Reviewed by: Ryan Kelly
It’s back to the stars for all you “Star Trek” fans! “Star Trek: Generations” is the 7th film in the “Star Trek” movie saga created by Gene Roddenberry. “Generations” brings Captain James T. Kirk (Original Series) and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (“The Next Generation”) together with a common mission; to stop a mad scientist named Soran from destroying a planet with millions of lives on it.
Soran’s objective is to find eternal life, ultimate peace, and joy. Unfortunately, he is not looking for it in the right place, for Jesus is the only one who can give eternal life and lasting peace. Soran will stop at nothing to get to a space traveling “energy ribbon” called the Nexus, and lost human lives are no deterrant.
The plot is faulty and has many holes, but other aspects help to cover for it. The special effects are good, the musical score is nice, and there are some really intriguing sections (i.e., a scene with Geordi and the Klingons). An interesting side-plot is Data’s more human-like personality. He created and placed an “emotion chip” into his body which allows him to experience humor, loyalty, even an appreciation for good food! He also has to cope with fear and anger. This is cute for a little while, but was overplayed and ends up serving as not much more than an avenue for extra profanity.
There is no sex in this film, and the violence portrayed is no more than you would find in any other science fiction movie. However, there are humanistic and mystic overtones which have become all-too-common in the Star Trek plots.
The reason that I chose to rate the “moviemaking quality” at only 2½ is because 3 stands for “normal of its genre.” I thought this movie could have been much better, especially in terms of script and plot.
“Star Trek” fans will probably enjoy seeing Captain Kirk again, but this production does not get a “live long and prosper” from me.
Year of Release—1994