YMMV: Star Trek: First Contact

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Can Picard really hear the Borg despite having no implants, or is he just imagining it and his actions are based on his knowledge of them, not a direct connection? This makes him hearing Data unintentionally funny, since it's as if Picard just remembered that he had been captured after setting the ship to self destruct with him on board.
  • Award Snub: This movie lost the Academy Award for Best Makeup to the Eddie Murphy remake of The Nutty Professor. Though the Academy made up for it years later by giving the award to the 2009 Star Trek.
  • Base Breaker: The Borg Queen, also goes for her appearances on Star Trek: Voyager. Some find her an interesting addition to the Borg. Others believe her creation was a huge mistake, going against everything the Borg embody.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Jerry Goldsmith (and his son Joel Goldsmith, scoring alongside Jerry for the only time) firing on all cylinders.
    • Plus Cochran blasting Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" across the base as the Phoenix lifts off.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lily. Roger Ebert even wished she was more of a focus in the film.
  • Even Better Sequel / Surprisingly Improved Sequel: To the largely underwhelming Star Trek: Generations, the first movie with the Next Generation crew.
  • Evil Is Sexy: The Borg Queen is horrifying and disgusting, but manages to be strangely sexy. Which makes it even worse. Roger Ebert commented in his review, "I also admired...the peculiar makeup work creating the Borg Queen, who looks like no notion of sexy I have ever heard of, but inspires me to keep an open mind."
  • Genius Bonus: 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 Star Trek: Nemesis, Troi and Riker finally marry.
    • On the commentary, Moore and Braga talk about how awkward it was to have to Retcon the Borg Queen into "The Best of Both Worlds," which gets them talking about how the decades-long continuity of Star Trek has become such a burden to its latter-day writers, and whoever takes it next would probably be better off just wiping the slate clean. In 2009, that's exactly what happened.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: 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.
  • Inferred Holocaust: 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Starfleet Command is portrayed as incompetent for not allowing Picard to lead the defense against the Borg invasion and indeed keeping him as far away from the battle as possible. However, considering what we see happen to Picard over the course of the movie, it's hard to say they were wrong. Having your battlefield commander undergo Sanity Slippage in the midst of an enemy blitzkrieg is a pretty good argument for wanting Admiral Hayes to lead instead.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: 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.
  • Memetic Mutation: "The line must be drawn HEEYAH!"
    • "Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale!"
    • "Assimilate THIS!"
    • Picard's Big "NO!" (before he breaks his little ships) has also turned into something of a meme, even being referenced in South Park.
    • "Sweet Jesus!"
    • Picard and the machine gun.
  • Misaimed Fandom: "The line must be drawn HERE!" is treated as a Badass Boast by many, when it's actually part of Picard's Sanity Slippage 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 Title Drop 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.
  • Narm Charm: Picard's "The line must be drawn HERE!" speech is so over-the-top, particularly Picard's pronunciation of "here" as "HEE-YAH!", yet Patrick Stewart still sells it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Robert Picardo playing the Enterprise's EMH.
  • Special Effects Failure: 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.
    • Truth in Television: At that height, ostensibly the Lagrange Point, with no clouds, that's precisely what the Earth looks like.
    • So Special Effects Failure is really a case of Reality Is Unrealistic.
    • Who else noticed that they completely forgot New Zealand?
      • Maybe it was destroyed in World War III.
    • The Earth's atmosphere looks pretty clear for it being only ten years after a global nuclear exchange. So much for nuclear winter.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The trailers played up the potential for an all-out Borg invasion (while saying nothing of the Cochrane subplot), which some fans might have wanted to see more than the story we got instead.
  • True Art Is Angsty: The darkest of all the TNG films, is also the most well-received, being the only TNG movie with a "fresh" score on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • 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 Star Trek XI.