Star Trek: First Contact

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Star Trek: First Contact (Paramount Pictures, 1996) is the eighth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. In it, the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation again encounter their adversaries, the Borg, and this time attempt to prevent the Borg from changing history by conquering the Earth of the 21st century through the use of time travel.

Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Written by Rick Berman, Brannon Braga, and Ronald D. Moore.
Resistance is Futile.


[The Enterprise crew have found Zefram Cochrane]
Deanna Troi: Time line?! This is no time to argue about time! We don't have the time. What was I saying?
William Riker: You're drunk.
Deanna Troi: I am not.
Riker: [laughs] Yes, you are.
Troi: [very drunk] Look, he wouldn't even talk to me unless I had a drink with him. And then, it took three shots of something called tequila just to find out he was the one we're looking for. And I spent the last 20 minutes trying to keep his hands off me. So don't go criticizing my counselling technique.
Riker: [laughs] Sorry.
Troi: It's a primitive culture. I'm just trying to blend in.
Riker: You're blended all right.

Zefram Cochrane: Let me just make sure that I understand you correctly, Commander. A group of cybernetic creatures from the future have traveled back through time to enslave the human race... and you're here to stop them?
William Riker: That's right.
Cochrane: Hot damn! You're heroic.

William Riker: Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgements."
Zefram Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense. Who said that?
William Riker: [smiling] You did. Ten years from now.

Picard: You want to destroy the ship, and run away. You coward.
Worf: If you were any other man I would kill you where you stand!

[Lily tries to convince Picard to self-destruct the Enterprise, but he is defiant.]
Lily Sloane: I'm sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt your little quest! Captain Ahab has to go hunt his whale.
Jean-Luc Picard: What did you say?
Sloane: What? You don't have books in the 24th century?
Picard: This is not about revenge!
Sloane: Liar!
Picard: This is about saving the future of humanity!
Sloane: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!
Picard: NO! NOOOOOOOOO!!! [smashes a display case in anger; Both pause, shocked] I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They invade our space, and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds, and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here! This far, and no further! And I will make them pay for what they've done!
Sloane: [looking at the broken remains of the Enterprise-D model] You broke your little ships. [pause] See you around, Ahab.
Picard: [softly, to himself] "And he piled upon the whale's white hump the sum of all the rage and hate felt by his whole race. If his chest had been a cannon he would have shot his heart upon it."
Sloane: What?
Picard: Moby Dick.
Sloane: Actually, I never read it.
Picard: Ahab spent years hunting the white whale that crippled him; but in the end, it destroyed him and his ship.
Sloane: I guess he didn't know when to quit.

Jean-Luc Picard: Begin auto-destruct sequence, authorization Picard-four-seven-alpha-tango.
Beverly Crusher: Computer, Commander Beverly Crusher. Confirm auto-destruct sequence, authorization Crusher-two-two-beta-Charlie.
Worf: Computer, Lieutenant Commander Worf. Confirm auto-destruct sequence. Authorization Worf-three-seven-gamma-echo.
Computer: Command authorization accepted. Awaiting final code to begin auto-destruct sequence.
Picard: This is Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Destruct sequence alpha-one, 15 minutes, silent countdown. Enable.
Computer: Self-destruct in 15 minutes. There will be no further audio warnings.
Crusher: So much for the Enterprise E.
Picard: We barely knew her.
Crusher: You think they'll build another one?
Picard: Plenty of letters left in the alphabet.

William Riker: Everybody ready to make some history?
Geordi LaForge: Always am.
Zefram Cochrane: I think I forgot something.
Riker: What?
Cochrane: I don't know, probably nothing.
Deanna Troi: Begin ignition sequence.
Cochrane: Oh God, now I remember!
LaForge: What?
Cochrane: Where is it?
LaForge: What?!
Cochrane: We can't lift off without it.
Riker: Geordi, we've got to abort!
Cochrane: No, no, wait I've found it.
[Troi continues countdown]
Cochrane: Let's rock 'n' roll!
[plugs a small disc into a slot in the Phoenix's control panel]
Troi: Eight, seven, six - [removes headset just as "Magic Carpet Ride" begins blaring through everyone's headsets and the Phoenix lifts off]

Borg Queen: Destroy them. [Data fires three quantum torpedoes at the Phoenix] Watch your future's end. [the torpedoes move towards the Phoenix, but only barely miss it. Borg Queen is shocked.] DATA!
Data: [in a mocking tone] futile! [breaks open the coolant conduit on the warp core and coolant starts to flood the room]

Data: She brought me closer to humanity than I ever thought possible, and for a time...I was tempted by her offer.
Jean-Luc Picard: How long a time?
Data: Zero point six eight seconds, sir. For an android, that is nearly an eternity.

[The Vulcans have landed to meet Cochrane.]
Vulcan: [flashes Vulcan greeting] Live long and prosper.
Zefram Cochrane: [tries to respond with greeting but opts to shake Vulcan's hand instead] Thanks.

Zefram Cochrane[edit]

So you're all astronauts... on some kind of a... star trek? [The first time in the entire franchise the words "Star Trek" are actually spoken]


  • Resistance is Futile.
  • Earth. Population Nine Billion. All Borg.


Actor Role
Patrick Stewart Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes William T. Riker
Brent Spiner Data
LeVar Burton Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn Worf
Gates McFadden Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis Deanna Troi
Alfre Woodard Lily Sloane
James Cromwell Zefram Cochrane
Alice Krige Borg Queen
Neal McDonough Sean Hawk
Michael Horton Lieutenant Daniels
Robert Picardo Emergency Medical Hologram
Dwight Schultz Reginald Barclay
Patti Yasutake Alyssa Ogawa
Jeff Coopwood Borg

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