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'''''Star Trek Generations''''' is the seventh movie in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series, released in 1994.

This is the first movie featuring the cast of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. [[NeverTrustATrailer Billed]] as a CrossOver (CrossThrough?) with ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', although the main TOS representative, apart from [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry the last adventure]], is given TheCameo for this last adventure and then gets [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim a bridge dropped on him]] during his last HeroicSacrifice]].

It's shortly after the end of the ''Next Generation'' TV series, which ended its run just before this film was released. Our baddie is Dr. Soran (Creator/MalcolmMcDowell), a MadScientist with a malicious agenda reaching back seventy-eight years to when he was [[UnwantedRescue "saved"]] from [[LotusEaterMachine the Nexus]] by Kirk, who then disappeared into it himself and [[NotQuiteDead was presumed dead]]. Soran now plans to blow up a couple suns to get back into the Nexus, but Picard gets Kirk to leave the Nexus and join him for a bridge-dropping climax.

Perhaps the best that could be said for ''Generations'' is that it's not too badly paced considering how thin the storyline is. Still, the plot is mostly just a vehicle to bring Kirk and Picard together realizing FanFic writers wet dreams. Their meeting only occurs at the end and the final battle is over too quickly and extremely predictable. Despite this, the ending is fairly moving. While not considered the greatest start for the TNG crew, [[Film/StarTrekFirstContact the sequel]] was quick to fix that.
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!!Tropes seen in ''Generations'' include:

* AbandonShip
** In the prologue, the ''Enterprise''-B is beaming aboard the passengers of two refugee ships caught in a NegativeSpaceWedgie. {{Subverted}} in that many of them [[spoiler:[[LotusEaterMachine don't want to leave]].]]
** [[spoiler: The ''Enterprise''-D]] in the film's climax. PlayedWith, in that they simply evacuated everybody into the part of the ship that ''wasn't'' about to explode and separated it.
* AbsenteeActor
** They couldn't get Creator/LeonardNimoy or Creator/{{DeForest Kelley}} to return as Spock and Bones for the opening scene, so Kirk is instead accompanied by Scotty and Chekov. As a result, Chekov seems to be acting in the capacity of a doctor when they pick up the refugees and Scotty calls Kirk "Jim".
** In the alternate opening scene, Kirk boasts about his precision skydiving. Scotty 'helpfully' announces that Kirk was off by a few meters. Definitely a Spock line.
* AbsoluteCleavage: Lursa and B'etor, as always.
* AGlitchInTheMatrix: A variant. Kirk knows that the Nexus isn't real, but he's content to stick with it because it offers a chance for him to live the life he missed out on. However, when he jumps his horse over a ravine and feels nothing for it, he realizes that he can never appreciate the Nexus because it lacks a defining element of fear.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: El-Aurians are "a race of listeners". Well, Dr. Soran shows what happens when they use their powers of observation for evil, as he expertly manipulates Picard in a quietly malicious manner.
* AnyoneCanDie: This was ''supposed'' to be the overarching theme of the movie ("Time is the fire in which we burn").
* ApocalypseHow: Soran causes Stellar Physical Annihilation in the Amargosa system and the Veridian system...but the Veridian system gets reversed thanks to Picard and Kirk.
* ArcNumber: Scotty manages to save 47 people. 47 is an arc number in all the modern Star Trek series.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics: Soren's plan to divert the Nexus makes sense at first, but promptly falls apart later. In order to actually get inside, he has to destroy the Veridian star so the Nexus hits the planet instead of a near-miss. Problem is, the timing of this is such that there would be no appreciable change in gravity since the sun is still largely intact and thus a massive gravitational body. The Nexus suddenly altering course to hit the planet would never happen. It would have made more sense to destroy the star then have the Nexus hit a planet in another solar system.
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Data says "Oh shit" to avoid a G rating.
* BackForTheDead: [[spoiler:Kirk]], sort of.
