TREK - FIRST CONTACT
Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn,
Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Alfre Woodard, James
Cromwell, Alice Krige, Neal McDonough, Dwight Schultz
Minutes, Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
review by: Harry Hattaingh)
Borg (and we are assured that they are not Swedish) are invading
the Federation again. This time round this ugly Jungian (Jung
happened to be Swiss) collective consciousness is heading for
planet Earth. Looking at them you get flashbacks to Friday the
13th, but no, it is, in fact, the 4th of April 2063, the day
before humans will make 'first contact' with an alien race and
so, join the universe in that good old intergalactic enterprise
in which the driving force of humanity will no longer be money,
booze and sex, but rather ... more humanity.
it's like a full-blown duel between Jung and Marx, or even
Kropotkin with a little Wale-wisdom from Melville thrown in for
good measure. You don't believe me? It's all in the text.
to notice, however, that even in our most idealistic moments, we
can't shake off our love for booze and rock'n'roll. The 24th
century sure shows some signs of real humanity, but where's the
booze and the music? Does that mean that, in order to become more
humane, we will have to stop listening to that sweet music? The
movie is riddled with such deep and perplexing questions.
is even a quasi-epistemological quip about the relation between
human sensory perception, knowledge, and desire. I must add that
none of this explains adequately why the Starship Enterprise's
life-crafts resemble chevron-wrapped baby-grand piano's. Is
director Jonathan Frakes (who also plays Commander Riker in the
film) afraid to face up to this question?
obviously if you thought you were just going to sit back and
watch aliens die, think again ... or don't think and go and see
that awful Independence
basically recommend the movie for the hologram-novel episode.
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