Star Trek: First Contact is an American science fiction film, released
on November 22, 1996. It is the eighth in the Star Trek film franchise
and the first without any characters from the original series. On mid-
21st century Earth, characters from the television series Star Trek: The
Next Generation struggle to save their future from the cybernetic Borg.
After the seventh film, Star Trek Generations (1994), Paramount tasked
writers Brannon Braga and Ronald D. Moore with developing a sequel. Cast
member Jonathan Frakes made his directorial debut. Production designer
Herman Zimmerman and illustrator John Eaves created a sleeker starship
than its predecessor, and Industrial Light & Magic's traditional optical
effects techniques were supplemented with computer-generated imagery.
First Contact made $146 million worldwide. Critical reception was
mostly positive, especially for the Borg and the special effects. The
film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Makeup and won three
Saturn Awards. Scholarly analysis of the film has focused on the nature
of the Borg and on Captain Jean-Luc Picard's parallels to Herman
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