Star Trek Generations

Star Trek Generations

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Director: David Carson

Cast: David Carson, Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

     
 

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The seventh Star Trek feature passed the torch to a new crew. Decades after the original "Trek, the skipper of the fourth USS Enterprise is Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who investigates a massacre at a science outpost. The only survivor is Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowall), who perpetrated the event to cover up his invention: a bomb he launchesSee more details below

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Overview

The seventh Star Trek feature passed the torch to a new crew. Decades after the original "Trek, the skipper of the fourth USS Enterprise is Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who investigates a massacre at a science outpost. The only survivor is Dr. Soran (Malcolm McDowall), who perpetrated the event to cover up his invention: a bomb he launches into a nearby sun, exploding it. As Soran escapes with Klingon cronies, Picard learns that Soran's plan is to summon a heavenly energy ribbon called the Nexus. Those who enter it live forever with every wish fulfilled. Attempting to stop Soran, Picard ends up inside the Nexus, where he discovers former captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner), believed to have been killed in an accident 78 years earlier.

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Even though the Star Trek series dropped the Roman numerals with this, the seventh installment, Star Trek Generations is often thought to continue the trend of the odd-numbered sequels being weaker than the even ones. Still, there's a lot to like in this film, and not just because it gives fans the chance to bid a fond farewell to three folks from the original Enterprise: James Doohan's Scotty, Walter Koenig's Chekov, and, most poignantly, William Shatner's Kirk. But taking center stage this time is the crew from Star Trek: The Next Generation, led by Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard, and it's a pretty convincing theatrical debut, even if the characters are used unevenly. It's smart that we get a big dose of Brent Spiner's Data, the heretofore emotionless android, who installs an emotion chip in order to become more human. This allows Spiner excellent leeway to explore the android's wacky potential -- when, for example, he first tastes a disagreeable beverage, he revels outrageously in how much he dislikes it, then asks for seconds just to experience the thrill. Similarly delightful Data moments do draw screen time from such stalwart crew members as Worf (Michael Dorn), Riker (Jonathan Frakes), and Troi (Marina Sirtis), but the screenwriters only have so much time to dole out. The storyline is typically hyperbolic, as Trek movie storylines go -- Malcolm McDowell blowing up stars, to alter the path of a ribbon-shaped portal floating through space, ends up being both cool and surprisingly plausible, by Trek standards. David Carson, a veteran of numerous episodes of several Trek series, brings it all to the screen with workmanlike competence. Maybe it was just that odd-numbered curse that caused history to view this as a lesser Trek film.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0097360728941
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
23,288

Special Features

Commentary by: director David Carson and Manny Coto; Scoring Trek HD; Next Generation designer flashback: Andrew Probert HD; Stellar cartography on Earth HD; Brent Spiner: data and beyond part 1 HD; Trek roundtable generations HD; Starfleet academy: trilithium HD; ; Blu-ray exclusives: ; Library computer; Star Trek IQ (BD-live); ; Plus over 3 hours of previously released content

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Stewart Capt. Jean-Luc Picard
William Shatner James T. Kirk
Malcolm McDowell Dr. Tolian Soran
Jonathan Frakes Cmdr. William Riker
Brent Spiner Lt. Cmdr. Data
LeVar Burton Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge
Whoopi Goldberg Guinan
Michael Dorn Lt. Cmdr. Worf
Gates McFadden Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis Counselor Deanna Troi
James Doohan Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Walter Koenig Pavel Chekov
Barbara March Lursa
Gwynyth Walsh B'Etor
Alan Ruck Capt. Harriman
Jenette Goldstein Science Officer
Thomas Kopache Com Officer
Glenn Morshower Navigator
Tim Russ Lieutenant
Tommy Hinkley Journalist
John Putch Journalist
Michael Mack Ensign Hayes
Patti Yasutake Nurse Alyssa Ogawa
Henry Marshall Security Officer
Majel Barrett Computer
Rif Hutton Klingon Guard
Brian Thompson Klingon Helm
Marcy Goldman El Aurian Survivor
Judy Levitt El Aurian Survivor
Kristopher Logan El Aurian Survivor
Gwen van Dam El Aurian Survivor
Kim Braden Picard's Wife
Olivia Hack Picard's Kid
Christine Jansen Journalist

Technical Credits
David Carson Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Yudi Bennett Asst. Director
Peter E. Berger Editor
Richard C. Berman Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Robert Blackman Costumes/Costume Designer
Brannon Braga Original Story,Screenwriter
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Terry Frazee Special Effects
John Knoll Special Effects
Peter Lauritson Co-producer
Dennis McCarthy Score Composer
Ronald B. Moore Special Effects
Ronald D. Moore Original Story,Screenwriter
Sandy Veneziano Art Director
Michael Westmore Makeup
Bernard Williams Executive Producer
Herman Zimmerman Production Designer

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