Picard and crew have been ordered to guard the border of the Romulan neutral zone while a major battle against the Borg is brewing (actually the Federation is having their asses kicked). Picard disobeys orders and heads to the battle and helps take out the Borg but not before they launch a small ship that travels back in time altering the future and making the population of Earth into Borg. Picard orders the Enterprise to follow that ship and zip back to the 21st century.
The special effects are really well done.
There are quite a few humorous moments to balance out what could have been a very grim story.
The late great Jerry Goldsmith delivers a good music score.
The actual scene of first contact with the Vulcan’s is a gem and makes for a great bit of Trek history.
Alfre Woodard gets my vote for the strongest and best-written female character in any Star Trek ever. Her character holds her own against the revenge minded Picard in one of my favorite scenes. Patrick Stewart and Woodard definitely had great chemistry between them.
James Cromwell is excellent as Dr. Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive who is supposed to be from Alpha Centauri. Just like in Generations the writers have decided to ignore previously created Trek lore.
The not so good:
The only problems I had with this movie are the usual lack of continuity with the TV series especially with the existence of the Borg queen. The very structure of the Borg society would seem to rule out a leader position of this nature but since the series never said for sure and since the writers manage to make it work anyway I can let it slide. Alice Krige does a great job in the role of the queen and makes it easy to forget this faux pas.
Picard’s aggressive attitude also bothered me a little seeing as it differs greatly from the series. In the series Picard had dealings with the Borg after his assimilation and didn’t go on a rampage trying to destroy them, more inattention to what has come before. Maybe he has PTSD that didn’t manifest itself until now. How’s that for psycho babble?
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