* BigDamnMovie: [[spoiler: Captain Kirk]] dies, entire star systems are in danger of being destroyed, [[spoiler:the Enterprise-D is destroyed and crashes]], Picard loses his family and Data gets emotions. YMMV over the movie's quality, but events are certainly a step up from the average episode.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In-universe, even. [[NotSoStoic Data]] scanning for lifeforms. And singing. With the controls providing instrumentation. The crew [[FunnyBackgroundEvent is visibly thrown by this.]]
* BondOneLiner: An intended one. Soren remarking that Geordi's "heart wasn't in" telling him the information they needed was a reference to a torture technique used in a deleted scene. Since the scene wasn't in the movie, the remark sounds out of place.
** It makes it sound like Geordi died because his heart gave out under torture. Which is confusing when he shows up doing fine some time later.
* BreakThemByTalking: If you ever wondered what would happen if an El-Aurian used their keen insight against someone instead of counseling them - look out.
-->'''Soran:''' They say ''time'' is the ''fire'' in which we ''burn''. Right now, Captain, my time is running out. We leave so many things unfinished in our lives... I know you understand.[[note]]Picard had just confessed to Troi that his brother and nephew burned to death in a fire. He then told her he started to wonder about the lack of any sort of legacy for the Picard family, and the realization of his own mortality.[[/note]]
* CallBack
** While exploring the Amargosa Observatory, Data reminds Geordi of a joke Geordi told Riker at Farpoint Station. As noted in LateToThePunchline, Farpoint Station was the setting for the pilot episode of [=TNG=].
** Shortly after the D12 is destroyed, the movie cuts to Geordi in engineering examining an open panel and in the middle of a conversation about the damage the ship's taken. He turns around and communicates with the bridge, only to be cut off as the panel he's just walked away from [[ExplosiveInstrumentation explodes]] and engineering rapidly degenerates from being a mess to being an outright hazardous environment. As he's ushering everyone out, Geordi tells the bridge that they're a few minutes away from a warp-core breach he can't stop. This scene mirrors one from the episode ''Yesterday's Enterprise,'' where the ship was fatally damaged fighting Klingons in an alternate timeline. It helped that David Carson directed both ''Yesterday's Enterprise'' and ''Generations''. It's even the same panel which blows out.
** Furthermore, he escapes from Engineering by doing the [[UnnecessaryCombatRoll Epic Geordi Maneuver]], previously seen in ''The Best of Both Worlds'' - this time it's a lot more justified as the door was actually at waist-height when he started his roll.
* CallToAgriculture: In the Nexus, Kirk was found chopping wood and frying eggs at a farm.
* TheCastShowoff: This is the entire reason for the horseback riding scene. William Shatner is an expert at horseback riding, and having his horse ''walk sideways to join Stewart'' is pure showing off.
* ChangingClothesIsAFreeAction: One of the most subtle examples on record. At the beginning of the film, the main cast is wearing their [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration ST:TNG]]-era uniforms, with the black shoulders and colored torso. Then a few [[RedShirt Red Shirts]] in the background are seen with the updated [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine ST:DS9]] color scheme with the black torso and colored shoulders. Then Data starts wearing it. And then Riker, and Geordi, and finally Picard. In at least one case with Riker his uniform literally changes between two scenes where he couldn't possibly have had time to do so in real life. See the entry under ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy below for a possible explanation for all this uniform madness.
** Troi, Worf, and Crusher meanwhile wear the TNG TV uniforms for the entire film.
* ClickHello: Soran does this to Admiral Kirk during the battle on Veridian III.
* ClosestThingWeGot: "You and you, you've just become nurses. Let's go."
* ComedicSociopathy: Lampshaded then deconstructed. While Worf was getting dropped into the ocean (in the holodeck...) as "reward" for promotion to Lieutenant Commander...
-->'''[[NoSenseOfHumour Data]]''': I am uncertain as to why someone falling into freezing water is amusing.\\
'''Beverly''': It's all done in good fun, Data. Get in the spirit of things.\\
'''Data''': Ah. ''(Cue Data pushing Beverly overboard, then wondering why no one is laughing)''
* ComicBookAdaptation: By DCComics.
