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[_???
note_NN
that_CS
followups_NNS
are_BER
directed_VBN
to_IN
rec_???
._.
arts_NNS
._.
movies_NNS
._.
current-films_NNS
and_CC
rec_???
._.
arts_NNS
._.
movies_NNS
._.
startrek_NP
._.
current_JJ
only_JJ
,_,
not_XNOT
to_TO
rec_???
._.
arts_NNS
._.
sf_NN
._.
movies_NNS
._.
-moderator_NN
]_???
star_NN
trek_???
:_:
first_OD
contact_NN
a_DT
film_NN
review_NN
by_IN
michael_NP
dequina_NP
copyright_NN
1996_CD
michael_NP
dequina_NP
star_NN
trek_???
:_:
first_OD
contact_NN
(_(
pg-13_???
)_)
anyone_PN
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with_IN
the_DT
series_NN
of_IN
star_NN
trek_???
movies_NNS
knows_VBZ
of_IN
the_DT
"_"
even-odd_JJ
pattern_NN
"_"
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even-numbered_VBD
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series_NN
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,_,
well_RB
,_,
not-so-good_NN
._.
the_DT
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the_DT
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:_:
first_OD
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,_,
an_DT
energetic_JJ
sci-fi_???
adventure_NN
that_CS
(_(
coincidentally_RB
?_?
)_)
is_BEZ
the_DT
eighth_OD
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the_DT
hugely_JJ
popular_JJ
series_NN
._.
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trek_???
feature_NN
to_IN
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star_NN
trek_???
:_:
the_DT
next_OD
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television_NN
series_NN
,_,
captain_NN
jean-luc_???
picard_NP
(_)
patrick_NP
stewart_NP
)_)
and_CC
the_DT
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the_DT
24th-century_NN
crew_NN
of_IN
the_DT
starship_NN
enterprise--commander_NN
will_MD
riker_NN
(_(
jonathan_NP
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,_,
who_WP
also_RB
directed_VBN
)_)
,_,
android_NN
lt_NN
._.
cmdr_???
._.
data_NN
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brent_NP
spiner_NN
)_)
,_,
lt_NN
._.
cmdr_???
._.
geordi_NP
laforge_NP
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levar_NN
burton_NP
)_)
,_,
lt_NN
._.
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._.
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michael_NP
dorn_???
)_(
,_,
dr_NN
._.
beverly_NP
crusher_NN
(_(
gates_NNS
mcfadden_FW
)_)
,_,
and_CC
counselor_NN
deanna_NP
troi_???
(_(
marina_NP
sirtis_NN
)_)
--travel_NN
back_NN
to_IN
21st-century_NN
earth_NN
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doing_DOG
battle_NN
with_IN
the_DT
borg_???
,_,
a_DT
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share_NN
a_DT
collective_JJ
mind_NN
with_IN
the_DT
borg_???
queen_NN
(_(
alice_NP
krige_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
borg_???
intend_VB
to_TO
alter_VB
history_NN
and_CC
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all_PDT
of_IN
humankind_RB
into_IN
their_PP$
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crew_NN
of_IN
the_DT
enterprise_NN
and_CC
a_DT
21st_CD
century_NN
stowaway_NN
(_(
alfre_???
woodard_IN
)_(
._.
this_DT
is_BEZ
an_DT
interesting_JJ
plotline_JJ
that_CS
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mesmerize_VB
trekkers_NNS
everywhere_RB
and_CC
engage_VB
everyone_PN
else_RB
,_,
but_CC
,_,
unfortunately_RB
,_,
it_PP
only_RB
makes_VBZ
up_RP
the_DT
star_NN
trek_???
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
script_NN
by_IN
brannon_NP
braga_FW
and_CC
ronald_NP
d_NN
._.
moore_NP
._.
the_DT
other_JJ
half_NN
of_IN
the_DT
title--first_NN
contact--refers_NNS
to_IN
a_DT
subplot_NN
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place_NN
on_IN
21st-century_NN
earth_NN
,_,
where_CS
riker_NN
,_,
troi_???
,_,
and_CC
laforge_NP
meet_VB
legendary_JJ
scientist_NN
zephram_NN
cochran_NP
(_(
james_NP
cromwell_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
about_IN
to_IN
embark_VB
on_IN
the_DT
first_OD
warp_NN
speed_NN
flight_NN
in_IN
human_JJ
history_NN
,_,
which_WDT
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leads_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
first_OD
contact_NN
with_IN
extraterrestrials_NNS
._.
