When we first see Cochrane in FC, he's drinking and trying to get into Troi's jumpsuit. He is acting irreverant. At the end of the movie, with the Vulcans, he is drinking and trying to get them to dance - again acting irreverant. It's not that I mind him acting irreverant, it's just that his character hasn't changed as a result of his adventures in the movie. As I said earlier, compare Cochrane to Kirk in STII. At the beginning of the movie Kirk is running away from aging and at the end he is quite comfortable with it. Good character development and good writing. Another example is from the origin, Metamorphosis. Compare the feelings of the original Cochrane at the beginning and ending of the episode: he grew to accept the companion. What has Cochrane learned in FC? How has he grown? The movie is on the right track until the end. Dramatically, for example, it would have made better sense for Cochrane to enter the "bar" with the Vulcans and pull the plug on a blaring Jukebox. That would have demonstrated a change in his thinking. And I don't buy the argument that it was only a two hour movie. Characters should grow and learn over the course of the drama. Period. My two quatloos.