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Star Treks: First Contact & Insurrection October 15, 2010

Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, Sci-fi, 1990s, 2010 , trackback

This weekend, Film4 and Film4 HD are showing the first ten Star Trek movies across Saturday and Sunday, five a day (naturally). No, they don’t count as your five-a-day.

Lame jokes aside, this is as good a reason as any to post two Trek reviews I have from this year (from last time a C4 channel showed all (well, almost all) the Trek films). These two are on Sunday evening, at 6:40 and 9pm respectively.

Star Trek: First Contact

1996 | Jonathan Frakes | 106 mins | TV (HD) | 12 / PG-13

the first theatrical adventure for the Next Generation team all by their lonesome seems to be widely regarded as one of the best episodes of the entire franchise… I still got the sense of it being a bit like two or three episodes of TV stuck together, albeit two particularly epic stories with a slightly bigger budget.

Read my full review here.

Star Trek: Insurrection

1998 | Jonathan Frakes | 99 mins | TV (HD) | PG / PG

Rather than the action-adventure style of contemporary sci-fi movies, Insurrection concerns a minor dispute over a survey mission… the political wrangling kept me engaged. But then it begins an attempt to be all Exciting, at which point it begins to get dull

Read my full review here.

Following this pair in Film4’s weekend — and indeed rounding it off — will be the final adventure for the Next Generation team, Star Trek: Nemesis, at 11:05pm. I’ve not seen that one either, so (should all go as intended) expect a review in due course.


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