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Star Trek: Insurrection

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Template:Infobox Movie (2) Star Trek: Insurrection (Paramount Pictures, 1998) is the ninth Star Trek feature film. Directed by Jonathan Frakes, from a script by Michael Piller, it features the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Plot summary

During a diplomatic mission, the USS Enterprise receives a communication that Lt. Commander Data has gone berserk during an observation mission on the Ba'ku homeworld. After capturing and fixing Data they return to the Ba'ku village on the planet's surface to find out what caused him to malfunction. They find a Federation ship which contains a holodeck reproduction of the Ba'ku village, apparently so the Ba'ku can be unwittingly relocated without their knowledge.

The peaceful Ba'ku, whose planet offers regenerative radiation and therefore incredible lifespans, live in harmony with nature and reject any kind of technology. Their planet and their culture is studied by the Federation and the associated Son'a - in secrecy.

Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew discover that the Briar Patch (the area of space where the Ba'ku planet is located in) is filled with metaphasic radiation particles, which imparts fountain of youth qualities which the Federation and the Son'a wish to harvest. However, harvesting the particles would cause the planet to become uninhabitable, hence the need for the holoship.

Against orders, Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew return to the planet's surface to prevent the relocation of the Ba'ku. When Picard is captured by the Son'a and the Federation, he reveals to Admiral Matthew Dougherty that the Son'a are actually Ba'ku who were exiled from the planet a century ago and are simply out for revenge.

The Son'a, lead by Adhar Ru'afo, intend to abduct the Ba'ku in order to take the planet for themselves and for the Starfleet officials who would like to regenerate their bodies. But they did not think of the Enterprise crew's loyalty to the Prime Directive.

Main cast

Notes/trivia

  • While it is never identified as such in the film, the operation in the Briar Patch is strongly reminscent of tactics employed by the secret organization Section 31. Later novels in the Star Trek Expanded Universe explicitly link Admiral Dougherty and his operation to Section 31.
  • The "Special Collecter's Edition" DVD release for this movie is the first one to not have an audio commentary by cast or crew which can be played while watching the film.
  • This is the only Star Trek film not to feature any scenes on or near Earth.

Deleted scenes

The original version of the movie contained several scenes that were cut before release:

  • An extended library scene in which Riker and Troi throw small paperballs at each other. This scene also includes some lines by the librarian (Lee Arone-Biggs) and a Trill officer (Max Grodénchik)
  • A scene in which Picard and Anij kiss each other.
  • A scene in which Picard spills cheese on a PADD displaying the Briar Patch.
  • The actual ejection of the warp core.
  • Data punching some Son'a on the Ba'ku planet and nailing them with isolinear tags.
  • The line "There will by no cover-up" on the Son'a ship.

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