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Captains Kirk and Picard meet in a strange "Nexus" that defies time and unites forces to save a planet from destruction.

Star Trek: Generations

Star Trek: Generations

  PG | action | 1 HR 58 MIN | 1994

Captains James Kirk and Jean-Luc Picard team up to save the universe from a mad scientist.

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In the late 23rd century, the USS Enterprise -B is on her maiden voyage, and Kirk is no longer in the captain's chair. The ship must rescue El-Aurian refugees from a mysterious energy ribbon, but the rescue seemingly costs Kirk his life. Seventy-eight years later, one of the El-Aurian survivors leads the crew of the Enterprise -D into a deadly confrontation with the Duras sisters as he plots to re-enter the paradise of the ribbon that nearly destroyed him years prior.

  • 1.1.1 23rd century (2293)
  • 1.2.1 24th century (2371)
  • 1.3 Act Two
  • 1.4 Act Three
  • 2 Log entries
  • 3 Memorable quotes
  • 4.1 Development
  • 4.2 Preproduction
  • 4.4 Costumes
  • 4.5 Effects
  • 4.6 Production
  • 4.7 Reshoots
  • 4.8 Deleted scenes
  • 4.9 Official site
  • 4.10 Reaction
  • 4.11.1 Cast notes
  • 4.11.2 References to other series and films
  • 4.11.3 Sets and props
  • 4.12 Apocrypha
  • 4.13 Merchandise gallery
  • 5 Awards and honors
  • 6.1.1 Opening credits
  • 6.1.2 Closing credits
  • 6.2.1 Performers
  • 6.2.2 Stunt performers
  • 6.2.3 Stand-ins and photo doubles
  • 6.2.4 Production staff
  • 6.3.1 Other references
  • 6.3.2 Meta references
  • 6.3.3 Unreferenced material
  • 6.5 Sources
  • 6.6 External links

Summary [ ]

Prologue [ ], 23rd century (2293) [ ].

USS Enterprise-B in drydock

The launch of the new USS Enterprise -B

Floating in space , a bottle of Dom Pérignon , vintage 2265 , cracks against the hull of the new Excelsior -class USS Enterprise -B at the starship 's christening ceremony. On the drydock facility, various gathered civilians and Starfleet personnel applaud the christening. On the Enterprise -B bridge , three guests of honor, of the crew of the original USS Enterprise , Captains James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott and Commander Pavel Chekov , emerge from the turbolift and are immediately surrounded by reporters asking the three legends of Starfleet questions all at once.

Chekov, Kirk, and Scott

" I remember reading about your missions when I was in grade school. "

Their frantic questioning is interrupted by Enterprise -B's commanding officer , Captain John Harriman , who says there'll be plenty of time for that later – and welcomes the new arrivals to the bridge. He then tells Kirk how he's pleased to have welcomed a group of living legends aboard and how he read about their exploits when he was in grade school. After a rather awkward moment, Kirk asks if they can look around, and Harriman obliges. As the three men disperse, Chekov sees a young female Starfleet ensign and calls out her name. Kirk is asked by a reporter about how he feels for the first starship Enterprise in thirty years to be launching without him in command. Kirk says he's fine with it and that he's happy to be aboard to send the Enterprise -B on her way. Before he can be grilled further, an Enterprise -B crewman asks the reporter to let Kirk look around first and the former Enterprise captain stares longingly at the captain's chair .

Chekov then calls Kirk over and introduces him to the Enterprise 's helm officer, Ensign Demora Sulu . Demora tells Kirk that her father has told her some interesting stories about him. It surprises Kirk to learn that Hikaru Sulu is her father. Chekov reminds Kirk that he's met her before – which Kirk remembers, but didn't think it to be that long ago. Chekov tells Kirk it was twelve years previous . Kirk shakes Demora's hand and tells her, " It wouldn't be the Enterprise without a Sulu at the helm. " She thanks Kirk and Chekov tells her that her father must be very proud of her. She says she hopes so. As Demora returns to the helm, Chekov marvels at her, remarking to Kirk that he was never that young. Kirk agrees, but tells Chekov that he was younger. Scott walks by and remarks that the new Enterprise is a "damn fine ship." Kirk tells Scott he's amazed that Sulu found time to have a family. Scott says that just as Kirk would say, " If something's important, you make the time. " He then wonders if that might be what Kirk's problem is and that he might be finding retirement a little bit lonely. Kirk remarks that he's glad Scott is an engineer – because with tact like that, he'd make a lousy psychiatrist. Just then, Harriman steps up and tells Kirk and Scott it's time to go and if they would please take their seats.

Kirk – somewhat reluctantly – and Scott move away from the captain's chair and Harriman starts to order the ship out of dock. But then, Harriman turns and asks Kirk to give the order to get them underway. At first Kirk begs off, but Harriman persists. Kirk continues to try to get out of it, but Harriman insists and with the reporters all there, Kirk finally stands and orders to the helm, " Take us out. " After everyone on the bridge applauds, Chekov says " very good, sir " and Scott remarks " brought a tear to me eye " in regard to his choice of words, whereupon Kirk tells them both to be quiet. Then, the Enterprise -B leaves drydock on its maiden voyage around Earth's solar system . As the Enterprise -B cruises out of drydock and into open space , Kirk, Chekov, and Scott complete a full tour of the ship. Upon returning to the bridge, they're asked how it feels to be back after having seen the whole ship to which they all rather awkwardly reply " Fine. " Harriman informs the reporters that the Enterprise 's course today will take them out just beyond Pluto and then back to spacedock, " Just a quick run around the block. "

Guests of honor

Three legends reunite

Just then, a distress call comes in over the com . The voice on the distress call notes that their ship, the SS Lakul , is one of two ships in their convoy that are currently trapped in a severe gravimetric distortion . They cannot break free and need immediate help. The voice also reports that it is tearing their ships apart before the transmission is cut off. Ensign Sulu tells Captain Harriman that the ships are only three light years away. At first hesitant, Captain Harriman asks to signal the closest starship; stating that Enterprise is currently in no condition to mount a rescue. At this, Kirk jumps up from his chair and stares at Harriman. The captain tells Kirk that they don't even have a full crew aboard. The operations officer notes that they are the only ship in range. Faced with this, Harriman reluctantly orders the Enterprise into action, having the ship accelerated to maximum warp. Kirk nervously shifts around in his chair. Scott notices this and asks if there is something wrong with his chair, implying that he knows of Kirk's desire to take over the situation. Not far out, the Enterprise encounters the two El-Aurian refugee ships, the Lakul and the SS Robert Fox , caught in a strange energy ribbon .

Faced with gravimetric distortions that threaten to destroy his ship, Harriman – at the urging of Captain Kirk – resolves to take the Enterprise into the ribbon. Once they get close enough, the ship finds both ships being battered by the energy ribbon. Kirk immediately suggests that the Enterprise use its tractor beam to pull the ships away, only to be told (much to his disbelief) that it hasn't even been installed yet, not until Tuesday . Harriman then tries a couple of safe maneuvers to try and free the ships, but to no avail before the Robert Fox explodes, killing all 265 people on board. Admitting that he's out of his depth, Harriman turns over control of the situation to Captain Kirk who immediately leaps into action and suggests they attempt to get close enough to meet transporter range and beam the El-Aurians off the Lakul . When Harriman points out the hazards, Kirk replies that danger is part of a Starfleet officer's life, especially if one is aboard the Enterprise and sitting in the chair. Harriman orders the ship in, however the initial attempt is made difficult as the El-Aurians life signs phase in and out of the space-time continuum . Scott begins a transport from the Lakul as it, too, explodes. He manages to save 47 – out of 150. Shortly afterward, the Enterprise herself gets trapped by the energy ribbon.

Chekov meets Guinan

Chekov and Guinan

In sickbay, Chekov and two of the reporters he wrangled to be nurses (as the Enterprise 's medical staff also hasn't arrived) attempt to help wounded refugees as the ship is rocked by the gravimetric distortions. A distraught, middle aged man is particularly violent in his desire to return, and has to be sedated by Chekov. Also among the refugees is Guinan , whom Chekov notices standing in the corner of the room in distress and takes her to somewhere where she can lie down. On the bridge, Kirk, Scott, and the Enterprise crew frantically work to free the ship to no avail. Scott determines that a photon torpedo blast would free the ship… but once again, no torpedoes are present. " Don't tell me… Tuesday? ", Kirk retorts to Harriman. Scott suggests using the navigational deflector to simulate the effect of a torpedo blast.

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" Your place is on the bridge of your ship. I'll take care of it. "

Initially Harriman volunteers to go to deflector control to make the necessary modifications, and asks Kirk to take command, but after Kirk savors the moment of sitting in the captain's chair one last time, he quickly realizes it's no longer his place and tells Harriman that he will go instead: Harriman's place is on his bridge.

USS Enterprise-B hit

The Enterprise hit by an energy discharge

In the bowels of the Enterprise , Captain Kirk charges to the rescue, climbing into the guts of the ship to modify the main deflector. The ship shakes and shudders under the stresses of the ribbon. When Kirk finishes the modifications, Harriman orders the deflector activated, creating a resonance burst that pushes the Enterprise free. As the ship begins to move away, an arc of energy lashes out, opening a gash along the hull . When they get free, they find out in the damage report from Ensign Sulu that the hull breach was located in the engineering section on decks 13, 14 and 15 – including the very section Kirk himself was in. Failing to contact Kirk by communication, a horrified Harriman and Scott rush to the scene.

Harriman, Scott and Chekov at hull breach, USS Enterprise-B

Harriman, Scott and Chekov survey the damage at the site of Kirk's apparent death.

When they get there, joined shortly by Chekov, they find nothing but mangled technology and empty space, with no sign of Kirk. Chekov incredulously asks if anyone was in here, and all Scott can muster is a grim sounding " Aye ." Scott, Chekov, and Harriman stare somberly out through the enormous breach as the damaged Enterprise begins its journey back home.

Act One [ ]

24th century (2371) [ ].

Riker reads Worf's promotional charges

Picard and Riker honor Worf

78 years later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard , Commander William T. Riker , and the rest of the senior staff of the USS Enterprise -D have gathered on the ship's holodeck . Acting as the crew of a 19th century sailing ship , also named USS Enterprise , the Starfleet officers celebrate the promotion of Lieutenant Worf to Lieutenant Commander . As a rite of passage, Worf is made to jump while balancing on a plank to retrieve his hat which he does successfully and smartly dons it, but is then purposely sent into the water when Riker orders the computer to remove the plank. While the rest of the crew laughs, Data admits to Doctor Crusher that he doesn't understand why Worf falling into freezing cold water is so amusing to people. Crusher tells him that it's just a bit of harmless fun, and he should try and get into the spirit of things and "do something unexpected." Data tells her he understands, then suddenly pushes her overboard, falling into the sea, and taking Worf back in with her. Data turns expecting laughter, only to find the faces of his horrified crewmates Geordi La Forge and Deanna Troi , with La Forge telling him that was "not funny," leaving the android even more confused.

Savoring the simpler times the holographic ship represents, Captain Picard receives a personal message from Earth on the holodeck arch . While reading the communiqué , Picard's expression changes to one of obvious distress, which Deanna Troi picks up on. Picard looks out to sea in silence, and when Troi asks him if he is all right, he just replies that he's fine and abruptly leaves the celebration. Just after he's gone, a call comes in from the bridge: the Amargosa observatory is under attack. " Red alert ! All hands to battle stations, Captain Picard to the bridge! ", Riker orders while leaving the holodeck.

USS Enterprise-D approaches the Amargosa observatory

The Enterprise -D arrives at Amargosa

Arriving at the observatory orbiting the Amargosa star , Picard and company take their positions on the bridge still dressed in formal naval uniforms. Finding the station suffering from severe damage and casualties, a still visibly upset Picard orders the ship to stand down from red alert. He then has Riker and an away team head over to search for survivors and retreats to his ready room after snapping at Riker to "just do it" when his first officer tries to get more specific orders. This confirms Counselor Troi's suspicions that something is seriously wrong. Beaming over to the devastated Federation installation, Riker, Worf, Doctor Crusher, and security officers find an El-Aurian scientist , Dr. Tolian Soran , injured and buried among the wreckage. Elsewhere, Worf locates the remains of one of the station's attackers: a Romulan .

In his quarters , Data and Chief Engineer Geordi La Forge are sitting together at a table hard at work, despite frequent interruptions by the android's cat , Spot . Data ponders his difficulty with humor and other Human emotions and comes to the conclusion that he cannot continue to grow without the aid of Dr. Soong 's emotion chip . Despite the risks it poses to his positronic brain , Data urges La Forge to install the chip. La Forge reluctantly agrees. Meeting with Picard in his ready room, Riker reports that its obvious from the initial investigation that the Romulans attacked the station looking for something but have left no clues as to what, but a recovered tricorder may yield some answers. Picard tells Riker this may indicate that the Romulans are increasing their presence in that sector and orders him to contact Starfleet Command . Riker is surprised, given that this is normally done by Picard himself, but agrees before reporting that Dr. Soran urgently wishes to meet with the captain. Picard complies, but coldly rebuffs Riker when inquired as to what is wrong.

Picard meets Soran

Picard meets Dr. Soran

Later in Ten Forward , Data is all smiles with his new emotion chip activated. He and La Forge approach Guinan at the bar and sample a new beverage from Forcas III . Immediately, Data experiences an emotional reaction: he hates it! As the two officers sample more of the revolting beverage, Captain Picard enters and finds Dr. Soran among the crowd. Soran implores the captain to let him return to the observatory to continue a critical experiment – time is running out and years of research will be lost. However, Picard is clearly not in the mood for an argument and tells him bluntly that he can only return once his officers have concluded their investigation. However, Soran cryptically tells Picard that " time is the fire in which we burn and right now, my time is running out. We leave so many things unfinished in our lives … I'm sure you understand. "

This eerie statement breaks through Picard's stony resolve and he agrees to see what he can do. After Picard leaves, Soran checks his pocket watch and starts to look around, and is shocked when he spots Guinan behind the bar and makes a quick exit. As he leaves, Guinan senses that something isn't right, but Soran is gone by the time she looks around. In engineering , Commander Riker checks on the status of the analysis of the retrieved Romulan tricorder that Farrell is examining. Worf reports that the Romulans were searching for a compound called trilithium , a substance capable of destroying a star. However, the Romulans never found a way to stabilize it. Riker doesn't understand why the Romulans would ransack a Federation facility for it, but orders Data and La Forge to have the observatory searched.

