Star Trek: Nemesis is the unceremonious send off of The Next Generation crew of the USS Enterprise. It’s also the even numbered Star Trek movie that officially broke the streak. Since Nemesis is the second worst reviewed movie after The Final Frontier. Unless you count the practically perfect Galaxy Quest as an unofficial Star Trek movie. Although Nemesis is the movie that killed Star Trek films with its poor reception and failure at the box-office, I don’t think it’s as bad as some of the odd numbered installments. Maybe I’m missing something as a relatively new Trekkie. Unlike the rest of the franchise, I actually remember seeing a poster and trailer for Nemesis in 2002. I was completely lost since I was 7 at the time. Some of the biggest problems are the director Stuart Braid having zero knowledge of The Next Generation or Star Trek in general. He was chosen due to his experience as an action movie editor. Which is why Nemesis is essentially an edgy PG-13 early 2000’s action movie. Like Insurrection, all starships and space battles are 100% CGI. Jonathan Frakes didn’t direct, because he chose Clockstoppers for some reason. He still appears along with Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, and Marina Sirtis one final time.
Captain’s Log, Stardate 99121.29: Nemesis finally focuses on the Romulans, but they’re not exactly the villains. Senators from Romulus are killed by Praetor Shinzon of Remus. Shinzon is the human antagonist played by a very young and bald Tom Hardy in one of his earliest roles. Meanwhile, the Enterprise crew celebrate Commander William T. Riker and Counselor Deanna Troi finally getting married. Although it’s not a traditional Betazoid wedding since they aren’t naked. Captain Jean-Luc Picard toasts his dear friends who will soon be leaving the ship. The wedding has several important guests including Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan and Wil Wheaton as Wesley Crusher, but the other problem with the movie is every important character moment being cut for more action. Data at least has his moment of singing “Blue Skies” for the newlyweds.
Worf is part of the crew again since Deep Space Nine ended before the movie’s release. The first action scene is a land rover car chase on a planet near the Neutral Zone. It’s there that PIcard, Data, and Worf make a fascinating discovery. Turns out Dr. Noonien Soong built more than just Data or Lore. B-4 is an awkward android that Data views as a brother when Geordi La Forge rebuilds him. Kate Mulgrew cameos as Admiral Kathryn Janeway since Voyager also ended. She personally sends the Enterprise to Romulus where they’re greeted by Shinzon after he successfully overthrew the Empire. SPOILER ALERT! Shinzon is actually a personal villain since he’s a clone of Picard meant to become a Romulan sleeper agent. Dr. Beverly Crusher proves it with a blood test and later learns he’ll die without a transfusion from Picard. Shinzon’s past is tragic due to being raised as a slave on Remus, but there’s a little too much focus on him.
Apart from intense violence, the rating is also warranted in a sex scene between Riker & Troi that Shinzon violates using his viceroy to enter Deanna’s mind. Ron Perlman plays Shinzon’s faithful Reman viceroy under a lot of makeup. Shinzon uses B-4 to lure the Enterprise into a trap where he plans to use his ship the Scimitar to unleash a deadly weapon. The Romulans surprise everyone on the bridge by joining their fight. There’s another space battle that results in more damage to the Enterprise. Picard faces the man he could’ve been, but he’s too far gone to save. Nemesis less successfully emulates The Wrath of Khan by having Data sacrifice himself to save his captain. The crew mourn, number one finally becomes captain in a heartfelt goodbye, and Picard not so surprisingly discovers Data’s consciousness in B-4. Star Trek: Nemesis is not the conclusion The Next Generation deserved, but it is nice to see the crew together for one final voyage. “Live long and prosper.”
Preceded by: Star Trek: Insurrection & Followed by: Star Trek