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Star Trek: Nemesis

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Template:Infobox Movie (2) Star Trek: Nemesis is the tenth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. It was billed as "A generation's final journey begins" and is the last Star Trek film to date to feature the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Plot summary

While the crew of the USS Enterprise prepares to bid farewell to first officer Commander William T. Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi, who have married each other in Alaska, they find the remnants of an android resembling Lt. Commander Data on a planet close to the Romulan Neutral Zone called Kolarus III. Reassembling the android, it reveals its name as B-4, a predecessor to Data.

The ship is then ordered by Admiral Kathryn Janeway to a diplomatic mission to Romulus, the homeworld of the Romulan Star Empire, which has undergone a military coup and is now controlled by a mysterious young man named Shinzon. The Romulan Praetor Shinzon proves to be a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who appears to want peace and has some nasty plans for both the Romulans and the Federation.

The Enterprise crew detects a break-in on the ship's computer systems, and Picard is captured by the Romulans because Shinzon needs him as his only matching supplier of genetic material. The crew has found out that B-4 is a spy who helped transfer information from the Enterprise to Shinzon, and is able to replace him with Data to rescue Picard. Picard and the crew can escape only to find themselves battling Shinzon's completely cloaked Warbird, the Scimitar, who is after the complete destruction of Earth.

Main cast

Themes

The film has two major story arcs: Picard meeting his opposite in Shinzon, and having to think his way out of his usual patterns to out-fight himself. As such, the experience of seeing Picard meet a younger, nastier version of himself (reminiscent of several Star Trek: The Original Series episodes, most notably "The Enemy Within") doesn't amount to much more than a rousing space adventure with a grand battle at the end. Hardy was widely praised for his acting skills opposite Stewart, however.

The second arc involves Data meeting — after a fashion — his opposite in B4 (he has previously encountered another double of himself, Lore, who is genuinely evil; B4 is simply less advanced, a previous version of the android). Data eventually makes the ultimate sacrifice to demonstrate his humanity, and his emotional growth and maturity combined with his reactions to the events around him are the most touching moments of the film.

Much of the film is devoted to the quest of a few of the protagonists to discover what it is to be human. After discovering his clone is quite different to what he is, Picard is left wondering what it is to be human. He doubts his ability to defeat Shinzon, given that they are technically the same person, despite the appearance that they are opposites. Picard eventually discovers, or at least concludes, that to be human is to try to improve on one's self. Throughout his time with Data, he realises that it was Data who understood this more than anyone else and this influences and inspires Picard to come to this conclusion. This is an epiphany for Picard, who, as if to frustrate himself even further, was not able to explain this to Data before his death.

Thematically, the plot of Nemesis is an example of power corrupting and the need for vengeance driving an individual over the edge to his doom, as best exemplified in the original series films by Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and in literature in Moby Dick.

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The USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E

Deleted scenes

The film, as with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, was cut by about a third from a much longer running time, which caused the integrity of the story to suffer as a result. Several deleted scenes make up about 17 minutes of this original footage and includes:

  • A private conversation between Picard and Data over a glass of wine.
  • Early introdution of Shinzon in the film (right after the wedding reception). This is the scene that includes the dialogue from the theatrical trailers, "But in darkness their is strength..." (Viceroy) and "The time we have dreamed of is at hand... the mighty Federation will fall before us..." (Shinzon).
  • The second rape scene of Counselor Troi in the Turbolift.
  • A scene of Picard walking with Troi down a corridor and Troi explaining to him that he and Shinzon are two different people. This scene includes the line from the trailer, "it was like a part of me had been stolen..." (Picard)
  • Sick-bay getting ready for battle, a short dialogue between Dr. Crusher and Picard is shown.
  • Worf warning Picard about the Romulans just before they leave for Romulus. This scene includes the dialogue from the trailer, "I recommend extreme caution..." (Worf)
  • Original extended ending - A new First Officer is introduced on board the Enterprise and two funny moments are shown afterward. Instead of ending while the Enterprise is docked above Earth, this new ending shows the Enterprise flying away.