On the station, Data and La Forge use tricorders to search for trilithium. As they perform their scans, Data laughs incessantly and tells stupid jokes , including one he had heard La Forge tell on the bridge seven years previously during the Farpoint Mission that he just finally understood. He congratulates La Forge: " Very funny! " The punchline is " The clown can stay, but the Ferengi in the gorilla suit has to go. " Despite the distraction, La Forge finds a large hidden doorway that is magnetically sealed. Data is able to open it by reversing the polarity by attenuating his axial servo found on his wrist . After Data waves his wrist in front of the large door, it opens up. Found behind the door is a secret lab, filled with solar probes that show signs of trilithium. Data is doing nothing but laughing now and when an annoyed La Forge finally asks him to knock it off, Data says, while laughing, that he can't help it and something must be wrong and starts reeling in pain, before collapsing as his neural net has been overloaded by the emotion chip. Unable to contact help through a dampening field protecting the lab, La Forge is confronted by Soran, who knocks the engineer out and turns a phaser on Data, who is filled with fear and begs him not to shoot.

Troi comforts Picard

Troi and Picard mourn the dead

In the captain's quarters, Picard sits with his family photo album . Counselor Troi enters and he begins to tell her about his brother and nephew and his plans to get together with them on Earth in San Francisco the following month so he could show René Starfleet Academy . As he affectionately describes his nephew, he breaks down in tears and tells Troi that both Robert and René have burnt to death in a fire. Troi comforts him and Picard tells her that when he was growing up, he was always told about the Picard family line and his famous ancestors. When Robert got married and had a son, he no longer felt the responsibility to carry on the family line and as he got older and felt time creeping up on him, he took comfort in the fact that his family would go on. But now it won't; and once Jean-Luc is gone, there will be no more Picards. The somber mood is interrupted when suddenly the Amargosa star flashes brightly out the viewport . Arriving on the bridge, Picard and Troi learn that the observatory has launched a trilithium probe in the sun. The star has collapsed, all fusion reactions arrested, creating a level 12 shock wave that will destroy everything in the system. With the away team still on the station, Picard orders Riker and Worf to retrieve Data and La Forge.

Galaxy class bridge, 2371

The bridge when the Amargosa star goes dark

On the observatory, Riker and Worf find Data and La Forge held hostage by Soran who responds to the appearance of the Enterprise officers with phaser fire. Suddenly, a route to La Forge opens and Riker asks Data if he can get to the engineer, but the android is clearly paralyzed by fear and tells him he can't. Entering coordinates into a computer, Soran disappears in the transporter beam with La Forge… transporting aboard a Klingon Bird-of-Prey , de-cloaking near the observatory and warping away. As the away team returns to the ship with Data, Picard orders the Enterprise to warp just as the shock wave obliterates the Amargosa observatory.

Act Two [ ]

On the bridge of the Klingon getaway ship, the Duras sisters , Lursa and B'Etor , are admonished by Soran for allowing the Romulans to attack the Observatory (it emerges that the trilithium was stolen from a Romulan outpost by the sisters), reminding them that their plans to use trilithium to conquer the Klingon Empire are dependent on him. The El-Aurian demands they set course at maximum warp for a planet in the Veridian system and the sisters grudgingly comply. In the bowels of the ship, Soran holds La Forge captive. Marveling at the engineer's VISOR , Soran interrogates La Forge to learn all he knows about trilithium.

Guinan describes Nexus to Picard

Guinan describes the "Nexus": " Like being inside joy. "

Back on the Enterprise , Dr. Crusher has done some research into Soran's background, telling Commander Riker that he was one of the survivors rescued by the Enterprise -B eighty years ago after the Borg destroyed their world and that Guinan was also listed on the passenger manifest. To learn more about the scientist, Captain Picard visits Guinan in her quarters. There she describes the energy ribbon as the " Nexus ," a blissful realm where time has no meaning, and a place Soran must be desperately trying to get back to. The experience left such an impact on Guinan that she suspects it has turned Soran into a dangerous threat. As he is trying to get back to the Nexus, this raises the question: Why destroy a star? Picard leaves after thanking Guinan for her help, but she warns him that if he goes into the Nexus, he will not care about anything. Not his ship, Soran, nothing. All he'll want is to stay in the Nexus – and he will not want to come back.

Picard and Data in stellar cartography

Picard and Data track the path of the Nexus

In the cavernous stellar cartography section of the Enterprise , Picard and Data work in front of a huge projection of space, and Picard asks for everything affected by the destruction of the Amargosa star. Data is clearly distracted and doesn't immediately respond, and when Picard asks the android if he's all right, Data admits that he is feeling intense guilt over his failure to save La Forge in the observatory. Composing himself, Data reports that one of the things affected was that the USS Bozeman had to make a minor course correction due to a change in the gravitational field. Picard asks Data to chart the ribbon's course. Data stands up and tells Picard that he cannot continue with the investigation, and asks to be deactivated until the emotion chip can be removed. Picard tells him that he is not willing to allow it and tells Data he must attempt to integrate the emotions into his life. Data tries to argue with this, but Picard matter-of-factly tells him that he will not be deactivated as he is a Starfleet officer on his ship and orders him to continue to perform his duties. Data agrees to try, and resumes his position at the console. Picard tells him that it takes courage to try and that courage can also be an emotion.

Data is able to chart the ribbon's course, and Picard asks if the Amargosa star's destruction was taken into account when he charted the course. Data tells him that he didn't, and makes the adjustment. However, when this is done, it becomes clear that the gravitational change has altered the ribbon's course. Unable to fly into the ribbon with a ship, Soran is attempting to make the ribbon come to him, and they find that the ribbon comes close to Veridian III . Data then simulates the course if the Veridian star was destroyed, and this causes the ribbon to come into direct contact with the planet. Now they know where Soran is going. Data points out that if the Veridian star is destroyed, it will also produce a shock wave that will destroy the system, similar to the one produced by Soran at Amargosa. This will claim the lives of the 230,000,000 people living on Veridian IV . Knowing they have to stop Soran, Picard taps his combadge and orders Worf to take the Enterprise to the Veridian system at maximum warp.

USS Enterprise-D in orbit of Veridian III

The Enterprise in orbit of Veridian III

Finished with the interrogation, Soran returns to the bridge of the Klingon vessel as they enter orbit of Veridian III: he provides the Duras sisters with the information required to make a trilithium weapon, though as a guarantee against betrayal, informs them he will only provide the means to decrypt it once the Klingons have transported him to the planet's surface. The discussion is interrupted by the arrival of the Enterprise , transmitting a message to the cloaked ship demanding the return of La Forge and threatening to destroy any probes fired at the Veridian star. Irritated by the interruption, Soran orders the sisters to destroy the Enterprise but they remind him that their Bird-of-Prey would stand no chance in battle against a Galaxy -class starship. Soran cryptically has a solution in mind to give the sisters the edge, an idea which involves La Forge's VISOR…

On the bridge of the Enterprise , the Klingon vessel decloaks on screen and Lursa and B'Etor greet the captain. Claiming they have merely had La Forge as a guest aboard their ship, they agree to a "prisoner exchange," taking Picard in his place. First, however, they agree to allow Picard to beam to Soran's present location, somewhere on the planet's surface. As the captain beams down, a stricken La Forge rematerializes on the Enterprise transporter pad and promptly collapses. Dr. Crusher and Nurse Alyssa Ogawa rush to his aid.

Appearing on an arid desert mountain top, Picard finds Soran hard at work on a solar probe launcher. Attempting to reach the scientist, Picard is blocked by a huge force field . Keeping his distance, the captain appeals to Soran, but the El-Aurian is unconvinced. On the Enterprise, Data visits La Forge to apologize for being too frightened to help him on the observatory, but La Forge assures the android he understands and notes that Data is now acting a lot more like a Human. Full of happiness, Data reports to his station to aid in the search for Picard and is so jubilant he plays his console like a piano as he scans for lifeforms causing the whole bridge crew to stare at him.

In space, the Duras sisters watch their viewscreen and see from the perspective of Geordi La Forge's modified VISOR. They watch impatiently as he moves from sickbay, to his quarters, then finally to engineering. As the engineer checks several readouts, the sisters discover what they have been looking for – the exact shield modulation of the Enterprise . With this new knowledge, they will be able to fire through the Enterprise 's shields by adjusting their torpedo frequency.

USS Enterprise-D evades the Duras sisters' Bird-of-Prey

The Enterprise under fire

On the Enterprise bridge, the search for Captain Picard on the planet below is interrupted as the Bird-of-Prey opens fire with photon torpedoes , which pass straight through the shields to hit the secondary hull. Disruptor blasts likewise pass directly through, hitting the portside nacelle . The Enterprise returns fire, but the Klingons' shields hold up against phaser fire. The bridge is engulfed in explosions, injuring Jae , the conn officer. Riker orders Counselor Troi to take the helm and to get the ship out of orbit, but the Duras sisters' assault is relentless and they pursue the helpless Enterprise , firing non-stop. Riker asks Worf if their ship, an older model, has any exploitable weaknesses, and Worf states that their Bird-of-Prey is a class D12, retired because of defective plasma coils . He doesn't see how they could use that information, but the plasma coil is a part of the D12's cloaking device .

Riker asks Data what effect an ionic pulse aimed at a defective plasma coil would have. Enthusiastically, Data realizes that a low-level pulse could reset the coil and trigger the ship's cloaking device, disabling its shields and weapons. As the Duras sisters continue their onslaught, Riker orders Worf to target their primary reactor with photon torpedoes; they will only be vulnerable for a few seconds at best and this is the Enterprise 's only chance. Making a few quick modifications, Data triggers the pulse just as a direct hit from the Klingons causes an aft bridge terminal to explode, hurling the hapless crewmember manning it over the tactical station and down onto the command chairs.

Aboard the Bird-of-Prey, Lursa and B'Etor triumphantly order the weapons targeted at the Enterprise 's bridge to deal the death blow, when their bridge officer reports with alarm that their cloaking device is engaging and their shields are dropping. The sisters are allowed only a few seconds of horrified realization, before the Enterprise fires a single photon torpedo from the aft torpedo launcher , and their vessel is completely destroyed, killing Lursa and B'Etor in a fiery explosion. The Enterprise crew stares silently at the remains of the destroyed ship, as Data triumphantly exclaims " Yes! "

Meanwhile, on Veridian III, Picard carefully walks around the force field's edge as Soran continues to work on his probe. Picard nonchalantly throws a small rock into the force field, prompting Soran to look up and ask if Picard hasn't got anything better to do. At that, Picard sits down and Soran resumes working. While Soran is distracted, Picard notices a small hole in the rocks and tosses another rock through it and sees the force field doesn't cover it, providing a way in. Picard waits for Soran to move away so he can try to get through that hole unnoticed.

Veridian III, Enterprise viewscreen

" Oh, shit! "

In engineering, La Forge finds a new problem: the magnetic interlocks have been ruptured, and while he's reporting this to Riker, plasma coolant begins violently leaking out of the warp core. Evacuating engineering, La Forge tells Riker that he can't shut it down and gives an estimate of five minutes until a warp core breach , rolling out of engineering as the last one out just in time before the isolation door comes down to the floor. On the bridge, Riker orders Troi to evacuate everyone to the saucer section and Data to prepare to separate the ship . The crew and their families hurry to evacuate their doomed stardrive section with Dr. Crusher leading her staff and patients out of sickbay and La Forge guiding the crew to safer locations. As the breach nears critical and with the crew cleared of the stardrive section , the ship separates and begins to move out of range. However, just as Troi begins engaging the impulse engines the core breaches prematurely, completely destroying the damaged stardrive section of the Enterprise and creating a ion shock wave that disables the entire saucer section including all helm controls and pushes the saucer into the atmosphere of Veridian III. On the bridge, the Enterprise crew watches in horror as they begin to plummet toward the surface of the planet. Data, for the first time, swears.

USS Enterprise-D falls toward Veridian III

The saucer section of the Enterprise falling into the atmosphere

As Picard climbs through the hole in Soran's force field, he jostles the rocks which sets off the field. Soran, spotting Picard caught in the hole, fires his weapon, sending rocks raining down on the captain. Careening out of control towards the planet, the bridge crew desperately attempts to regain control of what's left of their starship as the rest of the crew seeks safety as best they can on the lower decks. Data is able to route the remaining auxiliary power to the lateral thrusters in an attempt to stabilize the Enterprise 's descent as Riker warns the crew to brace for impact. As the ground rushes towards them on the viewscreen, the saucer impacts off a slight rise in the terrain, briefly forcing it back in the air. As the crew fights to regain control, the saucer nosedives into a large hill, destroying all remaining ship functions and knocking the crew to the deck.

William Riker, 2371

Riker, arising from the destroyed bridge of the Enterprise

USS Enterprise-D saucer crash

The saucer section of the Enterprise crash landed on Veridian III

With their fate now left to chance, the bridge crew protects themselves any way they can as the Enterprise skids through a heavily forested area, cutting a large swath of destruction. Fires burn and structural supports rain down from the top of the bridge as the crew weathers the horrific ride, completely sensor blind and only lit by the fires and emergency lighting. With one final violent lurch forward, the momentum slows and the saucer finally comes to a stop. Data and Troi regain their senses first and survey the damage. What was once an immaculate nerve center for the flagship of the Federation is now largely destroyed; the large viewscreen has been shattered, consoles and displays are burnt out, chairs have been ripped out from the deck and the only light comes from the broken top of the bridge dome as the blue Veridian sky shines in from above.

Soran enters the Nexus

Soran enters the Nexus

Miles away from the crash site, Dr. Soran looks out over the rugged terrain of Veridian's desert only to be surprised by Picard who attacks him outright. The two men struggle, and Picard manages to disarm Soran quickly, but is knocked back by Soran's blows and thrown down a hill, landing face down in rock and sand as the Nexus appears in the sky. Picard recovers, and tries again to get up to the launcher to stop the countdown… however he is too late as Soran's launcher engages and his solar probe streams into the sky. Watching from the surface, Picard is horrified as the probe finds its target and the star is destroyed, darkening the sun in seconds. Soran climbs to a high platform and throws his arms into the air as the Nexus changes its course. Sweeping down toward the ground, the ribbon envelops everything, taking Soran and Picard along with it. Gliding away from the planet and out into space, the Nexus departs the system just before the shock wave hits, which destroys the entire planet, taking the Enterprise saucer section, its crew, as well as the rest of the solar system, with it. Soran has succeeded.

