Star Trek First Contact
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Enterprise E leads the fleet against the Borg

Production Info
Director Jonathan Frakes
Story by Rick Berman,
Ronald D. Moore
& Brannon Braga.
Teleplay by Ronald D. Moore
& Brannon Braga.
Production Code
Transmission Info
Release Date 1 January 1999 (UK)
Guest Star(s) James Cromwell as Chochrane
Previous Star Trek Generations
Next Star Trek Insurrection

Plot Edit

The Borg travel into Earth's past to prevent Zefram Cochrane from inventing warp drive, and making first contact with the Vulcans.[1]

Errors and explanations Edit

Internet Movie DatabaseEdit


  • When Picard destroys the Borg Queen's skull, his reflection can be seen to stand up, but in the next shot he is still kneeling.
    • Perhaps he only appears to be standing up in the reflection.
  • As the velocity meter on the Phoenix is increasing thru 20900 km/s, it flips over to 20000 km/s not 21000 km/s.
    • This might be an inherent fault with the unit.
  • When Picard smashes the display case, the Enterprise D is still up. However, when Lily comments that he broke the ships and picks up some pieces, they are of the Enterprise D.
    • These pieces could have fallen apart while Lily walked over to the display case.
  • With no heat shield and no landing gear on the Phoenix, how do Cochrane, Riker and LaForge get back to Montana? If they were beamed there by the Enterprise, how did Cochrane plan to get back to Montana before the Vulcan ship arrived?
    • Where does it say that the Phoenix lacks heat sheilding and landling gear? For all we know, the Phoenix could be designed to enter the atmosphere before floating back to Earth under a number of parachutes.

Ex Astris Scientia Edit


  • Why would the Borg send just one miserable ship to attack Earth? They already failed once, the main reason being that they underestimated their enemy when they came with just one cube. Would they really repeat that mistake?
    • They obviously believe they will do better this time, especially given their back up plan of going back in time to prevent Cochrane’s warp flight.
  • So Starfleet has no confidence in Picard because he was once assimilated by the Borg and he would be an "unstable element in a critical situation". But if Starfleet had only slight doubts about his loyalty or constancy, would they still let him command a starship at all? Moreover, on two occasions, in TNG: "I, Borg" and "Descent", Picard already proved that he was able to deal with the Borg, so it makes no sense to keep him out this time.
    • Perhaps someone at Starfleet thought they had enough ships to stop the Borg without Picard's help.
  • Why is Worf the apparently only regular DS9 crew member on the Defiant? Whenever the Defiant was on any other mission, Dax, Kira, O'Brien and/or Bashir were routinely on the ship along with Sisko and/or Worf.
    • The others must have been too busy with something back on DS9.
  • When Picard gives orders to beam over the survivors from the Defiant, the Enterprise would have to drop the shields first. But this doesn't seem to happen and would be anything but advisable as the ship is permanently under attack from the Borg cube.
    • Maybe they only drop the section of the shields nearest the Defiant, on the opposite side of Enterprise from the Borg Shp.
  • The most commonly mentioned error of the movie is that in TOS: "Metamorphosis" Kirk said "Cochrane, of Alpha Centauri", whereas in "First Contact" Cochrane is clearly a human who has never left Earth.
    • Cochrane could have moved to Alpha Centauri after developing warp drive.
  • Even if the TOS Cochrane was rejuvenated by the Companion, he does not look remotely like the one in "First Contact".
    • The Companion could have altered Cochrane’s face by reversing the radiation damage.
  • It is hardly believable that a major technological breakthrough like the first warp flight is accomplished a couple of years after a devastating global war, in an isolated camp without a visible infrastructure and by a rag-tag staff.
    • Actually, the warp flight takes place ten years after the World War, as stated in the dialogue.
  • The weapons that the Borg fire at Cochrane's camp don't do more damage than present-day grenades. Don't they have anything with more yield?
    • This sphere is an escape craft, and presumably has a relatively light armament.
  • Instead of allowing her to fire a full clip of ammo at him, why doesn't Data try to stun and disarm Lily from a distance?
    • It would be too risky to use a phaser so close to the Phoenix.
  • The crew knows in advance that after a few shots with particle weapons the Borg would adapt. When this point is reached the only crude defense left is to hit them with the phaser rifles. Why don't they replicate blade or projectile weapons, both of which prove to be quite efficient in the following? Maybe the drones would have likewise adapted to alternative weapons, but it would have given the crew some more time from the start.
    • There may not have been enough time or power available to replicate non energy weapons, especially given the risk of the collective becoming aware of it via the computer systems in Engineering.
  • Picard dismisses Lt. Hawk's idea to fire at the deflector dish because it is charged with antiprotons, so they might end up destroying half the ship. But when a Borg approaches him after they have adapted to the phasers, Picard fires at the dish himself (releasing a stream of gas that blows the Borg away). On the other hand, Lt. Hawk mentioned "full power", while Picard apparently fired with a lower setting.
    • Picard actually fired at a small component set away from the dish.
  • The escape pods probably begin their descent into the atmosphere just after their launch. It is safe to assume that they have already landed on Gravett Island or are about to land by the time when it is safe to return. Are they equipped to be launched into orbit again? Or are they left behind, and the crew is simply beamed up?
    • Perhaps the pods themselves are beamed up and reinstated.
  • Why did the Borg let Picard enter engineering without resistance? Weren't they aware of the danger that he could carry a phaser and shoot at the cooling tanks, without the risk of killing Data? And why didn't Picard try to do exactly this in the first place?
    • The Borg knew Picard wouldn’t risk using a phaser so close to the warp core.
  • After the Borg have been killed by the plasma coolant, Picard activates something that looks and sounds like a ventilation system. It then selectively removes the plasma coolant but not the smoke that is still rising straight up from the Borg corpses while the ventilation is still on.
    • The extractors could have been set to only remove the plasma coolant by using some form of energy field, ignoring the thin smoke from the Borg corpses. In addition, the system could be designed to hold the extracted gas in some kind of holding system, rather than venting it into space - especially as such venting could be visable to the Vulcans.
  • Picard must be quite confused when he walks around in Main Engineering, approaches the Borg Queen who is obviously as good as dead, only to break her neck. He notices Data at last when the android calls "Captain" from behind. Shouldn't Data's welfare have been his foremost concern?
    • Picard wanted to make sure the remains of the Borg Queen had been deactivated first.
  • The Borg used a previously unknown method of time travel. When it was time for the Enterprise-E to return to the 24th century, would it be really possible to reproduce this method with the technology available on the damaged ship, only based on some sensor readings? Wouldn't it have been a lot easier to take advantage of the good old slingshot effect?
    • With a major component of the deflector system missing - ie the central part of the dish - it may not be possible to go to warp, which is necessary for the slingshot method.


  1. Star Trek Encyclopedia - Updated 1999 edition page 403
  2. IMDB entry
  3. 3.0 3.1 Explanations copyright: Roger William Francis Worsley 2011
  4. Ex Astris Scientia