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->''"I will not sacrifice the ''Enterprise''. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! '''''[[RevengeBeforeReason And I will make them PAY for what they've done!]]'''''"''
-->-- '''[[TheCaptain Captain Jean-Luc Picard]]'''

The most popular ''[[StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' villain, the Borg, make another attempt to [[AlienInvasion assimilate Earth]]. The newly-commissioned USS ''Enterprise''-E scrambles to confront them, only to learn that the Borg have decided to use TimeTravel to stop Earth's FirstContact with aliens and TakeOverTheWorld, thus preventing TheFederation from ever existing.

Arriving above Earth in the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2063]], the Borg aim to stop Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of [[FasterThanLightTravel warp drive]], from making his historic flight. Our heroes beam down to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, discovering in the process that the man their history paints as a visionary luminary [[BrokenPedestal was really a cynical drunk who just wanted to get rich]]. Regardless, they work to restore the damage the Borg caused and make sure that first contact goes as planned.

Believing that to be all their problems, they discover the Borg have invaded the ''Enterprise'' and are slowly taking control. This causes Picard, who was assimilated back in the ''[[StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' episode "The Best of Both Worlds", to go all [[{{Moby-Dick}} Ahab]]. Meanwhile, Data is captured and the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]] offers him a DealWithTheDevil to BecomeARealBoy.

Considered the best movie with the ''Next Generation'' crew, and a strong contender for second best ''StarTrek'' movie behind ''[[StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]''. Among the reasons behind its popularity includes strong continuity ties with the series while remaining a reasonable GatewaySeries entry (everything you need to know about the characters is well-explained and it is action-oriented), as well as introducing some {{backstory}} elements of how the ''StarTrek'' [[TheVerse universe]] came to be. It was also a box office hit, earning $146,027,888 in the worldwide market, putting it behind only [[StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The One With The Whales]] in absolute dollars (adjusted for inflation, it would fall in the middle of the pack, though still well ahead of the other TNG movies).

'''Spoilers below'''
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!!Tropes seen in ''First Contact'' include