Act Three [ ]

" What… where is this?! Where am I? " Captain Picard's voice echoes as he transitions from the real world to the Nexus. A hand reaches toward him from space and removes his blindfold to suddenly find himself in a Victorian -style house where his wife and children greet him on Christmas morning. Picard quickly allows himself to be absorbed into the fantasy, enjoying a perfect life with a wonderful family. René, also present, gives Picard a gift. Picard happily receives it, then remembering what happened gives his nephew a loving hug before sending him to help his aunt.

Picard Family Christmas

Picard finds himself in his own Nexus

Later Picard strolls through his home, into a study and to large bay windows overlooking snow-covered trees, decorated with colorful lights and bulbs. Standing at the windows, Picard finds himself staring into a strange, surrealistic world, the bulbs on the trees containing small stars that flash brilliant bursts of light and begins to realize that something is wrong. Suddenly, he turns to find Guinan standing behind him in the study. The El-Aurian bartender tells the captain that she exists both here and in the real world, a part of herself she left behind so many years ago – an echo of her former self. Picard is unable to believe how perfect the fantasy is around him, knowing that although he never had a family, he knows the children are his own. Guinan tells him that in the Nexus time has no meaning, so he can travel to any point in his children's past or future as he wishes.

Guinan in the Nexus

An "echo" of Guinan in the Nexus

With the appearance of Guinan, Picard is at first divided, tempted by the prospect of staying in the Nexus and living out this fantasy life. But he soon realizes that action must be taken to save the hundreds of millions of people who would be killed if Soran destroys the Veridian star and asks Guinan if he can leave the Nexus. Guinan tells him that the timeless nature of the Nexus would allow him to go any place, any time. Picard knows exactly where he wants to go: to the mountaintop on Veridian III to stop Soran from destroying the star, but he will need some help. As she already exists in the real world, Guinan tells the captain that she cannot go with him. But she says there is somebody who can help, who as far as they are concerned, just arrived in the Nexus themselves…

Picard meets Kirk

Kirk meets Picard

Suddenly Picard finds himself standing outside a rustic cabin in the woods, daylight shining down through the trees. A few feet away, James T. Kirk stands, chopping wood with an ax. Seeing Picard, Kirk smiles, " Beautiful day. " Picard agrees and helps Kirk chop wood. Kirk is then drawn inside the cabin, hurrying into the kitchen where eggs are burning on the stove. Kirk tells Picard to come on in, this is his house – at least, it used to be. He had sold it some years prior.

Kirk and Picard cooking breakfast

Two captains, one breakfast

Picard steps inside and into the kitchen, helping Kirk prepare a fresh set of scrambled Ktarian eggs on the stove. Picard hesitates momentarily, then introduces himself as captain of the Enterprise , from what Kirk would consider the future, the 24th century . Kirk is too distracted by the memories of the past to fully take in what Picard is telling him, excited to be in his old home, with his beloved dog Butler , who seemingly died seven years ago . A woman calls down to him and he instantly knows who it is: Antonia , a lost love. While Kirk is preparing breakfast, Picard asks " How long have you been here? " Kirk isn't quite sure; one second he was aboard the Enterprise -B, the next thing he knew, the bulkhead in front of him disappeared and he was here, chopping wood, right before Picard walked up. Picard then tells Kirk that history records him as dying while saving the Enterprise -B and that both of them are caught in some kind of temporal nexus. He then tries telling Kirk of the dire situation on Veridian III, but as Kirk tries to get his head around the situation, he realizes that he has gone back to the day he told Antonia he was leaving her to rejoin Starfleet… but this time he won't make the same mistake, now he intends to go upstairs and propose to her. The two argue, as Picard tells him that as a Starfleet officer he has a duty to help him, but Kirk argues that all duty ever got him in the end was an empty house and figures that after all he's done for the galaxy, it owes him a favor. Kirk then enters Antonia's bedroom, noting that this time, it is going to be different.

Picard follows Kirk up the stairs and after a moment's hesitation, opens the bedroom door and walks into a barn on Earth. " This is not your bedroom, " Picard half asks Kirk, who says that it is even better: his uncle's barn in Idaho . Noting this as a spring day eleven years prior – the day he met Antonia – Kirk grabs a saddle, jumps onto a horse , and gallops out into rolling hills. Picard, no stranger to horseback riding himself, grabs a saddle and rides after him. Ahead of Picard, Kirk and his horse come to a deep ravine. Without equivocation, Kirk jumps the ravine, then turns around and jumps it again, stopping to consider it. As Picard rides up, Kirk knows something is wrong: " I must have jumped that fifty times, scared the hell out of me each time. Except this time, because it isn't real. Nothing here is. Nothing here matters. " He looks up and sees Antonia mounted on her own horse on the horizon, waiting. " She isn't real either. " Kirk moves his horse next to Picard and gives the new Enterprise captain a once over. " Captain of the Enterprise , huh? "

The two men sit on horseback and discuss the situation. Kirk admits that he does not miss the house or the family he never had, he misses his days on the USS Enterprise , and offers Picard some advice; to never retire, accept a transfer, or get promoted out of the command chair of the Enterprise , because it is only as the Captain of the Enterprise that they can truly make a difference. Picard appeals to Kirk, " Come back with me, help me stop Soran – make a difference again. " Kirk considers it, then agrees, " Who am I to argue with the captain of the Enterprise ? "

Picard and Kirk leaving the Nexus

Kirk and Picard leave the Nexus

" I take it the odds are against us and the situation is grim, " Kirk says. Picard admits that it is. Kirk continues, " You know, if Spock were here, he'd say that I'm an irrational, illogical Human being for taking on a mission like that… " and then grinning, adds, " sounds like fun. " Together, they ride off and a beam of light envelops them as they exit the Nexus.

Soran cornered by Picard and Kirk

" Just who the hell are you? " " He's James T. Kirk. Don't you read history? "

The immediate past replays; the Enterprise -D saucer section crash-lands and Picard crawls through the hole in the force field. Soran stands on the Veridian III mountaintop and checks his pocket watch when a lone figure steps toward him. Soran looks up at the man and scowls, " Just who the hell are you? " Behind him, Picard appears, " He's James T. Kirk. Don't you read history? " Soran knows he is in trouble and jumps away, down onto the rocks below and makes a quick retreat. Picard heads for the launcher as Kirk sets off in pursuit of the El-Aurian.

Soran attacks

Soran fires his phaser

Rounding a corner, Kirk is caught by Soran who shoves a phaser in his face. " Actually I am familiar with history, " Soran growls, " and if I'm not too mistaken… you're dead! " Picard jumps down behind Soran, catching him off guard long enough for Kirk to get in several blows. Kirk and Soran fight, exchanging punches until Kirk is able to knock Soran off a cliff. Grabbing onto a dangling rope, Soran saves himself, entering a command into his PADD that cloaks his rocket launcher. Suddenly the rope snaps and Soran drops suddenly, then jolts to a stop, losing his control PADD which falls onto a metal bridge spanning a chasm.

Working together

Kirk and Picard work together to stop Soran

Realizing they must decloak the launcher in order to prevent it from launching, Kirk and Picard run onto the bridge toward the PADD. A volley of phaser fire flies through the air, narrowly missing the two Starfleet captains and slicing the bridge in half. Picard is thrown clear, but Kirk hangs on to what is left of the bridge. With all his might, Picard pulls Kirk to safety and the two collapse on the ground, noticing the PADD intact on the other half of the bridge, a deep chasm away. They then see the Nexus begin to appear in the sky. Kirk volunteers to go, telling Picard to get to the launcher and prepare to deactivate it once it is decloaked. Picard maintains Kirk will never make the jump himself and that they should work together to get the PADD. Kirk reminds Picard that they are working together and to trust him. He tells Picard to call him "Jim." Picard smiles at the Starfleet legend and heads for the launcher.

Kirk thinking

Kirk thinks before he leaps

Gingerly stepping out onto the broken bridge, Kirk stands at the edge, preparing to jump over the chasm to the other half. As the delicate bridge collapses under his weight, Kirk leaps, catching himself on the other half of the bridge and grabbing hold of the PADD. Entering in a command, Kirk decloaks the rocket launcher and begins to try to climb up. But it is too late. The bridge buckles and careens down the rock face, taking Kirk with it.

Soran's death

Soran's launcher explodes

Running up a platform and onto the launcher, Picard frantically works the controls, trying to prevent it from launching. Aiming his phaser at Picard, Soran demands the captain step away from the launcher. Picard jumps down and runs around a rock face and out of sight. Soran heaves himself onto the launcher, just in time to read the display screen: the locking clamps have been engaged. Soran only has time to recognize his doom as the launcher fires and explodes in an enormous fireball that covers the entire area in a thick cloud of smoke and dust. With the Veridian sun still intact, the Nexus passes the planet, never making contact.

Kirk dead

Captain Kirk dies

Emerging from the cloud, Picard makes his way down into the chasm where the bridge has collapsed. Digging through the twisted metal wreckage, Picard uncovers Kirk, laying broken among the debris. Kirk is bloody and faint, " Did we do it? Did we… make a difference? " Picard assures him they have and thanks the captain. " The least I could do, " Kirk says, " for the captain of the Enterprise . " He manages a weak smile, " It was… fun, " then turns and faces his destiny, " Oh my. "

Picard burying Kirk

Picard at Kirk's grave

Burying Kirk beneath a cairn of large rocks on the mountaintop as the sun sets, Picard stands and keeps silent vigil.

The following day, Picard begins trekking through the desert until a shuttlecraft locates the captain and picks him up.

Data crying

" Perhaps the chip is malfunctioning. "

At the saucer crash site, Starfleet rescue shuttles have begun a salvage effort. In the ship's destroyed cargo bay , crewmembers carry out salvageable equipment, belongings, and patients out while Deanna Troi and Data use tricorders to search for survivors. Data tells Troi that after experiencing 261 distinct emotional states, he believes that he will be able to control his feelings in the future so he has decided not to remove the emotion chip. As Troi wishes him luck, her tricorder detects a faint lifeform in the wreckage. Tearing through the debris, Data finds his cat, Spot, alive and well. As he cradles his pet in his arms, Data begins to break down in tears. When Troi asks if he's all right, Data tells her that he is unsure – he is happy to see Spot, yet is crying. Data thinks that perhaps the chip is malfunctioning but Troi kindly reassures him that she believes the chip is working perfectly.

William T

" I'm gonna miss this ship. She went before her time. "

In what is left of Picard's ready room, Commander Riker and Captain Picard retrieve the Picard family album under broken pieces of the room's furniture and then move out onto the bridge, a burnt-out shell of its former glory. Riker laments that the Enterprise went before her time, and Picard relates to his first officer his thoughts, " Someone once said that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives, but I rather believe that time is a companion that goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment because they'll never come again. " They stand near the center seats and survey the damage. Picard holds his family album close and smiles, " What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived. After all, Number One, we're only mortal. " Riker grins mischievously, " Speak for yourself, sir. I plan to live forever. "

Two to beam up

" Somehow I doubt this will be the last ship to carry the name Enterprise . "

Riker is disappointed that he will no longer have the chance to command this Enterprise and stands near the ruined captain's chair, but Picard assures his first officer that he very much doubts that this will be the last ship to bear the name. After nearly eight years of calling the Enterprise -D home, Picard and Riker take one last look around their destroyed starship and Picard signals the Nebula -class starship USS Farragut for two to beam up. The Farragut , along with a Miranda -class starship and an Oberth -class starship, goes to warp leaving Veridian III behind. While the Enterprise -D may be gone, her legacy , like the name, will live on .

Background information [ ]

Development [ ].

Star Trek: The Next Generation Executive Producer Rick Berman was approached by Paramount Pictures executives (first by Brandon Tartikoff , and subsequently by his immediate successor Sherry Lansing ) in the fall of 1992 (during the series' sixth season ) in regards to a seventh Star Trek film . While the studio intended Star Trek VII to be a TNG vehicle, Berman and Tartikoff felt the outing was an opportunity to "pass the baton." In February 1993 , Berman and the studio commissioned two stories and three writers. A fourth, TNG writer and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-creator Michael Piller , passed, objecting to what he viewed as "competition" for the assignment.

As written by former TNG writer/producer Maurice Hurley , the film had Captain Picard recreating Captain James T. Kirk ( William Shatner ) on the holodeck to help him solve a dilemma involving an interdimensional species wreaking havoc by crossing into our realm. [1] Then-current TNG writing staffers Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga , whose script was ultimately greenlighted, chose to feature Kirk appearing in the flesh, as well as (initially) the entire Star Trek: The Original Series cast.

Though Moore and Braga at first bandied about ideas which involved the two Enterprise crews battling each other, the pair of writers quickly abandoned this concept. Ron Moore explained, in 1994 :

Rick Berman and Whoopi Goldberg

Rick Berman and Whoopi Goldberg discuss the script on set

Braga and Moore nonetheless continued searching for a major "event" to anchor the film. Recalled Moore:

As proposed by Moore and Braga, the film would feature Kirk and his Star Trek: The Original Series shipmates in a prologue, with Kirk later appearing at the film's climax. Berman later recalled the process:

Berman and the studio pursued the Moore/Braga story. Early drafts of the script took shape under the guidance of Rick Berman and with input by Shatner. The film's villain, "Moresh", was later changed to Dr. "Soran" to avoid recalling David Koresh , the infamous cultist. ( Information from Larry Nemecek )

A first draft script was completed during TNG's sixth season hiatus, dated 1 June 1993 . As of 1 October of that year, the scripted prologue contained Kirk, Spock , McCoy , Scott , Uhura , Sulu , and Chekov . The script was in its third draft by 6 December 1993 , and the third draft's first revised pages (colored blue) were added to the screenplay on that date. ( Information from Larry Nemecek )

The early scripts featured large action set pieces that were later removed. Among them was the Romulan attack on the Amargosa observatory, cut when TNG writer (and Star Trek: Voyager co-creator) Jeri Taylor suggested something more "charming". ( citation needed • edit ) Another major revision to the script revolved around the Duras sisters and their crew: surviving the destruction of their ship, they would have battled the Enterprise -D crew in the jungles of Veridian III. ( AOL chat , 1998 )

The producers eventually chose to pare the appearances of the TOS cast down to two select cameos. This decision was made by 28 January 1994 , when the fourth draft of the script was issued, with Kirk, Spock, and McCoy in the prologue. ( Information from Larry Nemecek ) The producers then sought their guest stars. While William Shatner agreed to appear pending script approval, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley – the two preferred cameo appearances – were less eager to return. Stating that they had felt their characters made sufficient exits in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , both actors declined to appear in Star Trek VII . Leonard Nimoy – having been offered the director's chair – reportedly requested script changes, but was rebuffed. In his memoir Star Trek Movie Memories , William Shatner wrote:

In an interview with Trekmovie.com 's Anthony Pascale in July 2007 , Nimoy explained the issues he had with the Generations script and why he declined to appear. After proclaiming that "there was no Spock role in that script", he elaborated:

After DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy declined to appear, the final draft of the film's script was submitted on 16 March 1994 . Its prologue featured Scott and Chekov along with Kirk, as it stayed from then on. ( Information from Larry Nemecek )

Later drafts of Generations and the full TNG finale " All Good Things... " were written simultaneously. This often led the writers to mix the stories up. In their joint 2004 commentary for the Star Trek Generations (Special Edition) DVD , they admitted that they felt "All Good Things…" turned out to be the superior effort. During the scripting stages, however, the studio had few qualms and pre-production proceeded even as filming on Star Trek: The Next Generation was winding down and Deep Space Nine continued.

