In 2293, retired Starfleet officers James T. Kirk, Montgomery Scott, and Pavel Chekov attend the maiden voyage of the USS Enterprise-B. During the shakedown cruise, the starship is pressed into a rescue mission to save two El-Aurian refugee ships that have been snared by a massive energy ribbon. The Enterprise is able to save some of the refugees before their ships are destroyed, but becomes trapped by the ribbon, and Kirk goes to a control room to help the ship escape. While the Enterprise is freed, Kirk is presumed lost in space and dead after the trailing end of the ribbon tears open the ship's hull.
In 2371, the crew of the USS Enterprise-D is in a holodeck computer simulation, celebrating the promotion of shipmate Worf to lieutenant commander. Captain Jean-Luc Picard learns his brother and nephew have been killed in a fire and is distraught that the Picard family line will end with him. The Enterprise receives a distress call from a stellar observatory, where an El-Aurian, Dr. Tolian Soran, launches a probe at the nearby star. The probe causes the star to implode, creating a shockwave that destroys its planetary system. Soran kidnaps Enterprise engineer Geordi La Forge and is transported off the station by a Klingon Bird of Prey belonging to the Duras sisters.
Upon entering the Veridian system, Picard offers himself to the Duras sisters in exchange for La Forge, but insists on being transported to Soran directly. La Forge is returned to the Enterprise, but unwittingly exposes the ship's defense details through the transmitter installed in his VISOR device. The Duras sisters attack, and the Enterprise sustains critical damage before destroying the Bird of Prey by triggering their cloaking device and firing photon torpedoes. When La Forge reports that the starship is about to suffer a warp-core breach as a result of the attack, Commander William Riker evacuates everyone to the forward saucer-section of the starship, which separates from the engineering section just before the breach occurs. The resulting shockwave sends the saucer-section crashing onto the surface of Veridian III, damaging it beyond repair.
Picard fails to stop Soran, as Soran succeeds in launching another probe into the Veridian system's star, resulting in a similar shockwave to the one that destroyed the observatory. The destruction of the Veridian star and the disappearance of its gravitational force alters the course of the ribbon. The shockwave causes the destruction of Veridian III and the Enterprise and its crew, but not before Soran and Picard enter the Nexus, and Picard finds himself surrounded by an idealized family, but realizes it is an illusion. He is confronted by an \"echo\" of Guinan left behind in the Nexus. Guinan sends him to meet James T. Kirk, safe in the Nexus. Though Kirk is initially entranced by the opportunity to atone for past regrets, he realizes it lacks danger and excitement. Having learned that they can travel whenever and wherever desired through the Nexus, Picard convinces Kirk to return with him to Veridian III, shortly before Soran launches the probe.
Working together, Kirk and Picard distract Soran long enough for Picard to lock the probe in place; it explodes on the launchpad and kills Soran. Kirk is fatally injured in the effort and, after he dies, Picard buries him on the mountain with his \"captain\" badge. Three Federation starships arrive to retrieve the Enterprise survivors from Veridian III. Picard muses that given the ship's legacy, the Enterprise-D will not be the last vessel to carry the name.
Alan Ruck plays Enterprise-B captain John Harriman. When approached for the role, Ruck assumed he would play an alien, saying, \"Look, when I shave every day, I don't look in the mirror and say, 'Hey! There's a starship commander.'\" Berman informed him that the character was from a wealthy and connected family, and was placed in command as a stepping stone to a political career. Jacqueline Kim plays Enterprise-B helmsman Demora Sulu. Kim consulted with art supervisor Michael Okuda to make sure her hand movements and manipulations of the ships' controls were consistent and accurate. Glenn Morshower played an Enterprise-B navigator; he apologized to the director for a poor first rehearsal, because as a Star Trek fan he was unused to performing along with actors he had idolized for years.
