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The Franchise Continues With This Rather Weak Entry

  • Mar 9, 2008
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Pros: Very nice special effects.

Cons: Not interesting enough; nothing new under the sun.

The Bottom Line: This one is best viewed on a cold Saturday afternoon with nothing better to do.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

The Star Trek franchise has been alive for over forty years now and in the later part of the 㣾’s it seemed to be in full swing. Although Star Trek The Next Generation had gone off the television airwaves, