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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how Trek should be done, 5 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Star Trek: First Contact [1996] [DVD] (DVD)
ST8: First Contact was the first entirely Next Generation Trek film and, quite frankly, it is the best of all the 10 films. It has become apparent that the best Trek films have incorporated some decent battle scenes, interesting character development and a larger-than-life baddy; this film has these in spades. It was only natural that the most frightening enemy ever created in the Trek universe, the Borg, should be given a big-screen outing and they don't disappoint. There was always a danger that writers would have nothing new to work with when writing for such a fearsome enemy. However, by exploiting the storyline involving Commander Data and introducing the Borg Queen they were kept fresh and interesting.
This leads onto a general gripe about recent Trek films. Data's character development effectively came to an end in First Contact - he had had his emotion chip exploited and finally displayed the full range of human frailties. The story involving the Borg was, effectively, a final ending too. Unfortunately Paramount went on to make two more movies and TV episodes involving the Borg which were rubbish and resorted to steps backward in both character development and plot in order to make more money.
I don't agree with people who criticise the jokey lines - they were not overused (unlike ST:9) and didn't detract from the story. All the characters have some good material and the weaknesses in the main characters (most notably Capt Picard's need for revenge) address the final quibble that so many people have had with the Next Gen TV series - why should everyone in the 24th Century be perfect and nice? (Sorry Gene Roddenberry - great idealism but rubbish entertainment).
In short, the film has everything a Trek film should have. ST8, 2 and 6 are all essential viewing.
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