Star Trek Generations

Critics Consensus

Generations stands as a mediocre changing of the guard for crews of the Enterprise, with a dull plot that sometimes seems like an expanded episode of the television series.



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Kirk meets Picard and then meets his Maker in this installment of the Star Trek saga that features the casts from both the original Star Trek and The Next Generation series. The only important character missing from the story is Mr. Spock. The story begins as the original crew members of the "Enterprise" prepare to embark on the newest version of their ship as honored guests. Though the ship is not completely finished and her new crew is inexperienced, the voyage begins as planned. Unfortunately while cruising, they answer the distress calls of two cargo ships enmeshed in a sinuous ribbon of energy. The ship meets with disaster and Kirk ends up disappearing. Forty years later, the new "Enterprise" answers a similar distress call. This time they are successful and rescue Dr. Soran, the sole survivor. Soran is a mad scientist obsessed with the electrical space ribbon, The Nexus, which he believes induces the greatest joy. Soran will do anything to re-enter the Nexus. When he involves the "Enterprise" in his scheme, it is up to Picard to venture into the Nexus, find Kirk, and save his ship.

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LeVar Burton
as Geordie
Alan Ruck
as Capt. Harriman
Tim Russ
as Lieutenant
Glenn Morshower
as Navigator
Whoopi Goldberg
as Guinan (uncredited)
Jenette Goldstein
as Science Officer
Thomas Kopache
as Com Officer
Tommy Hinkley
as Journalist
John Putch
as Journalist
Christine Jansen
as Journalist
Michael Mack
as Ensign Haynes
Dendrie Taylor
as Lieutenant Farrell
Patti Yasutake
as Nurse Ogawa
Granville Ames
as Transport Chief
Majel Barrett
as Computer
Henry Marshall
as Security Officer
Brittany Parkyn
as Girl With Teddy Bear
Rif Hutton
as Klingon Guard
Brian Thompson
as Klingon Helm
Marcy Goldman
as El Aurian Survivor
Jim Krestalude
as El Aurian Survivor
Judy Levitt
as El Aurian Surviovor
Kristopher Logan
as El Aurian Survivor
Gwen Van Dam
as El Aurian Survivor
Kim Braden
as Picard's Wife
Christopher James Miller
as Picard's Nephew
Matthew Collins
as Picard's Kid
Mimi Collins
as Picard's Child
Thomas Dekker
as Picard's Child
Madison Eginton
as Picard's Child
Olivia Hack
as Picard's Kid
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  • Jul 13, 2016
    Sometimes a franchise and its characters have run its course to a point where new faces and fresh ideas are needed. Though the Star Trek franchise as a whole was at a high in 1994 with two acclaimed TV series airing and the films coming off a great finale in 'The Undiscovered Country', to me, 'Generations' wasn't the proper next step to take. Sure, it's hard to let go of beloved characters, but 'The Undiscovered Country' felt like the perfect send off for all of the original cast members, including Captain Kirk. Nonetheless he was brought back to past the torch to the next crew to man the Enterprise. Of course, that group being the cast from The Next Generation. Which is exactly where the film has most of its problems. Attempting to balance both timelines, Kirks being 75 years or so earlier, and Captain Picard's (Patrick Stewart) being present day, sometimes the film feels jumbled and bunched together. In other words, there's plenty of set up with the main antagonist played by Malcom McDowell, but the pay-off takes a great deal of time and exposition to get to. It's a much different universe, but Star Wars did an impeccable job blending both casts into The Force Awakens, so that's more along the lines of what I was hoping for. With all that being said, the new cast from the TV series definitely deserve their own individual film (which is obviously what they got a few years later). It's impossible to top the original crew, but there's enough personalities and likable characters, including Stewart's stern but sympathetic Picard. As far as the actual plot itself goes, it pretty much follows the same Star Trek formula, except for the trippy Nexus sequence where Picard and Kirk are stuck in a time loop. It's the most talked about and controversial scenes from the film, and for good reason. I don't necessarily think the sequence works the way it supposed to, but it is where we end up getting the most emotional pay off. So overall, Generations is a middle of the road Star Trek adventure, but at the very least, it gives the new crew some time to shine. +Picard & Kirk +Nexus +Beautiful score -Choppy first half -Formulaic 6.3/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    While it was nice to see both original cast members and Next Generation cast members in the same film, the film's action, story, and dialogue really dragged for most of the film. Action scenes were sporadic and the storyline as a whole was very weak and uninteresting.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2014
    With an all new cast of actors, the Star Trek franchise take a new turn and reinvents the series by introducing a new crew. With Generations we get a highly entertaining and thrilling story, mixed with some worthwhile performances. I really enjoyed the film, thought it was a fine mix of thrills, a bit of action and everything else that make for an effective Star Trek film. The film is a very good entry, one that brings new ideas to the table, and I really enjoyed the direction that the film took with its ideas and concept. This is an accomplished Science Fiction film, and ranks among the finest in the series. With the cast at hand, and good script, Generations is an engaging picture that is worth seeing if you enjoy the genre. An aspect that really stood out for me was the performance of Malcolm McDowell, which made the film that much better. He really delivered one of the film's strongest performances, and it more than makes up for the film's shortcomings. With that being said, Generations is a well crafted picture, one that at times shows part where it could have been improved upon, but considering some of the performances we get on-screen, it's easy to forget the film's weaker points. Overall, this is a pleasant Science Fiction film, one that definitely stands out among other genre films. If you've enjoyed the previous film, you're sure to enjoy this one, and it's a refreshing due to a new cast from the Star Trek: The Next Generations being the new cast in this film. This film has flaws, but it's nonetheless an enjoyable affair that is an engaging film from start to finish.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2013
    In 2293, the newly built USS Enterprise B is undertaking its maiden voyage with Kirk (Shatner), Scott (Doohan) and Chekhov (Koenig) aboard for the ride. The initial celebrations are interrupted when a distress signal is received from two refugee ships caught in a lethal energy ribbon. Taking Kirk's advice, the Enterprise crew beam aboard the passengers of one ship, but are unable to save the second. The Enterprise itself becomes caught in the ribbon, and Kirk is presumably killed while freeing the ship by altering the deflector shields. 78 years later, the USS Enterprise D receives a similar distress call. By the time of 'The Undiscovered Country', the original Trek cast had become one of pop culture's biggest jokes, their advanced ages fueling many a chat show host's opening monologue. The decision was made to put them to pasture and pass the baton to the 'Next Generation'. Originally it had been intended for Kirk, Spock and McCoy to make a final appearance but Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley were uninterested in making a return. Instead, the script was rewritten for Chekhov and Scott. If Kelley and Nimoy had read said script, it's hard to criticize their decision. Chekhov and Scott are given short shrift and Kirk, though having a decent amount of screen time, departs the franchise in something of an undignified manner. His "death" is particularly underwhelming, though it does tie in with his 'Final Frontier' prophecy of dying alone. When he returns later in the film, courtesy of a plot device known as "The Nexus", he's become a rambling, somewhat senile old man. Hardly a fitting end for one of cinema and TV's most legendary figures. 'Generations' is the first Trek film to resemble a TV series two-parter. Director Carson had never worked outside TV and this is all too evident in this film's lack of scale, particularly noticeable as it follows Nicholas Meyer's great work on the previous film. It's telling that Carson would never helm a theatrical feature after this one, returning immediately to the world of episodic TV. The Next-Gen cast themselves simply aren't suited to big-screen adventures, with only Stewart possessing any real gravitas among the bunch. While Frakes, Spiner et al are perfectly fine on the small screen, they lack the charisma of Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley. This would become even more evident in later films. The most irritating aspect of this film is the treatment of Data (Spiner), transformed into a comic figure through a cheesy and groan-inducing subplot involving an emotion chip. The movie descends into the sort of cheap comedy the TV show wisely, and thankfully, avoided. There's a touch of the Jar-Jar about all this, as though the producers wanted to capture the kiddie market. As a result, a character who was at times fascinating on TV becomes merely an annoyance here. Aside from Picard, Data gets the most screen time, as does Geordi La Forge (Burton), ironic given he was the character most neglected on the small screen. Worf (Dorn), Riker (Frakes), Crusher (McFadden) and Troi (Sirtis) are barely represented. Most of the film is crushingly dull but things do pick up somewhat for the conclusion, which sees Shatner, Stewart and McDowell face off in a clash of, (wildly different in style), acting greats. For the most part, 'Generations' is a disappointing farewell to Kirk and an uninspiring big-screen debut for the Next-Gen crew.
    The Movie W Super Reviewer

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