Preproduction [ ]

David Carson and Klingons

David Carson surrounded by Klingon-playing actors, including Barbara March, Gwynyth Walsh and Guy Vardaman

Whoopi Goldberg, John Alonzo and Malcolm McDowell

John Alonzo with Whoopi Goldberg and Malcolm McDowell

With the start of pre-production, Berman battled the studio over budget figures, the film cut in cost to an estimated US$35 million. [4] Hopes for location shooting in Hawaii and Idaho were dropped in favor of more local shoots in Hollywood, Marina del Rey, Pasadena, Lone Pine, and the Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas, Nevada. By 16 March 1994 , Moore and Braga's script reflected budget and cast changes.

In place of first choice Leonard Nimoy, veteran TNG and DS9 director David Carson was hired, in turn recruiting veteran cinematographer John Alonzo of Chinatown and Scarface fame. Herman Zimmerman – who designed the initial TNG and DS9 sets – was called back into service on the film, working with Alonzo and illustrator John Eaves to refresh the aging TV sets. Budgetary constraints reined in some of the proposed sets; the new stellar cartography set reduced from three levels to two. As with most of the previous Trek movie installments, visual effects giant Industrial Light & Magic was hired to produce space and spaceship shots, while TNG mainstay CIS Hollywood was brought in for phaser shots, transporter effects, cloaking and decloaking transitions and the Picard family Christmas ornament.

Last minute decisions included the hiring of actor Malcolm McDowell as the man who would (at least in the final draft script) gun down Captain Kirk, reportedly later receiving death threats from obsessed fans. [5] The actor's nephew and DS9 star Alexander Siddig later said during an interview that McDowell thought the script was "shit". [6] (X) McDowell had previously explained his reason for accepting the role:

Stellar cartography behind the scenes

Stellar cartography on screen and in real life

Despite its reuse of sets built, in some cases as early as 1978 for Star Trek: The Motion Picture , production designer Herman Zimmerman and his art department – namely John Eaves – began designing and redesigning as early as December 1993 . One of the first and most elaborate sets generated from Paramount's motion picture art department was the two story stellar cartography room . Initially conceived of after a visit to Griffith Park's Laserium in Los Angeles, the room was imagined as a large sphere, eventually becoming a more budget-friendly cylinder. John Eaves described the process in his book, Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies :

While a hoped-for floating platform proved to be too expensive and impractical, the set was realized with a combination of large, back-lit graphics and blue-screen projection created at ILM. The set was created in sections with wild walls that could be moved in and out. Lighting elements were integrated into the ceiling requiring little modification from shot to shot. A small section of Enterprise -D corridor was erected behind the upper level platform.

Also conceived of in December, the Enterprise -B's deflector control room was designed to be a large, vertical area dominated by large machine elements, a second-level observation balcony and access panels built into the stage floor. Again, as the film's budget tightened, the design team returned to the drawing boards in February 1994 to design a smaller, vertical access shaft. David Carson recalled:

The bridge of the Enterprise-D as it appeared in season 1

Regarding the most visible section of the Enterprise -D, the main bridge, Zimmerman and Eaves took the opportunity to alter the set. Echoing modifications it received in the TNG episode " Yesterday's Enterprise ", the bridge gained additional computer stations situated along the port and starboard bulkheads. John Eaves:

Worf, however, did finally receive a chair to sit on at his post. The set was also repainted and recarpeted with handrails added near the doors to the observation lounge and aft turbolift, working video monitors were incorporated into many of the ship's status displays. The captain's ready room, adjacent to the bridge, received a new, larger fish tank built into the wall and a larger window. Other sets aboard the Enterprise received only minor reworking. Engineering was connected to another corridor set by removing the "plugs" from the walls. The four red-alert lights in the hallway of the engineering set were also illuminated during the engineering scenes, even when the ship was not in battle, as well as some of the beige beams being painted a darker copper colour around the engineering pool-table. Overhead lighting was reduced in all of the sets, with display screens popping from the darkness. Of the modifications, Zimmerman said:

Following the end of production, the interior sets of the Enterprise were struck and replaced with those belonging to a new starship, the USS Voyager , for the upcoming series Star Trek: Voyager . Of the original sets, only small sections of the corridors, sickbay, transporter room and engineering were left standing, although the new sets were constructed directly over the basic framework and floor plan originally designed and built for the aborted Star Trek: Phase II . Of those remaining sets, only a small piece of the Enterprise -D sickbay (the ceiling) remained in use during Star Trek: Enterprise . However, the Enterprise -D observation lounge set (the only TNG set not used for the film) was spared the wrecking ball and saved against future need, eventually appearing (in modified form) as the observation lounge of the Enterprise -E in First Contact and Nemesis .

The interior of the Amargosa observatory was a redress of the Enterprise -B main bridge, which was itself a redress of the USS Enterprise -A main bridge from Star Trek VI . Details built into the observatory set were meant to imply that it had been built around the time of TOS, with jeweled buttons and labels similar to those used on the original Enterprise . A half-globe map of the cosmos used in the Enterprise -D stellar cartography lab on the TV series appears in the wreckage of the observatory, along with an elevator from Data's lab.

Costumes [ ]

As his first task when recruited for the pre-production phase of Star Trek Generations , John Eaves created several new combadge designs, first creating a flip-top version like the communicators of TOS. Told to first review tapes of TNG to become more familiar with the new show, Eaves ultimately redesigned Rick Sternbach 's oval-shaped communicator badge that appeared in the TV series and early DS9, refining it into the oblong-backed design later used in DS9 , VOY , and later TNG movies: Star Trek: First Contact , Star Trek: Insurrection , and Star Trek Nemesis , as well as the early flashback episodes of PIC .

Costume designer Robert Blackman , working simultaneously on the outgoing, current and incoming series as well as the film, reworked Starfleet's uniforms. ( AOL chat , 1997 ) The uniforms, however, were all scrapped at the last minute for fear of introducing too many new facets to the universe. Unaware of the change, Playmates Toys went ahead with production of action figures for the film, depicting the TNG cast in the unused uniforms. The producers opted instead to use a combination of the uniforms from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the uniforms from the early episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and throughout Star Trek: Voyager . Because filming was set to begin shortly, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton had to borrow Avery Brooks and Colm Meaney 's costumes respectively, but neither of them fit very well on Frakes and Burton as Frakes had the sleeves on Brooks' costume rolled up and the sleeves on Meaney's costume was way too big on Burton.

The new Starfleet uniform worn by Patrick Stewart was auctioned off in the It's A Wrap! sale and auction [7] along with LeVar Burton's. [8] Also auctioned off was Dr. Soran's costume upon arriving on the Enterprise -B. [9]

Effects [ ]

USS Enterprise-D, 2371

A digital Enterprise -D

Between the release of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the preproduction phase of Star Trek Generations , several advancements had been made in the art of motion picture visual effects. Primarily spurred by steps forward in computer-generated animation in films like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2: Judgment Day , Generations marked the first Star Trek production in which many starships were rendered digitally by ILM. Despite this advancement, physical models were utilized for the majority of effects shots.

Unpacking the original six-foot model they built for " Encounter at Farpoint " in 1987 , the ILM effects team completely overhauled the Enterprise -D. In order to stand up to high-resolution film cameras and a big screen project, the starship was repainted and redetailed, receiving a new interior lighting scheme. Once again resulting from budgetary cuts, stock footage shots of the Enterprise -D were interspersed with new model photography and CG imagery, specifically during the first captain's log segment and the start of the saucer separation sequence. Stock footage from the previous film was also used to depict the destruction of the Duras sisters' Bird-of-Prey, as well as that ship's escape from Amargosa.

Also reusing the original USS Excelsior miniature from Star Trek III: The Search for Spock , ILM and John Eaves were tasked with redesigning the ship to be used as the Enterprise -B:

For the single shot of the Enterprise -B at warp, footage of the Excelsior from the previous film was re-used. A computer-generated model of the Enterprise -B was also created for scenes that required it to interact with the digital Nexus energy ribbon.

An all-new miniature was created by ILM, designed by John Eaves, to represent the Amargosa stellar observatory. The model was later reused with minor alterations in DS9's " Destiny " as the wormhole relay station . The Enterprise -B model also turned up on that series as the USS Lakota . ( DS9 : " Paradise Lost ") Yet another refurbished model appeared as the drydock the Enterprise -B was moored in, repainted and reconstructed from its first appearance in Star Trek: The Motion Picture .

Arguably one of the film's most memorable sequences, the crash of the Enterprise -D was shot almost entirely live by ILM. Storyboarded by Mark Moore, the shots were achieved through the creation of a twelve-foot model of the Enterprise -D saucer section and a large landscape model. Suspended by large cables, the saucer model was repeatedly flown into the landscape, shot with high speed cameras and then slowed down in post production and mixed with several composite shots of Veridian III. A major sequence in the script, the crash of the Enterprise saucer section was inspired by drawings of an emergency saucer landing in the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual .

Following the crash, effects master John Knoll and his team donned Starfleet uniforms to appear as crew members of the Enterprise -D, standing on a large blue tarp draped over the ILM parking lot. Footage of the team was later integrated into shots of the Enterprise hull and the Veridian landscape.

Production [ ]

William Shatner, Rick Berman and Patrick Stewart

William Shatner, Rick Berman and Patrick Stewart at the Valley of Fire location

With production on TNG's seventh season still underway, cameras rolled on Generations . ( citation needed • edit ) Principal photography began on 28 March 1994 . ( Information from Larry Nemecek ) Scenes focused on Scotty, Chekov and Kirk aboard the USS Enterprise -B and the later deleted orbital skydiving sequence. A ten-day hiatus followed the conclusion of production on The Next Generation before that series' cast went to work. Shot on a relatively short schedule, the film was slated for only fifty days of production. ( citation needed • edit ) The last day of the main filming was 9 June 1994 . ( Information from Larry Nemecek )

Location filming in the Valley of Fire was required for reshoots, which took place over eight days in September. ( Information from Larry Nemecek ) For these reshoots, Director David Carson's production offices temporarily moved to a Las Vegas hotel. Suffering through the 110-degree heat and dust storms of the Nevada desert, the behind-the-scenes crew quenched their thirst with Gatorade until the sports drink began attracting bees. Carson was forced to wear an eye patch for at least one day of filming when his cornea was damaged during a surprise sand storm. More comfortable filming days were spent in Pasadena at the Nexus fantasy Picard home, a week aboard the Lady Washington for Worf's promotion in Marina del Rey, and in the mountains of Lone Pine for Kirk's cabin – a real residence that acquired a new kitchen and staircase built specifically for the shoot. ( citation needed • edit )

Reshoots [ ]

Kirk shot in the back

The original death of Captain Kirk: Soran shoots him in the back

Completing principal photography in the summer of 1994 , rough cuts of Star Trek Generations were screened for test audiences. Despite generally favorable reactions to the bulk of the film, audience comments reflected negatively on the film's finale. In their joint DVD audio commentary, Ronald D. Moore and Brannon Braga recalled a feeling of disconnect washing over the audience, " We'd lost them. "

Returning to the motion picture head Sherry Lansing's office on the Paramount Lot, Rick Berman, Moore and Braga were told, " You have a great movie, but a bad ending. " The production was given a budget of US$5 million and told to reshoot the ending, specifically scenes in which James T. Kirk is shot in the back by Soran. Forced to utilize the same location, the writers struggled to insert a brand new finale into the framework already established. In late September 1994 , the production crew and cast of Generations returned to the Valley of Fire and James T. Kirk was killed all over again. Having recently grown his hair for another project, Patrick Stewart wore a specially fashioned hairpiece which covered his longer hair during these scenes. Additional shots at the Pasadena "Picard family home" location were also required to clarify plot elements. Ronald D. Moore commented:

Deleted scenes [ ]

Hawking, shuttlecraft, delete scene

Picard and La Forge board the shuttlecraft Hawking in a deleted scene

Along with the original ending, several minutes of footage were left on the cutting room floor. Some of this footage is available on the Star Trek Generations (Special Edition) DVD. Most of the deleted scenes were minor character moments set following the crash of the Enterprise -D. Among the deleted material were sequences involving Dr. Crusher and Nurse Ogawa returning to sickbay, Geordi La Forge and Worf piloting a damaged shuttlecraft to rescue the captain, additional footage aboard the Enterprise sailing ship and an alternative version of the Nexus Christmas segment.

Scripted and shot at the request of William Shatner, the film's original opening featuring Kirk skydiving from orbit to find Scott and Chekov waiting on the ground below was also cut, replaced with the champagne bottle opening.

The original script also called for a more extensive torture scene between Soran and La Forge, involving Soran injecting nanoprobes into La Forge's chest which caused his heart to stop for 5 seconds. While this scene did not appear in the movie, Soran's comment of "his heart just wasn't in it" references the torture as does Doctor Crusher's medical examination where she discusses how she has "removed the nanoprobes" and that La Forge has suffered some myocardial damage.

Walter Koenig recalled filming an emotional scene with Doohan in which Chekov and Scott reacted to Kirk's demise, which was also ultimately cut, much to Koenig's dismay. [10]

Official site [ ]

The official website for Star Trek Generations , created on 28 October 1994, was the first site on the internet to officially publicize a feature film. After being personally approved by then-Paramount Motion Picture chairman Sherry Lansing, the site was constructed by a team at Paramount Media Kitchen in Palo Alto, California, using press kit materials, videotapes of the film's trailer, and two dozen slides. The site was an immediate success and prompted Paramount and other motion picture studios to create sites for their own films.

