Two captains share one destiny in the seventh “Star Trek” film, a cinematic transitional bridge between the original series and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” In 2293, retired Starfleet officers Kirk (William Shatner), Scotty (James Doohan) and Chekov (Walter Koenig) attend the maiden voyage of the Enterprise-B, which is suddenly called upon to rescue two refugee ships from a strange energy ribbon, a mission during which Kirk is seemingly killed. In 2391, the crew of the Enterprise-D, captained by Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), responds to a distress signal coming from a solar observatory, where they encounter Dr. Tolian Soran (Malcolm McDowell), a rogue scientist who”s willing to destroy planets in order to return to the Nexus, the energy ribbon from which he was rescued by the Enterprise-B all those years earlier. Picard finds an unexpected ally in his battle against Soran – his predecessor, Kirk, who is actually alive and well in the Nexus. Leonard Nimoy turned down the offer to both direct the film and reprise his role as Spock; directing duties instead went to David Carson, who had called the shots on several “Star Trek” episodes from various series, including the “TNG” fan favorite, “Yesterday’s Enterprise.” “Generations” was filmed simultaneously with the final season of “TNG”; after the last episode aired, the film was released to theaters a mere six months later, paving the way for what would be three more “Star Trek” feature films featuring the “Next Generation” cast.