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this_DT
story_NN
does_DOZ
tie_VB
into_IN
the_DT
main_JJ
plot_NN
and_CC
pays_VBZ
off_RP
interestingly_RB
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
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near_IN
as_CS
involving_VBG
or_CC
exciting_JJ
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the_DT
borg_???
battles_NNS
on_IN
the_DT
enterprise_NN
._.
not_XNOT
helping_NN
matters_NNS
is_BEZ
the_DT
tiresome_JJ
cochran_NN
character_NN
,_,
an_DT
eccentric_JJ
whose_WP$
drunken_JJ
schtick_NN
starts_VBZ
out_RP
funny_JJ
but_CC
becomes_VBZ
too_RB
one-note_JJ
after_IN
a_DT
while_NN
._.
in_IN
the_DT
end_NN
,_,
though_CS
,_,
the_DT
first_OD
contact_NN
subplot_NN
doesn't_DOZ
detract_VB
from_IN
the_DT
enjoyment_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
as_IN
a_DT
whole_JJ
._.
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
typical_JJ
sci-fi_???
fantasy_NN
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
conviction_NN
of_IN
the_DT
cast--most_RB
notably_RB
the_DT
always-phenomenal_JJ
stewart--makes_NNS
you_PP
believe_VB
and_CC
care_NN
._.
frakes_NNS
,_,
making_VBG
his_PP$
feature_NN
directorial_JJ
debut_NN
,_,
keeps_VBZ
the_DT
action_NN
swiftly_RB
rolling_JJ
along_IN
and_CC
delivers_VBZ
the_DT
action_NN
goods_NNS
,_,
even_RB
upping_VBG
the_DT
violence_NN
a_DT
notch_NN
(_(
this_DT
is_BEZ
the_DT
first_OD
trek_???
film_NN
to_IN
bear_NN
a_DT
pg-13_???
rating_NN
)_(
to_IN
greater_JJR
effect_NN
._.
st_NP
:_:
fc_NP
has_HVZ
a_DT
bigger_JJR
budget_NN
than_CS
the_DT
last_OD
trek_???
outing_NN
,_,
the_DT
middling_NN
star_NN
trek_???
generations_NNS
,_,
and_CC
it_PP
definitely_RB
shows_VBZ
on_IN
screen--the_NP
production_NN
design_NN
and_CC
especially_RB
visual_JJ
and_CC
makeup_NN
effects_NNS
are_BER
outstanding_JJ
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in_IN
particular_JJ
those_DT
involving_VBG
the_DT
borg_???
queen_NN
)_(
._.
braga_FW
and_CC
moore_NP
's_POS
mostly_RB
sharp_JJ
script_NN
will_MD
please_RB
both_RB
trek_???
devotees_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
rest_NN
;_;
the_DT
references_NNS
to_IN
the_DT
borg_???
storyline_JJ
in_CD
the_DT
tv_NN
series_NN
,_,
the_DT
continuity_NN
with_IN
the_DT
previous_JJ
film_NN
(_(
e_NN
._.
g_NN
._.
the_DT
ongoing_JJ
saga_NN
of_IN
data_NN
's_POS
emotion_NN
chip_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
fleeting_JJ
star_NN
trek_???
:_:
voyager_JJ
crossover_NN
will_MD
make_VB
trekkers_NNS
squeal_NN
with_IN
delight_NN
,_,
but_CC
such_DT
points_NNS
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made_VBN
easily_RB
accessible_JJ
to_IN
those_DT
less_DT
familiar_JJ
to_IN
the_DT
trek_???
mythos_NN
._.
paramount_JJ
was_BEDZ
reportedly_RB
worried_JJ
about_IN
the_DT
staying_NN
power_NN
of_IN
its_PP$
trek_???
franchise_NN
with_IN
the_DT
next_OD
generation_NN
cast_VBN
now_RB
carrying_VBG
the_DT
helm_???
._.
based_VBD
on_IN
the_DT
entertaining_JJ
success_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
star_NN
trek_???
:_:
first_OD
contact_NN
,_,
i'd_???
say_NN
the_DT
studio_NN
has_HVZ
nothing_PN
to_TO
worry_VB
about_IN
(_(
at_IN
least_DT
not_XNOT
until_IN
this_DT
cast_NN
retires_VBZ
and_CC
the_DT
crew_NN
of_IN
the_DT
wan_JJ
star_NN
trek_???
:_:
deep_JJ
space_NN
nine_CD
takes_VBZ
over_IN
._.
._.
._.
)_(
._.
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