What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that a major Starfleet hero dies in this installment and adult fans have been known to be driven to tears by the scene (spoiler: in subsequent Star Trek novelizations he's brought back to life, for about the 100th time). There are ray-gun space battles, explosions, and ship crashes. The computerized Mr. Data utters a PG swear word in his struggle with simulated emotions and tries alcohol.
- Families can talk about the appeal of Star Trek in its various spin-offs and incarnations. Compare-contrast (as Trekkies have done, for many hours, in many conventions) the personalities of James T. Kirk, a maverick who often went around the rules of Starfleet, and Jean-Luc Picard, an authoritarian stickler for regulations and decorum. Which TV crew members or movies are favorites?