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  • Angst? What Angst?: Granted the movie was about letting go of past failures and moving on with your life but Picard seemed rather subdued in the fact that the Enterprise was destroyed in his brief absence. He even picked up a priceless artifact he got from a friend during the series that was completely ruined and set it aside like it meant nothing.note 
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  • Awesome Music: Regardless of how one feels about the film, it is hard to deny that the score, one of composer Dennis McCarthy's few cinematic offerings, is first-rate. Here's the main theme.
  • Continuity Lock-Out: There's so much backstory to the TNG plotline that, as SF Debris puts it, "the backstory has backstory". In particular, seeing Picard being crushed about receiving news that his brother and nephew have died in a fire and the return of the Duras sisters doesn't have close to half the dramatic weight unless you've seen the episodes in which those characters appear.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Kirk tells Picard "Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship, because while you're there, you can make a difference.". Star Trek: Picard reveals that Picard had both been promoted to Admiral and eventually left Starfleet due to the loss of Romulus leaving him so heartbroken.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Kirk's surprise that Sulu had a daughter is funnier considering George Takei came out as a homosexual.
    • After meeting her, Chekov comments that "I was never that young" and Kirk says "no, you were younger". Come 2009, everyone is younger, but Chekov in particular stands out. This sadly became a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment after Anton Yelchin's death in 2016 at age 27, even younger than Walter Koenig was when he took the role.
    • Guinan's description of the Nexus as "like being inside joy" has gotten funnier since Whoopi Goldberg has co-hosted The View with Joy Behar.
    • Kirk's last words, "Oh, my...", have gotten funnier since "Oh, my!" has become George Takei's Catchphrase.
    • Riker's line "Speak for yourself, Sir. I plan to live forever.", is this in light of one of Jonathan Frakes' other roles.
    • During the establishing shot of Worf's promotion scene, a few bars from the theme tune of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine play. While this was presumably just composer Dennis McCarthy re-using and rearranging some of his prior material, it unwittingly foreshadows Worf's arrival on that series.
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  • Humor Dissonance: Depending on how you interpret the scene, Riker is either a dick for making Worf fall in the water (if you think that it was intentional and not an accident like he says) and Data's pushing Dr. Crusher in afterwards is hilarious, or Worf's status as a Butt-Monkey means his getting pushed into water is hilarious but Dr. Crusher getting pushed in and looking quite upset about it while Data looks on in what is probably too-happy a smile.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Soran. While his Evil Plan entails the deaths of millions, you can't help but sympathize with him for just wanting to return to the Nexus so he can be reunited with his dead wife and children.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Dr. Tolian Soran was once a peaceful man of the long-lived El-Aurian race whose wife and children were murdered when his planet was invaded and destroyed by the Borg. After gaining access to the Nexus, a dimension of pleasure where he could be reunited with his family, Soran becomes obsessed with getting back into it after he is pulled from it against his will. Realizing that the energy ribbon could only be accessed by altering the gravitational fields around it, Soran designed a star-killing probe to make the Nexus come to him while destroying all other lifeforms in the vicinity. Soran is rescued by the Enterprise after Romulans raid his science station, deceiving the Enterprise crew before kidnapping Geordi LaForge with the help of his Klingon allies, the Duras Sisters. Soran modifies Geordi's visor to make him an unwitting spy which ultimately leads to the ship's destruction, proves himself immune to Picard's attempts to talk him down from his plan, and eventually succeeds at everything he set out to do, embracing the Nexus as it sweeps him up, with only subsequent Time Travel managing to undo it.
  • Memetic Mutation: Everything gets delivered on Tuesday.explanation 
  • Never Live It Down:
    • After this movie, poor Counselor Troi was forever labeled not only an annoying Captain Obvious, but the person who crashed the Enterprise-D.
    • The film also helped cement the Galaxy-class starship as having a reputation for exploding if you even looked at the warp core the wrong way, after the Enterprise-D is destroyed by a beating that pales in comparison to what the original Enterprise, Enterprise-A, and Enterprise-E experienced in the second, sixth, and tenth films respectively, without any suggestion that those ships might explode.
  • Older Than They Think: Soran's line "They say time is the fire in which we burn" is lifted from Delmore Schwartz' 1938 poem "Calmly We Walk Through This April's Day" ("Time is the school in which we learn, Time is the fire in which we burn.").
  • The Problem with Licensed Games
    • The video game adaptation isn't bad, exactly. It's just very distinctly... average. If anything, it was probably hamstrung by an horribly outdated game engine: work on the game began in 1995, but it wasn't released until 1998, so the sprite based graphics and 2.5d gameplay meant it was simply outclassed by the games around it.
    • There's also the issue of its release date, in 1998 we were coming up on Star Trek: Insurrection. Maybe you should try to release your tie-in game at the same time as what it's tying into.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The TNG films don't have a good track record overall, but Generations is generally considered the second-best (or second-least-worst) of them after First Contact.
  • Special Effect Failure: During the crashing of the Enterprise-D, you can see Worf being tossed over the tactical console and he's clearly losing his baldric as he goes over, but when he flops to a stop, it's still strapped to him.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • After going to the trouble of bringing in the show's recurring villains Lursa and B'Etor, the film proceeds to use them as nothing more than generic henchmen before unceremoniously killing them off.
    • Kirk gets to be with his one true love in the Nexus, the one woman who could tempt him into staying there forever against his duty. Is it Janice Rand? Edith Keeler? Carol Marcus? Nope, it's some woman we've never heard of before. note 
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot
    • Kirk meets Picard... in the last twenty minutes of the movie... and then he dies. note 
    • With a film budget to play around with and a Enterprise to destroy, one would think we'd get treated to a battle sequence more exciting than what could be done on a television budget. Instead, the Enterprise is shot down in a one-on-one fight against a Bird-of-Prey, a scout ship, in a shameless recycling of three previous films in the series. To add insult to injury, Deep Space Nine would go on to feature far larger and more energetic spaceship fights during its run, and do it with the limits of a television budget.
    • They were going to destroy the Enterprise-D and to kill Captain Kirk in the same movie, and nobody thought maybe Kirk should die where he's always truly belonged - on the bridge of a starship named Enterprise?
    • Also, rather than putting all their years of experience together to do something awesome or clever, Picard just needs Kirk to help him beat up a short, elderly man. Picard could really have brought anybody from the Nexus to stop Soran.
  • Uncanny Valley: Data, as his emotion chip overloads.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The Enterprise-D gets some CGI treatment in this movie. The scene where the ship warps away from the Amargosa shock wave is gorgeous.
    • The destruction of the Enterprise-D: first a saucer separation, followed shortly by the stardrive explosion, followed by the explosion's shockwave sending the saucer into the planet's atmosphere, culminating in several minutes of the saucer crash-landing onto the planet below. Even if you loved the good ol' Enterprise-D, you have to admit the destruction SFX were really well done. By far the best bit? A lot of the film, including that iconic scene destroying the Enterprise-D, was shot with very little 3D animation. The ship in the final crash was a scale model.
    • Followed up by the destruction of Veridian III. This film is very good at convincingly blowing stuff up.
    • The one scene that got the most hype was the newly revealed Astrogation room. And it does look amazing.
    • The Nexus energy ribbon really does look like it could rip a starship apart just by passing by.


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