* ComplimentBackfire
* ContinuityNod:
** Though possibly unintentional, Kirk remarked in ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}'' that he knew he would die alone. Specifically, after taking a near-fatal fall off a mountain in Yosemite during a camping trip with [=McCoy=] and Spock, he tells [=McCoy=] that he felt confident he would survive because both of them were with him. He adds, darkly, "I've always known... I'll die alone." When he "dies" on the ''Enterprise''-B, he's the only guy in the room. His actual death could be argued the same, since Picard was the only other person around and [[LetsSplitUpGang he was too late to actually prevent it]]. The novelization of the movie actually mentions the callback at Yosemite. This could even be argued to bookend a "[[CharacterArc Kirk trilogy]]" of V, VI, and Generations, in which Kirk plays PeterPan at the end of VI, receives unending exploration within the Nexus, but finally accepts his fate as a man.
** While aboard the observatory, Data mentions the Farpoint mission - which was the subject of the ''TNG'' series premiere.
* ContinuityOverlap: This one's an interesting case. The film was released during the third season of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and while there are no mentions of the station, characters are wearing the jumpsuit uniforms created for [=DS9=]. However, as detailed under Show Accuracy/Toy Accuracy , the usage of the jumpsuits was a last-minute decision, making this an unintentional overlap.
* TheConstant: Guinan and Soran.
* CriticalStaffingShortage: The newly launched Enterprise-B's staff shortage (insufficient even for a trip around Earth's solar system as it doesn't even have a single medical staff member or first aider on board) ultimately forces Kirk to make a HeroicSacrifice to save a trouble stricken transport due to unavailability of engineering crew.
* CrusadingWidower: Dr. Soran.
* DamageControl: During the battle, Geordi [=LaForge=] is seen ordering his repair teams around, [[spoiler: although it ultimately turns out to be futile]].
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy
** Soran is quite savvy about villainy in general and mocks Picard's attempts at talking him down.
--> '''Soran''': I know why you're here. You're not entirely confident you can shoot down my probe, so you've come to dissuade me from my horrific plan. Good luck.
** Notably, Picard almost ''succeeds'' in talking down Soran from blowing up the star by bringing up Soran's dead wife and child... only for Soran to realize what Picard is doing and countering with "nice try".
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Soran. "Nice try."
* DeadpanSnarker: Scotty and Chekhov good-naturedly rag on Kirk after Harriman insisted that Kirk give the order to take the ship out, amid patronizing applause.
-->'''Chekhov:''' Very good, sir.\\
'''Scotty:''' Brought a tear to me eye.\\
'''Kirk:''' ''(mildly annoyed)'' Oh, be quiet.
* DemotedToExtra: Deanna Troi and Beverly Crusher. More so in Crusher's case, as she barely did anything in the movie, while Troi's role was proportionately about as large as she got in most [=TNG=] episodes.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: The TropeNamer itself. In fact, it doesn't just literally apply to [[spoiler:James T. Kirk]]; in the way we've defined this trope, the deaths of Robert and Rene Picard are examples too. Ironically, [[spoiler:Kirk]]'s death was a reshoot from one that was poorly received by test groups where he just takes a blast to the back and dies.
* DudeNotFunny
** In-universe. At the beginning of the film, the officers are having a promotion party for Worf on the holodeck, where they're on an 18th-century naval ship. They make Worf walk to the end of the plank and jump for his new rank insignia, then Riker orders the computer to "remove the plank." The plank disappears, dropping Worf into the sea, and Riker jokes that he meant to say, "retract". After Crusher attempts to explain the humor to Data, he pushes her overboard.
--->'''[=LaForge=]:''' Data!\\
'''Data:''' ''(smirking)'' That was...\\
'''[=LaForge=]:''' ...not funny!
** This serves as the catalyst for Data to have Geordi install his emotion chip, as if he cannot grasp a concept like humor, he will never be human.
*** Though ironically, a good deal of viewers find it ''very'' funny, so that Geordi comes off as a humorless priss.
* EnhanceButton: While looking through Geordi's visor, the Klingon sisters use one to see the ''Enterprise's'' shield frequency.
