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The Enterprise and it's Charlie Brown Halloween costume script! You know, all the holes?

  • Jun 21, 2009
Star Trek movies have always been entertaining whether they are good (Wrath of Khan, Undiscovered Country) or bad (Generations, The Final Frontier) but all of them at least had a story that you only needed a grain of salt or three to accept.  Insurrection needs the whole salt shaker.

Captain Picard of the Enterprise has picked up a distress call from way out in the hinterlands of space where a Federation special forces team of sorts is watching an alien civilization alongside a local alien group, the Son'a.  Something has gone wrong and Data the Enterprise android has run amok.  When Picard arrives he learns that the Federation is involved in a conspiracy involving the Son'a in an attempt to steal the energy from the planet that can be used for medicinal and longevity practices and save billions.  Stop right there.

We learn that this planet has mysterious healing powers which regenerates dead cells in the body and if the energy is harvested, it would leave the planet uninhabitable requiring the planets inhabitants to relocate, which Picard deems could lead to their destruction as other forced relocations have.  The technology would be able to be a benefit to the inhabitants which are not even a thousand total to help BILLIONS.  Billions with a B, BUH!  Picard is ready to risk his life and his senior crews life who are ready to santd up for the planet.  The needs of the one truly outweigh the needs of the many I guess.  It's a good thing cable news stations don't exist in the 24th century cause I know what would be a hot button issue.

The action scenes on the planet are nice with Picard and company with phaser rifles shooting small robot devices trying to abduct the crew.  The space action doesn't fare quite so well with the Enterprise, the Federations most powerful vessel running away from an attacking force of two solitary ships.  The Enterprise didn't have a problem dropping fire on the Borg ship in First Contact, but here you'd be surprised that they even had weapons at all.  The tactic they use to get away is clever but it's done showing off some great production values in the form of a $20 Gravis PC joystick.

Some stories start and then either get abandonned or undeveloped.  The story at the start gives you a feel of a Heart Of Darkness with Picard going off to find Data and learn what happened to him and why it happened.  It never gets fully exploited.  In the presance of the planet with it's regenatitive properties, the crew starts to feel younger again with Riker and Troi rekindling their old relationship.  Picard...falls for a local woman on the planet.  This could have been the chance for Picard and Beverly's relationship to take off.  In hindsight, Beverly has fewer episodes of the TV show devoted to her and in the movies, you could swear she was left out of all of them.  Worse, the movie has it's case of the sillys with Picard cutt'in a rug with a mambo and stupid Data comedy (ironically only First Contact is without stupid Data comedy moments and it's the best of the Next Gen movies).

Star Trek Insurrection is not terrible but it's major lapses in logic concerning the plot and other missed opertunities considering Beverly and the hinted at but never explored Federation opinions of how the planets powers should/could be utilized.  Brian Williams or Bill O' Reilly could cover it and get it some press. 
Picard and Crusher fight back for the planet Data playing in the hay F Murray Abraham as Ru'Afo Riker keeps the Enterprise together So'na plastic surgery lab Picard leads a rescue team

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