* AwardSnub: This movie lost the Academy Award for Best Makeup to the Eddie Murphy remake of ''TheNuttyProfessor''. Though the Academy [[IncrediblyLamePun made up]] for it years later by giving the award to the 2009 ''Film/StarTrek''.
* BaseBreaker: The Borg Queen, also goes for her appearances on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Some find her an interesting addition to the Borg. Others believe her creation was a huge mistake, going against everything the Borg embody.
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* {{Crowning Music of Awesome}}: JerryGoldsmith, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miaOx3UrLA4 firing]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tICcjjOg-O8 on]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAl95zzv4M4 all]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWxOCuk6rMs cylinders]].
** Plus Cochran blasting Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" across the base as the Phoenix lifts off.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lily. RogerEbert even wished she was more of a focus in the film.
* EvenBetterSequel / SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: To [[SoOKItsAverage the largely underwhelming]] ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', the first movie with the ''Next Generation'' crew.
* GeniusBonus: The opera that Picard is listening to is Hector Berlioz' ''Les Troyens''. The song is "Hylas' Song" from the beginning of Act V. Hylas is a homesick young sailor being rocked to sleep by the sea as he dreams of the homeland he will never see again.
* HilariousInHindsight: Picard gets accused of acting like Captain Ahab. Guess what role Stewart would play two years later?
** As he first meets Riker, Cochrane asks Troi "Is he a friend of yours?", to which Troi answers "Yes.". He also asks "Husband?", to which Troi says "No.", making him say "Good!". In ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'', Troi and Riker finally marry.
* HolyShitQuotient: The opening battle against the Borg ship. That sequence alone was worth the movie format. Especially when the Enterprise fires the blue quantum torpedoes the surround sound crushes you into the chair.
* InferredHolocaust: The Borg's assimilation of the ''Enterprise'' must have led to the deaths of hundreds of ''Enterprise'' crewmembers, both those who were assimilated and those trying to fight them off, as well as major damage to the ship, especially in Engineering.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt: Destroying the ''Enterprise''-E. Its predecessor had been destroyed in the previous film and the characters even {{Lampshaded}} how short the ship's lifespan had been. Of course they weren't going to get rid of it right away.
* MemeticMutation: "The line must be drawn HEEYAH!"
** "Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!"
** "Assimilate THIS!"
** Picard's BigNo (before he breaks his little ships) has also turned into something of a meme, even being referenced in WesternAnimation/SouthPark.
** "Sweet Jesus!"
** Picard and the machine gun.
* MisaimedFandom: "The line must be drawn HERE!" is treated as a BadassBoast by many, when it's actually part of Picard's SanitySlippage in a hopeless fight against the Borg.
* {{Narm}}: The scene where the crew depart via the escape pods would have looked more dramatic, if the escape pods didn't look like tiny pianos.
** The franchise TitleDrop that the crew is "on some kind of star trek." In the commentary, Moore and Braga reveal that the studio insisted on it, and they ''really'' didn't want to do it.
** A lot of the scenes with the Borg Queen seducing Data. Lines such as "That's because you haven't been adequately... ''stimulated''" and "Was that good for you?" were particularly clunky. ''Sheeesh.''
* NarmCharm: Picard's "The line must be drawn HERE!" speech is so over-the-top, particularly Picard's pronunciation of "here" as "HEE-YAH!", yet PatrickStewart still sells it.
* OneSceneWonder: Robert Picardo playing the ''Enterprise'''s EMH.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: The Earth that Picard shows to Lily looks rather unconvincing, and it's all the more jarring given how high the standard of the special effects in general is.
** TruthInTelevision: At that height, ostensibly the Lagrange Point, with no clouds, that's ''precisely'' what the Earth looks like.
** So SpecialEffectsFailure is really a case of RealityIsUnrealistic.
** Who else noticed that they completely forgot New Zealand?
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The trailers mentioned little to nothing about the Cochrane subplot, instead playing up the prospect of an all-out Borg invasion. That could've been as good, if not better, than what we got.
** And this movie isn't half-bad, so that's saying something.
** Still, they averted a potentially much worse case of this trope. The original screenplay was role-reversed and had [[YouWillBeBeethoven Picard impersonating the injured Cochrane]], while Riker fought off the Borg invasion. The focus of the story was Picard's wacky antics while pretending to be Cochrane, and in the end he never even found out that the Borg had ever been on the ''Enterprise''. Thankfully PatrickStewart stepped in and pointed out that it would be about a million times more logical to follow up "The Best of Both Worlds" and have Picard confronting the Borg once more.
** Also, Sisko should have been in this movie. He would've been a good counterpoint to Picard, especially since they've both been hurt by the Borg.
*** SFDebris joked that the Borg deliberately waited until Sisko was away from the station and the Defiant to launch their attack. The stardates even work out.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: The darkest of all the TNG films, is also the most well-received.
* UnfortunateImplications: The film suggests that even though humans created warp drive on their own, the real reason humans got out of darkness and became great was because visitors from the sky came down and made us that way. Disappointing when you remember Gene Roddenberry hated such tropes as AncientAstronauts.
** ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' showed that it wasn't that simple: humanity spent the next 150 years fighting and scraping for every step forward, with no assistance (indeed, active resistance) from our strongest 'ally'. Remember, it took over a century to develop the Warp 5 engine, and another 30 years after that to get it up to Warp 7, with all of that progress being made in the face of the Vulcans holding humans back. First Contact with the Vulcans merely showed humanity that we weren't alone, and inspired us to go out and see what else was waiting outside our own little corner of the cosmos.
* VillainDecay: While it works in this movie, the introduction of the Borg Queen marks the start of the Borg's overall decay, since even Data notes that the very existence of a Queen challenges previous assumptions about how the Borg work. Apparently earlier drafts of the script didn't have the Queen, but they realized that the Borg were essentially cyborg zombies without some sort of leader.
** It works in this movie because the queen doesn't actually violate any of the rules the Borg are set up by, it's just very obtuse about it, and ''she'' is very obtuse about it in-universe, hence Data's confusion. Her "I am the Borg" spiel would imply she's simply the collective expressed through a single voice, no different than the disembodied voice speaking to Picard in "The Best of Both Worlds;" hence why he remembers her and says "you were there all the time," and why she laughs in his face when he questions how she can be alive when that ship was destroyed; the destruction of that ship didn't put a dent in the collective itself, it only destroyed the body the collective was using to express itself on the ship. She's basically outright saying as much, with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, when Data asks if she "controls the Borg Collective and her reply is "You imply a disparity where none exists[[note]]in other words, "you're suggesting there's a difference between myself and the thing you're asking if I lead,"[[/note]]; I ''am'' the Collective." It also makes the Borg altogether [[NightmareFuel creepier]] to think about as a massive all-encompassing HiveMind that, unlike most examples of the trope, is in itself an individual with thoughts, goals and concerns beyond insect-mentality reproduction. It doesn't work in Voyager because in Voyager these statements are directly contradicted. The queen is shown conversing with and giving orders to the disembodied voice of the collective, which suggests the exact opposite, that she is a separate entity leading it.
* {{Visual Effects of Awesome}}: Many examples, including the battle at the start, the assembly of the Borg Queen, and the spacewalk on the hull of the Enterprise. Unfortunately the producers ditched ILM starting with the next film, meaning that the visual effects in this film wouldn't be surpassed until they were called back for ''[[Film/StarTrek Star Trek XI]]''.
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