* AfterTheEnd: The crew travels back in time to the mid-21st century, when civilization is in ruins after a nuclear war (the ''Enterprise'' itself comes from centuries further ahead, After-the-AfterTheEnd, and Zefram Cochrane's [[FasterThanLightTravel warp-drive experiment]] is about to give Earth a huge push in the right direction).
* AlienInvasion
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: You can't lift off without it.
** Arguably an inversion of the trope, as it's Cochrane (re)introducing it to the time travelers from the future.
* AlmostKiss: Picard gives Lily a peck on the cheek. The way Lily reacted, she wanted something more intimate.
* AxCrazy: Picard, after being confronted with the decision to destroy the ''Enterprise'' or to continue fighting a near-hopeless battle against the Borg. (See his quote above.)
* {{Badass}}: Worf recovers his reputation in this film after TheWorfEffect had led to BadassDecay.
* BadassBoast: "Brave words. I've heard them before, from thousands of species across thousands of worlds, since long before you were created. And now, they are all Borg."
* BatmanGambit: Data's attempts at lying earlier in the movie are really really REALLY poor. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a ploy to trick the Borg Queen into thinking he's a terrible liar, so when he later lies about his change of allegiance convincingly, the Borg Queen fails to realize he's playing her.]]
** Or maybe Data's just a really quick learner.
*** Another possibility is that while Data is a poor liar, previous TNG episodes reveal that he is an incredibly talented ''actor''. [[FridgeBrilliance He was simply playing the part]].
* BecomeARealBoy: The Borg Queen attempts to win Data over by giving him the gift of organic skin and the ability to experience tactile sensations as a human would, something that the movie sets up earlier on that he can't do.
* BigBad: The Borg Queen.
* BigDamnHeroes / GunshipRescue: "''Sir, there's another starship coming in. It's the '''Enterprise'''!''" Cue {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}.
** [[TheBigGuy Worf]] returns the favor when he saves Picard from an assimilated [[spoiler:Hawk]].
* BigNo: Complete with smashing his model ship collection.
* BodyHorror: The Borg take a level in gross for their trip to the big screen. Also, assimilation in general.
** Data, as more and more of his artificial skin is replaced with organic flesh takes on a ghoulish appearance as if sewn together from several corpses. Appropriate, since the only source of flesh the Borg would have is what their new drones don't need...
** One scene shows one poor officer in the process of assimilation. By the time we see this, the Borg have already removed the lower half of his arm.
* BrokenFaceplate: Picard takes a blow to the head while wearing a Starfleet space suit, causing the visor to crack. Fortunately for him, it still holds.
* BrokenPedestal: Cochrane. Unusually for this trope, the crew doesn't seem to mind. Cochrane slowly coming around is a lighter inversion of Picard falling from the "more evolved" sense of responsibility and morality he tells Lily humans have in the 24th century.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Cochrane is without a doubt one of the brightest minds of his time. He's also a heavy drinker and thinks first contact is best celebrated with whiskey and dancing.
* BuryYourGays: [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Hawk_%28Lieutenant%29 Lieutenant Hawk]], if the ExpandedUniverse is to be believed.
** Possible [[spoiler:RedShirt]]?
* CallBack: One of the ships in the Fleet vs. the Borg was the ''Bozeman'' from "Cause and Effect."
** And when the Borg Queen asks Data when the last time he had sexual intercourse was, his answer dates back to TNG's second episode "The Naked Now." (On a side note, this means that he never had sex with Jenna D'Sora in the episode "In Theory.")
*** Including Data's comment that's he's "fully functional" and "programmed in multiple techniques". As a side note, Dr. Soong was a ''dirty, dirty'' man.
** The holonovel Picard runs in order to access a Tommy Gun is ''The Big Goodbye''. This callback is especially apt as the plot of that episode is not only the first ever {{Holodeck}} malfunction, but also features a character being maimed with a hologramatic gun. In this case, the safeties were deliberately turned off to achieve the same effect.
** Worf's "Perhaps today ''is'' a good day to die!'' is a call-back to a few Klingon episodes.
** See ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. ''Thomas'' Riker said the exact same thing to Sisko.
* TheCameo: [[StarTrekVoyager Robert Picardo as the ''Enterprise''-E EMH and Ethan Phillips]] along with producer Brannon Braga in the holodeck club scene, with Phillips being the one stopping the drones and being disrupted by Borg laser scanners. Dwight Shultz as recurring character Reginald Barclay also appears.
** Michael Zaslow, who played ''Star Trek'''s first ever RedShirt, appears as Eddie the bartender.
** Nonhuman example: The [[StarWars Millennium Falcon]] can (just barely) be seen zipping around the battle with the Borg cube.
* CargoShip: Lampooned in-universe by Troi. Picard reaches out and touches the ''Phoenix'', because he was never allowed to do so seeing it at a museum, and Data tries to understand why touching it would mean anything, which makes for an interesting conversation for Troi to walk in on...
-->'''Troi:''' (amused) Would you three like to be alone for a while?
* CatapultNightmare: Averted and then played straight during Picard's DreamWithinADream. When he falsely wakes up from his first nightmare he simply opens his eyes while sitting in his desk chair; when he wakes up for real, he jumps up from his bed.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The Eastern Coalition or ECON, one of the factions in the Third World War (and who Cochrane originally thinks the Borg's attack comes from) is said to be a version of this in the StarTrekExpandedUniverse, although it's not detailed in the film itself.
* CityPlanet: Earth has become this under Borg rule in an alternate timeline. Oddly enough the population consists of only 9 billion Borg even though the planet's entire surface seems to have been completely urbanized and technified. Presumably, the rest of the space is taken up by automated factories or other automated urbanization.
* ConquerorFromTheFuture: The Borg's plan.
* ContinuityNod: The [[spoiler:moon hiding the ''Enterprise''-E from the approaching Vulcan ship]] is probably a nod to ''TheWrathOfKhan'', where [[spoiler:the ''Enterprise'' hid from the ''Reliant'' by circling around Regula on its opposite side]].
* CoolStarship: The new USS ''Enterprise'' NCC-1701-E. The television version, 1701-D, had been [[TrashTheSet destroyed]] in [[StarTrekGenerations the previous film]] for no other reason than to introduce a more cinematic version in this one. This was a practical motivation as much as stylistic, since the old ship's sets were built for TV and the level of detail shown on film meant they had to make the them DarkerAndEdgier just to hide the lower quality.
** The USS ''Defiant'' was introduced on ''DeepSpaceNine'' as being a prototype starship specifically designed to fight the Borg. Apparently it was a running fight from where the fleet engaged the cube to when it came in orbit around Earth. This is the only time the ship got to fulfill its purpose and despite its size, it took a hit from a Borg weapon and returned fire.
** Several other background starships from the opening battle have gotten [[OneSceneWonder surprising amounts of love from the fans]], most notably the [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100117040722/memoryalpha/en/images/c/c3/USS_Thunderchild.jpg Akira-class]]. Canonically the ships were designed and built after the devastating defeat at Wolf 359 from the episode "Best of Both Worlds," already forming a major backstory to this film, and were meant to be more battle-hardy than previous Starfleet ships.
** One of the starships fighting the Borg was the ''[[StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' in a sub-blink-and-you-miss-it cameo courtesy of [[IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] who worked on special effects for the film.
* CrapsackWorld: By all accounts, Earth of 2063 is a pretty miserable ScavengerWorld in which everyone is suffering from radiation poisoning to one degree or another, and things like murder are commonplace.
** Not surprising, considering it's the aftermath of WorldWarIII.
* DawnOfAnEra
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''[[StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' was sometimes criticized for lacking in action and character drama, which admittedly was because GeneRoddenberry wanted a series that spent more time on ideas rather than violence and characters who didn't argue all the time. This movie is a rock-em action flick with some serious interpersonal conflict (Picard and Worf especially), with a literally darker color palette in both the new uniforms and the sets even before Borg assimilation.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Subverted]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There are more than a few similarities between the character of Zefram Cochrane and ''StarTrek'' creator GeneRoddenberry. Both were men who were elevated to near-mythic status posthumously, seen as legends and visionaries with "a dream" -- and both were lecherous, with substance abuse problems, and primarily motivated by money (not to mention extremely tall). The filmmakers ''claim'' they didn't base Cochrane on Roddenberry, but the similarities are there.
** And both, in different senses, created the world of ''StarTrek''.
** Picard's hate for the Borg in his "The line must be drawn here" speech is like a person's hate for a rapist.
** Also, the interactions between Picard, Data, and the Borg Queen come across as a jilted girlfriend wanting to show her ex how he could never measure up to her new boyfriend, and prove that she's totally winning the break-up.
* DramaticShattering: Picard with his BigNo.
* DreamWithinADream / MindScrew: The entire opening sequence. Picard is on the Borg cube, but it's {{all just a dream}}, so he rinses himself off as a Borg implant pops from his face, but that's {{all just a dream}} too!
* TheEndOfTheBeginning
* EpicTrackingShot: The movies start almost inside Picard's eye and then pulls back to show the humongous Borg complex he was in, AllJustADream, or rather a traumatic memory.
* ExecutiveMeddling: A positive one: Ira Steven Behr insisted that the "tough little ship" exchange be added to the opening battle, so it was clear that the Defiant had survived and could still be used on ''Deep Space 9''.
* EyeScream: To Picard. In the freaking opening sequences, no less! Later on, assimilated ''Enterprise'' crew appear to have had one of their eyes gouged out and replaced with some kind of interface circuitry prior the the installation of the prosthetic visualizer.
* {{Facepalm}}: After Drunk Cochrane restores power to the jukebox and starts drunkenly dancing again, Riker dances slightly too... and then Troi passes out, which Riker promptly responds to with a facepalm.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Data]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Picard expresses this conviction about being turned into a Borg drone. While the strike team is preparing after the Borg are found to have infiltrated the Enterprise, he tells his men that when they encounter assimilated crew members they shouldn't hesitate to kill them, because they'll be doing them a favor.
* FirstContact: Obviously.
* FutureImperfect: Only applies in the crew's hero worship of Cochrane. Otherwise -- like many other TimeTravelTropes in this film -- averted. Picard simply asks the computer to make them some period costume and then they fit right in.
* HearingVoices: Picard can't get the Collective out of his head...
* [=~Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: One half expects Zefram Cochrane to say, [[{{Babe}} "That'll do, pig, that'll do."]]
** [[Series/BandOfBrothers Buck Compton]], the [[Series/TinMan Tin Man]] and [[DesperateHousewives David Williams]] is Lieutenant Hawk.
** [[ThatSeventiesShow Bob Pinciotti]] traded his afro for a metal nose as holographic gangster Nicky the Nose.
** YouLookFamiliar: Cromwell had also previously been seen in two roles on ''Next Generation''. He was the Angosian Prime Minister in "The Hunted" and a Yridian information dealer named Jaglom Shrek in both parts of "Birthright".
* GetOut: Picard says this to Lily when she confronts him about his lust for revenge against the Borg.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: In-Universe example. Cochrane in the future is seen as a great visonary. In reality though, he was a drunken jerkass who was just trying to get rich.
* HiveQueen
* HoldTheLine. The [[{{Moby-Dick}} Captain Ahab]] variety.
-->'''Picard:''' They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. ''Not again''. The line must be drawn '''here'''! ''This'' far, '''no further'''!
* HumansAreMorons: Humans of the mid-21st Century live in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic society]] [[CrapsackWorld with just barely enough infrastructure to continue research on a warp drive]], while the other races have already begun exploring the galaxy and view humanity as being "too primitive". The main goal in the movie is to ensure that humanity overcomes that notion and gains recognition from the alien community (or at least the Vulcans) at large. Naturally, as the large majority of the rest of ''StarTrek'' canon shows, humanity generally overcomes this view among alien races to become the [[HumansAreSpecial dominant space-faring race]].
* HumansAreSpecial: Why are the Borg going to such extreme lengths to assimilate Earth? Because once Earth rolls over, the rest of the Federation will be a piece of cake and assimilating Earth in the past saves them even ''more'' trouble by preventing the Federation from even existing.
* IAmTheTrope: The Borg Queen ''is'' the Borg. Data himself isn't quite sure what this means.
* ImmuneToBullets: Data, being made of metal and all.
** RuleOfFunny also plays a small part, as well.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Lily protests that Cochrane can't fly the ''Phoenix'' drunk, he insists that he sure as hell isn't going to do it sober.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: DiscussedTrope after Cochrane's first brief warp flight and he turns the ship around to look at the Earth behind them.
--> '''Cochrane:''' Is that it? It's...so small...
--> '''Riker:''' [[TheFederation It's about to get a whole lot bigger]].
* InstantExpert: Data learns [[ILied deception]]. He goes from unconvincingly lying about "mimicking the behavior of humans" when his arm flesh gets slashed, to [[spoiler: convincing Queenie that he had sided with her and would betray Humanity to the Borg.]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: "Tough little ship." "Little?"