Star Trek Generations earned mixed reviews from critics and fans. The film holds a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 5.50/10. The website's critical consensus reads, \"Generations stands as a mediocre changing of the guard for crews of the Enterprise, with a dull plot that sometimes seems like an expanded episode of the television series.\" On Metacritic, the film has a score of 55 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating \"mixed or average reviews\". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+. Writing about the film decades later, Den of Geek described the film as \"divisive\", and Tor.com noted the film had been picked apart for years by fans and the film's own writers. In 2001, the BBC gave it 2 of 5 stars, summarizing, \"Devotees may find it necessary (if depressing) viewing.\"
Cinefantastique's Steve Biodrowski praised some of the big-budget touches the film brought to the franchise, but wrote that most of the attempts such as John Alonzo's cinematography seemed to backfire. In contrast, Carrie Rickey of The Philadelphia Inquirer and Den of Geek's Chris Cummins praised Alonzo's work as one of the few bright spots of the film; \"[Alonzo] makes the Enterprise look like an actual lived-in starship,\" Cummins wrote, and \"for the first time ever, the crew of the Enterprise-D looked like they were truly in outer space\".
The meeting of Kirk and Picard prompted comparisons between the two respective actors; Stewart's performance was often considered superior. James Berardinelli and Ebert wrote that Kirk's lack of presence through much of the film was still keenly felt. Biodrowski, in contrast, wrote that Shatner's hammy acting was a better fit for the film than Stewart's subtle delivery. Boyar thought Shatner did a good job playing a straight man in the final sequences and injecting more fun into the film. The Baltimore Sun's Stephen Hunter considered Shatner and Stewart emblematic of two different eras of stardom, and that Stewart's commanding presence \"wipes poor, saintly old Shatner off the screen\". Cinefantastique and others criticized the scenes between Kirk and Picard as lacking.
Floating in space, a bottle of Dom Pérignon, vintage 2265, cracks against the hull of the new Excelsior-class USS Enterprise-B at the starship's christening ceremony. On the drydock facility, various gathered civilians and Starfleet personnel applaud the christening. On the Enterprise-B bridge, three guests of honor, of the crew of the original USS Enterprise, Captains James T. Kirk and Montgomery Scott and Commander Pavel Chekov, emerge from the turbolift and are immediately surrounded by reporters asking the three legends of Starfleet questions all at once.
Kirk is asked by a reporter about how he feels for the first starship Enterprise in thirty years to be launching without him in command. Kirk says he's fine with it and that he's happy to be aboard to send the Enterprise-B on her way. Before he can be grilled further, an Enterprise-B crewman asks the reporter to let Kirk look around first and the former Enterprise captain stares longingly at the captain's chair.
Just then, a distress call comes in over the com. The voice on the distress call notes that their ship, the SS Lakul, is one of two ships in their convoy that are currently trapped in a severe gravimetric distortion. They cannot break free and need immediate help. The voice also reports that it is tearing their ships apart before the transmission is cut off. Ensign Sulu tells Captain Harriman that the ships are only three light years away. At first hesitant, Captain Harriman asks that the Enterprise signal the closest starship; stating that they are currently in no condition to mount a rescue. At this, Kirk jumps up from his chair and stares at Harriman. The captain tells Kirk that they don't even have a full crew aboard. The operations officer notes that they are the only ship in range. Faced with this, Harriman reluctantly orders the Enterprise into action, having the ship be accelerated to maximum warp. Kirk nervously shifts around in his chair. Scott notices this and asks if there is something wrong with his chair, implying that he knows of Kirk wanting to take over the situation. Not far out, they encounter the two El-Aurian refugee ships, the Lakul and the SS Robert Fox, caught in a strange energy ribbon.
When they get there, joined shortly by Chekov, they find nothing but mangled technology and empty space, with no sign of Kirk. Chekov incredulously asks if anyone was in here, and all Scott can muster is a grim sounding \"Aye\". Scott, Chekov, and Harriman stare somberly out through the enormous breach as the damaged Enterprise begins its journey back home.
Arriving at the observatory orbiting the Amargosa star, Picard and company take their positions on the bridge still dressed in formal naval uniforms. Finding the station suffering from severe damage and casualties, a still visibly upset Picard orders the ship to stand down from red alert. He then has Riker and an away team head over to search for survivors and retreats to his ready room after snapping at Riker to \"just do it\" when his first officer tries to get more specific orders. This confirms Counselor Troi's suspicions that something is seriously wrong. Beaming over to the devastated Federation installation, Riker, Worf, Doctor Crusher, and security officers find an El-Aurian scientist, Dr. Tolian Soran, injured and buried among the wreckage. Elsewhere, Worf locates the remains of one of the station's attackers: a Romulan. 59ce067264