Recently I have watched Star Trek Generations as a Saturday night program and it was great to revisit this iconic movie after a long time. I don't recall when was the the last time I watched it, but it was indeed a long time ago. Generations still holds up to it's place in my book till this day and it's one of my favourite when it comes to picking a re-watch. It has Picard, Kirk, Guinan, Klingons and a lot of amazing moments in it! The concept of the Nexus has been also introduced here that I always been fascinated by... until this time when I actually had a bit of an issue with it.
So, the Nexus supposed to be this energy ribbon that has a "side effect" of transporting one-self to a world or reality where time has no meaning, where you can go anywhere and anytime you want. Sounds appealing and I can totally understand why Soran was soo eager to get back to it. He was possibly looking for a way to live in the "illusion" with his family that he lost in the Borg invasion - instead of facing reality and move on. The Nexus however for some reason did not make too much sense to me this time.
We have Picard and Soran getting directly in contact with the ribbon itself and they get "transported" away when it passes through. They both get into the Nexus and they drop into a reality that is appealing to them. Picard has kids, a wife and his nephew is alive as well. Kirk is about to make breakfast and restart his life without the mistakes he made, and I guess Soran is back with his long lost family.
Now the problem starts with Guinan here when she states that "you can go anywhere, you can go back to see them born or forward to see their future." Picard realises that the only place he wanna be is in the Enterprise and to avoid the Veridian star system to get destroyed by Soran. He finds Kirk and than they leave together from the Nexus, or are they? Is it possible that Picard and Kirk has never left the Nexus? What if the Nexus itself created the reality where they wanted to go together and they never left? Personally I think that is a possibility.
Imagine that... Picard thinks he left the Nexus, but he really just left the reality he started with. His "real" reality is the one before he entered the Nexus. And the reason why he might never left could be an indicator what Guinan said as well "I'm here, but I'm also in the Enterprise!" So the Guinan we knew up till the Nexus Incident is a copy or alternate version of the character as well? Now that I think about it, the case of the Moriarty hologram comes into mind as well. He still thinks he left the holo-program, but in reality he just got locked into an infinite reality... something similar easily could have happened in the course of Generations and whatever we seen after the movie is merely part of Picard's mind inside the Nexus.
In a weird way, I think there is a possibility that in an alternative universe the Veridian star system destroyed, with it the Enterprise and the future as we know it. In that universe we have never seen Picard leading the rescue armada against the Borg ship trying to alter history. The Federation would have been "Borg-ified" already and the rest of Trek would not exist and our universe would have been a very different one for sure.
Star Trek is full of anomalies like this that sometimes puzzles me, but despite this I cannot love it less. It still continue to surprise me until this day and I hope it will until the last of my earthy days. What do you think about this theory? Let me know in the comments below and until next time, live long and prosper. :) _\\//