* EurekaMoment: Shatner shows some subtle acting in the film, when he wears an astonished look on his face after leaping over a stream with his horse.[[note]]He noted that every time he was scared every time he jumped that creek. Until now. Because it wasn't real.[[/note]]
* EvilBrit: Soran (although technically not British, as he was an alien), played by Creator/MalcolmMcDowell.
* ExactTimeToFailure: While the ''Enterprise''-B is in the energy ribbon, there's "45 seconds to structural collapse." After the ''Enterprise''-D takes damage, it's "five minutes from a warp core breach" (though it's implied that the warp core actually explodes in substantially less time that the five minutes that Geordi initially predicted).
* ExactWords: The holodeck computer parses Riker's "Computer, remove the plank" order as "remove plank from simulation". Picard calls him out on that.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Happens in-universe to the ''Enterprise''-B: the ship is deployed incomplete missing key systems and crew for its shakedown cruse so Starfleet can show it off to the press without having another ship around to help. Meddling confirmed in an comic that takes place after the movie.
* FailureHero: Picard. As {{SF Debris}} put it, the story is less the team-up of two legendary captains like we were promised, than Picard putzing around for an hour until the real hero finally shows up.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Having been obsessed with death, and with escaping it for so long, when Soran is finally confronted with it he elects to close his eyes and stand his ground rather than do any more futile running or protesting.
* FakeOutOpening: Not exactly the opening, but the scene following the 23rd-century prologue shows an 18th-century sailing ship with the caption "78 years later". It turns out to be a holodeck simulation.
* FirstTimeFeeling: When Data's emotion chip is first installed, he experiences emotions more strongly than the humans around him. Eventually the chip overloads and his emotions become so intense that he collapses. As the emotion chip overloads; it just keeps morphing and changing from emotion to emotion, wide-eyed the entire time.
* FistPump:
** After the Klingon Bird-of-Prey is destroyed, Data (who is under the influence of the emotion chip) does this gesture and gives a BigYes.
** There's an extra in the background who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YWFLYKq9j8 also does a fist pump]] just before Data does it, then (out of universe) tries to hide the fact that he did it in order to not ruin Data's moment.
* FiveSecondForeshadowing: When Dr. Soran checks on his sun-killer missile after Picard messes with it, the viewscreen says that the missile's locking clamps are still engaged. Soran gets an OhCrap look on his face as he and the audience realize that something bad is going to happen when the missile tries to launch. One second later, the missile explodes, killing him.
* FocusGroupEnding: A positive version (kinda) The reason that Kirk has [[DroppedABridgeOnHim a bridge dropped on him]] instead of being shot in the back is because it wasn't received well. The eventual death scene isn't considered the best, but it's definitely a step up.
* {{Foil}}: Doctor Soran and Captain Picard: Both characters had lost loved ones to certain circumstances (Soran to the Borg, and Picard to a fire), and both were also devastated by the deaths. The difference is that while Soran is perfectly willing to destroy entire worlds so he'd at least be reunited with his family in some fashion (by the Nexus), Picard isn't willing to do so.
* ForceFieldCage: Inverted. Instead of restraining Picard, Soran has actually sequestered himself inside a giant forcefield dome. Picard beats it by slipping under a rock arch that the forcefield was resting on.
* ForTheFunnyz: Data spontaneously decides to shove Doctor Crusher into the holodeck ocean when she unintentionally implies to him that it would be funny. None of the ''Enterprise'' crew are amused.
* TheFutureIsNoir: Very noticeably so, compared to the way the exact same USS ''Enterprise'' sets appeared on [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration the TNG television series]]. The set designer on this movie knew that the sets had been built for the considerably lower resolution of television, and that they'd never stand up to the scrutiny of a cinema screen. The solution? Turn off all the lights, so the audience can't see the joins.
** This is a rather common technique, and is one big reason why a lot of SciFi shows have dark sets. And in this case, they only had to do it for a single movie, since the sequel traded up to the 1701-E with movie quality sets.
* GangstaStyle: Soran's gun tilts its shooty-part on the side, and he likes to twist his hand to the side to compensate?
