Star Trek: Regenerations

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1994
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Brief Synopsis:
A light edit that aims to tighten the pacing by re-editing the battle and crash sequences, restore some dignity (or give some that never existed to begin with) to several of the leading characters, and incorporates Spock into the denouement.
Intention:
Following the release of Star Trek: Picard's third season and The Roddenberry Archive's short 765874: Regeneration, I wanted to revisit the big screen debut of The Next Generation's crew, Generations.

A movie I've always felt was underrated by fans and critic, Generations nonetheless is not without its problems. The characters are somewhat inconsistent and ill-served, the Nexus is poorly defined, some of the more comedic moments with Data simply — much like the Enterprise-D — do not land, and the death of the legendary Captain James T. Kirk is underwhelming in just about every sense.

Some parts I felt I couldn't do anything about — the Nexus and Kirk's death, mainly, as the former would need the addition of more material than exists and the latter... well, how do you give such a legendary character a satisfying death? — but I believed I could address most of the other issues I had with the movie. Captain Harriman of the Enterprise-B is presented as youthful, inexperienced, utterly starstruck and completely out of his depth, but with a few trims he now comes across as the kind of competent senior officer one would have to be to earn the captaincy of a vessel with such a prestigious lineage.

After that comes the bugbear of just about every faneditor to ever tackle this movie: Data. Brent Spiner is a wonderful comedic actor, and Data's an equally wonderful character to explore character growth with, but sometimes less is more. In the original cut Data's a quipping gag machine for most of his screentime... until he suddenly isn't, having mastered his emotions offscreen. In my edit he still grapples with his newly-acquired ability to feel, but after his initial overload he only loses his usual professionalism in moments of high stress.

Two characters who get a major shafting in the original cut are Riker and Worf. The Duras sisters' plan to get through the Enterprise-D's shields is pretty clever, but should never have bought them more than a shot or two before the shields were remodulated and the Enterprise-D obliterated them (or, more likely, they retreated). My biggest edit involves merging the ship battle with the warp core breach that happens after its conclusion. Instead of Riker and Worf allowing the ship to take a prolonged beating until it ultimately exploded, the fatal damage is done with the first shot — now, with the knowledge that the stardrive section is already lost but is drawing the Bird-of-Prey's fire, the focus for Riker and Worf is to take out the hostile enemy ship while they still have access to the torpedo launchers before the entire crew are evacuated to the more vulnerable saucer section.

Finally, I wanted to incorporate 765874: Regeneration into the finale to really tie up Kirk's story and plant the seed for one of the major events of Star Trek: Picard's third season. Leonard Nimoy famously turned down involvement in the movie after negotiations for him to direct fell apart. That Kirk effectively dies twice with Spock nowhere to be found was a crying shame, so finally seeing Spock wrestle with his closest friend's confirmed death is some small compensation.
Other Sources:
765874: Regeneration by OTOY/The Roddenberry Archive
Star Trek: The Next Generation Seasons 3-6 Blu-rays
Star Trek: Picard Seasons 1-3 Blu-rays
Star Trek: The Motion Picture soundtrack CD by Jerry Goldsmith
Star Trek: Generations expanded soundtrack CD by Dennis McCarthy
Star Trek: First Contact expanded soundtrack CD by Jerry Goldsmith
Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage digital album by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra
BBC Sound Effects digital library
freesound.org
Special Thanks:
Many thanks to ArtisDead, Wraith, and Eyepainter for their help, suggestions, and support.
Release Information:
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Cuts and Additions:
00:00:00 Added Fanedit disclaimer and logo.

00:00:17 Added Mighty Attack Tribble logo.

00:00:29 Replaced Paramount logo with 2023 variant with Starfleet fanfare.

00:00:39 Replaced opening credits up to the title reveal, including new starfield background plate.

00:03:35 Added ambient Bridge SFX from the Star Trek: Generations score to all Enterpise-B Bridge scenes.

00:04:05 Removed Kirk's "Oh, really?" and Harriman grinning like a bashful child.

00:07:46 Removed the stammering from Harriman's "On speakers."

00:08:35 Shortened Harriman stalling over what to do about the distress signal.

00:16:11 Stabilised poorly-executed camera shake and remade the effect with a less exaggerated, more consistent shake.

00:20:35 Added the Klingon fanfare from "The Deflector Dish" from the Star Trek: First Contact score as Worf claims his officer's hat.

00:22:43 Added alternate take of "To Live Forever" from Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra as Picard and Riker are talking about the freedom of the high seas.