Two versions of the official site were available for view, a graphics-rich version and a text-only version. Upon entering either version, the viewer was taken to a brief synopsis of the film followed by a greeting and an explanation of the site. From there, the viewer could watch the two movie trailers, view production stills, and listen to clips and music from the film. A behind-the-scenes page included sections on the history of Star Trek , cast and crew biographies, production notes, film credits, and a downloadable interactive multimedia kit. In addition, there was a Star Trek shop promoting Star Trek merchandise and an input page where viewers could send comments via forms or email.

The site was a collaborative production of Paramount Pictures , Viacom Consumer Products, and Viacom Interactive Services. The site credits are as follows:

The site was last updated on 23 November 1994. It has since been removed and a section at StarTrek.com has become the film's official web destination. [11] (X) StarTrek.com, before its recent overhaul, provided a copy of the original 1994 site, along with commentary. Portions of it are still accessible. [12] (X)

Reaction [ ]

The release of Star Trek Generations was widely covered in the news media, with Patrick Stewart and William Shatner appearing in character on the cover of Time Magazine in the winter of 1994 . On its opening weekend, the film reached number one at the box office with a first weekend gross of US$23,100,000. [13] Critical reception, however, was mixed.

The film earned a split decision from Siskel & Ebert ; Gene Siskel gave the film thumbs up, while Roger Ebert gave it thumbs down. Writing for the Chicago Sun Times , Ebert said of the film, " The "Star Trek" saga has always had a weakness for getting distracted by itself, and "Star Trek Generations," the seventh film installment, is undone by its narcissism. " Giving the film two stars out of a possible four, Ebert concluded:

The film review website Rotten Tomatoes calculated a 47% overall approval rate for Generations . [15] BBC reviewer Tom Coates ranked the film at two out of a possible five stars' "Generations feels like three lacklustre episodes of the TV series mashed together with one of the earlier Star Trek movies. Devotees may find it necessary (if depressing) viewing, but there's little here for anyone else. " [16] FILM.COM's Lucy Mohl however said of the film, " The meeting of Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard and William Shatner's James T. Kirk is worth the price of admission or video rental: it's the clash of the titans, Shakespeare meets the Sixties. " [17]

Regarding some of the oft-mentioned plot discrepancies within the film, Ronald D. Moore commented:

Moore and Braga further elaborated on this during the film's DVD commentary, saying that the question kept coming up and they even asked themselves, " Why would they go back to a point when their life would be in danger? Why not just go back a couple of months or so, find Soran in the bathroom or somewhere and take him out? " They also said that questions like that apply to films like The Terminator and you have to just hope that your film is compelling enough that the audience does not start asking questions like that.

The film went on to gross a total of US$75,668,868 in the US, totaling US$120,000,000 worldwide. [18]

Generations premiered in the United Kingdom on 10 February 1995 . It became the highest grossing Star Trek film in that territory up to that time with £7,340,239. [19]

Cast notes [ ]

  • The only people, aside from the regular cast, to participate in both this film and the final TNG film, Star Trek Nemesis , are Majel Barrett and Whoopi Goldberg . In both films Barrett voiced the Enterprise computer and Goldberg appeared as Guinan .
  • This is William Shatner's only appearance as Kirk without Leonard Nimoy.
  • Though the film marks the final canon appearances of William Shatner and Walter Koenig (Chekov), both appeared again in the computer game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy .
  • This is James Doohan 's last appearance as Scotty, although he had previously appeared in the role in TNG : " Relics ". The events of that episode chronologically take place well after the events of the first act of Generations.
  • Uhura is the only major character from Star Trek: The Original Series not to appear or be referenced in dialogue.
  • This is Whoopi Goldberg's first appearance as Guinan since TNG : " Suspicions ". DS9 : " Rivals " (in which the name El-Aurians is first established) was originally intended to feature Guinan as Martus Mazur 's mother, but Whoopi Goldberg was unavailable.
  • Tim Russ appeared aboard the Enterprise -B in the opening of the film. He had previously appeared in TNG : " Starship Mine " and DS9 : " Invasive Procedures " as different characters and would soon after be cast as Tuvok in Star Trek: Voyager .
  • Robert and René Picard were portrayed by different actors in the photographs in Picard's album, and in the Nexus scene as in the episode " Family ".
  • Christopher James Miller plays the film version of René, Captain Picard's nephew. He had previously portrayed William Shatner's son in an episode of seaQuest DSV .
  • According to The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) , Patrick Stewart was aided in his portrayal of Picard's grief by the script for Jeffrey , which he was reading on set.
  • Shots of Picard standing over Kirk's grave did not actually feature Patrick Stewart , but rather Dennis Tracy . Tracy acted as Stewart's stand-in and appeared earlier in the film as an unnamed Bolian waiter in Ten Forward.
  • Although Data is the owner of Spot the cat, Brent Spiner objected to the scene where Data finds Spot in the wreckage of the Enterprise , saying " Does he have to find the cat? Can't he find, like, Geordi or something? "
  • The captain of the Lady Washington (the ship used for the sea vessel "Enterprise") appears during the holodeck sequence of the film, taking over the helm from Deanna Troi.
  • Generations marks the deaths of several major characters: Captain James T. Kirk, Robert Picard, René Picard, and the Duras sisters, Lursa and B'Etor. It also marks the destruction of the Enterprise -D and the final appearance of La Forge's VISOR.
  • After the release of Generations , William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy made a joint appearance on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee . Host Regis Philbin asked Nimoy if he would appear in another Trek film to which he replied " if he [Shatner] shows up, I'll be there. " Shatner then quipped: " You are such a liar! I showed up and you didn't! " Ironically, Nimoy later appeared in both the 2009 film Star Trek and the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness , without Shatner.
  • Of the two Duras sisters, only Lursa's name is ever mentioned within the context of the movie. B'Etor's name is never spoken. The only time her character is actually identified is in the closing credits.
  • Malcolm McDowell (Tolian Soran) is the real life uncle of Alexander Siddig , who played Julian Bashir throughout Star Trek: Deep Space Nine .

References to other series and films [ ]

  • According to Soran's file, he and Guinan were fleeing a Borg attack on the El-Aurian homeworld. That event was first referred by Guinan in the episode TNG : " Q Who ".
  • Footage of the interior of the Bird-of-Prey being destroyed appeared again later in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes " Tears of the Prophets " and " What You Leave Behind ".
  • Though not heard on screen, the name of the Lakul 's counterpart was the SS Robert Fox , named for Ambassador Robert Fox from TOS : " A Taste of Armageddon ".
  • The scene in which Picard buries Kirk's body on a cliffside under rocks is reminiscent of Kirk burying Gary Mitchell in " Where No Man Has Gone Before " and D'Amato in " That Which Survives ".
  • After Data's emotion chip is installed, he references a joke La Forge told during their mission at Farpoint . The punchline of the joke had to do with a "Ferengi in a gorilla suit." This must have happened during the events of the Star Trek: The Next Generation first season episode " Encounter at Farpoint ", although the actual joke was not heard on screen.
  • Doctor Soran ridicules and uses Geordi's VISOR as a transmitter to gain a tactical advantage on the USS Enterprise leading to the ship's destruction. Geordi chooses to replace his VISOR with ocular implants for Star Trek: First Contact .
  • Kirk's retirement, relationship with Antonia, and decision to return to Starfleet might have occurred in a (previously unreferenced) period of his life, between Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan .
  • When the past version of Guinan appears to Picard in the Nexus, she acts as if she already knows him. This is because, from her point of view, she sees him for a second time; she first met Picard when she lived in 19th century Earth in TNG : " Time's Arrow, Part II ".
  • The dress worn by Antonia was previously worn by Fenna .
  • The film takes place one year after the events in the final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation , " All Good Things... ".
  • The destruction of the Enterprise -D is very similar to its alternate timeline counterpart from " Yesterday's Enterprise ". Both ships meet their ends at the hands of a Klingon Bird-of-Prey and both as a result of a coolant leak. The main timeline Enterprise crew was able to escape because, unlike its counterpart, the battle was over when the coolant leak began.
  • This is the only TNG film to not feature the gray-shoulder uniform or the USS Enterprise -E , as they are not introduced until Star Trek: First Contact .
  • Worf is the only male main TNG cast member from the main cast to not wear the DS9 uniform in this film. However, he wore it upon joining the main cast of DS9 itself in its Season 4 premiere episode, " The Way of the Warrior ", albeit in command red rather than the operations gold that he wears in this film.
  • None of the women from the TNG main cast wear the DS9 uniform in this film.
  • Kirk's line to Picard, "I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was in diapers", echoes Scotty's line to Geordi from " Relics " (I was drivin' ships while your great-grandfather was in diapers), aired 2 years previously.
  • The destruction of the Enterprise -D was mentioned by Worf and Sisko in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 4 premiere episode, " The Way of the Warrior ".
  • This is the only time where the Enterprise battle bridge is not used during the saucer separation sequence, mainly due to the warp core breach in the stardrive section. It is also the only time where Wesley Crusher and Miles O'Brien are absent during the saucer separation sequence.
  • Picard's DS9 uniform looks a lot different than the ones seen on the early seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager in this film as he wears a black velcro belt around the waist, making it the only time where a black velcro belt is worn on the DS9 uniform.
  • Picard, Riker, Data and LaForge are the only four characters of the TNG main cast to wear the DS9 uniform in this film. Alyssa Ogawa is the only female to wear the DS9 uniform in this film.
  • Riker's DS9 uniform in this film has his sleeves rolled up (similar to Miles O'Brien 's in the early seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ).
  • Spock , Leonard McCoy , Hikaru Sulu , and Nyota Uhura are briefly seen in a photograph (along with Scott, Chekov, and Kirk himself) on Kirk's trophy wall when Kirk first enters his cabin in the Nexus. The photograph was a publicity photo for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country . The wall (including the photo) is only briefly seen in the film, though it is showcased in The Art of Star Trek on p. 288. Star Trek Beyond would later more prominently feature a publicity photo of the same crew members taken for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier .
  • The time travel in the movie works differently than time travel depicted in similar events previously and later. When Picard goes back in time, he should also see a previous version of himself at that time. If somehow the time travel when Nexus is involved is different, then it would have been impossible to find Soren on the planet because the future version of him is already in the Nexus. This inconsistency is never explained.

Sets and props [ ]

  • A bottle of Saurian brandy can be seen in the reception room at the christening of the Enterprise -B.
  • Captain Picard's chair was stolen from the set mere hours before shooting was scheduled to commence. A new one was quickly fabricated. This incident became infamous enough that novels relating to Star Trek: The Next Generation written after the movie often have Picard's chair being stolen for one reason or another.
  • Data's emotion chip has varied in shape and size since its last appearance in TNG : " Descent, Part II " (which, in turn, was different from its previous appearance in TNG : " Brothers "). Also, Geordi inserts the chip into Data's head, while in "Brothers", Dr. Soong implanted the chip in Lore 's (whom he thought was Data) neck. The piece itself seen in this movie was a gold-plated plastic weapon common in the Zoids model kit line from Japan and America. ( citation needed • edit )
  • Among the items visible in Captain Kirk's house are a painting of the original Federation starship USS Enterprise , the ship's dedication plaque, a publicity photo of the cast of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , a Klingon bat'leth , a Starfleet phaser from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan , and a Jem'Hadar weapon from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
  • While searching through the wreckage of the Enterprise -D's bridge, Picard happens upon the top half of the Kurlan naiskos originally seen in TNG : " The Chase " and places it back on the floor.
  • A box of video tapes, which includes the graphic displays such as RADAR and subspace scan from the Enterprise -B's red alert sequence, was sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [20]
  • A tank full of water seen briefly in the background at the Enterprise -B's sickbay would later be reused in VOY : " Phage " in the USS Voyager 's sickbay.

Apocrypha [ ]

  • Coinciding with the film's marketing campaign, a hardcover novelization was released by Pocket Books . Written by frequent Star Trek fiction contributor J.M. Dillard , the novelization differed from the movie on a number of minor points, but was generally faithful to the structure and dialogue of the original screenplay. The reshoot of the climactic Kirk scenes meant that the hardcover, and the Simon & Schuster Audioworks adaptation, had already gone to press with the originally scripted version. Dillard was asked to rewrite the final chapters for the eventual paperback release of the novelization to agree with the theatrical version of the movie.
  • In the novel all other members of the original cast are part of the story. Chekov contacts Sulu aboard Excelsior to tell him about Kirk. In their conversation, Chekov tells Sulu that Scotty is contacting Uhura and Kirk's nephew . McCoy and Spock are also seen arriving early to the memorial service for Kirk.
  • Also in the novelization, but missing from the film, a scene between Chekov and Guinan occurs in which she tells him that his friend is still alive within the energy ribbon.
  • In the novelization, Picard successfully defeats Soran hand-to-hand; however, by the time he defeats him the rocket takes off to plunge into the sun. The movie depicts Soran as being a better fighter than Picard.
  • In the original ending of the film, the fight between Kirk and Soran is much longer and they are much more evenly matched in terms of fighting skills. In the original ending, it's Kirk who's knocked off the cliff and is forced to climb back up the mountain to stop Soran.
  • In Engines of Destiny , following the events of " Relics ", Scott travels back in time to rescue Kirk in a Bird-of-Prey recovered from a distant solar system, believing that he can save Kirk by approaching the Enterprise -B in a shuttle and beaming Kirk to safety after he has reconfigured the tractor beam, thus preserving Kirk's disappearance while changing the exact cause of it. However, this change in the timeline allows the Borg to almost completely overtake the Alpha Quadrant , as, without Kirk's aid, Picard died during the confrontation with Soran. Consequently, Earth is conquered by the Borg during the time-travel events of Star Trek: First Contact . Aided by the Enterprise -D crew after they followed Scotty's stolen Bird-of-Prey through its slingshot maneuver and arrived in the new timeline, as well as alternate versions of Guinan and Sarek , Scott is forced to return Kirk to the Nexus, restoring the original timeline at the moment the Enterprise is destroyed by a Borg fleet.
  • In the novel The Return , the Romulans and Borg went back in time and copied Kirk's brain waves before he died. They later stole his buried body, inserting the brain waves and using some Borg modifications to re-animate his body, turning him into a killing machine to hunt down Picard. At the conclusion of the novel, Kirk is freed from the brainwashing and his life is saved after a final attack on the Borg central node, disrupting the connection that keeps every branch of the Borg Collective in contact with each other and thus limiting the threat they will pose in future.
  • According to Star Trek Online , the unseen child of Lursa has been born by the events of the film; Online also establishes that his name is Ja'rod and he survives to become an influential soldier of the Empire.
  • In the novel The Star to Every Wandering , Kirk's death is interrupted by a converging temporal loop, caused by an excessive amount of chronometric particles in Kirk's body and of his trip in and out of the Nexus destroying all of spacetime between the places where he entered and exited the Nexus (near Earth and Veridian III) and from those times as well (2293 to 2371). Kirk, pulled back into the Nexus just before he could die, has to find a way to stop the converging temporal loop and save untold billions of lives without altering the timeline, managing to do so with the aid of his own echo in the Nexus who leaves and travels through time via the Guardian of Forever in order to maintain the timeline without destroying it.

