Star Trek: Nemesis

Year: 2003
Studio: Paramount
Director: Stuart Baird
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Levar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Marina Sirtis, Tom Hardy, Ron Perlman
As franchises go, Star Trek is one strictly for fans. Newcomers will see only a hackneyed, insane-despot-threatens-the-galaxy-plot and the bizarre characters they've always wondered about the significance of.

But for fans, it's a revisiting to old friends you know well, and a welcome one. The plot is fairly paper thin, but it's also a welcome relief to see the sort of special effects and action a film budget allows.

The Enterprise D crew is coming to an end. Troi and Riker are going to Betazed to get married, after which Riker's being reassigned.

But an unexpected surprise makes them detour (like is always does). The Romulans' new Preator wants to talk peace. He turns out to be a Reman (who - in the opening sequence - has dispatched the entire Romulan council with a new weapon) named Shinzon, who also happens to be cloned from Picard's genetic material, and a perfect copy of his (Picard's) younger self.

The underlying theme is of the individual self, and what determines it. Into the mix is also a second Data, created to double cross the Enterprise crew into falling into Shinzon's dastardly plans of domination.

By nature of the film's length, some characters aren't paid the screen time they deserve, but when the end comes, including Data's destruction and Riker's reassignment, it does convey a sense of closure even though you're hoping for more fanfare. In the real world, all the actors from TNG crew have said it'll be their last time. So thank God we finally got to see Troi (Sirtis) in a slinky satin nightie.

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