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:Data repeats the Borg's famous line "Resistance is futile" right before he reveals he was playing the Borg Queen and releases the gas which will destroy them.]]
* KeystoneArmy
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: After the Borg adapt to their phasers, Picard lures a couple of drones into the Holodeck and shoots them with a tommy gun. This has led to fan speculation that Borg shields suck against kinetic attacks, which is semi-verified in noncanonical novels.
** That said, [[FridgeBrilliance notice]] how the second drone Picard dropped with his holo-tommy took a LOT more direct hits before going down than the first. If there had been a third drone...
** Melee attacks weave in and out. On one hand, Worf and Data do well beating up drones in melee. On the other hand, Worf is inhumanly strong and Data is superhumanly strong, and both still ended up taking hits. The one human RedShirt that attempts to Phaser-butt a drone gets his ass handed to him in short order. Later on, one officer practically balks at the idea of hand-to-hand combat with Borg, clearly aware that such an attempt would fail horribly.
* LargeHam: Picard, when letting his desire for revenge get the better of him, descends to a state where "chewing the scenery" is only putting it mildly, telling Lily that "The line must be drawn heeyah!" and: "IIIIII, will ''[[ThisIsSparta make them pay]]'', for what they've done!"
** An example of TropesAreNotBad. That monologue is freaking epic, and it's mainly Patrick Stewart's skill as an actor that keeps from turning it into {{Narm}}.
* LastNoteNightmare: The opening titles. Beautiful, uplifting music that fades into silence...[[ForDoomTheBellTolls and then]]... '''WHAM!'''
* LetMeGetThisStraight: Invoked by Cochrane.
* MauveShirt: Lt. Hawk.
* MeaningfulName: The Phoenix, the first warp-drive ship, can be seen as having risen from the ashes of World War III.
* MercyKill: Picard shoots a crewmember as he is being assimilated by the Borg.
* [[{{Mundanization}} Mundanisation]]: Averted. This is one of the few time-travel stories that involves people from the far future going back to the near future, rather than the present day or past. Another ''StarTrek'' example is the ''DeepSpaceNine'' episode "Past Tense".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Picard's reaction after Lily's quoting of ''{{Moby-Dick}}'' and his UnstoppableRage smashing his model ships (''Enterprise''-D and -C for extra pathos, if you're an astute observer) makes him realize he's throwing the crew's lives away because of his own vendetta against the Borg.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer depicts Picard's "[[HoldTheLine The line must be drawn HERE]]!" speech as a BadassBoast, instead of the RoaringRampageOfRevenge / SanitySlippage on Picard's part. Additionally, the trailer also features Data's [[spoiler:sneering "Resistance is futile" retort, but makes it seem as if Data had been fully subverted by the Borg, instead of being a PreMortemOneLiner aimed at the Borg Queen.]] And more importantly, the trailers made it look like the Borg were mounting a full-scale invasion against the Federation, instead of only attacking Earth.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Well done Starfleet, take the one Captain with the most experience dealing with the Borg out of the fleet assembled to ''fight'' them. Nor consider at least relieving him temporarily of command if you're that worried he'll be a risk, as he only has the most powerful and advanced ship in your entire armarda at his disposal. Because when the fate of Earth is at stake, you want this man and the crowning achievement of shipbuilding he commands to be studying... ''comets''. Its not like if Picard showed up, he'd managed to CurbStompBattle the Borg cube in less than 2 minutes... oh wait... he ''does''. Well, I'm sure the families of all those good men and women lost before the Enterprise-E got there [[SarcasmMode don't blame you for that very intelligent decision, Admiral Hayes.]]
** Picard himself is stopped just short of doing this when Lily chucks a WhatTheHellHero at him.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Klingon Borg!
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Picard refuses to leave the self-destructing ''Enterprise'' without Data.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Averted, the Borg are described as [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot bionic zombies]] on a couple of occasions.
* OhCrap: Riker and Geordi share a look that just screams this when, after being told that a system has malfunctioned, Cochrane proceeds to [[PercussiveMaintenance hit the controls]], shrug, and [[TemptingFate say, "Don't worry!"]]
* TheOtherDarrin: James Cromwell replaces Glenn Corbett as Zefram Cochrane, who first appeared in the original series episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E9Metamorphosis Metamorphosis]]".
* OurFounder: When informed that he's standing in the exact same spot as his future statue, Cochrane goes a little bit nuts.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Troi getting drunk trying to reason with Cochrane. {{Rule of Funny}} at play. Justified because she's, well, drunk.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Averted. Cochrane attempts to fix a warning light on the ''Phoenix'' by hitting the console. It doesn't work, and he ultimately tells Riker and Geordi to ignore it.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Lily never read ''{{Moby-Dick}}'', but it's so well known, the basic point was still clear to her.
* PrecisionFStrike: "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome BULLSHIT!]]"
** Don't forget Lily started her WhatTheHellHero speech to Picard by saying "You son of a bitch!".
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** "Assimilate ''THIS.''"
** "ResistanceIsFutile."
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Worf was going to do this before the ''Enteprise''-E decided to have a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* RapidFireTyping: Data shutting down the main computer. {{Justified|Trope}}: Data's an android and can type at super speed (he did it all the time during the show). That's why ''he'' was asked to do it.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Cochrane, when he got overwhelmed with his role in history.
-->'''Cochrane''': "''I don't want to be a statue!''"
** He gets over it.
* {{Retcon}}: This movie shows Zefram Cochrane as the man who not only created warp drive, but also conducted the first warp flight ''and'' made first contact with an extraterrestrial species shortly afterward. In the TOS episode "Metamorphosis", where the character originated, he was simply said to be the inventor of warp drive. No more, no less.
** Cochrane was also called "Cochrane of Alpha Centauri" in "Metamorphosis". However, fanon had long since decided he was a human who just ''moved'' to Alpha Centauri after inventing warp drive, presumably because EarthIsTheCentreOfTheUniverse.
** Cochrane also looks much older than he should, according to dates given in "Metamorphosis." The semi-official explanation for this is that he [[YoungerThanTheyLook is younger than he looks]] because of radiation poisoning.
* {{Retool}}: Due to a higher budget than the show, the Borg underwent a dramatic change in appearance, instead of pale guys in armored suits it looked like they were almost [[BodyHorror rotting out from the inside]]. Great change too, as befits the {{Rule of Scary}}.
** This actually fits in with the original concept of The Borg as a race that simply replaces biological parts with mechanical ones as they wear out.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Picard's motivation for fighting the Borg at any cost. Lily points this out with [[{{Moby-Dick}} "Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!"]]
* RippleEffectProofMemory: The Enterprise can see the Borg!Earth timeline, but since they're in the wake of the time disturbance caused by the Borg Sphere, they're unaffected. It's strongly implied that they'd vanish from existence had they not went through the time aperture themselves.
* RobotsEnslavingRobots: The Borg trying to make Data join them.
** They wanted him to choose to join them of his own free will, though. With a very tempting benefits package, too.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Lt. Hawk]]
* ScaleModelDestruction: Picard takes some of his anger out on the model ships in the stateroom.
* [=~Screw The Rules, I'm Doing What's Right~=]: Captain Jean-Luc Picard disobeys the orders of Star Fleet and goes to the front line to engage the Borg. And the crew are behind him.
-->'''Data''': Captain, I believe I speak for the crew when I say... ({{beat}}) to hell with our orders.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: An interesting use of the trope because, unusually, the historical event in question lies in our (the viewers') future, and we don't know exactly what it is until the end of the film.
* SongsOfSolace: After being told he will not be part of the fleet to defend Earth Picard spends his time in his office listening to opera so loud that it vibrates objects on his desk.
* ShoutingShooter: Picard when taking down the Borg with a Tommy gun.
* ShoutOut: To the Original Series. "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop."
** The Maglock system has a subsystem designation of [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey AE35]].
* SleevesAreForWimps: Picard is in a sleeveless uniform for the climactic showdown, and ''[[BadassGrandpa damn]]''.
* SpheroidDropship: The Borg Sphere.
* TeamRocketWins: The crew spend most of the movie getting their collective asses repeatedly handed to them by the Borg.
* [=~This! Is! SPARTA!~=]: "Resistance. Is. Futile."
* ThemeMusicPowerup: During the ''Enterprise'''s GunshipRescue moment.
* TimeTravel
* TiredOfRunning: Subverted because it showcases Picard's obsession to destroy the Borg.
-->"We've made too many compromises already. Too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn '''here'''! This far and no further!"
* TitleDrop: The only one in the whole series: "You're all... astronauts, on... some kind of star trek." Naturally, the phrase "first contact" is also used a few times.
* TooDumbToLive: [=LaForge=] heads down to Earth and leaves someone else in charge of engineering. [[RedShirt That character]] crawls into the Jefferies tubes in order to try to solve a seemingly minor problem. He hears sounds of the Borg and asks a [[RedShirt female ensign]] still in Engineering if she's the one making the noise. He asks if someone else is there and then is seized by the Borg and screams. The female ensign, hearing this, decides to enter the Jefferies tubes herself to see if she can find out what is going on. She is promptly seized by the Borg.
** FridgeLogic: If it sounded as if a fellow engineer has his hand crushed by heavy machinery or a similar accident, most people would rush in to help too.
* {{Tuckerization}}: One of the Borg drones Picard guns down during the Dixon Hill program, Ensign Lynch, was widely believed to be named after TNG reviewer Tim Lynch. In fact, he was [[http://www.bradley.edu/campusorg/psiphi/mov/STFC/ named after a friend of Brannon Braga]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: For most of the film, there are three storylines going; Riker convincing Cochrane to make his flight, Picard fighting the Borg and Data's interrogation by the Borg Queen. Since Picard didn't voice his suspicion that the Borg are aboard the Enterprise before returning to the ship with Data (upon which they lost all communications), Riker, Troi, [=LaForge=] and the rest of the engineers on the surface never actually realize what's happening aboard the Enterprise.
* UnfazedEveryman: Lily. Overlaps with TheWatson.
* VerbThis: Occurs before destroying the Borg's [[AppliedPhlebotinum interplexing beacon]].
-->'''Worf:''' Assimilate ''this''!
* VillainessesWantHeroes: the Borg Queen wanted Picard to willingly submit to the Borg and be her..."consort".
* WhamLine: "Population: 9 billion. [[spoiler: All Borg.]]"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When [[spoiler:Data]] seizes control of the main computer and fires a trio of quantum torpedoes at the ''Pheonix'', [[spoiler:beyond their deliberately missing the ship, shouldn't that be a worrying amount of ordnance sailing off into the unknown?]].
** Presumably, if they're anything like real-life torpedoes, they would explode after reaching a certain distance or time limit.
** Lt. Porter, the first ''Enterprise'' crewmember to be assimilated, is one of the drones who pulls Picard to the assimilation table.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Lily bashes Picard for his callous treatment of the crew and for killing [[RedShirt Ensign Lynch]] (who got turned into a Borg) during the "The line must be drawn here!" scene.
* WhatTheHellHero: Most of Picard's crew is hesitant to follow his increasingly judgment-impaired orders and Worf has a particularly venomous response when Picard calls him a coward for refusing to obey suicidal orders. Lily gives Picard a big one for his willingness to sacrifice his crew to get revenge on the Borg instead of doing the necessary thing. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Picard finally wises up]] and orders the evacuation and destruction of his ship, like he should have earlier.
* WhatYearIsThis: Averted, as the ship's sensors identify the approximate time period from orbit from the level of pollution in the atmosphere and then narrow it down to a specific date. Data also mentions taking astrometric readings, presumably comparing the stars where they are to where they should be in their present.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted by Lt. Hawk regarding simply [[spoiler:shooting the Borg deflector dish modifications instead of manually detaching them]]. Picard responds with {{Made of Explodium}} {{technobabble}}. It's also consistent; when they finally detach the dish, Worf then hits it once and it ignites into a giant fireball.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: After their short warp flight, an awed Cochrane comments how small Earth looks, finally starting to realize what he had just accomplished.
** Also when Picard shows Lily the Earth below her through a force field window.
* WorthyOpponent: Worf tells Picard as much when Picard insults him;
--> '''Worf''': If you were ''any other man'', I would kill you where you stand!
* YouWillBeAssimilated: [[CaptainObvious Yeah.]]
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->''"I will not sacrifice the ''Enterprise''. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, no farther! '''''[[RevengeBeforeReason And I will make them PAY for what they've done!]]'''''"''
-->-- '''[[TheCaptain Captain Jean-Luc Picard]]'''

