Welcome to “Friday Favorites” which highlight some of my favorite movie-related things.
Star Trek: First Contact is without a doubt my favorite Star Trek film, even over Wrath of Khan. I’m well aware that I have a bias towards the Next Generation crew, but there is so much in First Contact that makes me pick it over the other 10 films. It has a great screenplay by longtime Trek writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, which gives all of the characters moments to shine and shows an intimate familiarity with the universe. The same goes for Jonathan Frakes, who directs the film with a light touch that can only come from years of working with the same cast and crew. It has some of the best action of the series and a great villain in the Borg. The non-TNG cast are great, especially James Cromwell and Alfre Woodard. The effects are a huge step up from previous efforts and the new Enterprise-E is gorgeous. Beyond all that, the film has some interesting ideas both about our past and our future.
There’s one moment that really cements the film in my mind, but it requires a bit of plot background. Continue reading