Merchandise gallery [ ]

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Awards and honors [ ]

Star Trek Generations received the following awards and honors.

Links and references [ ]

Credits [ ], opening credits [ ].

  • Patrick Stewart
  • Jonathan Frakes
  • Brent Spiner
  • LeVar Burton
  • Michael Dorn
  • Gates McFadden
  • Marina Sirtis
  • Malcolm McDowell
  • James Doohan
  • Walter Koenig
  • William Shatner as " Captain James T. Kirk "
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  • Peter Lauritson
  • Robert Blackman
  • Peter E. Berger , ACE
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  • Bernie Williams
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • Rick Berman & Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
  • Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga
  • Rick Berman
  • David Carson

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  • Picard – Patrick Stewart
  • Riker – Jonathan Frakes
  • Data – Brent Spiner
  • Geordi – LeVar Burton
  • Worf – Michael Dorn
  • Beverly – Gates McFadden
  • Troi – Marina Sirtis
  • Soran – Malcolm McDowell
  • Scotty – James Doohan
  • Chekov – Walter Koenig
  • Kirk – William Shatner
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  • Demora – Jacqueline Kim
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  • Computer Voice – Majel Barrett
  • Lursa – Barbara March
  • B'Etor – Gwynyth Walsh
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  • Delmore Schwartz – " Dreams Begin Responsibilities " – © 1978 by New Directions Pub. Corp. used by permission of New Directions

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  • Sam Alejan as El-Aurian survivor
  • David Keith Anderson as Armstrong
  • Kimberly Auslander as J. Jonah Jameson
  • Lena Banks as operations ensign
  • Buzz Barbee as maiden voyage official
  • Enterprise -D civilian
  • Klingon officer
  • Joe Baumann as Garvey
  • Rina Bennett as Starfleet officer
  • Eddie Berman as Bolian boy
  • Tom Berman as Vulcan boy
  • Pam Blackwell as El-Aurian survivor
  • Joey Box as Enterprise -D command officer
  • Steven Boz as security ensign
  • Brandy as Spot
  • Debbie David as Enterprise -B crewman
  • Cameron as Kellogg
  • Tracee Lee Cocco as Jae
  • Steve Diamond as command officer
  • Andrew DePalma as El-Aurian survivor
  • Mizarian civilian
  • operations division ensign
  • Michael Echols as Klingon bridge officer
  • Tarik Ergin as Medical technician
  • Gunnel Eriksson as sciences officer
  • Margaret Flores as civilian
  • Kevin Grevioux as Starfleet security officer
  • Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan
  • Darrell Hall as Enterprise crewman
  • Star Halm as Enterprise -D lieutenant (uncredited)
  • Adolphus Hankins as maiden voyage official
  • Command officer
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  • Gary Hunter as Vulcan civilian
  • Penny Juday as Woman in Ten Forward
  • D. Kai as sciences officer
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  • Bill Larson as Enterprise helmsman
  • Nora Leonhardt as civilian
  • Stewart W. Lew as crewman in Ten Forward
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  • Mary Meinel-Newport as Bolian woman
  • Lorine Mendell as Enterprise -B crewman
  • Rad Milo as Enterprise -D ensign
  • Monster as Spot
  • Karlotta Nelson as El-Aurian survivor
  • Michael Papajohn as Enterprise -D command officer
  • Jim Portnoy as Enterprise -D civilian
  • Jerry Quinn as Enterprise -B crewman
  • Keith Rayve as command crewman
  • Raul Reformina as command officer
  • Allen Rice as Enterprise -B crewman
  • Rick Ryan as Fletcher
  • Richard Sarstedt as command officer
  • Lou Simon as operations officer
  • Spencer as Spot
  • Noriko Suzuki as Enterprise -D engineer
  • John Tampoya as Enterprise -B crewman
  • Dennis Tracy as Bolian waiter
  • Darien Wallace
  • D. Danny Warhol as engineering crewman in hallway
  • Terryl Whitlach as civilian during saucer section crash
  • Harry Williams, Jr.
  • S. Williams as Starfleet officer
  • Zoe as Spot
  • Alien evacuee
  • Enterprise -B crewman
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  • Enterprise -D communications officer (voice)
  • Two Human maiden voyage officials
  • Romulan corpse
  • Six Starfleet officers
  • SS Lakul comm voice
  • Starfleet officer
  • Ten Human launch spectators
  • Thirteen Enterprise brig crewmen
  • Twenty-three El-Aurian survivors
  • Two journalists
  • Vulcan woman

Stunt performers [ ]

  • Jane Austin as stunt double for Gates McFadden
  • Joni Avery as stunt double for Marina Sirtis
  • Jay Caputo as Enterprise -D bridge crewman
  • Eugene Collier
  • Erik Cord as stunt double for William Shatner
  • Chris Durand as Enterprise -D bridge crewman
  • Norman Kent as stunt double for William Shatner ( deleted sky diving scene )
  • Rusty McClennon as stunt double for Michael Dorn
  • Jeff Mosley as stunt double for Michael Dorn
  • Denney Pierce as Enterprise -D flight controller
  • Mark Riccardi as stunt double for Jonathan Frakes
  • Pat Romano – stunt rigger
  • Lynn Salvatori as Antonia
  • Cris Thomas-Palomino as Enterprise -D crewmember
  • David Wendler as stunt double for William Shatner (horse jump)
  • Brian J. Williams as stunt double for Brent Spiner
  • Merritt Yohnka as Enterprise -B crewman
  • Unknown animal actors as Nexus horses

Stand-ins and photo doubles [ ]

  • Stand-in for LeVar Burton
  • Stand-in for Tim Russ
  • Margaret Flores – stand-in for Marina Sirtis
  • Lauren C. Kim – stand-in for Jacqueline Kim
  • Nora Leonhardt – stand-in for Marina Sirtis
  • Lorine Mendell – stand-in for Gates McFadden
  • James Minor – stand-in for Michael Dorn
  • Kevin Reed O'Hara – photo double for Walter Koenig
  • Keith Rayve – stand-in for Brent Spiner
  • Richard Sarstedt – stand-in for Jonathan Frakes
  • Dennis Tracy – stand-in for Patrick Stewart
  • Guy Vardaman – body double for Brent Spiner
  • Philip Weyland – stand-in for William Shatner

Production staff [ ]

  • Dave Archer – Artwork Provider: Paintings
  • Rey Barrera – Rigging Electrician
  • Rob Bloch – Animal Trainer: Critters of the Cinema
  • Tom Bookout – Grip
  • Kelli Cole – Animal Trainer: Critters of the Cinema
  • Bernie Dresel – Orchestra Drummer
  • Christopher Flick – Foley Editor
  • Edward J. Franklin – Special Effects Artist
  • Bill Hawk – Prop fabricator
  • Jack Haye – Modelmaker
  • Joe Lombardi – Special Effects Artist: Full Scale Effects
  • Jim W. Pearson – Advisor
  • Dan Purinton – Rigging Gaffer/Lot Best Boy
  • Clark Schaffer – Production Illustrator
  • Karen Thomas-Kolakowski – Animal Trainer: Critters of the Cinema
  • Cogswell Video Services, Inc. – Visual Effects Unit Video Assist Company

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  • Star Trek Generations (soundtrack)
  • Star Trek Generations (novel)
  • Star Trek Generations (game)

Sources [ ]

  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion (3rd ed.), Larry Nemecek , Pocket Books, 2003 .
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Sketchbook: The Movies , John Eaves & J.M. Dillard , Pocket Books, 1998 .
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Continuing Mission , Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens , Pocket Books, 1998 .
  • Star Trek Movie Memories , William Shatner & Chris Krenski, Pocket Books, 1994 .
  • Star Trek Generations (Special Edition) DVD , Ronald D. Moore & Brannon Braga , audio commentary .
  • Star Trek Generations (Special Edition) DVD, Michael & Denise Okuda , text commentary .

External links [ ]

  • Star Trek Generations at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
  • " Star Trek Generations " at MissionLogPodcast.com , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
  • Star Trek Generations at Wikipedia
  • Star Trek Generations at the Internet Movie Database
  • Star Trek: Generations script  at Star Trek Minutiae
  • Behind the scenes on Star Trek: Generations  at Forgotten Trek – features production history, concept art, and set design
  • 1 Daniels (Crewman)
  • 3 Calypso (episode)

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The " Star Trek " saga has always had a weakness for getting distracted by itself, and "Star Trek: Generations," the seventh film installment, is undone by its narcissism. Here is a movie so concerned with in-jokes and updates for Trekkers that it can barely tear itself away long enough to tell a story. From the weight and attention given to the transfer of command on the Starship Enterprise, you'd think a millennium was ending - which is, by the end of the film, how it feels.

The movie opens during a maiden run for the Enterprise B; plans call for it to take a little dash around the solar system with some reporters on board. But then a call for help is received, and there's polite jockeying for position between the newly appointed Capt. Picard ( Patrick Stewart ) and the just-retired Capt. Kirk ( William Shatner ). Kirk is obviously better-equipped to handle the crisis, but alas the ship itself is unequipped, unmanned and unready for an emergency.

The emergency involves a free-floating coil of space energy, which has captured two ships in what I think was called its Gravametric Field. ("Star Trek" has never been shy of polysyllabic pseudoscientific gobbledygook, and "Generation" bathes in it; the victims' "life signs are phasing in and out of our space-time continuum"!) One of the survivors is the intense Dr. Soran ( Malcolm McDowell ), of the El Aurian species, who insists he must get back to the ship. It explodes in the Nexus force field, however, and the story leaps forward 78 years. Capt. Picard now finds himself on a rescue mission to an observatory where Dr. Soran is again rescued, and again insists he must return, and lo, here comes the Nexus again, along with an explanation by Guinan ( Whoopi Goldberg ), the Enterprise's resident mystic, who says that those caught in the Nexus are "bathed in joy." We learn that Soran will do anything for that joy, including destroying stars and their planets with millions of inhabitants, just to nudge the Nexus a little out of its way. His calculations are astonishingly precise: By using Solar Probes to destroy an entire solar system, he can steer the Nexus so that it brushes right above a rickety steel platform he has constructed in an alien desert, and he can sort of leap up into it and be absorbed in joy.

Meanwhile, there is a lot happening aboard the Enterprise, which has a way of being constantly buffeted by force fields and Gravametric explosions ex cept when Quietly Meaningful Dialogue is being exchanged; at such times the ship is perfectly still. I would estimate that the command deck is being buffeted, filled with smoke, and showered with electri cal sparks, a good third of the time, with the computers all flashing superfluous "Alert!" warnings, just when you want them to tell you something helpful.

The "Star Trek" series has always specialized in hilariously klutzy hardware, but outdoes itself this time; the TV cameramen in the opening scenes wear little lights on their heads which illuminate only the centers of the faces of their subjects (surely by the 21st century Man, even Newsman, will not have forgotten how to light a whole face?). And the computer controls aboard the starship now seem modeled on the multiple-choice cash registers at McDonald's, where you just push the Big Mac button instead of needing to know how much it costs.

The running joke this time involves Lt. Cmdr. Data ( Brent Spiner ), a computerized android who tries out a tricky emotion chip and suddenly understands jokes he was told years ago. This notion could have led to some funny scenes, but doesn't, and the scene where Data shorts out (or his chip crashes, or something) is acted and directed so uncertainly it is positively puzzling.

The "Star Trek" movies and TV shows always consider at least one Big Important Human Question, and this time it has to do with the Choice Between Happiness and Reality. When you get sucked into the Nexus, see, you think you are living once again through the most joyous days of your life. This would be great, except you kinda know you're not, and so both Capt. Kirk and Capt. Picard must choose between the hazards of reality and the seductive dream world. There's a lesson here somewhere. Hell, there's a lesson here everywhere.

I will not be giving away any secrets if I reveal that Capt.

Kirk dies in the course of the movie. Countless Trekkers have solemnly informed me of this fact for months, if not years. Leave it to Kirk to be discontent with just one death scene, however. Kirk's first death is a very long silence, but he has dialogue for his second one. Oh, my, yes he does. And slips away so subtly I was waiting for more.

I, for one, will miss him. There is something endearing about the "Star Trek" world, even down to and including its curious tradition that the even-numbered movies tend to be better than the odd-numbered ones. And it's fun to hear the obligatory dialogue one more time (my favorite, always said by someone watching the giant view screen, where an unearthly sight has appeared: "What . . . the . . . hell . . . is . . . THAT?").

"Star Trek" seems to cross the props of science fiction with the ideas of Westerns. Watching the fate of millions being settled by an old-fashioned fistfight on a rickety steel bridge (intercut with closeups of the bolts popping loose and the structure sagging ominously), I was almost amused by the shabby storytelling. Why doesn't more movie science fiction have the originality and imagination of its print origins? In " Stargate ," the alien god Ra was able to travel the universe, yet still needed slaves to build his pyramids. In "Star Trek: Generations," the starship can go boldly where no one has gone before, but the screenwriters can only do vice versa.

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Star Trek: Generations (1994)

118 minutes

Malcolm McDowell as Soran

William Shatner as Capt. Kirk

Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard

Directed by

  • David Carson

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Beyond the Nexus .

Star Trek Generations is a 1994 American science fiction film directed by David Carson and based on the franchise of the same name created by Gene Roddenberry . It is the seventh film in the Star Trek film series , as well as the first to star the cast of the series Star Trek: The Next Generation . In the film, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise -D teams up with his predecessor, Captain James T. Kirk , to stop a villain from destroying a planet.