The most popular ''[[StarTrekTheNextGeneration Next Generation]]'' villain, the Borg, make another attempt to [[AlienInvasion assimilate Earth]]. The newly-commissioned USS ''Enterprise''-E scrambles to confront them, only to learn that the Borg have decided to use TimeTravel to stop Earth's FirstContact with aliens and TakeOverTheWorld, thus preventing TheFederation from ever existing.

Arriving above Earth in the year [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2063]], the Borg aim to stop Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of [[FasterThanLightTravel warp drive]], from making his historic flight. Our heroes beam down to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, discovering in the process that the man their history paints as a visionary luminary [[BrokenPedestal was really a cynical drunk who just wanted to get rich]]. Regardless, they work to restore the damage the Borg caused and make sure that first contact goes as planned.

Believing that to be all their problems, they discover the Borg have invaded the ''Enterprise'' and are slowly taking control. This causes Picard, who was assimilated back in the ''[[StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' episode "The Best of Both Worlds", to go all [[{{Moby-Dick}} Ahab]]. Meanwhile, Data is captured and the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]] offers him a DealWithTheDevil to BecomeARealBoy.

Considered the best movie with the ''Next Generation'' crew, and a strong contender for second best ''StarTrek'' movie behind ''[[StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan Wrath of Khan]]''. Among the reasons behind its popularity includes strong continuity ties with the series while remaining a reasonable GatewaySeries entry (everything you need to know about the characters is well-explained and it is action-oriented), as well as introducing some {{backstory}} elements of how the ''StarTrek'' [[TheVerse universe]] came to be. It was also a box office hit, earning $146,027,888 in the worldwide market, putting it behind only [[StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome The One With The Whales]] in absolute dollars (adjusted for inflation, it would fall in the middle of the pack, though still well ahead of the other TNG movies).

