On April 5th it was time again. We celebrated First Contact Day. A day that every Trekkie knows and – albeit a little late – reason enough for us to remember this film and the series. The best way to do that is with a cool competition, isn’t it? Just read the text and answer four simple questions at the end. Then you can win 4 STAR TRECK Blu-Rays or DVDs.
STAR TREK: GENERATIONS (1994)
In Germany today, the next generation is fighting to do everything to stop climate change. Almost 30 years ago, in STAR TREK GENERATIONS, the fighters from the original films met those who were to inherit them.
Together they have to face the scientist Soran, who in blind egoism wants to destroy an entire planet and its civilizations. Is that familiar to you?
There are still people who haven’t seen STAR TREK. Maybe, because they think it’s pure science fiction. But what all STAR TREK films have in common is the most very open symbolic depiction of everyday social, ecological, and economic grievances.
So, already in 1986, Kirk and his crew traveled back in time in STAR TREK IV: The Voyage Home. The goal is to save whales. They had already become extinct in the present time in which the Enterprise crew lives. Besides, there is no money in the STAR TREK universe and no more poverty. Every resident of the Federation is equal.
For the first time in STAR TREK Generations, a new crew gathers around an adventurous Captain. Now Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) sits in the captain’s chair. The synthetic intelligence Android Data (Brent Spiner) and William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) take Spock’s place. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) does credit to Scotty, and Bones is replaced by Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden).
Counselor Commander Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) is added to increase the female power in contrast to the predecessors. Also, for the first time, a Klingon is part of the officer’s crew, namely Commander Worf (Michael Dorn).
So, together they try to protect a whole civilization and an entire planet from destruction by the sociopath Soran.
STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (1996)
Also, in the 8th installation of the franchise, there are quite critical tones. Now the Borg attack the earth. Captain Pickart hates these cyborgs, having been assimilated by them a long time ago. Howsoever, their warships have set course for Earth. Only a leap back in time can prevent the catastrophe. This is how the crew of the Enterprise lands on Earth in the year 2063. It is April 4th, the day before the first contact.
This comes about the next day, on April 5, when pilot and spacecraft technician Zefram Cochrane undertakes the first warp drive flight which draws alien attention to Earth. Luckily, they are kind aliens who bring tremendous knowledge and peace to Earth.
In this way, the Borg can finally be defeated, and the Earth of the future can be saved.
STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (1998)
The 9th part of the STAR TREK saga criticizes another problem. Because the Ba’ku lives a simple, peaceful life on their planet. However, there is a unique resource, super-healing metaphasic particles.
Of course, this arouses the desires of some allies of the Federation. And they support the plans of their partners to resettle the inhabitants in order to exploit the planet for their purposes. Expulsion of peoples, genocide, and colonization, all these are themes in STAR TREK Insurrection.
But fortunately, Data malfunctions and starts an uprising against the occupiers. Of course, he is not alone, because his friends and Captain Picart are at his side.
STAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002)
Now, we dive into the world of antiquity. Because STAR TREK: NEMESIS includes the story of the planets Romulus and Remus. Anyone who has paid attention to the history lessons knows that according to tradition, Romulus is the founder of the city of Rome. And just as in the Bible Cain killed his brother Abel out of greed, Romulus also killed his twin brother in their dispute over who should be the founder and ruler of the city.
In STAR TREK NEMESIS, the Senate of Romolus exploits the inhabitants of the neighboring planet as slaves. In ancient times there was the slave leader Spartacus, in Nemesis his name is Shinzon (Tom Hardy). But while his counterpart in the ancient Roman Empire fought for pure freedom, Shinzon wants to take power and wipe out humanity. Actually, he can’t help it, because the Romulan Empire was one of the biggest enemies of the Federation for a long time.
During this time, the intelligent Romulans cloned Captain Picard to place a top spy in the Federation. The result is Shinzon. However, on the one hand, the project was abandoned early on. Therefore, he fell into slavery on Remus as a child. On the other hand, something went wrong in the cloning process. As a result, Shinzon ages far too quickly. Only Picard’s blood can help. And so a fierce battle ensues once more.
STAR TREK SWEEPSTAKE
Finally, we learn there’s more to the STAR TREK movies than just sci-fi action. Thus, simply answer the following 4 questions and win a Blu-Ray or a 4K Ultra-HD STAR TREK FAN PACKAGE consisting of the four films presented here.
The closing date for entries is May 5th. The legal process is excluded. The competition is only valid in Europe.
Text: Marco Kokkot | VALEUR MEDIA
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