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. The film is from a script by Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore, with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith.

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: [very drunk] Time line?! This is no time to argue about time! We don't have the time. [she pauses, then looks confused.] What was I saying?
William T. Riker: You're drunk.
Deanna Troi: [offended] I am not.
William T. Riker: [laughs] Yes, you are.
Deanna Troi: 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. [repeatedly pokes Riker in the chest] So don't go criticizing my counseling technique.
William T. Riker: [laughs] Sorry.
Deanna Troi: [defensively] It's a primitive culture. I'm just trying to blend in.
William T. 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 T. Riker: That's right.
Zefram Cochrane: Hot damn! You're heroic.

William T. 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 T. Riker: [smiling] You did. Ten years from now.

Jean-Luc Picard: You want to destroy the ship, and run away. You coward.
Beverly Crusher: Jean-Luc!
Worf: [furious] If you were any other man I would kill you where you stand!
Jean-Luc Picard: Get off my bridge!

[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: [offended] What?
Lily Sloane: You do have books in the 24th century?
Jean-Luc Picard: [understanding her meaning] This is not about revenge!
Lily Sloane: Liar!
Jean-Luc Picard: [agitated] This is about saving the future of humanity!
Lily Sloane: Jean-Luc, blow up the damn ship!!
Jean-Luc 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, no further! And I will make them PAY for what they've done!
Lily Sloane: [looking at the broken remains of the Enterprise-D model] You broke your little ships. [pause] See you around, Ahab.
Jean-Luc Picard: [softly, to himself, as he realizes Lily is right] "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."
Lily Sloane: What?
Jean-Luc Picard: Moby Dick.
Lily Sloane: Actually, I never read it.
Jean-Luc Picard: Ahab spent years hunting the white whale that crippled him; but in the end, it destroyed him and his ship.
Lily Sloane: I guess that captain 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.
Jean-Luc 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.
Beverly Crusher: So much for the Enterprise-E.
Jean-Luc Picard: We barely knew her.
Beverly Crusher: You think they'll build another one?
Jean-Luc Picard: Plenty of letters left in the alphabet.

William T. Riker: Everybody ready to make some history?
Geordi La Forge: Always am.
Zefram Cochrane: I think I forgot something.
William T. Riker: What?
Zefram Cochrane: I don't know, probably nothing.
Deanna Troi: [at launch center] Begin ignition sequence.
Zefram Cochrane: Oh God, now I remember!
Geordi La Forge: What?
Zefram Cochrane: Where is it?
Geordi La Forge: What?!
Zefram Cochrane: We can't lift off without it. [fidgets clothes for something]
William T. Riker: Geordi, we've got to abort!
Zefram Cochrane: [as Troi continues countdown] No, no, wait I've found it... Let's rock 'n' roll! [plugs a small disc into a slot in the Phoenix control panel]
Deanna Troi: Eight, seven, six - [removes headset 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. [sees torpedoes home in on the spacecraft, but is shocked when they miss; to Data] 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.


  • Resistance is Futile.
  • Planet Earth. Population Nine Billion. None Human.


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

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