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!!Tropes seen in ''First Contact'' include

* AfterTheEnd: The crew travels back in time to the mid-21st century, when civilization is in ruins after a nuclear war (the ''Enterprise'' itself comes from centuries further ahead, After-the-AfterTheEnd, and Zefram Cochrane's [[FasterThanLightTravel warp-drive experiment]] is about to give Earth a huge push in the right direction).
* AlienInvasion
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: You can't lift off without it.
** Arguably an inversion of the trope, as it's Cochrane (re)introducing it to the time travelers from the future.
* AlmostKiss: Picard gives Lily a peck on the cheek. The way Lily reacted, she wanted something more intimate.
* AxCrazy: Picard, after being confronted with the decision to destroy the ''Enterprise'' or to continue fighting a near-hopeless battle against the Borg. (See his quote above.)
* {{Badass}}: Worf recovers his reputation in this film after TheWorfEffect had led to BadassDecay.
* BadassBoast: "Brave words. I've heard them before, from thousands of species across thousands of worlds, since long before you were created. And now, they are all Borg."
* BatmanGambit: Data's attempts at lying earlier in the movie are really really REALLY poor. [[spoiler:This turns out to be a ploy to trick the Borg Queen into thinking he's a terrible liar, so when he later lies about his change of allegiance convincingly, the Borg Queen fails to realize he's playing her.]]
** Or maybe Data's just a really quick learner.
*** Another possibility is that while Data is a poor liar, previous TNG episodes reveal that he is an incredibly talented ''actor''. [[FridgeBrilliance He was simply playing the part]].
* BecomeARealBoy: The Borg Queen attempts to win Data over by giving him the gift of organic skin and the ability to experience tactile sensations as a human would, something that the movie sets up earlier on that he can't do.
* BigBad: The Borg Queen.
* BigDamnHeroes / GunshipRescue: "''Sir, there's another starship coming in. It's the '''Enterprise'''!''" Cue {{Crowning Moment of Awesome}}.
** [[TheBigGuy Worf]] returns the favor when he saves Picard from an assimilated [[spoiler:Hawk]].
* BigNo: Complete with smashing his model ship collection.
* BodyHorror: The Borg take a level in gross for their trip to the big screen. Also, assimilation in general.
** Data, as more and more of his artificial skin is replaced with organic flesh takes on a ghoulish appearance as if sewn together from several corpses. Appropriate, since the only source of flesh the Borg would have is what their new drones don't need...
** One scene shows one poor officer in the process of assimilation. By the time we see this, the Borg have already removed the lower half of his arm.
* BrokenFaceplate: Picard takes a blow to the head while wearing a Starfleet space suit, causing the visor to crack. Fortunately for him, it still holds.
* BrokenPedestal: Cochrane. Unusually for this trope, the crew doesn't seem to mind. Cochrane slowly coming around is a lighter inversion of Picard falling from the "more evolved" sense of responsibility and morality he tells Lily humans have in the 24th century.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Cochrane is without a doubt one of the brightest minds of his time. He's also a heavy drinker and thinks first contact is best celebrated with whiskey and dancing.
* BuryYourGays: [[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Hawk_%28Lieutenant%29 Lieutenant Hawk]], if the ExpandedUniverse is to be believed.
** Possible [[spoiler:RedShirt]]?
* CallBack: One of the ships in the Fleet vs. the Borg was the ''Bozeman'' from "Cause and Effect."
** And when the Borg Queen asks Data when the last time he had sexual intercourse was, his answer dates back to TNG's second episode "The Naked Now." (On a side note, this means that he never had sex with Jenna D'Sora in the episode "In Theory.")
*** Including Data's comment that's he's "fully functional" and "programmed in multiple techniques". As a side note, Dr. Soong was a ''dirty, dirty'' man.
** The holonovel Picard runs in order to access a Tommy Gun is ''The Big Goodbye''. This callback is especially apt as the plot of that episode is not only the first ever {{Holodeck}} malfunction, but also features a character being maimed with a hologramatic gun. In this case, the safeties were deliberately turned off to achieve the same effect.
** Worf's "Perhaps today ''is'' a good day to die!'' is a call-back to a few Klingon episodes.
** See ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne. ''Thomas'' Riker said the exact same thing to Sisko.
* TheCameo: [[StarTrekVoyager Robert Picardo as the ''Enterprise''-E EMH and Ethan Phillips]] along with producer Brannon Braga in the holodeck club scene, with Phillips being the one stopping the drones and being disrupted by Borg laser scanners. Dwight Shultz as recurring character Reginald Barclay also appears.
** Michael Zaslow, who played ''Star Trek'''s first ever RedShirt, appears as Eddie the bartender.
** Nonhuman example: The [[StarWars Millennium Falcon]] can (just barely) be seen zipping around the battle with the Borg cube.
* CargoShip: Lampooned in-universe by Troi. Picard reaches out and touches the ''Phoenix'', because he was never allowed to do so seeing it at a museum, and Data tries to understand why touching it would mean anything, which makes for an interesting conversation for Troi to walk in on...
-->'''Troi:''' (amused) Would you three like to be alone for a while?
* CatapultNightmare: Averted and then played straight during Picard's DreamWithinADream. When he falsely wakes up from his first nightmare he simply opens his eyes while sitting in his desk chair; when he wakes up for real, he jumps up from his bed.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The Eastern Coalition or ECON, one of the factions in the Third World War (and who Cochrane originally thinks the Borg's attack comes from) is said to be a version of this in the StarTrekExpandedUniverse, although it's not detailed in the film itself.
* CityPlanet: Earth has become this under Borg rule in an alternate timeline. Oddly enough the population consists of only 9 billion Borg even though the planet's entire surface seems to have been completely urbanized and technified. Presumably, the rest of the space is taken up by automated factories or other automated urbanization.
* ConquerorFromTheFuture: The Borg's plan.
* ContinuityNod: The [[spoiler:moon hiding the ''Enterprise''-E from the approaching Vulcan ship]] is probably a nod to ''TheWrathOfKhan'', where [[spoiler:the ''Enterprise'' hid from the ''Reliant'' by circling around Regula on its opposite side]].
* CoolStarship: The new USS ''Enterprise'' NCC-1701-E. The television version, 1701-D, had been [[TrashTheSet destroyed]] in [[StarTrekGenerations the previous film]] for no other reason than to introduce a more cinematic version in this one. This was a practical motivation as much as stylistic, since the old ship's sets were built for TV and the level of detail shown on film meant they had to make the them DarkerAndEdgier just to hide the lower quality.
** The USS ''Defiant'' was introduced on ''DeepSpaceNine'' as being a prototype starship specifically designed to fight the Borg. Apparently it was a running fight from where the fleet engaged the cube to when it came in orbit around Earth. This is the only time the ship got to fulfill its purpose and despite its size, it took a hit from a Borg weapon and returned fire.
** Several other background starships from the opening battle have gotten [[OneSceneWonder surprising amounts of love from the fans]], most notably the [[http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100117040722/memoryalpha/en/images/c/c3/USS_Thunderchild.jpg Akira-class]]. Canonically the ships were designed and built after the devastating defeat at Wolf 359 from the episode "Best of Both Worlds," already forming a major backstory to this film, and were meant to be more battle-hardy than previous Starfleet ships.
** One of the starships fighting the Borg was the ''[[StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' in a sub-blink-and-you-miss-it cameo courtesy of [[IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] who worked on special effects for the film.
* CrapsackWorld: By all accounts, Earth of 2063 is a pretty miserable ScavengerWorld in which everyone is suffering from radiation poisoning to one degree or another, and things like murder are commonplace.
** Not surprising, considering it's the aftermath of WorldWarIII.
* DawnOfAnEra
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''[[StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' was sometimes criticized for lacking in action and character drama, which admittedly was because GeneRoddenberry wanted a series that spent more time on ideas rather than violence and characters who didn't argue all the time. This movie is a rock-em action flick with some serious interpersonal conflict (Picard and Worf especially), with a literally darker color palette in both the new uniforms and the sets even before Borg assimilation.
* DealWithTheDevil: [[spoiler:Subverted]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: There are more than a few similarities between the character of Zefram Cochrane and ''StarTrek'' creator GeneRoddenberry. Both were men who were elevated to near-mythic status posthumously, seen as legends and visionaries with "a dream" -- and both were lecherous, with substance abuse problems, and primarily motivated by money (not to mention extremely tall). The filmmakers ''claim'' they didn't base Cochrane on Roddenberry, but the similarities are there.