Parts of the film were shot at the Valley of Fire State Park near Overton, Nevada , Paramount Studios , and Lone Pine, California . While the film received mixed reviews from critics, it performed well at the box office

In the year 2293, retired Captain James T. Kirk , Montgomery Scott , and Pavel Chekov attend the maiden voyage of the Federation starship USS Enterprise -B , under the command of the unseasoned Capt. John Harriman . During the voyage, Enterprise is pressed into a rescue mission to save two El-Aurian ships from a strange energy ribbon. Enterprise is able to save some of the refugees before their ships are destroyed, but the starship becomes trapped in the ribbon. Kirk goes to deflector control to alter the deflector dish, allowing Enterprise to escape, but the trailing end of the ribbon rakes across Enterprise ' s hull, exposing the section Kirk is in to space; he is presumed dead.

In 2371, the crew of the USS Enterprise -D celebrate the promotion of Worf to Lieutenant Commander. Captain Jean-Luc Picard receives a message that his brother and nephew were killed in a fire, meaning the storied Picard family line will end with him. Enterprise receives a distress call from an observatory in orbit of the star Amargosa, where they rescue the El-Aurian Dr. Tolian Soran. The android Data and engineer Geordi La Forge discover a compound called trilithium in a hidden room of the observatory. Soran appears, knocks La Forge unconscious, and launches a trilithium solar probe at Amargosa. The probe causes the star to implode, sending a shock wave toward the observatory. Soran and La Forge are transported away by a Klingon Bird of Prey belonging to the treacherous Duras sisters , who had stolen the trilithium for Soran in exchange for the designs for a trilithium weapon. Data is rescued just before the station is destroyed by the shock wave.

Guinan , Enterprise ' s bartender, tells Captain Jean-Luc Picard more about Soran; they were among the El-Aurians rescued by the Enterprise -B in 2293. Guinan explains that Soran is obsessed with reentering the "Nexus", an extra-dimensional realm where time has no meaning and anyone can experience whatever they desire. Picard and Data determine that Soran, unable to fly a ship into the ribbon due to the uncertainty that the ship will survive long enough to ensure his success, is instead altering the path of the ribbon by destroying stars, and that he will attempt to re-enter the Nexus on Veridian III by destroying its sun—and, by extension, a heavily populated planet in the system.

Upon entering the Veridian system, Enterprise makes contact with the Duras Bird of Prey. Picard offers himself to the sisters in exchange for La Forge, but insists that he be transported to Soran's location first. La Forge is returned to Enterprise , but he inadvertently reveals Enterprise ' s shield frequency, allowing the Duras sisters to inflict crippling damage on Enterprise . Enterprise destroys the Bird of Prey, but has sustained irreversible damage to its warp core. Commander William Riker orders an evacuation to the forward saucer section of the ship which separates from the star drive. The shock wave from the star drive's destruction sends the saucer crashing to the surface of Veridian III.

Picard fails to talk Soran out of his plan and is too late to stop him from launching his missile. The collapse of the Veridian star alters the course of the Nexus ribbon as predicted, and it sweeps Picard and Soran away while the shock wave from the star obliterates everything in the system. In the Nexus, Picard finds himself surrounded by the family he never had, including a wife and children, but realizes it is an illusion. He is confronted by an "echo" of Guinan. After being told that he may leave whenever he chooses and go wherever and whenever he wishes, Guinan sends him to meet Kirk, also safe in the Nexus. Though Kirk is at first reluctant to leave, Picard convinces Kirk to return to Picard's present and stop Soran by assuring him that it will fulfill his desire to make a difference.

Leaving the Nexus, the two arrive on Veridian III minutes before Soran launches the missile. Kirk distracts Soran long enough for Picard to lock the missile in place, causing it to explode on the launchpad and kill Soran. Kirk is fatally injured by a fall during the encounter; as he dies, Picard assures him that he made a difference. Picard buries Kirk before a shuttle arrives to transport him to the wreckage of the Enterprise saucer. Three Federation starships enter orbit to retrieve Enterprise' s survivors.

  • Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk
  • Jonathan Frakes as Commander William T. Riker
  • Brent Spiner as Lieutenant Commander Data
  • LeVar Burton as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Commander Worf . Unlike his TNG co-stars, this was his second Star Trek film, having appeared on Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country , portraying his TNG character's grandfather, Colonel Worf, who defended Kirk and McCoy at their trial.
  • Gates McFadden as Chief Medical Officer Commander Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtis as ship's counselor Commander Deanna Troi
  • Alan Ruck as Enterprise -B captain John Harriman
  • Malcolm McDowell as Tolian Soran
  • Jacqueline Kim as Ensign Demora Sulu , helmsman of Enterprise -B and the daughter of the original Enterprise ' s helmsman, Hikaru Sulu . Kim consulted with art supervisor Michael Okuda to make sure her hand movements and manipulations of the ships' controls were consistent and accurate. [4 ]
  • Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh as the villainous Klingon sisters Lursa and B'Etor
  • Patti Yasutake as Enterprise nurse Lieutenant Alyssa Ogawa
  • Whoopi Goldberg (not credited) as Enterprise bartender Guinan

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Star Trek movies in order: Chronological and release

Untangle the different timelines and get the popcorn: Here are the Star Trek movies in order — both chronological and release.

Commander Spock from Star Trek (2009)

  • Chronological order
  • Prime Timeline

The Original Series movies

The next generation movies.

  • Kelvin Timeline
  • Release order

Upcoming Star Trek movies

We've got a guide to watching the Star Trek movies in order, decloaking off our starboard side!

So long as movies stick numbers on the ends of their titles, it’s easy to watch them in order. Once they start branching out, however, things can get a little muddled, especially when reboots come along and start the whole process over from scratch. 

You may have heard that the even-numbered ones are good and the odd-numbered ones are not. That’s spot on for the films starring the cast of The Original Series (aka Kirk and friends) falls apart once you reach the tenth entry in the series. It would probably be worth your while to have this list of the Star Trek movies, ranked worst to best around to steer clear of the clunkers. Look, we’re not going to pretend everything here is worth two hours of your day, we’re just letting you know which came out after which.

Should your Trek appetite remain unsatiated after your movie watchathon, feel free to pull from either our list of the best Star Trek: The Original series episode s or best Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes . Either one will set you up for a weekend jam-packed with great Trek moments. Consult our Star Trek streaming guide for all the details on where to watch the movies and shows online 

Star Trek movies: Chronological order

Below is the quick version of our list if you just need to check something to win an argument, but it comes with a lot of in-universe time travel-related caveats that we'll explain below.

  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
  • Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
  • Star Trek: Generations
  • Star Trek: First Contact
  • Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Star Trek: Nemesis
  • Star Trek Into Darkness
  • Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek: Prime Timeline

The first thing you need to know about the Star Trek films is that while they travel back and forth in time, they also diverge into two (for now) different timelines. The films of the original crew (well, the first iteration of them, anyway – more on that later) are all in what is known as the Prime Timeline. 

Within the Prime Timeline, the movies are then split between The Original Series movies and The Next Generation movies.

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Crew in Star Trek: The Motion Picture_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 8, 1979
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

This is the film that brought the voyages of the U.S.S. Enterprise to the big screen. An energy cloud is making its way toward Earth, destroying everything in its path. Kirk and crew intercept it and discover an ancient NASA probe at the heart of the cloud. Voyager – known as V’ger now – encountered a planet of living machines, learned all it could, and returned home to report its findings, only to find no one who knew how to answer. It’s a slow-paced film, and the costumes are about as 70s as they come, but there’s classic Star Trek at the heart of this film.

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: June 4, 1982
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ricardo Montalban

Ask a Star Trek fan what the best Star Trek movie is and more often than not, you’ll get Khan as your answer. A sequel to the events of the “Space Seed” episode of The Original Series, Khan is a retelling of Moby Dick with Khan throwing reason to the wind as he hunts his nemesis, James T. Kirk. Montalban delivers a pitch-perfect performance, giving us a Khan with charisma and obsession in equal parts.

3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Walter Koenig, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, and George Takei in Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: June 1, 1984

Spock might have died in The Wrath of Khan, but this third entry set up the premise for his return, with the creation of the Genesis planet. Essentially a heist movie in reverse, Search for Spock has the crew defying orders from Starfleet in an attempt to reunite Spock’s consciousness with his newly-rejuvenated body. It’s not a great movie, but it does include two very important events: the rebirth of Spock and the death of Kirk’s son at the hands of the Klingons. That’ll be important a few flicks from now.   

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: November 26, 1986
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Catherine Hicks

If Star Trek fans don’t say Khan is the best Star Trek movie, odds are very high they say Voyage Home is. It’s a funny film where the mission isn’t destruction, but creation – or more accurately, repairing the devastating effects of humankind’s ecological short-sightedness. 

A probe arrives at Earth, knocking out the power of everything in its path as it looks for someone to respond to its message (yeah, it happens a lot). This time, however, the intended recipient is the long-extinct blue whale. To save Earth, Kirk and co. go back in time to 1980s San Francisco to snag some blue whales. The eco-messaging isn’t exactly subtle, but it doesn’t get in the way of a highly enjoyable movie.

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, and Laurence Luckinbill in Star Trek V The Final Frontier (1989)

  • Release date: June 9, 1989

A writers’ strike and Shatner’s directorial skills (or lack thereof) doomed this film before a single scene was shot. The core plot is actually pretty good: Spock’s half-brother hijacks the Enterprise so that he can meet God, which he believes to be… himself. Some Star Trek fans have an odd fondness for this movie, as it showcases the camaraderie of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy when they’re off-duty.

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Christopher Plummer in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country (1991)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 6, 1991
  • Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Christopher Plummer

Right, so if that Star Trek fan you’ve been talking to doesn’t choose either Khan or Voyage Home as the best Star Trek movie ever, they almost certainly name Undiscovered Country (and if they don’t, they have highly questionable taste, frankly). The Klingon moon of Praxis explodes, putting the entire Klingon race at risk. The Enterprise hosts a diplomatic entourage of Klingons, much to Kirk’s discomfort. 

Remember how Klingons murdered Kirk’s son? Well, he certainly hasn’t forgotten. Kirk’s lingering rage makes him the perfect patsy for the murder of the Klingon Chancellor, sending him and McCoy to a prison planet and setting the stage for war. Christopher Plummer is perfection as a Shakespeare-quoting Klingon general with no taste for peace.

7. Star Trek: Generations

Malcolm McDowell, Brian Thompson, and Gwynyth Walsh in Star Trek Generations (1994)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: November 18, 1994
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

And thus the torch is passed from the crew of The Original Series to that of The Next Generation. It’s a bit of a fumble, to be honest, but they all did their best to get Kirk and Picard into the same film and have it make sense. Malcolm McDowell plays Soran, a scientist who will stop at nothing to control the Nexus, a giant space rainbow that exists outside of space-time. 

Soran lost his family when his home world was destroyed and he wants to re-join them (or at least an illusion of them) in the Nexus. He’s not so much a villain as a tragic figure, but the Nexus makes a meeting between Kirk and Picard possible. Not all that sensible, but possible.

8. Star Trek: First Contact

U.S.S. Enterprise battling the Borg in Star Trek First Contact (1996)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: November 22, 1996
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Alice Krige

Okay, no, for real, if your Star Trek pal didn’t pick Khan or Voyage Home or… oh, nevermind. Cueing off the iconic two-part episode “Best of Both Worlds,” in which Picard is assimilated by the Borg, First Contact sees the collective traveling back in time in order to disrupt First Contact, the day Earth’s first foray into space attracted the attention of the Vulcans, kicking off the events that would eventually lead to Starfleet’s victory over the Borg. The Borg Queen torments Picard with visions of the past and tempts Data with humanity, going so far as to give him some human skin. 

The fight with the Borg aboard the Enterprise is thrilling, and the work on the surface to get first contact back on track is fun. Plus, there’s just nothing like Patrick Stewart turning it up to 11 as he lashes out at the enemy that haunts his dreams.

9. Star Trek: Insurrection

Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek Insurrection (1998)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 11, 1998
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, F. Murray Abraham

Essentially an episode inflated for the big screen, Insurrection is about the Federation conspiring to displace a planet’s population in order to harvest the planet’s unique resource – super healing metaphasic particles. In addition to the rejuvenating natural resource, the Ba’ku also have access to exceptional technology, which they shun in favor of a more simple lifestyle. 

Data malfunctions, the villains are Federation allies (and former Ba’ku!), Picard gets to knock boots with a local – Insurrection is the very definition of “fine.” Chronologically, Insurrection is relevant for rekindling the romance between Riker and Troi, but not much else.

10. Star Trek: Nemesis

Patrick Stewart and Tom Hardy in Star Trek Nemesis (2002)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: December 13, 2002
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Tom Hardy

Before he mumbled his way into our hearts as Bane, Tom Hardy was Shinzon, a clone of Picard the Romulans created in an eventually abandoned attempt to infiltrate Starfleet. Shinzon is dying, and all that will save him is a transfusion of Picard’s blood. Unfortunately, Shinzon also happens to be a megalomaniac who happens to want to destroy all life on Earth and maybe a few other planets, too, if he’s feeling saucy. 

Nemesis is notable mostly for killing Data with a noble sacrifice, only to resurrect him moments later in a duplicate body found earlier by the Enterprise crew.

Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline

The last of the Prime Timeline movies failed to impress at the box office, so it was a few years before anyone tried to bring the Enterprise back to the big screen. Rather than lean on any of the TV crews, this new slate of movies would serve as a reboot, welcoming new audiences while honoring long-time fans. Welcome to the Kelvin Timeline. (For all the ins and outs, check out our Star Trek: Kelvin Timeline explained article).

11. Star Trek

John Cho, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin, and Chris Pine in Star Trek (2009)_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: May 8, 2009
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban

Back to the beginning! Star Trek introduces us to James T. Kirk, Spock, and “Bones” McCoy as they meet and join the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Though the plot is a relatively straightforward affair of a Romulan named Nero trying to destroy the Earth. His anger borne out of grief, what matters most is how it all came to be. In the future, Spock – the Prime Timeline version – tries to save Romulus from being destroyed by a supernova, but fails. Both his ship and Nero’s are kicked back in time, setting off a chain of events that diverge from the original, “true” timeline. 

The name “Kelvin” refers to the U.S.S. Kelvin, the ship heroically captained by Kirk’s father, which is destroyed in the opening moments of the movie.

