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Lady D's commentary on Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)

Review Copyright Lady D, 2003


Okay, you Trekkies, this one's for you! If you are not a true fan of this series then you are probably screaming, "Enough already." Well, folks, sorry to tell ya that the Star Trek craze is alive and well and is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Gone (but nowhere near forgotten) are the days of Captain James T. Kirk; Chief Science Officer, Commander Spock; Chief Engineer, "Scottie"; Chief Medical Officer, Dr. McCoy; Lt. Sulu; Ensign Chekov; and Communications Officer, Lt. Uhura. In their place, we have the Next Generation crew of the famous starship, the U.S.S. Enterprise. The crew consists of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, First Officer William Riker, Counselor Deanna Troi, Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge, Dr. Beverly Crusher, Lt. Worf, and Data (a supped up android, for lack of a better term). Don't you just hate that I listed all of those names for you?

Even if you are not a die hard fan, I KNOW there is one thing everyone remembers about Star Trek, which is: "Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before." Gives you goose bumps doesn't it? And remember that back with the original Star Trek, the mission read, "where no man has gone before." Glad to know that Star Trek is keeping up with the changing times.

This is the tenth movie released as part of the Star Trek phenomenon and I doubt that Star Trek: Nemesis is the last film that we'll see. In this particular installation of the famous Enterprise crew, we see the long anticipated union of William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis). Their honeymoon plans are cut short when the Federation (aka Starfleet) requests that the Enterprise travel to Romulus to try to negotiate a truce. Just to let you know, the Romulans have always been against the Federation, so it was with caution that Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) had his crew plot a course to Romulus. When they arrive at their destination, they are met by an unexpected enemy, Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy), a half-Remen (another alien species), half-man who has gained control of Romulus through a coup d'etat. Shinzon has set his sight on destroying Captain Picard and annihilating Earth, so it is up to Enterprise to prevent either event from occurring.

This is a roller coaster ride of special effects, heart stopping action, mild humor, and just plain old action-packed fun. There are very few slow moments in the movie, so there's no need to mention them. Of course, I am tired of seeing ALL aliens walking upright like humans and only the facial features being distorted. I tell ya, what I loved about the original Star Trek series was that aliens came in all shapes and sizes and were not distinctly humanoid. Are we that arrogant to think that other life forms will walk on two legs, have two arms, and one head? Where's the imagination? Okay, let me get off that soapbox. At any rate, Star Trek: Nemesis does manage to pack a punch that I have not seen in the last Star Trek movies that I saw. Although no one can ever replace William Shatner as Captain Kirk, I am a die hard fan of Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard. He has a style all is own and he brings a different feel to the role of captain. But above and beyond, my favorite Next Generation character is Data, the android. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I always get a kick out of his desire to understand what it means to be "human." It's definitely food for thought and some of us could learn a thing or two from Data. Also, Lt. Worf (Michael Dorn) is a great commodity and he is hilarious, even though I don't think he was meant to be. Unfortunately, he did not play that much of a pivotal role in Nemesis and it seems that his character was toned down a bit. As for the other characters, it just all depends on my mood as to whether or not I am sick of seeing them.

This movie is rated PG-13 for science fiction violence. It is a must see for all Trekkies out there. If you are a science fiction buff, then this is a great movie to check out. This is an okay movie to see if it's a guys night out, but ladies, unless you are a fan, you might not get much enjoyment out of the film. This is not a date movie, unless of course both of you are loyal to the series. It's also a good movie to take children who are over thirteen and who have a basic knowledge of what Star Trek is all about. All others out there, stay away because you just might not "get" the movie and therefore, you'll be disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed Star Trek: Nemesis from beginning to end, but then again, I am a Star Trek fan, so call me biased.

I rate this movie: A.

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