STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT Star Trek: First Contact – 1996

By Jonathan Frakes

With Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn

And here we go. The new crew is definitely in place for the big screen, no offense to Williem Shetner who has tried, the guy, to refourguer his scenario of best star trek movie Resurrection , unable to digest his disappearance all but Dantesque a saga that owes him a lot. But no, Generations has sent it ad patres and now, place to Picard, Worf, Data, Ryker and other new browsers USS Enterprise E, en route to a (already ?!) eighth episode that announces the best film . The storyline is indeed rooted in an excellent episode of the series, Best of Both Worlds(Do not panic, you do not need to have followed the series to follow the film, the scriptwriter Rick Berman not forgetting to bridge the two stories so that no spectator is dropped). Picard being captured by the Borg (sort of robot-zombies assimilators and annihilators of all emotion), the crew will therefore have to fight with these cybernetic creatures ready to do anything to rewrite the future to their advantage by preventing, three centuries ago, the first contact between humans and aliens (Vulcans inevitably) and thus questioning everything that could be the future until the 24th century and the very existence of Picard and his acolytes. Like what temporal paradoxes are really an inexhaustible source for sci-fi scenarios.

And Jonathan Frakes, already director of several episodes of the series, to find himself at the controls of a very good opus skilfully combining intersideral fights (even if the film is a bit chick in term of pure space action because it is satisfied only a superb battle scene at the beginning and a small pedestrian attack in space two-thirds of the footage), humor (the passages on Earth are filled with jokes and light humor where we clearly feel that the team feasting and spends his time dressing) and chronic human on revenge and redemption. Because here, the eternal pragmatism and the unshakeable reason of Picard take a hit. Quoting Moby Dick as a symbolic reference to unreasoning fury, best star trek movie  Contactconfronts the bald French captain with his demons and offers to the role, just like the script, an interpretation on the weakness of the human spirit which is also its richness, the very one that makes the characters advance towards a future that has always given the tone of the positive and utopian message that Star Trek vehicle . This and a metaphor on individual freedom versus the enslavement of the masses. With the presence of a James Cromwell as a baba-chic barstain scientist and beginner Neal McDonough, and even picking up veteran Jerry Goldsmith franchise to music, Premier Contact is developing a signature recipe for only the best opus next genof the license but also a film perfectly embodying the very definition of “science fiction”. Nice shot! as the Americans say.


Star Trek: Insurrection – 1998

Barely put back in the saddle thanks to a Premier Contact more than successful, the license is shot in the foot and is immediately sclerosed with this ninth opus, vague futuristic cousin of La Petite Maison in the meadow . Sort of low-end episode stretched and hardworking, best star trek movie Insurrection plays it flower power: Picard, feeling the passing years, go counting flower to a menopausal Ba’ku reflecting on life, love, cows, while Son’a, old moldy who spend their time on plastic surgery chairs to to be pulled the skin, covet the erzatz fountain of youth said Ba’ku. Certainly, if the film seeks to emancipate itself from the genre (the screenwriter prefers to place his feelings on the dangers of technology in the face of the simple things of life), to distance him as much from what we are entitled to expect of a science-fiction film is almost an artistic suicide that neither Piller nor director Jonathan Frakes seems to anticipate. But the contemplative and the bucolic, Frakes like that! As a result, to the spatial sequences that are now only transitions, thePremier Contact prefers to transform his film into an “image of Epinal” and engulfs the work in a soft, pompous and uninteresting romance where suspense is completely absent. Beside that, the Anakin and Padmé of Star Wars: Episode 2 pass for Romeo and Juliet in full geopolitical crisis! Yet, we tried to make us believe in the viability of the project with the talented and Oscar-winning F. Murray Abraham behind the mask of the ultimate villain. But no, sorry, nothing helps. Especially since, in the wake, Existenz and Cube out of the box , two films knowing to put a shot in the SF register. And whatever we think of Cronenberg and Natali’s films, we have to recognize that beside them,Star Trek Insurrection is like Papa’s movie theater. Come on, it’s okay, we’ll put it on the account of the famous curse Trekkienne that every episode odd is well below expectations (to remain polite), and wait for the next installment with the feverish impatience of a spartan starting warfare, just to catch up.

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