Star Trek: First Contact

Year: 1996
Studio: Paramount
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Writer: Rick Berman/Brannon Braga/Ronald D Moore
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Gates McFadden, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodward, Neal McDonough

It seemed the past, present and future had all been plumbed by the Star Trek film series, but one of the epochal events not chronicled anywhere in the series was the first communication between the human race and the dozens of other intelligent life forms of the Star Trek world.

Taking a similar tack as The Voyage Home, the new Enterprise crew employ time travel to escape to Earth of the last 21st century after the home they know is overrun by Borg invaders.

When the Borg flee backwards in time to try and stop the first contact between races, the Enterprise follows to make sure the union happens lest the universe as they know it not exist with no Federation and no sub-light transport.

They meet and fall in with charismatic engineer Cochrane (Cromwell, who in a very funny moment speaks the words 'star trek' for the first time ever in the whole series), soon-to-be inventor of the warp drive, the first use of which is noticed by a passing Vulcan patrol who make the historic first contact.

I can't remember how the Borg stopping Cochrane was supposed to do for them but the film had a fun tone and took a similar approach to The Voyage Home, albeit with a new crew and an interesting locale of Cochrane's forest enclave where he's regarded as a mad scientist while he works alone.

The newly minted technology of CGI was put to great effect and gave the Star Trek universe a thrilling new dimensional scope, particularly during the Enterprise crash sequence.

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