* GilliganCut: A deleted opening scene had Kirk skydiving, echoing his mid-life crisis in ''Film/{{Star Trek V|The Final Frontier}}''. Chekov reminds him that they're scheduled to look over the new Enterprise. Kirk states emphatically, "I'm not going," and of course this would have led to the bottle smashing on the ship and Kirk arriving.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: Worf has a Gravitational Cognizance moment after Riker says, "Computer, remove the plank."
* HandSignals: Lursa signals her Klingon crew not to attack Soren when he starts shoving them around.
* HeroicBSOD: Done as only Creator/PatrickStewart can deliver.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Captain Harriman, though this doesn't begin to become apparent until he overcomes his nervousness at having [[FamedInStory Captain Kirk]] aboard and steps up as TheCaptain.
* HumansAreUgly: "Human females are so repulsive!"
* [[{{IdiotBall/Film}} Idiot Ball]]: Multiple examples
* ILikeThoseOdds: Discussed by Kirk.
-->'''Kirk''': I take it the odds are against us and the situation is grim.\\
'''Picard''': You could say that.\\
'''Kirk''': If Spock were here he would call me an illogical, irrational human being for taking on a mission like that... Sounds like fun.
* InfantImmortality: Spot. Can't have the cat die after all, even if a ton of {{red shirt}}s snuff it.
** Actually according to the epilogue, there were barely any casualties from the ''Enterprise's'' crew, this might be the only Star Trek movie where a great deal of red shirts don't die.
** Except for the refugees caught in the Nexus, [[spoiler:a few Romulans, a ship full of Klingons an undetermined amount of researchers on the Amargosa Observatory and Kirk]], of course.
* KickedUpstairs: Kirk is perturbed at having to order the ''Enterprise-B'' to move. Everyone on the bridge applauds patronizingly. He later warns Picard not to accept any promotions.
* KilledMidSentence: According to Bill Shatner, the "Oh my..." is the sound of Kirk glimpsing the ultimate unknown. But [[spoiler:he dies]] before he can describe what he's seeing.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Captain James T. Kirk. Let's just say they... DroppedABridgeOnHim.]]
** [[spoiler:And then revived in a Star Trek novel written by... William Shatner!]]
* LateToThePunchline: Thanks to his new emotion chip, Data finally gets a joke from the Farpoint mission, which was in the {{Pilot}}, seven years ago. This particular joke is never heard in the actual pilot, incidentally.
* LaughingMad[=/=]HeroicBSOD: When Data's emotion chip overloads. It's unsettling.
-->'''Data:''' ''(teary-eyed laughing)'' I cannot help myself. I think something is '''''wrong'''''!
* LegacyCharacter: The ''Enterprise''.
-->'''Picard:''' Plenty of letters left in the alphabet.
* [[LikeFatherLikeSon Like Father Like Daughter]]: Demora Sulu is helmsman on the ''Enterprise-B''.
-->'''Kirk:''' It wouldn't be the Enterprise without a Sulu at the helm.
* LivingMemory: The Guinan in the Nexus.
* LotusEaterMachine: The Nexus.
* MadScientist: Soran.
* MadeOfExplodium: This film has the biggest exploding console plague in ''Star Trek'' history; firstly the ''Enterprise''-B navigation officer gets nailed early on in the film, then in the film's big battle scene the entire rear row of consoles on the ''Enterprise''-D's bridge blows up, killing what must be at least half a dozen officers.
* ManipulativeBastard: Doctor Soran, who plays ''everyone'' for his own ends.
* MoodWhiplash: Worf's lighthearted promotional ceremony is broken up by Picard being visibly devastated by receiving news that [[spoiler: his nephew and brother were killed in a fire.]].
** Data acting up and telling jokes (much to Geordi's increasing irritation), until things get dangerous.
* MultipleEndings: The videogame adaptation provides two endings: one which follows that which is seen in the film, and another where [[spoiler: you track down Soran ''before'' he gets to Veridian III and defeat his starship in battle, circumventing both the destruction of the ''Enterprise'' D and also the death of Captain Kirk, who under this scenario does not appear in the plot at all and presumably remains entirely at peace within the Nexus]]. Needless to say, if you complete the game and get the second ending, then you've created an AlternateContinuity.
