by Ryan Arthur
Bleah. Too much for fans, not enough for everyone else.This was what was supposed to be the kickoff to the second half of the franchise? This was supposed to be the one? The one to make us forget about "The Final Frontier?"
"Speak for yourself sir, I plan to live forever."
An unworthy film (it's odd numbered, so you already know it's a little bit inferior) in an average franchise.
So Kirk dies. Quietly, almost in a subtle way.
Well, whoopty shit, Crow.
It starts off where Kirk dies once, when some sort of energy field rocks the ship and he gets tossed into space. Apparently he's all right, though, but more on that later. Malcolm McDowell comes aboard. He's Dr. Soran, and he's absolutely got to get back onto some planet and be there for the energy field. Right.
Jump ahead some 75-80 years. Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his Enterprise crew go on a rescue mission to an observatory, and hey, what do you know, there's Soran again, wanting to be in that field. Why, you ask?
Well, Whoopi Goldberg (she's apparently the expert, despite being only the ship's bartender) explains that the energy field, called the Nexus, bathes whoever gets caught in it in "joy." Um, right. It's like cosmic Prozac, or something. Soran will do anything to get into that Nexus, including blow up planets and stand on rickety old platforms, waiting for it to roll over him like a lame special effect.
Picard must stop him, so the countless numbers of people who live on the planet won't die just so Soran can get his jollies. But he can't do it alone...he needs SuperKirk!
Well, just Kirk, who's alive and well and living in bliss (he got sucked into the Nexus). Picard brings Kirk out of retirement to fight in a completely boring three-way Texas death match with Soran. Kirk dies (his last words? "Oh my."). Picard gets misty, saves the day, you know the rest.
Oh, and Data (Brent Spiner) gets his emotion chip. Lame stuff, kids.
As the big screen intro for the Next Generation cast, it stunk. As an odd numbered Trek film, it was par for the course.There are better Trek films to see. This ain't one of 'em. Rent Wrath of Khan or First Contact if you need Trek movies.
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originally posted: 12/12/98 02:01:01