Star Trek: Generations (1994) (part 11 of 12)
They ride off into a flash of white light, leaving us to ponder the possibilities of how, and whether, you can leave the Matrix—er, the Nexus, and suddenly we’re back to the Enterprise crashing and Soran shooting at the rocks where Picard noticed the force field gap. It’s no surprise, given the structure of the later TNG films, that this plays a little bit like the opening to the conclusion of a two-part episode from the series.
This is where the alternate ending kicks in, but we’ll get to that later. In short, the ending was beefed up a bit in order to have more action/adventure, and to give Kirk a better sendoff. What they decided to go with isn’t all that great either, but then again, take a look at the filmmakers we’re talking about here. It’s an underachievement all-star team! I’m just glad it didn’t end with a sing-along before the end credits.
The flashback stops as Soran steps onto the bridge, and someone steps in front of him. Instead of Picard, Soran finds himself staring at Kirk. The moment is ruined when Soran asks, “Who the hell are you?” Picard, coming up behind Soran on the other side of the bridge, has to tell Soran it’s James T. Kirk. C’mon, even deranged future Romulans recognize James T. Krk.