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Star Trek Nemesis

Star Trek Nemesis

For the many Star Trek fans (myself included) this tenth film is a mixed bag of good and bad.

Part of the problem with this movie version of the popular television show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is the aging cast.  While Patrick Stuart as the vendible Captain Pickard carries his role well, age is reflected in physical ability to do hero type deeds.  The rest of the original cast, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis all show the time that has passed since we first met this remarkable group of characters.

The other problem is the premise of this film.  Having defeated the Borg, Romulans and Klingons there seemed to little left for this crew that explored new worlds and discovered new civilizations to fear.  Here we find the old discussion of character and individual development via nature versus nurture or more simply environment of raising.  That character is Pickard and his clone (complements of an evil Romulan faction).

It seems that due to a genetic flaw in the clone, Shinzon needs to have a transfusion of blood from his original.  To do this, he lures Pickard to Romulas under the pretense of peace.  Ever leery, Pickard soon learns of the plan and the battle begins.

There are some interesting battles and even a car chase (yes a car chase in Star Trek) and even a marriage between Troi and Riker.  A new twist is introduced with the discovery of a previous version of Data - one not as complicated as the finished product.

Even with all the subplots and special effects, the film moves slow to ultimate sacrifice of one crew member as well as the Enterprise herself.  As expected the captain prevails and the Federation is safe from yet another enemy - all thanks to the Enterprise and her crew.

Don't expect traditional Star Trek here and don't expect true sci-fi either.  This is a rather bland version of a show we've loved for years written and directed by outsiders trying to reach a broader audience while not alienating its core viewers.  Pity that neither group will remember this film as other than another night at the movies.

Star Trek Nemesis

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