This was to be the bridge, no pun intended, movie that brought old and Next Generation trek together on the big screen. It opens with a gala opening of the Enterprise, NCC-1701-B, and three original crew members are attending. Pavel Checkov (William Koenig), Montgomery Scott (James Doohan), and Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) are here to see the newest ship to carry the legendary name off on her maiden voyage. Capt. John Harriman (Alan Ruck) and his crew are taking this new ship out for a little test drive, as not all the parts have been installed yet, and they are running her with a sub-skeleton crew. As usual, nothing ever goes as planned, and the new Enterprise is on her way to help out a ship in distress. The two ships they come to aid are caught in the grips of some kind of energy ribbon, and the ribbon is tearing these ships up. One ship is destroyed and the Enterprise crew is able to beam 40 plus El-Aurians from the other before it is destroyed, too, and Kirk passes on in the rescue. One of the El-Aurians keeps saying he needs to go back to the other ship, over and over, very insistently. The Enterprise crew finds him to be hysterical in view of the recent events, and sedates him. This instant El-Aurian is Soran (Malcom McDowell), a man with an agenda. He lured that energy ribbon to the ships in the hopes that it would take him to a place of El-Aurian legend, the Nexus.