Star Trek: Generations (1994) (part 9 of 12)

On the planet, Soran is ready to rock. He takes a moment to taunt Picard before climbing up to the launch platform.

Soran: Now you’ll have to excuse me, Captain. I have an appointment with eternity, and I don’t want to be late.

Well, the character may be dull, but he at least gets one or two decent lines. Picard takes the opportunity to spring into action, quickly removing the clump of rocks to enlarge the gap in the force field.

Back on the ship, the evacuation is complete. The saucer section separates just as the core breach happens. The star drive explodes, and while they were able to get clear, the shockwave hits the saucer section and causes it to hurtle out of control towards the planet. No word on if their hearts will go on, though. Sorry.

As for the actual plot development, it’s a pretty ballsy move to have the Enterprise get blown up real good in its movie debut.

Of course, they already did this routine in the third movie, and then, it worked on an actual emotional level as well as being a fantastic visual moment. You almost get teary when the Enterprise goes up. Here though, it’s just a special effects shot with little to no emotional impact. It’s merely a plot gimmick, like the other big twists coming up in the movie.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Star Trek: Generations (1994)

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