Star Trek: First Contact
Even-numbered Star Trek movies tend to be better, and First Contact (#8 in the popular movie series) is no exception–an intelligently handled plot involving the galaxy-conquering Borg and their attempt to invade Earth’s past, alter history, and “assimilate” the entire human race. Time travel, a dazzling new Enterprise, and capable direction by Next Generation alumnus Jonathan Frakes makes this one rank with the best of the bunch. Capt. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his able crew travel back in time to Earth in the year 2063, where they hope to ensure that the inventor of warp drive (played by James Cromwell) will successfully carry out his pioneering warp-drive flight and precipitate Earth’s “first contact” with an alien race. A seductive Borg queen (Alice Krige) holds Lt. Data (Brent Spiner) hostage in an effort to sabotage the Federation’s preservation of history, and the captive android finds himself tempted by the queen’s tantalizing sins of the flesh! Sharply conceived to fit snugly into the burgeoning Star Trek chronology, First Contact leads to a surprise revelation that marks an important historical chapter in the ongoing mission “to boldly go where no one has gone before.”
It was pretty disappointing to get near the end of this film only to hear an expletive which immediately caused this DVD to go from receiving the Dove Seal to NOT receiving the Dove Seal. This is a near-miss and it is always disappointing when a film comes oh-so-close and yet crosses our level of acceptability in one content area, in this case the language category. The expletive was a “J” which offends many people of faith.
The story itself was one of the better “Star Trek” stories, as the plot revolves around the interesting alien enemy the Borg. This story included time travel, sacrifice, and carefully examining one’s motives as Capt. Jean-Luc Picard must determine if he is going all-out to defeat the Borg because of what they have done, or more specifically if it is because of what they have personally done to “him” in the past. It is unfortunate that, with about twenty minutes to go, the filmmakers included the strong language which prevents us from awarding our Dove Seal to this movie as a family-friendly film.