00:30:04 Removed Riker's report on the observatory attack to Picard. We don't need to see Riker relay to Picard that Soran wants to speak to him when Picard acknowledges that Soran asked to see him in their meeting in Ten Forward.

00:30:04 Moved Picard discussing his family with Troi to before his meeting with Soran. Removed their reaction to the star's collapse.

00:39:48 Removed Data's "Magnetic personality" quip.

00:40:26 Removed Data's "Mr. Tricorder" quip.

00:40:29 Removed Data's impression of Picard.

00:41:54 Removed Data begging Soran not to hurt him.

00:50:14 Removed slow-motion extension of Soran and Geordi.

00:50:16 Replaced shot of the Enterprise-D, which was one of the most re-used model shots on the show, with a CGI flyby created by Daniel Broadway.

00:56:11 Flipped shot of the Enterprise-D going to warp, to maintain consistency with the previous establishing shot.

00:58:01 Replaced shot of the Enterprise-D in orbit over Veridian III with a CGI recreation by Daniel Broadway.

00:58:32 Removed Riker's "Big margin for error" line and Picard's agreement. It's actually a very small margin for error.

01:00:30 Corrected the transporter FX when Picard is beamed down to the surface of Veridian III to account for the fact that he's beaming down from Lursa and B'Etor's Bird-of-Prey.

01:01:58 Removed Crusher's line telling Geordi she's removed the nanoprobe from his heart. The nanoprobe torture scene was cut from the theatrical release.

01:05:08 Removed Data's "Life Forms" song.

01:06:29 Moved scene of Geordi trying to hold things together in Engineering to immediately after the first shots of the battle, cut together with:

01:06:37 Moved Geordi declaring an imminent warp core breach.

01:06:57 Moved Picard noticing a gap in the force field.

01:08:24 Moved Worf and Riker discussing the Bird-of-Prey's weaknesses. Added impact SFX to shot where the crew are reacting to an unheard explosion.

01:08:46 Moved and re-scored scenes of the crew evacuating to the saucer section. Added camera shakes and impact SFX to emphasise the battle is still going on.

01:09:06 Moved the Klingon tactical officer's shields update.

01:09:11 Moved Riker and Data formulating the plasma coil exploit. Added impact SFX to shot where the crew are reacting to an unheard explosion.

01:09:28 Removed Riker's "They'll have two seconds of vulnerability" line, as in actuality it ends up being closer to 15 seconds.

01:09:35 Moved scenes of Crusher and Geordi assisting the crew evacuation. Battle SFX added.

01:11:07 Flipped shot of the Bird-of-Prey exploding so it is correctly orientated in relation to the Enterprise-D (and to disguise that it's a re-used shot).

01:11:14 Removed crew reaction and Data's "Yes!" No time to stand around patting yourselves on the back when the ship's about to explode.

01:45:58 Removed Kirk's "Oh my." His last words are now "It was fun." As good as Shatner's ad-lib was, Kirk should at least die with a smile on his face (metaphorically) rather than with fear in his eyes.

01:46:04 Added animated film grain to the hold on Kirk's lifeless face to disguise that it's a still frame.

01:47:19 Extended lengh of the shot after Picard walks offscreen and added long crossfade to indicate the passing of time (deleted scenes and supplemetary material establish the crew was stranded on Veridian III for 48-72 hours before help arrived).

01:47:21 Replaced shot of the crashed Enteprise-D saucer with scenes of the recovery operation from 765874: Regeneration — there's no chance that Starfleet would leave the wrecked but otherwise intact saucer of the Federation flagship for every spacefaring race in the quadrant to pick through. Colour-corrected footage, added film grain, and re-scored and re-foleyed.

01:47:35 Removed Picard's line declaring the Enterprise unsalvgeable. In canon the Galaxy-class was already being phased out by Starfleet, so while recovery was necessary it would have been a waste of resources to do anything more.

01:49:35 Added scene of Spock arriving at Kirk's makeshift grave from 765874: Regeneration. Colour-corrected footage, added film grain, and re-scored and re-foleyed.

01:50:34 Added scene of Spock briefly grieving underneath audio of Picard talking about appreciating the time we have. Colour-corrected footage, added film grain, and re-scored and re-foleyed.

01:51:54 Replaced credit roll to include 765874: Regeneration's credits, crediting all previously-uncredited actors with their characters' canonical names, and including thanks to those faneditors who have assisted in this edit. A new end credits mix using the music from the score and Jerry Goldsmith's "End Credits" from the Star Trek: First Contact score plays over the roll.
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Phenomenal visual editing and terrific creative choices helps make Regenerations stand out as one of the more unique takes on fixing what was wrong with Generations. It's a good film let down by low-tier humour, a TV budget, confounded continuity snarls, and scattershot sequences. The improved visual effects give it that blockbuster vibe suited to a cinematic audience, the duel with the Duras sisters is also made more epic and interwoven with drops of separate dramatic scenes that are all well interwoven and create a sense of high stakes that intensify the movie.