** And both, in different senses, created the world of ''StarTrek''.
** Picard's hate for the Borg in his "The line must be drawn here" speech is like a person's hate for a rapist.
** Also, the interactions between Picard, Data, and the Borg Queen come across as a jilted girlfriend wanting to show her ex how he could never measure up to her new boyfriend, and prove that she's totally winning the break-up.
* DramaticShattering: Picard with his BigNo.
* DreamWithinADream / MindScrew: The entire opening sequence. Picard is on the Borg cube, but it's {{all just a dream}}, so he rinses himself off as a Borg implant pops from his face, but that's {{all just a dream}} too!
* TheEndOfTheBeginning
* EpicTrackingShot: The movies start almost inside Picard's eye and then pulls back to show the humongous Borg complex he was in, AllJustADream, or rather a traumatic memory.
* ExecutiveMeddling: A positive one: Ira Steven Behr insisted that the "tough little ship" exchange be added to the opening battle, so it was clear that the Defiant had survived and could still be used on ''Deep Space 9''.
* EyeScream: To Picard. In the freaking opening sequences, no less! Later on, assimilated ''Enterprise'' crew appear to have had one of their eyes gouged out and replaced with some kind of interface circuitry prior the the installation of the prosthetic visualizer.
* {{Facepalm}}: After Drunk Cochrane restores power to the jukebox and starts drunkenly dancing again, Riker dances slightly too... and then Troi passes out, which Riker promptly responds to with a facepalm.
* FakeDefector: [[spoiler:Data]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Picard expresses this conviction about being turned into a Borg drone. While the strike team is preparing after the Borg are found to have infiltrated the Enterprise, he tells his men that when they encounter assimilated crew members they shouldn't hesitate to kill them, because they'll be doing them a favor.
* FirstContact: Obviously.
* FutureImperfect: Only applies in the crew's hero worship of Cochrane. Otherwise -- like many other TimeTravelTropes in this film -- averted. Picard simply asks the computer to make them some period costume and then they fit right in.
* HearingVoices: Picard can't get the Collective out of his head...
* [=~Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: One half expects Zefram Cochrane to say, [[{{Babe}} "That'll do, pig, that'll do."]]
** [[Series/BandOfBrothers Buck Compton]], the [[Series/TinMan Tin Man]] and [[DesperateHousewives David Williams]] is Lieutenant Hawk.
** [[ThatSeventiesShow Bob Pinciotti]] traded his afro for a metal nose as holographic gangster Nicky the Nose.
** YouLookFamiliar: Cromwell had also previously been seen in two roles on ''Next Generation''. He was the Angosian Prime Minister in "The Hunted" and a Yridian information dealer named Jaglom Shrek in both parts of "Birthright".
* GetOut: Picard says this to Lily when she confronts him about his lust for revenge against the Borg.
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: In-Universe example. Cochrane in the future is seen as a great visonary. In reality though, he was a drunken jerkass who was just trying to get rich.
* HiveQueen
* HoldTheLine. The [[{{Moby-Dick}} Captain Ahab]] variety.
-->'''Picard:''' They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. ''Not again''. The line must be drawn '''here'''! ''This'' far, '''no further'''!
* HumansAreMorons: Humans of the mid-21st Century live in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic society]] [[CrapsackWorld with just barely enough infrastructure to continue research on a warp drive]], while the other races have already begun exploring the galaxy and view humanity as being "too primitive". The main goal in the movie is to ensure that humanity overcomes that notion and gains recognition from the alien community (or at least the Vulcans) at large. Naturally, as the large majority of the rest of ''StarTrek'' canon shows, humanity generally overcomes this view among alien races to become the [[HumansAreSpecial dominant space-faring race]].
* HumansAreSpecial: Why are the Borg going to such extreme lengths to assimilate Earth? Because once Earth rolls over, the rest of the Federation will be a piece of cake and assimilating Earth in the past saves them even ''more'' trouble by preventing the Federation from even existing.
* IAmTheTrope: The Borg Queen ''is'' the Borg. Data himself isn't quite sure what this means.
* ImmuneToBullets: Data, being made of metal and all.
** RuleOfFunny also plays a small part, as well.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: When Lily protests that Cochrane can't fly the ''Phoenix'' drunk, he insists that he sure as hell isn't going to do it sober.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: DiscussedTrope after Cochrane's first brief warp flight and he turns the ship around to look at the Earth behind them.
--> '''Cochrane:''' Is that it? It's...so small...
--> '''Riker:''' [[TheFederation It's about to get a whole lot bigger]].
* InstantExpert: Data learns [[ILied deception]]. He goes from unconvincingly lying about "mimicking the behavior of humans" when his arm flesh gets slashed, to [[spoiler: convincing Queenie that he had sided with her and would betray Humanity to the Borg.]]
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: "Tough little ship." "Little?"
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:Data repeats the Borg's famous line "Resistance is futile" right before he reveals he was playing the Borg Queen and releases the gas which will destroy them.]]
* KeystoneArmy
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: After the Borg adapt to their phasers, Picard lures a couple of drones into the Holodeck and shoots them with a tommy gun. This has led to fan speculation that Borg shields suck against kinetic attacks, which is semi-verified in noncanonical novels.
** That said, [[FridgeBrilliance notice]] how the second drone Picard dropped with his holo-tommy took a LOT more direct hits before going down than the first. If there had been a third drone...
** Melee attacks weave in and out. On one hand, Worf and Data do well beating up drones in melee. On the other hand, Worf is inhumanly strong and Data is superhumanly strong, and both still ended up taking hits. The one human RedShirt that attempts to Phaser-butt a drone gets his ass handed to him in short order. Later on, one officer practically balks at the idea of hand-to-hand combat with Borg, clearly aware that such an attempt would fail horribly.
* LargeHam: Picard, when letting his desire for revenge get the better of him, descends to a state where "chewing the scenery" is only putting it mildly, telling Lily that "The line must be drawn heeyah!" and: "IIIIII, will ''[[ThisIsSparta make them pay]]'', for what they've done!"
** An example of TropesAreNotBad. That monologue is freaking epic, and it's mainly Patrick Stewart's skill as an actor that keeps from turning it into {{Narm}}.
* LastNoteNightmare: The opening titles. Beautiful, uplifting music that fades into silence...[[ForDoomTheBellTolls and then]]... '''WHAM!'''
* LetMeGetThisStraight: Invoked by Cochrane.
* MauveShirt: Lt. Hawk.
* MeaningfulName: The Phoenix, the first warp-drive ship, can be seen as having risen from the ashes of World War III.
* MercyKill: Picard shoots a crewmember as he is being assimilated by the Borg.
* [[{{Mundanization}} Mundanisation]]: Averted. This is one of the few time-travel stories that involves people from the far future going back to the near future, rather than the present day or past. Another ''StarTrek'' example is the ''DeepSpaceNine'' episode "Past Tense".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Picard's reaction after Lily's quoting of ''{{Moby-Dick}}'' and his UnstoppableRage smashing his model ships (''Enterprise''-D and -C for extra pathos, if you're an astute observer) makes him realize he's throwing the crew's lives away because of his own vendetta against the Borg.
* NeverTrustATrailer: The trailer depicts Picard's "[[HoldTheLine The line must be drawn HERE]]!" speech as a BadassBoast, instead of the RoaringRampageOfRevenge / SanitySlippage on Picard's part. Additionally, the trailer also features Data's [[spoiler:sneering "Resistance is futile" retort, but makes it seem as if Data had been fully subverted by the Borg, instead of being a PreMortemOneLiner aimed at the Borg Queen.]] And more importantly, the trailers made it look like the Borg were mounting a full-scale invasion against the Federation, instead of only attacking Earth.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Well done Starfleet, take the one Captain with the most experience dealing with the Borg out of the fleet assembled to ''fight'' them. Nor consider at least relieving him temporarily of command if you're that worried he'll be a risk, as he only has the most powerful and advanced ship in your entire armarda at his disposal. Because when the fate of Earth is at stake, you want this man and the crowning achievement of shipbuilding he commands to be studying... ''comets''. Its not like if Picard showed up, he'd managed to CurbStompBattle the Borg cube in less than 2 minutes... oh wait... he ''does''. Well, I'm sure the families of all those good men and women lost before the Enterprise-E got there [[SarcasmMode don't blame you for that very intelligent decision, Admiral Hayes.]]
** Picard himself is stopped just short of doing this when Lily chucks a WhatTheHellHero at him.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Klingon Borg!
* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Picard refuses to leave the self-destructing ''Enterprise'' without Data.
* NotUsingTheZWord: Averted, the Borg are described as [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot bionic zombies]] on a couple of occasions.
* OhCrap: Riker and Geordi share a look that just screams this when, after being told that a system has malfunctioned, Cochrane proceeds to [[PercussiveMaintenance hit the controls]], shrug, and [[TemptingFate say, "Don't worry!"]]
