Rounding out my look back at all of the pre-Abrams Star Trek films for MoviefiedNYC, I give to you one very worthy Trek outing and one deeply flawed attempt that has its moments. In one of the most awesome yet utterly ridiculous scenes, Picard rams the Enterprise into another ship. Not Worf. Picard. Strange things, these movies.
Star Trek: Insurrection
More cynical viewers might dismiss Insurrection as being boring since the stakes are significantly lower, but that’s the beauty of it. Great drama and a strong morality play coming from a humbler story is much more in line with what the show was about, and it’s one of Insurrection’s greatest strengths.
Star Trek: Nemesis
Nemesis isn’t an utter failure across the board, but its shortcomings sure are spectacular. It mishandles Data’s character in extremely important ways; it furthers relationships (Riker and Troi) without the audience present; and it rehashes the revenge theme that was already done much better twenty years earlier with The Wrath of Khan. Is there a point to Nemesis existing? I have to say no, because although there are high points that are worth seeing at least once, when it falters, it does so in almost proud defiance of good taste.