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Star Trek: Insurrection

A point comes in everyone's life when they are ready to stop.  The battles, pride, and accomplishments have been enough and the comfortable space is at hand.  For Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) that place may be the Ba'ku planet where he meets a three hundred year old women, Anij (Donna Murphy).

Radiation from the planet's rings keeps everyone young, far better than any techniques from plastic surgeons.  The Ba'ku have knowledge and skill for space flight but choose to live a simple life, farming for food and living close to the beauty of the land.

An alliance between The Federation and the Son'a, an aged, dying race, has placed the pastoral life of the Ba'ku in danger.  Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise refuse to accept any action which will break the Prime Directive, not to interfere with the progress of another civilization.

Directed by Jonathan Frakes who also plays commander William Riker Insurrection is one of the more human, less technical episodes in the series.  Frakes molds Data's (Brent Spiner) constant need to learn and become more like humans with his fallibility when damaged.  He learns what childhood means from Artim (Michael Welch) and we learn that he can walk under water without rusting.

Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham as Ru'afo leads the Son'a in a plot to control the Ba'ku planet and bring youth back to his dying race.  The Son'a are regularly treated by futuristic youthful sexy women who are skin replacement and stretch experts that keep rumpled plastic skin from rupturing.

Insurrection is a treat.  The hard core fans will be delighted.  Everyone will enjoy the exploration of the effects of a "fountain of youth planet" which brings comical effects to some members of the crew.  Worf (Michael Dorn) slips into adolescence and develops huge zits, Troi (Marina Sirtis) renews her romance with Riker. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) regains true sight and experiences his first sunset.

Frakes' direction has the spirit of the next generation as closely in hand as Leonard Nimoy understood the original; he even offers hope for bald men.  Men meet their younger mothers for the first time and the sense of generations and family celebrated by the Ba'ku becomes the heart of the film.  Communal leaders of the sixties are vindicated and the social controllers vilified.

Star Trek: Insurrection


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