* TheOtherDarrin: James Cromwell replaces Glenn Corbett as Zefram Cochrane, who first appeared in the original series episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E9Metamorphosis Metamorphosis]]".
* OurFounder: When informed that he's standing in the exact same spot as his future statue, Cochrane goes a little bit nuts.
* OutOfCharacterMoment: Troi getting drunk trying to reason with Cochrane. {{Rule of Funny}} at play. Justified because she's, well, drunk.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Averted. Cochrane attempts to fix a warning light on the ''Phoenix'' by hitting the console. It doesn't work, and he ultimately tells Riker and Geordi to ignore it.
* PopCulturalOsmosis: Lily never read ''{{Moby-Dick}}'', but it's so well known, the basic point was still clear to her.
* PrecisionFStrike: "[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome BULLSHIT!]]"
** Don't forget Lily started her WhatTheHellHero speech to Picard by saying "You son of a bitch!".
* PreMortemOneLiner:
** "Assimilate ''THIS.''"
** "ResistanceIsFutile."
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Worf was going to do this before the ''Enteprise''-E decided to have a BigDamnHeroes moment.
* RapidFireTyping: Data shutting down the main computer. {{Justified|Trope}}: Data's an android and can type at super speed (he did it all the time during the show). That's why ''he'' was asked to do it.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Cochrane, when he got overwhelmed with his role in history.
-->'''Cochrane''': "''I don't want to be a statue!''"
** He gets over it.
* {{Retcon}}: This movie shows Zefram Cochrane as the man who not only created warp drive, but also conducted the first warp flight ''and'' made first contact with an extraterrestrial species shortly afterward. In the TOS episode "Metamorphosis", where the character originated, he was simply said to be the inventor of warp drive. No more, no less.
** Cochrane was also called "Cochrane of Alpha Centauri" in "Metamorphosis". However, fanon had long since decided he was a human who just ''moved'' to Alpha Centauri after inventing warp drive, presumably because EarthIsTheCentreOfTheUniverse.
** Cochrane also looks much older than he should, according to dates given in "Metamorphosis." The semi-official explanation for this is that he [[YoungerThanTheyLook is younger than he looks]] because of radiation poisoning.
* {{Retool}}: Due to a higher budget than the show, the Borg underwent a dramatic change in appearance, instead of pale guys in armored suits it looked like they were almost [[BodyHorror rotting out from the inside]]. Great change too, as befits the {{Rule of Scary}}.
** This actually fits in with the original concept of The Borg as a race that simply replaces biological parts with mechanical ones as they wear out.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Picard's motivation for fighting the Borg at any cost. Lily points this out with [[{{Moby-Dick}} "Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!"]]
* RippleEffectProofMemory: The Enterprise can see the Borg!Earth timeline, but since they're in the wake of the time disturbance caused by the Borg Sphere, they're unaffected. It's strongly implied that they'd vanish from existence had they not went through the time aperture themselves.
* RobotsEnslavingRobots: The Borg trying to make Data join them.
** They wanted him to choose to join them of his own free will, though. With a very tempting benefits package, too.
* SacrificialLamb: [[spoiler:Lt. Hawk]]
* ScaleModelDestruction: Picard takes some of his anger out on the model ships in the stateroom.
* [=~Screw The Rules, I'm Doing What's Right~=]: Captain Jean-Luc Picard disobeys the orders of Star Fleet and goes to the front line to engage the Borg. And the crew are behind him.
-->'''Data''': Captain, I believe I speak for the crew when I say... ({{beat}}) to hell with our orders.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: An interesting use of the trope because, unusually, the historical event in question lies in our (the viewers') future, and we don't know exactly what it is until the end of the film.
* SongsOfSolace: After being told he will not be part of the fleet to defend Earth Picard spends his time in his office listening to opera so loud that it vibrates objects on his desk.
* ShoutingShooter: Picard when taking down the Borg with a Tommy gun.
* ShoutOut: To the Original Series. "I'm a doctor, not a doorstop."
** The Maglock system has a subsystem designation of [[TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey AE35]].
* SleevesAreForWimps: Picard is in a sleeveless uniform for the climactic showdown, and ''[[BadassGrandpa damn]]''.
* SpheroidDropship: The Borg Sphere.
* TeamRocketWins: The crew spend most of the movie getting their collective asses repeatedly handed to them by the Borg.
* [=~This! Is! SPARTA!~=]: "Resistance. Is. Futile."
* ThemeMusicPowerup: During the ''Enterprise'''s GunshipRescue moment.
* TimeTravel
* TiredOfRunning: Subverted because it showcases Picard's obsession to destroy the Borg.
-->"We've made too many compromises already. Too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn '''here'''! This far and no further!"
* TitleDrop: The only one in the whole series: "You're all... astronauts, on... some kind of star trek." Naturally, the phrase "first contact" is also used a few times.
* TooDumbToLive: [=LaForge=] heads down to Earth and leaves someone else in charge of engineering. [[RedShirt That character]] crawls into the Jefferies tubes in order to try to solve a seemingly minor problem. He hears sounds of the Borg and asks a [[RedShirt female ensign]] still in Engineering if she's the one making the noise. He asks if someone else is there and then is seized by the Borg and screams. The female ensign, hearing this, decides to enter the Jefferies tubes herself to see if she can find out what is going on. She is promptly seized by the Borg.
** FridgeLogic: If it sounded as if a fellow engineer has his hand crushed by heavy machinery or a similar accident, most people would rush in to help too.
* {{Tuckerization}}: One of the Borg drones Picard guns down during the Dixon Hill program, Ensign Lynch, was widely believed to be named after TNG reviewer Tim Lynch. In fact, he was [[http://www.bradley.edu/campusorg/psiphi/mov/STFC/ named after a friend of Brannon Braga]].
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: For most of the film, there are three storylines going; Riker convincing Cochrane to make his flight, Picard fighting the Borg and Data's interrogation by the Borg Queen. Since Picard didn't voice his suspicion that the Borg are aboard the Enterprise before returning to the ship with Data (upon which they lost all communications), Riker, Troi, [=LaForge=] and the rest of the engineers on the surface never actually realize what's happening aboard the Enterprise.
* UnfazedEveryman: Lily. Overlaps with TheWatson.
* VerbThis: Occurs before destroying the Borg's [[AppliedPhlebotinum interplexing beacon]].
-->'''Worf:''' Assimilate ''this''!
* VillainessesWantHeroes: the Borg Queen wanted Picard to willingly submit to the Borg and be her..."consort".
* WhamLine: "Population: 9 billion. [[spoiler: All Borg.]]"
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: When [[spoiler:Data]] seizes control of the main computer and fires a trio of quantum torpedoes at the ''Pheonix'', [[spoiler:beyond their deliberately missing the ship, shouldn't that be a worrying amount of ordnance sailing off into the unknown?]].
** Presumably, if they're anything like real-life torpedoes, they would explode after reaching a certain distance or time limit.
** Lt. Porter, the first ''Enterprise'' crewmember to be assimilated, is one of the drones who pulls Picard to the assimilation table.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Lily bashes Picard for his callous treatment of the crew and for killing [[RedShirt Ensign Lynch]] (who got turned into a Borg) during the "The line must be drawn here!" scene.
* WhatTheHellHero: Most of Picard's crew is hesitant to follow his increasingly judgment-impaired orders and Worf has a particularly venomous response when Picard calls him a coward for refusing to obey suicidal orders. Lily gives Picard a big one for his willingness to sacrifice his crew to get revenge on the Borg instead of doing the necessary thing. [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Picard finally wises up]] and orders the evacuation and destruction of his ship, like he should have earlier.
* WhatYearIsThis: Averted, as the ship's sensors identify the approximate time period from orbit from the level of pollution in the atmosphere and then narrow it down to a specific date. Data also mentions taking astrometric readings, presumably comparing the stars where they are to where they should be in their present.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Averted by Lt. Hawk regarding simply [[spoiler:shooting the Borg deflector dish modifications instead of manually detaching them]]. Picard responds with {{Made of Explodium}} {{technobabble}}. It's also consistent; when they finally detach the dish, Worf then hits it once and it ignites into a giant fireball.
* TheWorldIsJustAwesome: After their short warp flight, an awed Cochrane comments how small Earth looks, finally starting to realize what he had just accomplished.
** Also when Picard shows Lily the Earth below her through a force field window.
* WorthyOpponent: Worf tells Picard as much when Picard insults him;
--> '''Worf''': If you were ''any other man'', I would kill you where you stand!
* YouWillBeAssimilated: [[CaptainObvious Yeah.]]
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8th May '12 4:48:58 AM khalini
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* DodgeThis: Occurs before destroying the Borg's [[AppliedPhlebotinum interplexing beacon]].
-->'''Worf:''' Assimilate ''this''!


