Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Drama

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The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed.


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15 December 2002 | bross-1
The "Action" Entry
Many of the Star Trek Films have relied heavily on character interaction, dialogue, and suggested events to tell the story. Star Trek: First Contact breaks from this tradition by producing a sharp, fast paced action film that never relents from beginning to end. There are moments of reflection for the characters, but the movie has an inertia that makes the other entries in the franchise seem as if they plod along at five miles an hour. The result is one of the most satisfying films in the series.

Part of the appeal of Star Trek: First Contact, is that the central enemy is the Borg Collective, which has surpassed all other villainous races in the Star Trek universe in popularity. The central villain in this chapter is the Borg Queen, played by the chilly yet seductive Alice Krige. Krige is confident, convincing, and absolutely threatening in her performance, and seems to almost border on a character from a horror film. She lends an edge that is unique from other villains in the series, and is perfectly suited to the nature of the Borg. The design for both the Queen and the rest of the Borg is unsettling, and the story line and history of this race serves to illicit an emotional continuity between the events in the television show and the films.

Star Trek: First Contact probably has the widest appeal of all of the episodes, in much the same way as Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home did in 1986. It is action packed, filled with decent visual effects, clearly plotted, and supplies a threatening villain. This is definitely the best Next Generation film to date, and one of the strongest movies in the entire series.

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When the Vulcans land on Earth and make first contact, Cochran is unable to return the Vulcan salute. This is a reference to an old joke about Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). Many fans and quite a few actors throughout the "Star Trek" franchise cannot separate their fingers the right way. The most notable actor who cannot do this is William Shatner (Captain James T. Kirk). Mike Johansen can do the salute but only with his left hand, even though he is right-handed.


Borg Queen: Locutus...
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.


When outside the Enterprise on the deflector dish, the characters walk on the surface of the ship with magnetic boots as there is no gravity, both characters and weapons float away in different scenes. But when Worf crouches to turn the handle round he appears to place his weapon down on the ship's surface as if there's gravity present. Actually, we never see Worf put down the weapon - it is completely obscured. For all we know it's floating just above the ship's surface throughout the scene. Alternatively, Worf could have found some kind of crevice and jammed the weapon into it so it wouldn't flow away.

Crazy Credits

The opening credits the order in which the recurring cast's names appear mirrors the chain of command aboard the Enterprise. Patrick Stewart/Picard (captain), Jonathan Frakes/Riker (first officer), Brent Spiner/Data (second officer), LeVar Burton/Geordi (chief engineer) Michael Dorn/Worf (acting tactical officer) Gates McFadden/Beverly (chief medical officer), Marina Sirtis/Troi (ship's counselor).


Theme from 'Star Trek' TV Series
Music by
Alexander Courage


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Adventure | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,716,131 24 November 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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