Not long after the penultimate Star Trek VI debuted in theaters, it was decided that a new crew would finally get a crack at the silver screen. Star Trek: The Next Generation had already been televised for years up to that point, and had recently wrapped its final season. To progress to the cinematic realm, the decision was made to have the iconic Captain Kirk pass the baton officially to Captain Picard, by having them share the same film.
The result wasn’t perfect, but it was an interesting and memorable Trek film that would send the original Star Trek cast off with a gesture of respect. Still, there are quite a few things about Star Trek: Generations that just don’t add up, and here’s a list of the worst offenders that left lots of Trekkers scratching their heads.
Generations attempts to establish that getting into the Nexus via the energy ribbon is not as straightforward as one might think. However, in their quest to build a plot by creating a barrier to entry, they fail to take into other considerations. First and foremost, the starship Lakul shown in the opening prologue suffers massive damage inflicted by the ribbon, but its crew is constantly phasing in and out of the spacetime continuum, signaling that they are within the Nexus.
While it’s true that starships who enter the ribbon suffer catastrophic destruction, it is also established that entering the Nexus via this way is possible, albeit hazardous. Why Soran couldn’t simply float in space in a pressure suit, in the direct path of the ribbon, is anyone’s guess.
The opening act of the film helps establish some exposition as to the nature of the highly destructive energy ribbon, and the effect it could have on starships caught up in its wake. Later, this would be expanded on to tell the story of how beings could find themselves passing through the ribbon and entering the fabled Nexus, a dimension of pure joy and happiness.
Guinan describes that she was “pulled…ripped away” from the Nexus, presumably by Scotty when he beams 47 of the Lakul passengers aboard before the ship explodes. This makes little sense since those who enter the Nexus are swept out of our dimension completely. How could the ribbon itself eject them back out into our space, only to be locked on with a transporter? Guinan describes herself as feeling utterly content in a way she’d never felt before in her life, which suggests she had managed to stay a while inside the Nexus.
Next Generation audiences were introduced to Jean-Luc Picard’s brother Robert and his nephew René at the beginning of season 4, hot on the heels of the victory against the first Borg invasion. They would resurface later on in name in this movie, but with a tragic development. When Picard receives a distressing message from Earth, Counselor Troi visits him to find out what’s gone wrong.
Picard tells Troi that both his brother and nephew burned to death in a fire. While tragic, it’s also odd. Although Robert was not fond of technology and refused to install a replicator in the house, surely a 24th-century fire suppression system would have been considered vital, at least from a responsibility standpoint?