PM

      • It’s underrated.

        IHTG

        February 2, 2020 at 7:05 AM

  4. Basically it’s just a well-paced movie with lots of good action, suspense, and humor, entertaining characters, and the Borg make good bad guys. Also the whole 1920s simulator scene was good fun all around.

    Very little about space opera as a genre makes sense if you think too hard about it. Start with the fact that various space nations are reasonably balanced against one other — shouldn’t one have an enormous head-start on all the others, in terms of both tech and number of colonized worlds? Also AI is never applied consistently or intelligently.

    As for First Contact, if I had to make up reasons, I could say the Borg didn’t use that time travel strategy because something about time travel means you can only do it in certain times and places. Space-time is like a folded-up carpet and you can only stab it with a needle at certain points to reach other points.

    The Vulcans didn’t spot the Enterprise because the Enterprise is way higher tech and was trying to evade them.

    Wency

    January 28, 2020 at 4:51 PM


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