* TheMovie: Of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Except that ExecutiveMeddling demanded a crossover with ''TOS'' because they didn't want to risk giving ''TNG'' its own entire movie right away.
* MythologyGag: The ''Next Gen'' portion of the movie takes place 78 years after the launching of the ''Enterprise B'' -- there were 78 original aired episodes of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' (Counting its sole two part story as one episode).
** Picard throwing a lavish party on a holographic 19th century naval ship. As you'll remember, Roddenberry pitched the original as HoratioHornblower [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: [[Recycled In Space in space ]]
]] (way back in 1965).
* NegativeSpaceWedgie: The "ribbon" of "temporal energy" that takes its victims to "the Nexus".
* NeverTrustATrailer: Kirk and Picard do not save the universe, nor anything close.
* NightmareFace: When Data's emotion chip overloads, they went so far as to ''stretch his eyeballs''.
* NietzscheWannabe: Soran explains to Picard: "You know, there was a time when I wouldn't hurt a fly. Then the Borg came, and they showed me that if there is one constant in this whole universe, it's death. Afterwards, I began to realize that it didn't really matter. We're all going to die sometime. It's just a question of how and when." Soran saw [[LotusEaterMachine the Nexus]] as the way to escape death forever.
* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: While in the Nexus, Kirk rides a horse as it jumps across a chasm, in a reconstruction of his old homestead. Then he realizes how futile it is jumping across the chasm as he did many times before, since in the Nexus there's no way he could be hurt if he fell in, removing all the thrill from it.
* NoodleIncident: Data finally understands the joke he heard during the "Farpoint mission" seven years ago, but the joke is never explained to the viewer.
* NoOSHACompliance: Played with. In the deflector room of the Enterprise-B when Kirk is climbing down the ladder we can see what appears to be some kind of deep shaft. It hasn't got any guard rails around it to stop people from falling in... but what it ''does'' have is a hilariously small "Caution" sticker on the wall right next to it.
* OhCrap
** Actually, more precisely, it's "Ohhh, ''shit!''"
** Klingon equivalent: "WE ARE CLOAKING! OUR SHIELDS ARE DOWN!"
** Soran, when he realizes what Picard's done with the missile controls.
* OpenMouthInsertFoot: Harriman gushes over the TOS crew, remarking how he read about them in grade school. Kirk is unamused.
* OrphanedPunchline: We don't hear the rest of the joke that Data finally "got". A Ferengi in a gorilla suit would be quite a sight, though.
* OutrunTheFireball: An unusual instance, in that it's the ''Enterprise''-D's saucer that's trying to outrun the stardrive section before it explodes. Also subverted in that the saucer ''doesn't'' outrun the fireball -- the explosion's shockwave destroys the saucer's engines and knocks it sharply out of orbit, causing it to crash onto the planet below.
* PersonalityChip: The B plot of the movie is Data having an emotion chip implanted in his computer brain.
* PlotHole: After Geordi is abducted and subsequently rescued, Dr. Crusher mentions removing a nanoprobe from him, which is literally the first and last time this has ever been mentioned. It's an inexplicably-retained artifact of Soren torturing Geordi for information, the nanoprobe being used to stop his heart (hence the "His ''heart'' just wasn't in it" line from Soren).
* PrecisionFStrike: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9hg0uMwUrI Oh, shit!]]'' If any character other than Data (who had just acquired his emotion chip) had delivered this line, it wouldn't have been as profound.
* RebuiltSet: The ''Enterprise''-D bridge now has noticeably more workstations than it ([[AlternateUniverse usually]]) did on television.
* RefusingParadise: Picard and Kirk decide to [[spoiler: leave the Nexus together]] in order to [[spoiler: stop Soran]]. Although [[spoiler: Kirk]] is reluctant at first, he soon realizes the ability to make a difference is more important to him than anything [[spoiler: the Nexus]] could offer. He also finds [[spoiler: the Nexus]] lacks one critical element: for all its realism, there's no risk.
