With the continuing success of Star Trek: The Next Generation on TV screens, it was clear that after the swansong that was Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country, the baton needed to be passed from the original Star Trek crew and onto the new kids on the block. However, the trick would be to sate fans of the original series, whilst also appealing to the younger audience that had reinvigorated the aging franchise. Ultimately, despite same gaping flaws, leaps in logic and a not entirely successful melding of elements, Generations did just enough to ensure more films would come.
An accident onboard the newly christened Enterprise D results in the disappearance of decorated Starfleet Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner). Decades later, the crew of the Enterprise E (the Next Generation crew) investigate an attack on a nearby observatory, revealing a much deeper plot to destroy a planet, to secure a place in the path of a mysterious travelling beam of energy called the Nexus which also may hold the key to the whereabouts of James T. Kirk.