Starlog Archives: Star Trek: First Contact

The original cast of Star Trek couldn’t make movies forever.  In 1991, the original crew went into retirement with their sixth feature film.  Three years later, the torch was passed to the crew of The Next Generation with the lackluster Star Trek: Generations.  That movie was a big enough hit to warrant a sequel, but as was the case with Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Generations was not highly regarded by fans.

Going into the 1996 sequel, First Contact, hopes were high that the franchise could bounce back with a worthy entry.  While not on the same level as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, First Contact did mark a high point in the Next Gen Trek movies.  Starlog offered a sneak peak in the December issue.


Posted on December 8, 2016, in Movies, Starlog Archives and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. As a casual Star Trek fan, I consider First Contact to be among the high points of the theatrical film series. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is obviously the best film so far (and if I were a gambling man I would say it will always be the best Trek film), but First Contact was a thoroughly entertaining film in it’s own right.

    It’s time I come clean: First Contact is the only Star Trek film that I have ever bought on home video, way back in the VHS days. Yep, that’s right even though Wrath of Khan is clearly better I never bought it.

    The next couple Next Generation films were disappointments, and while the box office numbers have picked up for the more recent JJ Abrams-led Trek films those have been aimed squarely at casual moviegoing audiences that don’t really care much for Star Trek. Star Trek Into Darkness was just awful not just as a Trek film, but even just as a movie in general.

    While I would never say Star Trek: First Contact is a great film by any means, it was quite entertaining for what it was, and nearly 20 years later (depending on your opinion of JJ’s Trek films) still stands as maybe the best Trek film of the last quarter century.


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