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* VerbThis: Occurs before destroying the Borg's [[AppliedPhlebotinum interplexing beacon]].
-->'''Worf:''' Assimilate ''this''!
8th May '12 4:35:58 AM khalini
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* FateWorseThanDeath: In the novelization, Picard describes being assimilated as this.

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* FateWorseThanDeath: In the novelization, Picard describes expresses this conviction about being turned into a Borg drone. While the strike team is preparing after the Borg are found to have infiltrated the Enterprise, he tells his men that when they encounter assimilated as this.crew members they shouldn't hesitate to kill them, because they'll be doing them a favor.
2nd May '12 2:07:57 AM wkz
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** FridgeLogic: If it sounded as if a fellow engineer has his hand crushed by heavy machinery or a similar accident, I'd rush in to help too.

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** FridgeLogic: If it sounded as if a fellow engineer has his hand crushed by heavy machinery or a similar accident, I'd most people would rush in to help too.
2nd May '12 2:07:09 AM wkz
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** FridgeLogic: If it sounded as if a fellow engineer has his hand crushed by heavy machinery or a similar accident, I'd rush in to help too.
27th Apr '12 7:05:33 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BodyHorror: The Borg take a level in [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel gross]] for their trip to the big screen. Also, assimilation in general.

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* BodyHorror: The Borg take a level in [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel gross]] gross for their trip to the big screen. Also, assimilation in general.



* LastNoteNightmare: The opening titles. Beautiful, uplifting music that fades into silence...[[ForDoomTheBellTolls and then]]... '''[[NightmareFuelUnleaded WHAM!]]'''

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* LastNoteNightmare: The opening titles. Beautiful, uplifting music that fades into silence...[[ForDoomTheBellTolls and then]]... '''[[NightmareFuelUnleaded WHAM!]]''''''WHAM!'''
20th Apr '12 7:11:58 AM Premonition45
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** Lt. Porter, the first ''Enterprise'' crewmember to be assimilated, is one of the drones who pulls Picard to the assimilation table.
12th Apr '12 4:55:02 PM ayjazz
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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: In-Universe example. Cochrane in the future is seen as a great visonary. In reality though, he was a drunken jerkass who was just trying to get rich.
12th Apr '12 4:46:31 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** One of the starships fighting the Borg was the ''Millennium Falcon'' in a sub-blink-and-you-miss-it cameo courtesy of [[IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] who worked on special effects for the film.

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** One of the starships fighting the Borg was the ''Millennium Falcon'' ''[[StarWars Millennium Falcon]]'' in a sub-blink-and-you-miss-it cameo courtesy of [[IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] who worked on special effects for the film.
12th Apr '12 4:45:11 AM thespecialneedsgroup
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** One of the starships fighting the Borg was the ''Millennium Falcon'' in a sub-blink-and-you-miss-it cameo courtesy of [[IndustrialLightAndMagic ILM]] who worked on special effects for the film.
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