Star Trek: Generations

Review by Gary Couzens

The maiden voyage of the new Enterprise and the retired Kirk, Scott and Chekov are honoured guests. However, they receive a distress signal from two cargo ships enveloped by a mass of energy. They rescue the survivors but in the chaos, Kirk is lost. Seventy-eight years later, the Enterprise, captained now by Picard (Patrick Stewart) encounter Dr Soran (Malcolm McDowell), a survivor of one of the cargo ships. But Soran is a dangerous alien prepared to do anything, even deal with the Klingons, in his quest for immortality.

Star Trek Generations is designed to wind up the first generation film series and start off the Next Generation. Late on in the action, Picard encounters Kirk, and they join together to combat the malevolent Soran. So far, par for the course. But what lets the film down is the direction of TV veteran David Carson, particularly the pacing. The first reel, the rescue mission, gets the film off to a promising start, but once the film jumps seventy-eight years it bogs down for at least an hour, and not even a tolerably lively finale can save it. The subplot involving Data’s newfound emotion chip is especially tedious. Acting is no more than serviceable, in McDowell’s case as hammy as usual. For uncritical Trekkers only – no-one else need apply.

(d. David Carson)

This review was originally published in the January/February 1995 issue of the BFS Newsletter (Vol. 19, No. 1).