Franchise takes many forms; two EW fanatics set up a pecking order of the movies, TV series, and more
The Next Generation crew starred in four movies: The crossover adventure Generations, the cross-temporal Borg epic First Contact, the hippie misadventure Insurrection, and the much despised Nemesis.
Darren: Let's get one thing straight: First Contact is a good movie. Let's get another thing straight: Nemesis has a really sick space battle. Now that we've established that, the four Next Generation movies are collectively a big hot mess that pretty much ignores the show's cerebral charms in favor of goofy villains and wannabe-action-movie tropes.
Deven: The best thing about Nemesis is that there is tangible proof that Tom Hardy didn't always have the build of an early 19th-century prizefighter. Also, how bad was the makeup on the Remans? First Contact was good, but I think that's because they finally got the TNG cast out of space for most of the film (similar to how the TNG episode ''Family'' was some of the best Star Trek work ever). The other films were trying to be what Abrams' Star Trek movies are big budget movies that appeal to ''mainstream'' audiences, except that they forgot to hire J.J. Abrams.
Darren: I blame Generations. It got the whole mini-franchise off to a terrible start. They brought in Kirk in the worst possible way space-wormhole to fairyland, basically? Also, I can't think of anything in any strand of the Star Trek franchise more embarrassing than the buggy scene from Nemesis. It's like watching your divorced uncle have a midlife crisis and take up skateboarding.
Deven: I had legitimately blocked that scene out of my mind. Thank you for reminding me of that. As well as the awesome visual of my uncle on a skateboard. For the record, it's like a newborn trying to walk on stilts. Totally agree on Generations I feel like someone said ''Hey guys, you know what sells lunchboxes? Nostalgia. You know who's got a ton of nostalgia? That Kirk fellow, let's get him in the movie. Never mind about the script, we'll just write him in later.''
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