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Dr. Tolian Soran
Dr. Tolian Soran
- Played By: Malcolm McDowell
Dubbed in French by: Alain Choquet
An El-Aurian scientist hell bent on returning to Nexus even if it means destroying entire planets and their inhabitants in process.
- Badass Longcoat: Wears a black longcoat over a black uniform, which by sheer coincidence makes his outfit look remarkably similar to the villain of Star Trek Into Darkness.
- Big Bad: He is the head villain for this particular film.
- Can't Kill You, Still Need You: He smugly orders around bloodthirsty Klingons because he knows Lursa and B'Etor want his trilithium research in order to conquer the Klingon Empire.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He knows that Picard considers him a madman, but he doesn't care. He also chuckles at the thought of Picard trying to stop his "horrific plan".
- Cool Guns: He's got a unique sidearm that doesn't match any other weapon seen in the series and fires what seem to be miniature photon torpedoes.
- Cynicism Catalyst: He tells Picard he was once as peaceful as can be, but his experience with the Borg taught him that death is the only constant in the universe.
- Human Alien: Soran is an El-Aurian, the same race as Guinan. Aside from a much longer lifespan they are identical to humans.
- It's All About Me: Soran is willing to sacrifice up to the entire population of Veridian IV- a pre-industrial society of approximately two hundred and thirty million, according to Data- just to get back into the Nexus himself.
- Mad Scientist: He's developed a weapon capable of blowing up stars, simply for the purpose of returning to the Nexus.
- Manipulative Bastard: Convinces Picard to let him back onto the space station, seemingly by using his El-Aurian abilities to sense and exploit Picard's grief over the death of his brother's family.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Gets blown up by his own rocket when it tries to launch with the locking clamps engaged.
- Noodle Incident: When Picard says there has to be some other way to enter the Nexus, Soran simply states he spent 80 years trying to no avail.
- Shadow Archetype:
- To Guinan. Being the same race, both experiencing the Nexus, they essentially share a backstory. Soran is what happens when those mystical powers are used for evil instead, as well as what happens when someone fails to move on after a tragedy as Guinan did.
- And with Picard. They are both scarred by encounters with the Borg, and have lost their families. Soran is willing to let others die to get what he wants, Picard isn't.
- Straw Nihilist: After his homeworld's destruction, he's haunted by the inevitability of death, to the point that he no longer cares who suffers from his plan to return to the Nexus.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The Enterprise crew rescue him after the attack on the Amargosa station, and he repays them by nearly getting them killed. Twice.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: If what he said to Picard was true, he claims he wouldn't have hurt a fly before his world was destroyed.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He lost his homeworld and family to the Borg, and then he lost his ideal fantasy in the Nexus when he was beamed aboard the Enterprise-B. He's now willing to destroy entire solar systems as part of The Plan to return to the Nexus.
- Would Hit a Girl: He hits B'Etor in the face for the Klingon crew not covering their tracks and causing the Romulans to come looking for their missing trilithium.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: His brief time in the Nexus reunited him with his beloved family. After being ripped back out by the Enterprise-B's transporters, he's begging to go back and gets sedated.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Defied. He has a tenuous alliance with Lursa and B'Etor; they get him what materials he needs in exchange for learning how to make their own trilithium weapons, but he doesn't trust them for a second. Soran gives them a chip with all the information, but it's coded, and he won't tell them how to unlock it until he's safely on Veridian III's surface.
Captain John Harriman
- Played By: Alan Ruck
Dubbed in French by: Charles Borg
The Captain of the Enterprise-B.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When it's clear that he's in way over his head, he asks Kirk for advice.
- Ascended Fanboy: He makes it quite clear that he is a huge fan of Kirk.
- Ensign Newbie: How this dweeb got command of the Enterprise-B is anyone's guess. He gets better in the novels and comics though.
- Hero of Another Story: He and the Enterprise-B crew would have expanded universe stories of their own, which help improve his reputation.
Ensign Demora Sulu
- Played By: Jacqueline Kim
Dubbed in French by: Hélène Chanson
The helmsman of the Enterprise-B and the daughter of Captain Hikaru Sulu.
The third Federation starship to bear the name.
- The Alleged Starship: Most of the ship's critical systems aren't actually installed for the shakedown cruise.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Her first "appearance" was actually decades after she was removed from service as a wall model adorning the Enterprise-D's observation lounge. This model appeared on TNG years before Generations was made.
- Hero of Another Story: Despite a disastrous test flight, the Enterprise-B would have a distinguished service.
- Irony: According to novels B has the longest service life of any of the Enterprise ships, lasting at least 50 years before her ultimate fate becomes unknown. She also has the shortest onscreen time of all of them, she only features in the prologue sequence of Generations, only about 15 minutes. Her successor the Enterprise-C also makes a single appearance of one episode of TNG but is at least the major focus of that episode. In contrast, Enterprise-D has the longest screentime of all of them (7 seasons of a tv show and one film) but the shortest service life.
- The Only One: Perhaps the most egregious example in the franchise. The Big E-B departs Earth for a routine shakedown cruise and picks up a distress call. Despite being close to the capital of the Federation and headquarters of Starfleet, the Enterprise is the only one that can respond.
- Running Gag: The system that Kirk needs right now to save the refugees? It won't be installed until Tuesday.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: This is the only past Enterprise we don't know the canonical fate of. Generations is her only appearance and she's last seen limping back to port after being damaged by the Nexus.
- Expanded media, in the form of the reference book USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual, states that the ship was lost in deep space after the crew contracted some unknown infection in 2329.