Nemesis was to have been the first Star Trek film to feature the character of Wesley Crusher (played by actor Wil Wheaton). However, his scenes were almost entirely cut from the film, leaving only a brief cameo during the wedding scene, in which he has no dialogue.

Public opinion

This movie's gross domestic income was (relatively speaking) the "worst" (i.e., lowest revenue-generating) of all the films in the (so far, 10-part) series at $43,254,409 as of December 2004. It earned $67,312,826 worldwide on a budget of $60,000,000. Some fans have noted that Nemesis ends the perceived trend of even-numbered Trek films being better than odd-numbered films. (All figures according to Box Office Mojo. (http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=startrek10.htm))

The blame for the film's disappointing performance has been laid in several places. Paramount Pictures has been criticized for releasing the film only a few days before the powerhouse opening of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Others blame the negative response many Trekkies have towards Star Trek: Enterprise, and general dislike of Star Trek executive producer Rick Berman. Others point to the fact that early drafts of the script were leaked onto the Internet more than a year before the film's release, generating a tidal wave of negative word-of-mouth criticism that built up over the course of many months. Finally, the film itself is a piecemeal recombination of a number of previously-used ideas and characters: Data already has an identical evil brother; Picard's ramming maneuver instantly recalls the Star Trek: Voyager episode Year of Hell (and the non-canon novel, "Star Trek: Federation", written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens; in this case, the Enterprise-D rams and destroys a Romulan Warbird); and writer John Logan freely admits to having modelled much of the plot on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This is especially apparent during both films' final battles, which play out almost identically. Logan, a long-time franchise fan, calls these parallels "homages" — and, to his credit, he manages to slip references to every Star Trek series (including Star Trek: Enterprise) into the film — but on-screen, the results simply felt "reused" to many critics.

Other Trekkies also point out inconsistencies and errors in the film, including the mentioning of a Deck 29 when previous films had mentioned the Enterprise had 24 decks ruined the feeling of the film for many fans who noticed these details. Others mention with over 15 years of direct and indirect backstory, trying to keep an eye on all these balls is a daunting challenge for any writer, and this might explain Star Trek's loss of appeal as a whole; too much daunting backstory to come up with new plots.

The film was released four years after the previous film, Star Trek: Insurrection — the longest gap between films to date — and some defenders of the movie feel this interval might have also contributed to the film underperforming since the Trek franchise in general had been experiencing diminishing returns since the release of the previous film, with the ratings for Voyager and Enterprise shrinking with each passing year.

The poor performance of the film, coupled with the generally low ratings of Star Trek: Enterprise (the series would be cancelled in 2005) has left the franchise with an uncertain future. Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Patrick Stewart have all publicly said that The Next Generation has reached the end of the line and that probably no future Next Generation films (as it were) would be made. Nonetheless, in the summer of 2004, there were reports that pre-production work was under way on the 11th Star Trek film, which may, like Enterprise, be a prequel to the original Trek series. However, prior to the cancellation of Enterprise in early 2005, Paramount Pictures denied that an 11th movie was in production at the then-present time.

Notes/trivia

  • Brent Spiner had reportedly wanted this to be his final appearance as Data, in part because he was 16 years older than when he first appeared as the android, whereas Data presumably is ageless. B4's existence, however, leaves open the possibility that he may return in a future installment.
  • In one scene, Picard is shown looking at a photo of himself at a younger age. This photo was supposedly taken during the time Picard was at Starfleet Academy or shortly afterwards, and shows Hardy as a younger Picard. The younger Picard shown in the photo is also bald, which contradicts earlier Next Generation episodes in which Picard had a full head of hair early in his career. One possible explanation for this could be that he shaved his head.
  • This is the only Star Trek film to feature a car chase.
  • Due to poor kerning of the film's tagline, an early trailer appeared to read "A Generation's Anal Journey Begins" (with the "F" and the "I" of "Final" appearing to run together into a stylized "A").

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