Star Trek: Generations

November 18th, 1994


Star Trek: Generations

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Still of Malcolm McDowell in Star Trek: Generations

Captain Picard, with the help of supposedly dead Captain Kirk, must stop a madman willing to murder on a planetary scale in order to enter a space matrix.

Release Year: 1994

Rating: 6.5/10 (33,092 voted)

Director: David Carson

Stars: Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, Malcolm McDowell

In the late twenty-third century, the gala maiden voyage of the third Starship Enterprise (NCC-1701-B) boasts such luminaries as Pavel Chekov, Montgomery Scott and the legendary Captain James T. Kirk as guests. But the maiden voyage turns to disaster as the unprepared ship is forced to rescue two transport ships from a mysterious energy ribbon. The Enterprise manages to save a handful of the ships' passengers and barely makes it out intact... but at the cost of Captain Kirk's life. Seventy-eight years later, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D find themselves at odds with the renegade scientist Soran... who is destroying entire star systems. Only one man can help Picard stop Soran's scheme... and he's been dead for seventy-eight years.

Writers: Gene Roddenberry, Rick Berman

Patrick Stewart - Picard
Jonathan Frakes - Riker
Brent Spiner - Data
LeVar Burton - Geordi
Michael Dorn - Worf
Gates McFadden - Beverly
Marina Sirtis - Troi
Malcolm McDowell - Soran
James Doohan - Scotty
Walter Koenig - Chekov
William Shatner - Kirk
Alan Ruck - Capt. Harriman
Jacqueline Kim - Demora
Jenette Goldstein - Science Officer
Thomas Kopache - Com Officer

Taglines: Beyond time. Beyond the known universe. Beyond imagination. An adventure for a new generation.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 18 November 1994

Filming Locations: 465 S Grand Ave, Pasadena, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $23,100,000 (USA)

Gross: $120,000,000 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Sulu's daughter Demora was created for the film only after George Takei turned down an appearance in the film. His lines were given to Demora.

Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The Guinan who appears inside the Nexus tells Picard that she is an "echo" or a part of herself the real Guinan left behind when she was beamed away onto the Enterprise-B. Obviously Picard was not yet born by then and Guinan would not have known him 80 years ago, so how would she know Picard once he's inside the Nexus, if she didn't known him when she was in there herself? They did meet before in TNG: Time's Arrow: Part 1 and Part 2. Guinan tell Picard if he does not go on this mission they would never meet. They actually meet in the 1800s. in Ten-Forward, Picard is unnerved by a conversation with Guinan, who insists he break with tradition and accompany the Away Team back to the 19th century. Although she can give him no explanation. Guinan fails to recognize Data, but she is not shocked when he tells her that they serve together on the same starship in the 24th century. She listens with great concern to his story, subtly revealing that she, too, is not from Earth

[first lines]
[the journalists are all talking at the same time, trying to get their questions in]
Journalist #3: How does it feel to be back on the Enterprise bridge?
Journalist #1: Captain Chekov, what are the most significant changes...
Journalist #3: Captain Kirk, can I ask you a few questions?
Journalist #1: Did you participate in the redesign?
Journalist #3: We'd like to know how you feel about being...
Kirk: I appreciate the...
Harriman: Excuse me. Excuse me. Excuse me. There will be plenty of time for questions later. I'm Captain John Harriman and I'd like to welcome you all aboard.
Kirk: It's our pleasure.

User Review

To those of us who have/had a vested interest in this particular franchise...

Rating: 7/10

Considering the excellent cinematography, and the clean, crisp direction for what was objectively shown on screen, "Star Trek: Generations" was a "good film" (Meaning, if you had no vested interest in the Enterprise-D, didn't give a care one way or another in regards to 7-years worth of character developments for Picard and Data, and had no clue in regards to the iconic status of James T. Kirk...yeah, I would say it was "good.") But, for those of us who went in with expectations for the film, there were so many disappointments. The useless plot involving Picard's grief over Renee and Robert, along with Data's asinine humor, and James T. Kirk's all-too-brief screen appearance and demise makes this film appear "bad" to those of us who have/had a vested interest in this particular franchise.

I actually own the DVD, and after all these years, after being able to forgive most of the movie's shortcomings, mistakes, and letdowns, I still find it unforgivable that the entire film unfolds at a slow, leisurely pace, only to briskly speed through all of Kirk's scenes inside the Nexus and Veridian III, and then promptly have Picard forget to mention to the crew that he ever met Kirk in the first place...

Outside of the uneventful meeting between the 2 captains, and Kirk's poorly-conceived demise, I find it an enjoyable film to watch (In particular, the wonderful performance of Malcolm McDowell as the delusionally brilliant Dr. Tolian Soran). I just wish the marketing behind the film didn't emphasize too much on the 2 captains angle, because quite frankly, William Shatner's involvement at the end of the film was just a glorified cameo. It disappointed a lot of the fans, and I haven't met one viewer of the film who didn't feel short-changed by the dearth of it all...


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