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14 December 2002 @ 10:12 pm
Star Trek: Nemesis  
I just saw it, and I liked it. There's the usual gripes about plot holes, inconsistencies, Star Wars Envy, contrivances, cutesiness, and Things That Do Not Make Sense, but on the whole I liked it. A mediocre even-numbered Star Trek film. There was one facet that really grew on me, and that I like more the more I think about it.

I really like what they did with Data. His quest for humanity came full circle, and the script writers actually understood what it means to be a hero. It's not about nifty look-what-I-can-do abilities, which is probably why most four-color "superheroes" don't strike me as heroic. It's not about saving the day or good deeds. It's about sacrifice, and Data sacrificed himself for very human reasons. Sure, I see how they could bring him back in another movie, but that would displace Star Trek V: "The Search for God" as the Suckiest Star Trek Ever.

First, Data had to sacrifice B-4, whom he called "brother". Sad, touching, but ground we had already visited with Lore. The main difference is that where Lore is an Evil Twin, B-4 is a pitiable, mewling, brain-damaged and brain-washed sibling that needs to be put down for the safety of others. Even though B-4 annoyed me worse than first season Data, I was glad they reactivated him at the end.

Finally, Data sacrificed himself to rescue Captain Picard. True, he also blew up the Big Bad Superweapon, but this was nothing that Picard couldn't have done himself. Picard was ready to die, when Data burst in to take his place. Thuroughly illogical, since this was far beyond any reasonable duty. Data substituted his nearly-immortal life for Picard, an aging Captain to which he is personally loyal. He knew before he even left the Enterprise that he wouldn't be coming back, that he was illogically risking his own life just for the chance to trade his life for Picards.

That is heroism, my friends. I'm glad they Got It Right.
Eric Franklingamethyme on December 14th, 2002 11:37 pm (UTC)
It also neatly solves Brent Spiner's concerns about aging when the character won't.

I've a hunch that this is one of the reasons why Spiner got writer credits.

(The next one will be odd numbers ... and B-4 has Data's memories. I wouldn't write the actor out completely, yet)
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on December 15th, 2002 12:37 pm (UTC)
In theory, this is supposed to be the LAST Next Gen movie. I really hope they stick to that.
Eric Franklingamethyme on December 15th, 2002 01:51 pm (UTC)
"A Generation's Final Journey BEGINS" ... I don't think we've seen the end of it.

And then there's all those rumors about Riker getting his own TV Series.
WendoPainwendopain on December 16th, 2002 07:53 am (UTC)
hmmmm ... that's different....
I do also think this should be the last next generation movie... I think it left on a good note... except.... Picard and Krusher are still having their sexual tension but that's just my opinion

Eric Franklin: XRaygamethyme on December 16th, 2002 06:58 pm (UTC)
I agree that it should be the last Next Gen film. Partially because the next one would be odd-numbered, and TNG should not go out on an odd-numbered film. I wouldn't mind an odd-numbered Voyager film ... (Seriously, how much worse could it get?) but Janeway is an Admiral now, making that problematic (Yes, I know Kirk was an Admiral in I-IV - but in I, he wasn't on board to take command, it was a coincidence of timing. In II, he was on board to see his old friend Spock off - another coincidence of timing -- and stretching my suspenders of disbelief. In III, he stole the ship. In IV, he hadn't been home, yet).

And why not do a TV series with Riker as the central character?

Jonathan Frakes personally owns a good chunk of the rights to Star Trek, so would probably play Riker for peanuts because it'll help his overall investment in Star Trek grow. Marina Sirtis reportedly loves the show, and doesn't command a very high price tag, either. They don't need to include the rest of the (High-Salary) Next Gen cast -- indeed, it would probaby be inappropriate to do so (You can only stretch coincidence so far). And the rest of the cast can do cameos -- letters sent back and forth, etc. -- which are cheaper and can boost ratings if needed. Let's be honest -- The entire DS9, TNG and VOY cast is usable in cameo form. Except maybe Sisco.

The Picard/Crusher tension ... *shrug* I didn't sense much of it in this film. Picard is more devoted to Starfleet and his ship/career than he would be to her. Yes, she realizes and accepts that, but it's still going to cause strain. And both of them know it.
Jim: karandraswarpdragon on December 15th, 2002 01:55 pm (UTC)
I expected better from a movie. It would have been a decent episode, but plotwise falls short of, say, Best of Both Worlds and Descent. (Any coincidence that those are Borg episodes? I think not.)

I noticed that Brent Spiner had one of the three story credits. So he got to write his own death, sort of. Which was a nice touch.
WendoPainwendopain on December 16th, 2002 07:55 am (UTC)
Yay for data and yay for school...
no really...I think my favorite part of the movie was when Data in his bad ass way jumped ship and took on the look of SuperMan flying through space.... I just laughed really loud and everyone in the theatre probably thought I was on drugs... but I think that was someone's joke of data being the next super hero.