12. Star Trek Into Darkness

Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and Chris Pine in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)_© Zade Rosenthal_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: May 16, 2013
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch

The benefit of the Kelvin Timeline is that it not only allows Star Trek to explore canon material – such as Khan (he of the Wrath) – but to do something completely new with it. Khan features heavily in Into Darkness, but he has no beef with Kirk. Instead, a Starfleet Admiral is threatening the lives of Khan’s crew, forcing them to craft weapons of mass destruction. 

Khan inevitably eludes captivity and strikes out against Starfleet, killing Captain Pike (and a bunch of others) in the process. Kirk and company eventually take Khan down, but not before Kirk sacrifices himself to save his crew. Don’t worry, these things don’t last in either Star Trek timeline, as Kirk gets better moments later thanks to *checks notes* Khan's super blood.

13. Star Trek Beyond

Idris Elba and Chris Pine in Star Trek Beyond (2016)_© Kimberley French_Paramount Pictures

  • Release date: July 22, 2016
  • Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba

Beyond leans into the camaraderie of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy now that they’ve had some time together, much to the movie’s benefit. The Enterprise is lured to Altamid under false pretenses, leading to much of the crew being marooned on the planet. The architect of the deception was Krall, who wants an opportunity to return to a galaxy where war is the order of the day. 

Beyond is a significant point in the timeline for two reasons. First, it sadly marked the death of Spock Prime due to the passing of Leonard Nimoy. Second, it culminates in the Enterprise embarking on the five-year-mission that started everything back in 1966.

Star Trek movies: Release order

If you can't be bothered remembering two different orders for the Star Trek movies then we've got good news for you — the release order is identical to the chronological order that we've shown above (accounting for the Kelvin timeline as it's own entity anyway).

The full run of Star Trek films currently tops out at 13 entries; the fate of the 14th was hidden within a nebula of conflicting information. “Star Trek 4” was slated for December 22, 2023, but given that filming had yet to begin as of July 2022, it seems inevitable that date will change. Back in February 2022, Paramount that the principal cast would be returning for the fourth installment of the Kelvin timeline, a claim quickly disputed by the agents of those selfsame actors. Awkward.

Soon after, however, Chris Pine eventually signed on the dotted line, and his shipmates reached their own agreements. As of right now, Kirk (Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), McCoy (Karl Urban, assuming he can make it work around filming of The Boys), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Uhura (Zoe Saldaña), and Sulu (John Cho) are all ready to beam up and get filming. Sadly, this will be the first of the Kelvin films to not feature Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov. Yelchin died in an accident at his home in 2016. It’s currently unclear if Chekov will be recast or if a different character will take his place on the bridge of the Enterprise.

Though the Kelvin timeline is often referred to as “J.J. Abrams Trek,” he won’t be directing Star Trek 4; Matt Shakman will take on that responsibility, leaving Abrams to produce. As for what it will be about, that’s anyone’s guess, but Chris Pine told Deadline he hopes this one tells a smaller story that appeals to the core Trek audience. “Let’s make the movie for the people that love this group of people, that love this story, that love Star Trek,” he said. “Let’s make it for them and then, if people want to come to the party, great.” It’s a strategy that makes sense; the disappointment with recent Trek films hasn’t been their content so much as their box office. A Trek film with a smaller scope (and budget) would almost certainly have a very healthy profit margin while also resonating with the fanbase.   

With no new announcements coming from San Diego Comic-Con 2022, it seems that we’ll have to wait for any more insight into the next Star Trek film. Sill, recent comments from Paramount CEO Brian Robbins have us cautiously optimistic: “We’re deep into [Star Trek 4] with J.J. Abrams, and it feels like we’re getting close to the starting line and excited about where we’re going creatively,” he told Variety . 

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Simon Kinberg and 'Star Trek'

Longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg  is beaming up to a new franchise.

The multi-hyphenate is in talks to produce a new Star Trek feature for Paramount Pictures , The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. If all goes well, the door would open to him taking active creative roles on the rest of the storied franchise’s film side. Alex Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman are the main creative producers on Star Trek ‘s television side.

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Abrams remains involved with the new project as a producer. There is no release date for the feature, but the studio has signaled that it would like a 2025 opening. The machinations of the franchise take place against the backdrop of a potential sale of Paramount, which could find itself under the ownership of Sony or Skydance.

There hasn’t been a Star Trek movie since Star Trek Beyond , which was released in 2016. In recent years,  Trek  primarily has lived on the small screen, boldly finding new life thanks to numerous streaming shows on Paramount+, among them  Star Trek Discovery ,  Picard and Strange New Worlds . Efforts to relaunch the film side, including reuniting the Abrams Trek cast that included Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana and Simon Pegg, among others, have ended up stranded on rocky alien shores. Paramount is also understood to still be developing a fourth Trek  to feature that cast that is being described as the final chapter for this crew.

Puck was the first to report on Kinberg being in negotiations to reboot the Star Trek movie franchise.

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Simon Kinberg in Talks to Produce New Star Trek Film Series for Paramount

  • Paramount is making progress on a new Star Trek movie with Simon Kinberg on board.
  • The film will focus on the formation of Starfleet and humanity's first contact with aliens.
  • The news of Kinberg's involvement has excited fans and promises new narratives and challenges.

Paramount is finally making strides with its new Star Trek movie and has brought in acclaimed filmmaker Simon Kinberg to help bring the project to life. Initially, it was revealed that Toby Haynes would be helming the project, but since then, there hasn’t been any major update regarding the title.

In January 2024, it was announced that Paramount was working on a Star Trek film that would take the franchise into a new direction. At the time, Haynes had been chosen to direct the film, with Seth Grahame-Smith slated to write the script. However, things went silent after the announcement and once again, fans didn’t know if they would ever be able to see another Star Trek film on the big screen or not. Now, a recent report has indicated that Paramount is finally moving ahead with the project and has roped in a big name to elevate the project.

Star Trek Actor Believes Fourth Movie In The Franchise Might Finally Be Happening

One Star Trek actor is still hopeful that the fourth film in the franchise might happen soon and the original cast might return too.

According to The Hollywood Reporter , the production giant is in negotiations with Kinberg to produce a Star Trek feature film for the big screen. If everything works out well, the filmmaker could take on creative roles in other films of the storied franchise. The report also mentioned that the project will be set decades before the events of the JJ Abrams movie that was released in 2009. Additionally, it might primarily focus on the formation of the Starfleet and humanity’s first contact with alien life. However, the report also made it clear that the project was already in active development at Paramount and Kinberg would be joining in to work on it. As of now, there is no change to the movie crew. Haynes will still direct, Grahame-Smith will write the script, and Abrams will produce, just like it was announced in January.

This movie isn't connected to the previously planned Star Trek sequel that had been on hold for a while. That sequel was supposed to be the fourth movie in the new series and bring back most of the original cast, including Chris Pine as Captain Kirk. Unfortunately, there's no news on when that movie might happen. Recently, Pine opened up about the film’s future and gave an uninspiring update about it. In a recent interview, Pine said that he had no idea what’s happening with the alleged fourth film in the Star Trek franchise. He said, “I thought there was already a script, but I guess I was wrong, or they decided to pivot. As it's always been with Trek, I just wait and see.”

The news of Kinberg attached to the new Star Trek project is encouraging and should serve as a sigh of relief among the fandom. It would be interesting to see how the makers would explore a new era in Star Trek history, potentially showing the early days of human and Volcan cooperation . Also, it would give fans a chance to dive deeper into events that were not seen before, offering a chance for new narratives and challenges. However, it would also bring a lot of challenges because fans might not want to see a project that doesn’t exist in existing timelines. Nonetheless, the news of a prequel film has definitely made fans excited.

All films in the Star Trek franchise are available for streaming on Paramount+.

Star Trek: World War III, Explained

Before humanity mastered the final frontier, they fought an internal conflict that claimed a third of the species and almost ended Earth.

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Simon Kinberg in Talks to Produce New Star Trek Film Series for Paramount

Star Trek Movies in order

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Persis Khambatta in Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)

1. Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Kirstie Alley, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and Ricardo Montalban in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

2. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, Merritt Butrick, and Robin Curtis in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)

3. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley, George Takei, and Nichelle Nichols in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

5. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and DeForest Kelley in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

6. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

William Shatner and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Generations (1994)

7. Star Trek: Generations

Alice Krige, Brent Spiner, and Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

8. Star Trek: First Contact

F. Murray Abraham in Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

9. Star Trek: Insurrection

Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart, and Tom Hardy in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

10. Star Trek: Nemesis

Star Trek (2009)

11. Star Trek

Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

12. Star Trek Into Darkness

Simon Pegg, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella, and Chris Pine in Star Trek Beyond (2016)

13. Star Trek Beyond

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The New Star Trek Movie Is A Prequel – But Will It Rewrite The Franchise Timeline?

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It was announced today in the Hollywood Reporter that Simon Kinberg is taking over the development of the new "Star Trek" feature film, currently working its way through pre-production at Paramount. This new film will be the fourth to be connected to the Kelvin timeline of "Star Trek," a timeline which started with the events of J.J. Abrams' 2009 "Star Trek" film. As of this writing, Toby Haynes ("Andor") is slated to direct, while Seth Grahame-Smith ("Dark Shadows," "The LEGO Batman Movie") has signed on to write. Kinberg is a notable Hollywood player who wrote "X-Men: The Last Stand," "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "X-Men: Apocalypse," and "Dark Phoenix" (among many others) and who produced "The New Mutants," "Deadpool," "Logan," "X-Men: First Class," "Cinderella," "The Martian," and "Elysium" (among many others). He is a franchise guy through-and-through, and Paramount likely wanted a new producer with high-profile experience.

It has been reported that the new "Star Trek" movie will, to quote the Hollywood Reporter, "be set decades before the events of the 2009 movie that was directed J.J. Abrams , likely around modern times." They added that it "is said to involve the creation of the Starfleet and humankind's first contact with alien life." 

These declarations will have some Trekkies' minds at yellow alert. As we all know, the Kelvin universe was an alternate timeline created by the time-travel shenanigans of a vengeful Romulan named Nero (Eric Bana). The timeline diverged when Nero appeared through a time portal in front of the U.S.S. Kelvin ... right when James T. Kirk was being born. Trekkies will happily leap in and point out that Kirk was born in 2233 ... but that First Contact — as dramatized in "Star Trek: First Contact" — took place in 2063. 

Is Trek history being entirely re-written?

The timeline of Star Trek

To offer a brief timeline of events in the "Star Trek" universe, humanity was facing down some harrowing times in the late 20th century, and the world broke out into a series of devastating wars. First, there were the Eugenics Wars, in which tyrannical genetically selected supermen became global dictators. Audiences know about the Eugenics Wars through Khan (Ricardo Montalban), one of said dictators. Then there was the Second Civil War, talked about in a time-travel episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," which exacerbated poverty and misery on Earth, followed finally by World War III, which lasted from 2026 to 2053. World War III left humanity scattered and hopeless. 

This was all before humanity had discovered faster-than-light travel, and trekking through the stars hadn't yet begun. 

The statement that the new Trek movie will take place "likely around modern times" would need to place it prior to the above conflicts. It's worth noting that the second season of "Star Trek: Picard" was also a time travel story that took Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his friends back in time to 2024, prior to the Eugenics Wars. So it seems that part of Trek lore might have been covered already. We will have to see if "Star Trek 4" will take place before or after "Picard." 

But that timeline couldn't incorporate First Contact. 

It wouldn't be until 2063 that Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) would invent faster-than-light travel. The maiden voyage of his ship, the Phoenix, would attract a Vulcan vessel coincidentally passing by Earth. The Vulcans would land and initiate First Contact, ushering a new phase of peace on Earth. It was with First Contact that Trek's optimistic future would begin.

Will Kinberg's new film time-shift First Contact backward?

Is First Contact being time-shifted?

Continuing with Trek's timeline, First Contact allowed humanity to realize the errors of their warlike ways, and begin rebuilding after World War III, now with the Vulcans' help. This period would take the better part of a century, and humanity wouldn't be able to launch their own ship — the Enterprise — until the year 2151. The first adventures of the first Enterprise were dramatized in "Star Trek: Enterprise." 

Kinberg's film could conceivably take place during the century after First Contact, but before the launch of the first Enterprise, although that timeframe would preclude star trekking; according to "Enterprise," the Vulcans were insistent that humans remain on Earth for 100 years , technologically and philosophically preparing themselves for encountering new life and new civilizations. "Enterprise" would indeed fall in line with "the creation of Starfleet," as stated in the Hollywood Reporter. Starfleet was formed before the launch of the Enterprise, sometime in the 2130s.

It's the "decades before" part that might have some Trekkies looking at the statement a little sideways. Since the Kelvin timeline didn't begin until 2233, the formation of Starfleet would be a full century before the 2009 film, not decades. And First Contact would be almost two centuries before the 2009 film. 

Paramount, as of this writing, has not released any additional details about the upcoming film's plot, so we can only speculate as to when it might take place. Will it be a flashback or a time travel plot? But here's a daring thought: Kinberg's new film may openly rewrite Trek continuity and time-shift First Contact to earlier in humanity's timeline.

Gene Roddenberry's penance era

When looking back at the 1960s, when Gene Roddenberry first created "Star Trek," the world was a tumultuous place. Roddenberry looked out the window and saw war, violence, intolerance, and bigotry. He invented "Star Trek" as a reaction to all that, envisioning a future when war was over (because we wanted it), money had been eliminated, and bigotry was dead. But to achieve this utopia, humanity needed to hit a "low point" first. As such, the timeline of Trek required Earth to nearly destroy itself before it could have a moment of clarity. 

If Kinberg aims to time-shift First Contact and the formation of Starfleet to the modern era, it would become a fascinating speculation indeed. If "Star Trek" began without the Roddenberrian moment of clarity, would utopia still be achieved? What if we had starships and access to Vulcans today in 2024? Would the utopia of "Star Trek" be kickstarted 200 years early, or would we humans, still presumably warlike, merely struggle through the Eugenics Wars/Second Civil War/World War III up in space instead of on the ground? 

And if Kinberg's goal is to shift "Star Trek" history so dramatically, it would mean that he is deliberately erasing the Kelvin timeline. Remember that before the Kelvin timeline split, "Star Trek" was identical in both timelines. "Star Trek: Enterprise" still played itself out as we saw in the 2001 to 2005 TV series, and references to "Enterprise" were made liberally throughout 2016's "Star Trek Beyond," the second sequel to "Star Trek" (2009). 

If Kinberg does set the action of his new film in the modern day, "Enterprise" would be retconned entirely ... as would all of "Star Trek." 

That's even more daring than the parallel timeline from Abrams' film.

Time will tell.

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