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Old November 18 2013, 06:55 PM   #1
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Happy 19th Birthday, Star Trek Generations!

It was nineteen years ago today on November 18, 1994 that the seventh film in the franchise and the first one featuring the Next Gen cast and characters hit American theaters amidst a lot of fanfare and hoopla surrounding the passing of the torch from the TOS cast to the newer characters as well as the not-so-secret death of the one and only Captain James T. Kirk.

I saw it four times in the theaters before buying it on VHS and later on disc, and I've seen it more times than I can remember on different cable TV channels in the years since it first premiered. It was a milestone in my love for Trek and ushered in another decade-plus of nonstop Trek episodes and films that didn't end until the cancellation and finale of Enterprise. Two more series came and went following Generations and DS9 aired five of its seven seasons before going off the air. We've had five more theatrical films since this one.

1994 was a wondrous time to be a Star Trek geek and fanatic. Whatever legimitate nitpicks one can make about Generations (and it was far from perfect in so many ways) it was a turning point in the franchise and provided me and no doubt many others with a lot of great and fun memories and of the way Star Trek was at the apex of its popularity and cultural impact in the nineties. Happy Birthday and Anniversary, you loopy little film. You didn't make much sense at times but you were an event, and you were and are still enjoyed.

On Halloween Night the Great Temporal Pumpkin rises out of his chroniton patch and flies through space with his bag of new timelines for all the children.

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