Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Movie Time : Star Trek X - Nemesis

I bought the cd for the movie Star Trek X : Nemesis, the tenth feature film based on Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek vision. The tagline states what hard core fans like myself fear - A Generation's Final Journey Begins - this appears to be the final Star Trek movie with the cast for the TNG series. A very successful tv series, TNG era has made 4 movies; all of which I have seen and loved but Star Trek X : Nemesis was a commercial failure due to a few reasons beyond the actual story. The movie stars when a Romulan senate is assasinated as a result of a milatry coup and is now controlled by a Reman warrior named Shinzon. Meanwhile, the Enterprise crew is getting ready to say goodbye to the newly wedded Riker & Deanna as Riker has been promoted to Captain his own vessel. Enroute to the Romulan homeworld, the Enterprise investigate a planet where they get energy readings from and find the seperated parts of an android that looks just like DATA. After reassembling it, the crew understand that the anderoid is a prototype of DATA called B4. They are then assigned to meet the new Romulan Preator, Shinzon, on a diplomatic mission. On meeting Shinzon, the crew and especially the Enterprise Captain are stunned to find that the warrior is actually human and a clone of Picard!

Shinzon seems to want peace but infact wants to destroy the humans and the Romulans. He was cloned by the Romulans inorder for them to kidnap Picard & then replace him with Shinzon at a later stage so they can have a spy among the Federation. However, when that plan was abandoned, a child Shinzon was abandoned in a Reman mine where he was taken care of my the slave race. With Shinzon at the helm, the Remans gradually built up momentum and they finally took power. Now, Shinzon is dying as he needs a full blood tranfusion from the only matching donor - Picard. He is captured by the Remans and freed by Data later in a thrilling fight scene on the alien ship. A showdown occurs when the Enterprise is attacked by the warbird and is later joined by two Romulan ships who want to dispose of Shinzon. One Romulan ship is destroyed and another paralysed. Picard goes to Shinzon spaceship to stop the Reman from destroying the crew by activating a superweapon. DATA joins the fight, in which Shinzon is killed and bravely sends the captain back to Enterprise while he is destroyed along with the Reman spaceship.

At the end, B-4 who has been downloaded with all of DATA's memories is possibly touted as a replacement, without actually mentioning it. Since he is an android and now has all of DATA's memories, it might only a matter of time when it could be as if DATA was never killed. With that optimisum in mind - the crew bid farewell to Riker who is about to take command of the USS Titan as captain, along with Troi.

Song for the day - "Hero Of The Day" - METALLICA


  • At 8:43 AM, Blogger Andrew Glazebrook said…

    I always found it amusing that Alan Dale who played Praetor Hiren played Jim Robinson in the Australian soap 'Neighbours' from 1985-1993. Since leaving that show he's appeared in loads of things like 'Lost' and '24'


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