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Old 12-14-2009, 08:03 AM
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Easy! Because it's actually a TNG movie and not a TOS/TNG crossover movie!
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:46 AM
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Easy! Because it's actually a TNG movie and not a TOS/TNG crossover movie!

Indeed, it is a followup of "Best of Both Worlds" not a bad attempt of best of both worlds, satisfying everybody.
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Old 12-14-2009, 11:12 AM
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FC had a great opportunity to give us a much better taste of what it must've been like at the Battle of Wolf 359 with it's anti-climactic attack near Earth.

DS9 gave us a little taste of what that battle was like. First Contact blew that opportunity, and gave us no better.

I agree that FC played very much to TNG's strengths. This was another one of those episodes (sorry, I just have a rough time referring to it as a "movie", 'coz it still plays out better on a small screen, like an episode) where you think you really know the character, and you don't. Picard was about to succumb to the need for revenge, and how many people have bemoaned: "Picard would never do that. He'd never even let himself get close."

Six days with the Borg, I imagine, would change a human on a very emotional and psychological level, just as I imagine six days in a P.O.W. camp in Viet Nam might change a man in that way.
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Picard's breakdown didn't really surprise me, it was rather too neat to suggest that 'Family' had fixed things and it was only hinted at a few times inbetween. That he had another period of compromised judgement during another major incursion was never a problem for me in the least.

Personally though I kinda like the inverted action structure - the opening battle was good (these things can drag on too long sometimes and getting the amount of time spent on it can be tricky). IMO FC could have a wee bit longer but then budget is a factor on it.

But it allowed the film to focus more in it's true finale, which obviously was not intended to be action based (though it has it's fair share of suspense) but to be all about the Vulcan first contact.

I think that to try and mix that with a big battle would have diluted it's effect as the major moment of the film.
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Ptui! Gimme phasers, photons, quantums, and lots of things going BOOM!

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Old 12-15-2009, 10:28 AM
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Well, almost all the films have that!!
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I'd be lying if I said I could actually remember back 13 years ago, so I'm going to play safe and say I had no idea!!
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Same here. I may have been thinking "Ok, I hope they get this right," but from a 'canon' standpoint only (use of quotation marks deliberate).

I certainly wasn't thinking "Ok, they have to show the iconic Vulcan salute at the end to (thematically) establish the beginning of Star Trek." I'm not that smart.
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I think that was another thing that was disappointing about this movie....like Titanic, you knew how this was going to end, if they did indeed stick with the fringes of canon which specified that Vulcans were the first race of people the humans had contact with. So it really stole the impact of the moment away from me.

Now, if the aliens that came out were, oh, say, the Fatu Krey from Galaxy Quest, with guns a blazin'.....THAT would've been a (welcome) surprise.
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