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What does everyone think of Generations?

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice Watson

My biggest problem (as you will all see) with the Star Trek: TNG films is that they became increasingly about Picard and Data to the exclusion of the rest of the cast. Crusher especially barely gets a look in through the films and it's such a waste because I think they could have done so much with her character. Troi at least gets quite a lot of character development and some cool scenes.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice Watson

Its hard for me to look at this film without rose tinted glasses as it was my first experience of Trek on the big screen.
For me in a critical way I feel it set all the characters back especially Data.
All in all I think it is a good film but it certainly isn't brilliant. I do love the Cinematography in the film.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Finch

A wonderful article.

While Generations is not my Favorite film in the TNG series I think the film has some great moments. I thought the comment about continuing on from All Good Things.. was very true and had been something I had not thought of before. Picard now has to deal with his own mortality and the destruction of the Enterprise,something Q was perhaps preparing him for?

I also felt that the change in lighting was not needed. I loved the changes made to the bridge for the film, a shame it was not like that for the series. The uniforms were daft. They had intended to bring in a new uniform tor the film of which some of the action figures released for the film were wearing (these are now very rare) but decided there was too much change already in the film.

Generations began the end of the ensemble cast for TNG. It would become the Picard & Data show with recurring cast just popping up in the background. I also agree that Troi & Crusher bore the brunt of this.

Look forward to reading more.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Clark

Hey Paul, I also have very fond memories of all these films because they all came out in my teens. It was a time when I was the most passionate about Star Trek and going to see these films at the cinema was just so exciting. So when I watch Generations there is a lot of nostalgia for me. Even though Generations is a film that has flaws I will probably always enjoy it for this reason alone.

Michael, I agree that the change in the lighting gave the whole thing a completely different aesthetic feel that was very timely. A lot of people really liked the Enterprise D and would name it their favourite ship but I personally always preferred things a little darker and more military. I think it was just a big shock after the lighting on the show. It wasn't very subtle!

Something I wanted to mention in the article but I didn't have space was that I found Shatner's performance in this film really touching. People say that he's a bad actor because he's so hammy but I really felt for Kirk in the opening scenes. I felt that Shatner did a great job of portraying how uncomfortable he was and that he wanted to step aside gracefully but it was very hard for him.

October 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice Watson

At the time Generations came out, I was living in a non-english speaking country and was eager for all the english cinema I could get. I loved it, but was surprised when I came back to the UK for a holiday that a lot of my friends didn't. I think because I watched it outside of the influence of my peers, I was able to enjoy the film for what it was, rather than what the fans wanted it to be.

I would definitely describe the movie as 'underrated'!

October 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

I think that happens a lot when you watch films without being party to all the media hype and general conversation before you see it. You can go along with no preconceptions and just enjoy it. Makes you realise how influenced we are by the opinions of others!

October 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice Watson