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Would have been Better as a Two-Part TV Episode,
This review is from: Star Trek Generations - Dvd  (DVD)
Generations is strange Star Trek film indeed. In some ways it was brilliantly done and in others quite poor.
Starting with the good, it is fantastic to finally see the Enterprise B, despite it being a bit too much a rip off of the Excelsior. When moving forward to the Next Generation part, the scene on the ship in the holodeck is excellent and a great way to bridge the Gap between the two eras. Also, Malcom McDowell's performance as Sorin is typically fine, and the end for the Enterprise D is stunning as is the Nexus.
Where it fails is that it does seem like a two part TV episode, albeit a grand one. Especially considering how the film used the same Enterprise from the TV show it would have doubtless been better to split the film in two, with the first part ending when Picard and Sorin enter the Nexus and then have a dramatic conclusion to the series.
Also, despite the enduring thrill of seeing Kirk in action again, having him, and his fellow retirees Scotty and Chekov handle the crisis with the Lakul almost single handedly while the Enterprise B crew sit around like lemons is a bit silly.
Finally - the Klingon Bird of Prey! Not only is the footage of it drawn mostly from Star Trek VI but it's a Klingon Bird of Prey - again! We had Imperial cruisers in I and II and then a Bird of Prey in III, IV, V, VI and now VII. Romulans for a change anyone? Or how about the Ferenghi? After all, the way in which the Klingons trade with Sorin for their own profit fits the big-eared devils much better.
Generations is not without merit but is far too flawed to be up there with the best and remains and odd numbered Trek film.