Star Trek: Generations
Stardate: the 23rd Century. Retired Starfleet officers James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott are guests of honor aboard the newly christened Enterprise-B. A test run takes an unexpected turn, however, when the starship encounters two vessels trapped inside the Nexus, a mysterious energy ribbon. During a perilous rescue attempt, Kirk is swept out into space.
Seven decades later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurian physicist named Soran. Unbeknownst to Picard, Soran harbors a deadly plan that includes the destruction of the Enterprise and millions of lives. Now Picard’s only hope for a future rests within the Nexus…and a legendary captain from the past.
This film includes some intense and dramatic moments, for example when a desperate ship hails the Enterprise for help in the beginning of the movie as it faces blowing up. But the movie incorporates humor effectively too, such as when a character is forced to walk a plank on a ship at sea, as part of an initiation to honor him, and the first commanding officer tells the computer to “remove” the plank instead of “retract” the plank. The result is funny to be sure.
The android Data is given an emotion chip and the usually serious android suddenly understands humor, including a joke he remembers from years ago before he grasped the definition of funny. His laughter in understanding the old joke is a fun and humorous moment in the film.
Ultimately, the movie is about two captains working together to save the galaxy, namely Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and also Captain Kirk (William Shatner), who finds himself working alongside Picard thanks to a time warp. The villain Soran is effectively played by Malcolm McDowell and it is he who must be thwarted by Picard and Kirk or the galaxy will suffer terrible consequences. This film is well directed, written and acted, and we happily award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.