I have been doing these worst of trek articles for awhile
now, and had planned on finally diving into the Next Generation movies. The
problem is that these movies have been reviewed online several times. Like I
had said about a previous review, there is nothing else I can really add to it.
I also don’t want to waste the time of you guys who probably have heard all there
is to hear about these films. So rather than a review or a silly top 5 list, I
will just discuss my feelings on these movies briefly. Unlike the original
series movies which had one bad one out of six (if you give the 1st
a break) all of these were bad (well, three out of four anyway).
It all started sometime in 1993 or 1994, when Paramount
realized that doing movies with the regular cast just didn’t make sense
anymore. They had a brilliant idea, take Next Generation and start making
movies about them. They neglected to figure on one very important thing, and
this cannot be stressed enough. It was ten years after the original series ended
we got the first Star Trek movie; fans were hungry for more Star Trek. When it
came out, they lined up in droves and cheered everything even though all the
movie really was was a special effect showcase. Did they really think that fans
had that same feeling for Next Generation? The series had just gone off the
air, plus there was Deep Space Nine and the forthcoming Voyager. I mean, talk
about not reading your audience.
Then they made an even bigger mistake. When the series went
on to the movies, they took Rick Berman and crew along. Nothing wrong with them
being part of the process, but they also should have brought in people who knew
how to make movies. All they really did was make four bloated episodes. So it’s
no wonder these movies did so poorly, and the worst part is they cancelled the
series when it could have easily had an 8th season. I know the 7th
season wasn’t all that great, but I would have rather seen an 8th
season over these horrible movies. What they should have done is waited a few
years to bring the Next Generation back, but they didn’t.
Star Trek-Generations. This sounded like a can’t miss. Kirk
and Picard meet, finally! This was such a monumental thing that it even made
the cover of Time Magazine. However, it didn’t work out that way. The script
has enough plot holes to fly a starship through, the new sets and costumes are
distracting, Data goes from charming to plain annoying, and the exciting moment
when Kirk and Picard do meet…is the two of them making breakfast. The fact Kirk
was getting killed was the worst secret in Hollywood, and as many have noted
quite correctly it was an insult to the character and the fans who loved that
character. All we could do when this ended was hope the next one would be
Star Trek-First Contact. This was good, there’s no other way
to say it. Sure, you can be nitpicky about something’s. I mean, another time
travel story? However, it had good actions, a great villain, and felt like a
Star Trek-Insurrection. I went into this knowing it was
going to be bad. When I heard about how they were doing a “light” movie I knew
it would suck. What we have here is another extended episode and not a good
episode either. The worst part of this movie for me was that it reminded me of
at least three separate episodes of the series. Take “Homeward”, “Who Watches
the Watchers”, and “Journey’s End” put them together and you have this movie. The
worst thing in this movie is every character is either silly or just not
performed correctly. Were they even trying?
Star Trek-Nemesis. I
went into this one with higher hopes.
The creators knew they had messed up the last movie, and they knew they
make this a good film in order to keep the franchise alive. Alas, I was
more credit than was due. This movie is so boring, and the villain is so
uninteresting, that it was almost hard to watch. They had some real
unnecessary things like the bit with Troi being raped by the villain.
Riker and Troi's wedding is glossed over (although the cameos were neat)
and the end of the movie had to be cut because it was just plain dumb
(see the DVD, you'll see what I mean). To make matters worse was the
way they handled Data’s death, which was an insult to the character.
After this horrible flop, Paramount pulled the plug on these
movies. Of course we know what they did, they asked JJ Abrams to reboot the
whole franchise which he did, in a movie I hated. However, that’s another
story. That is my feelings on the Next Generation movies, just pure disappointment.
It’s pretty bad when the series finale is better than your feature films.
I am going to do one more installment in this worst of trek
series, and it is on an episode I haven’t talked about yet which was so bad
that is was actually an insult.