Star Trek Nemesis (2002)

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This was the last film to have the crew of the series Next Generation and the least received by the fans of Star Trek. While the film did have a lot of action it lacked in the way that the script was put together. It seemed to be written as a continuation of an episode that was never made and there was just too much going on in the plots and subplots to make this film truly great. We have Diana Troy (Marina Sirtis) and Willian Riker (Jonathan Frakes) getting married, Data (Brent Spiner) planed to be the next first officer, Riker getting his own command and Worf (Michael Dorn) complaining about the nude Betazed traditions associated with marriage. Now throw into the mix a coup happening in the Romulan Empire with the new Praetor being very related to Jean-Luc Picard and Data finding a long lost brother. Even if the extra positronic android is directly related to the plot there is still way to much going on for just one film. Lord of the Rings had less plot twists and it was made into 3 movies totaling over 8 hours on the extended versions. Star Trek Nemesis wouldn’t warrant that much screen time but with everything that is there it could have been easily 2 films which would have aloud the plots to unfold a bit more naturally. As the film is the plot seems forced and doesn’t flow well with everything that is happening.

Troy and Riker are going to get married and Will is to take command of his own ship the USS Titan, so a party is being thrown in their honor. What this means is we get to see several minutes of a party where they talk and remissness but it really doesn’t have much bearing on the story at all, well maybe 30 seconds of the plot but that is it. That scene looks like it should have been the closing of an episode instead of an opening of a major motion picture that is going to be on the big screen. I would rather have watched the 7 minutes of beauty shots from Star Trek the Motionless Picture then see that party. Yes I know I said Motionless and if you go watch the film you will know exactly what I was talking about.

On the way to Betazed they pickup positronic emissions that are sectors away from them, which is insane since they have trouble tracking Data at times. That just screams contrived. I know the sensors of the Enterprise-E are spectacular but picking up positronic signals from a planet light years away that is next to an ionic space storm? Come on, do you think the fans are that stupid? We all love a good tale but this yarn is way way out there. So they go to this planet that is conveniently next to the Romulan Neutral Zone and pick up the pieces of Data’s brother, who is called B-4, how original. That is terribly simple for even the great Dr. Noonien Soong’s sense of humor. Once all of the peices of B-4 are assembled Picard (Patrick Stewart) gets a message from Admiral Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) that the Romulans want to talk to the Federation. Come on, that is just to damned convenient, I would believe the only ship in the quadrant bull then that one. Talk about linear thinking.

The whole film is that way but to its credit the space battle and the battles on deck are very much worth seeing. We get to see real damage done to the ships that they are fighting and there is no last minute thing that saves the day. They fight it out till the very end and get to see some very unconventional battle tactics. We even see part of the Enterprise bridge ripped away exposing the bridge and its crew to the vacuum of space. The battle itself will keep you on your toes and we even get to see a bit of Romulan infighting as members of the Senate try and take back their world from Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy).

Once you have the film and have seen it you will put it on your shelf with your collection and resist watching it again. When you do watch it again it will pull you right in as if you are watching it for the first time. It is not till its over and you think of watching it again that you resist it yet again. If the plot and script for the encounters between Shinzon and Picard were written better it would not be that difficult to watch it again and again. You will just have to watch it for yourself to see how well you like it.

I give this film a Musing review of ★★★☆☆☆