Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1994. Paramount Pictures. Story by Rick Berman, Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, Screenplay by Ronald D. Moore, Brannon Braga, based on the television series Star Trek by Gene Roddenberry. Cinematography by John A. Alonzo. Produced by Rick Berman. Music by Dennis McCarthy. Production Design by Herman F. Zimmerman. Costume Design by Robert Blackman. Film Editing by Peter E. Berger.
Now it is time for the two captains to meet: both Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) are featured in this gorgeously shot Star Trek adventure that for the first time appeals to fans of both the older and newer series. Why they’re brought together is just another silly contrivance to keep the franchise going, and not always an interesting one: eighty years after Kirk was thought lost during the rescue of alien refugees in outer space, Picard, captain of the new Enterprise stumbles upon the wacky plan of a mad physicist (Malcolm McDowell). McDowell longs to return to a “Nexus”, a Utopia-like existence controlled by dreams that exists in a random energy channel that travels through space. His desire to reach this place is so strong that he is willing to destroy an entire planet to do it. Guess who Picard runs into when he himself discovers this Edenic place? The two captains team up to fight evil before Kirk passes the torch on to his new counterpart. Great action scenes, but character development is always flat except when it’s being cheesy or manipulative.