* RememberTheNewGuy: Kirk's ultimate fantasy world in the Nexus involves the one true love of his life... who we've naturally never heard of before despite Yeoman Rand, Carol Marcus, or even Edith Keeler now being quite viable options for that role. In fairness, the original series made it plain that Kirk had plenty of old girlfriends, and he made quite a few new ones along the way (this is ''Kirk'', after all). The real surprise is that David Marcus was his ONLY child.
* ResetButton: [[spoiler: The Nexus can act as one, which allows the film to show the ''failure'' of Picard to save the day.]]
* ReversePolarity: When Data needs to open a magnetically sealed door, he reverses its polarity by [[TechnoBabble attenuating his axial servo]].
* RibbonCuttingCeremony: The bottle-breaking version is used with the ''Enterprise''-B, except the bottle is thrown at the ship instead of just smashed against it. This leads to the hilarious mental image of a dude in a spacesuit trying to pitch the bottle at the ship without missing.
* TheRoast: It wouldn't be TNG without a scene where Worf gets emasculated again. His 'promotion' ceremony is carried out in the style of a condemned sailor being forced to walk the plank, with Riker reading off a scroll of charges.
* RunningGag: Quite a bit of the ''Enterprise''-B's equipment and essential crew will not be available until next Tuesday, much to Captain Harriman's compounding frustration and embarrassment when a crisis breaks out.
* SchrodingersButterfly: [[spoiler:Captain Picard and Dr. Soran, the villain, enter the Nexus, a dimension of eternal pleasure that shapes itself to your desires. Picard is told by a mental projection of Guinan that he can use it to travel anywhere in time, and so he goes back right before Soran blew up the sun that destroyed the planet they were on and the Enterprise. It's entirely plausible that Picard never did leave the Nexus, and that he still exists there to continue his voyages in his own perfect reality. And if he did really travel through time and stopped Soran, whether the Soran that entered the Nexus in the alternate timeline is actually still there. In fact, see the WMG/StarTrek WildMassGuessing page for more interpretation of this.]]
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale
** Worf states that Soran's rocket will take eleven seconds to hit the sun. Considering that he shoots it from an [[TechnoBabble M Class planet]], which are more-or-less the same as Earth, it would have to be traveling faster than light to make that kind of time. However, it's been established well before this film that there are probes the size of Soran's missile with warp drives, which he could have acquired. On the subject of distance, the probe might have traveled faster than light, but it still would have taken eight or however many light minutes away the planet was before you could actually see the change in light.
** The Nexus moves through space at [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot the speed of plot]]. It clearly moves slower than light, given the ''Enterprise''-B's ability to keep pace with it while using their transporters. Yet it somehow gets from one solar system to another in a matter of hours (it would have to pass near the Amargosa system to be affected by the missing star, then reaches the Veridian system shortly after the ''Enterprise''-D does), instead of taking longer than the lifespans of everyone save Soran and Guinan.
** Also the ''Enterprise'' (-B) is once again [[TheOnlyOne the only ship in range]] to rescue the ships trapped in the Nexus, despite being inside the Sol system, one of the most densely populated and traveled systems of the Federation and the headquarters of Starfleet. This is particularly ridiculous because this is her ''shakedown cruise'', which means Earth is for some reason defended by a starship that is the space navy equivalent of an unloaded weapon.
* SeriesContinuityError: Scotty witnesses Kirk's death, despite an earlier TNG episode showing him as a HumanPopsicle who immediately assumes Kirk is the one who woke him up. Moore and Braga said that they were well aware of the continuity issue, but just couldn't resist seeing Scotty in action one last time. Becomes FridgeBrilliance if you figure that Scotty made that assumption in "Relics" because he [[NeverFoundTheBody doesn't believe]] Kirk died that day.
* ShoutOut
** The "present day" is 78 years after the start of the film with Kirk, Scotty and Chekhov -- the same number as TOS episodes (counting the two-part "The Menagerie" as one episode).
