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Star Trek: First Contact
Length:120 min
Cast:Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis
Credits:Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Produced by Rick Berman, Marty Hornstein (executive) and Peter Lauritson. Written by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore.

Fast-paced, filled with exceptional special effects and entertaining for both long-time fans and newcomers to the venerable Star Trek series, many critics consider this episode to be among the best of the series. Directed by actor Jonathan Frakes ("Commander Ryker"), it is the first to feature the cast from the Star Trek: Next Generation television series. The action-packed and provocative story is based upon the double episode "The Best of Both Worlds" in which Captain Jean-Luc Picard and crew had to deal with the dreaded Borg, a race of half mechanical, half biological beings that travel the universe in hopes of assimilating all intelligent life-forms into their gigantic and fearsome hives. Picard had been captured by them once and was himself assimilated, but he escaped and returned to duty.

The film begins as the Borg attack the Earth. Picard (still deeply traumatized by his experiences with the villainous creatures) longs to fight them, but Starfleet has forbidden it because they fear that the Borg could easily manipulate him. Disobeying orders, Picard sends the Enterprise E into the space melee and blows up their ship, but not before a few of the bio-droids escape and make it to Earth to enact a nefarious scheme. According to plan, the Borg survivors travel back to April 04, 2063, the day that scientist Zefram Cochrane is to test out the first warp-speed space craft. It was the invention of warp drive that caught the attention of an alien ship compelling them to come to Earth for the first time. The result was the formation of an alliance that saved the nuclear war-ravaged world from destruction. When the Enterprise crew members figure out the Borg plans, they must travel back in time to stop the Borg from killing Cochrane and taking over the past. Unfortunately for Picard, Cochrane proves to be a boozy neo-hippie eccentric and may not test his invention in time.

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