Has this Star Trek franchise reached it's final frontier?
Motion pictures seems to go through generational
shifts every twenty five years. In 1977 John Wayne
and the Golden Age of Hollywood generation of film
makers had stopped making motion pictures and the
Steven Spielberg-George Lucas generation became
household names. 2002 A.D. will go down as a pivotal
year. The prominence of "Star Trek" and "Star Wars"
franchises are fading away to grandeur of Harry
Potter and "The Lord of the Rings"
"Star Trek: Nemesis" reassembles the crew from the
original Next Generation, not the Star Trek crew from
the classic generation or the Deep Space 9 Crew or the
Voyager crew. Sound confusing? This may be proof
that the Star Trek franchise has run it's course.
Since "Star Trek Insurrection," every new movie has
looked like something we have seen before on one of
the five television series.
The U.S.S. Enterprise is on a routine mission. Admiral
Janeway (Kate Mulgrew)contacts Captain Picard (Patrick
Stewart) about a potential breach of security
involving an ancient enemy of Planet Earth and the
Star Trek Federation. The Enterprise Crew
investigates a mystery that involves their old
adversaries, the Romulans, and potential new enemies,
First Officer Android Data (Brent Spinner) discovers
his prototype Big Brother, B-4 (Brent Spinner in a
dual role). B-4 was abandoned on a dessert planet to
lure the Enterprise crew in a trap. This trap was set
by Shizon (Tom Hardy), a Romulan Clone of Captain
Picard. Shizon has a temper tantrum that could lead
to the destruction of the universe as we know it.
Shizon was a villain that must have looked good on
paper. But Tom Hardy does not have the power and
passion that made Ricardo Montalban's antihero such a
charismatic figure 20 years
ago when he caused the death of Mr. Spock. Patrick
Stewart's Captain Picard suffers from the egocentric
nature that dogged William Shatner's Captain Kirk.
Picard is in practically every scene and seems
determined to be the center of attention. The rest of
the Star Trek ensemble have a few individual closeups
and one line of funny dialogue.
Some of the best moments revolved around Brent
Spinner's dual performance as Data and his android
brother, B-4. Spinner is especially touching as an
Ivy-League Big Brother Data dealing with the Forest
Gump behavior of his slow witted brother. It should be
noted that Spinner shares a screenwriting credit for
this motion picture "Nemesis." Unfortunately the
creators forgot the metaphoric elements that made the
original Star Trek such a cult in the 1960's and
1970's. Missing are the daring story lines that masked
issues of racism, drug abuse and social programming.
Perhaps what would save this franchise would be a
breakdown of it's almost 40 year Star Trek history.
Court martial the overpaid character actors and
impeach the President of the Star Trek Fan Club.
While retaining popcorn eating entertainment,
Paramount needs to make a movie with some daring,
adventure and return to serious humanistic themes.