In this, the eighth big-screen Star Trek installment, we get a little history lesson about the future.We get to find out how planet Earth first got into this big intergalactic mess. Seems that in the 2060's, after World War III, some guy in Montana named Zeffram Cochran invented the warp drive (now standard equipment in your basic Federation starship), flew up in a missile-turned-rocketship, and caught the attention of some aliens just passing through.
Fast-forward now to 24th-century Next Generation society. A Borg vessel is spotted heading toward Earth. Suddenly it disappears through a wormhole and all of a sudden, Earthlings are all Borg-heads. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and crew follows this vessel back in time and inadvertently winds up in the middle of the aforementioned historical event.
Evidently, the Borg plan to sabotage the historical meeting between Earthlings and aliens. "Number One" Riker (Jonathan Frakes, also the director of this film) and LaForge (Levar Burton) bump into Zeffram Cochrane and find out he's not quite the charismatic visionary they learned about in high school. Picard and Data (Brent Spiner), meanwhile, encounter the Borg Queen in charge of the operation and try to put an end to the assimilation-a-go-go.
This film has everything you want a Star Trek movie to have: an interesting story, humorous bits here and there, cool-ass costumes (especially the H.R. Giger-designed Borgs) and your favorite Next-Gen characters. And you actually learn something new about the history of the Federation.You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be assimilated.