Star Trek: Generations (1995)

Rating: ***
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Malcolm McDowell, James Doohan, Walter Koenig, William Shatner

A good bridge between the original "Star Trek" series and the "Next Generation" series, as both casts show up in this big budget effects laden extravaganza. Soran (Malcolm McDowell) is a nasty criminal who will go to any length to make contact with and get swept away by a bizarre energy ribbon phenomenon that wanders through space. It happens to hit the U.S.S. Enterprise-B, wisking Captain Kirk (William Shatner) away into oblivion. Seventy-five years later, Soran is still trying to get to the ribbon, and the crew of the Enterprise-D are following a trail of destruction that leads to him. Captian Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) gets taken away by the ribbon, only to have the rest of the crew of the Enterprise totally blown away! In the continuum of the ribbon, Picard meets Kirk, and together they go back in time and leave the ribbon so that they can stop Soran and save the Enterprise. The new crew translates well to the big screen, but with the exception of Picard, they don't get to do much. (the TV show was heading this direction as well) William Shatner more annoying and obnoxious than usual, but we finally get to see him put Captain Kirk to rest in an ending fit for heroes. A well made film with great looking effects and an interesting story.