** Data at one point mentions "[[Series/DoctorWho reversing the polarity]]" amongst a sea of TechnoBabble.
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy: An example of the "both being made together" type. The action figures from the movie reflected certain aspects of the pre-production version, but did not accurately reflect the movie as released in theatres. For example, one problem was an action figure based around Captain Kirk in an orbital skydiving suit, which was from a scene which was filmed but cut from the theatrical release. Another, more famous problem with the figures was that '''all''' the ''Next Generation'' characters appear in new versions of their standard television uniforms: these new uniforms were intended to debut in the film, and were even designed by the costume department, but a last minute decision seen them pulled before filming began, replaced with the jumpsuits from ''Deep Space Nine'' (and ''Voyager''). Nobody told the people making the action figures that these new costumes had been pulled, however, so all the action figures are wearing Starfleet uniforms that were never actually seen on screen...
* ShutUpKirk: When Picard tries to convince Soran not to destroy Veridian 3, Soran replies "Nice try."
* SpinoffSendoff: The movie can be thought of as one for the ''TNG'' movies.
* StarKilling: Soran's trilithium-armed probes.
* StockFootage
** Some shots of the Klingon Bird-Of-Prey are recycled from ''Film/{{Star Trek VI|The Undiscovered Country}}'', including the one where it explodes.
** The ''Enterprise''-B at warp is actually [[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry the Excelsior coming to save the ''Enterprise''-A]].
** At least three shots of the ''Enterprise''-D are taken from the TV series.
* StoppedNumberingSequels: This is the first movie in the series since ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' that doesn't feature a number in the title. {{Justified|Trope}} because this is the first ''Next Generation'' movie (even though there was some crossover with ''TOS'') and none of the rest that followed had numbers either. New [=DVDs=], however, now list the Next Generation films by number, ie. ''Star Trek VII: Generations''.
* SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome: [[spoiler:Kirk.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The 2nd theatrical trailer shows [[spoiler:the destruction of the ''Enterprise''-D.]]
* TrashTheSet: The ''Enterprise'' being destroyed. A lot of the sequences showing the ship breaking up as it crash lands were given added realism by production crew actually taking a sledgehammer to the sets which had served the television show so well for seven years. In the final scene the bridge set is only barely recognizable.
** Before you get too angry about this, bear in mind that the sets would have been trashed regardless, in order to make way for the sets of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. At least this way we got to see the sets destroyed in action, rather than them just being dumped in some Los Angeles scrapyard.
** Aside from the need for space for the sets of ''Voyager'', the ''TNG'' television sets were not built for the higher definition found on film. This was why the film was shot with darkened lighting over its television episodes because the set's flaws would be too apparent in the movie.
** WordOfGod is that the big wooden wishbone railing (where Worf had his console) was saved.
* UnwantedRescue: Soran's rescue from the Nexus. The others are like this, too, but Soran is the most vocal.
-->"No, I have to go... I have to get back. You don't understand! Let me go!"
* VillainousBreakdown:
-->'''Soran:''' '''''[[SayMyName PICAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARD!]]''''' Step '''away''' from that launcher!
* WhamLine: "Robert... and Rene... were... ''burned'' to death in the fire."
* WhamShot: Seeing the massive gouge through mountains and a forest that the ''Enterprise'' caused during its crash in wide shot.
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: Kirk to Picard, although not quite about him.
-->'''Kirk''': I was out saving the galaxy when your grandfather was in diapers.
** This line is extra funny if you know Picard was born only a couple years after Kirk's "death" on the Ent-B.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Soran. His all-consuming desire is to return to the Nexus, where the family he lost will exist (and so will he) for all eternity. To get there, he'll kill entire solar systems, inhabited or not, to shift the Nexus' course in such a way that entering it is nothing less than a sure thing.
* WorthIt: "It was... fun."
* YeGoodeOldeDays: Picard, in his stuffy Naval uniform, gets wistfully sentimental about life on the bounding main. Riker begs to differ: [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "Bad food, brutal discipline, no women."]] (And you know which one is the deal-breaker for Number One.)
* YearOutsideHourInside: [[spoiler:Captain Kirk]] spends 78 years inside [[spoiler:the Nexus]]. When he returns to the real world, he hasn't aged a day.
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