Overall, one of the best takes on Generations yet.
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Loved this edit!
Tightened up the story and removed the humour that went a bit too far and yet kept enough in there to keep it fun.

The video editing and quality was fantastic and seamlessly includes the new effect shots. I was very impressed with the audio editing and there was nothing that was jarring or disconnected, felt very professional.

The battle scene was reordered to appear more chaotic and urgent, once it started you felt the tension mount. The new ending was just perfect and this film feels more like the passing of the torch it was meant to be.

Highly recommend any fan to watch this and enjoy.

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I've always kind of liked Generations, despite its flaws. Now most of those flaws have been removed, and the parts that have been rearranged and added have put it over the top for me.

This edit is fantastic. The enhanced visual effects make it feel like a movie rather than a TV episode. The CGI Enterprise shots look amazing and much more cinematic than the shots in the theatrical cut.

Data's more annoying gags have been removed. (I actually would have completely removed the talking tricorder bit, but some of it still remains in the Regenerations cut.)

I really love how the space battle was rearranged. The theatrical cut has the battle running just over two minutes, and it feels kind of pathetic. The Klingons have the upper hand for about a minute, and then the Enterprise obliterates them effortlessly.

In Regenerations, however, the warp core breach, the evacuation of the ship, and Picard's conversation with Soren are intercut with the battle, extending it to closer to five minutes, and making it feel much more climactic.

Finally, the inclusion of Spock visiting Kirk's grave, intercut with Picard's speech about time and mortality, gave me chills and brought me to tears. This is the sendoff that Kirk and the TOS era of Star Trek deserved.

This cut is amazing. Well done!

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Okay, where to start?
This edit is incredible. This might be my favorite addition to my fanedit collection outside of the rescuing of the hobbit films I have gained from many talented editors. This movie is never going to be earth shattering. But this edit elevates it WAY past its official release. I won't even bother addressing the audio and visual quality of the edit. Suffice it to say, they are great. I felt like I was watching an official blu ray copy.
The real gems of this edit are in three precise areas of focus. 1. fixing the tone. 2. clarifying the plot and motivations of characters. 3. Saving the death of Kirk.
I grew up hating this movie because Kirk was my childhood hero. I saw this movie at the age of 12 and I didn't think Kirk could die. As I have gotten older and see death all the time, I've come to appreciate the fact that I can follow Kirk all the way to his grave and carry that with me to my grave also. That being said, his death is so uneventful and forgotten by the galaxy, that there is simply no way to mourn or even connect it to anything.
Getting to see Spock react and mourn his best friend is a cathartic closure I cannot describe. And the way it was edited was beautiful. My ONLY complaint, which I have already expressed to the editor... is that we have Picard talking about death as Spock is revealed at Kirk's grave... and as we are trying to take that moment in... Riker chimes in over Spock's face and turns Picard's beautiful message into a snarky quip about living forever. It just guts the moment. All that needs to happen is just excise that one line... and the death of Kirk is saved from forgettable mediocrity. His death matters to someone close to him... ON SCREEN... and so therefore it matters to us so much more.
The tone is mostly fixed here... allowing for a satisfying journey as opposed to being emotionally jerked around and weirded out for the majority of the movie. This is mostly done by excising poor/weird attempts at humor (mostly involving Data), but also by just subtly editing characters so that they aren't unlikable. By making the captain of the enterprise B not so despicable, but just inexperienced, you don't resent the new generation. It blows my mind that the film called "Generations" makes you NOT want to pass on the torch to the next gen, because apparently the next crew is going to be completely incompetent.
Finally, the re-ordering of select scenes in the beginning makes the movie so much more digestible. Having Picard react to his family deaths PRIOR to meeting Soran just clarifies the whole plot. I feel like I finally, and for the first time, really digested the story.
This is my favorite kind of fan edit. MAT has made some great additions that were not possible to include at the time of the film's creation and release that really drive this baby home. He has taken out some poor additions that drag it down. And he has made the film into its best possible version. I love this edit and cannot recommend it enough. Mighty Attack Tribble, if you read this, PLEASE edit that line from Riker lol. Serious props to you, this is an achievement.

Cheers!

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This is absolutely an improvement upon the theatrical version. Unfortunately, the foundational flaws of the script and the lackluster 3rd act remain. However, they are certainly mitigated as much as possible.

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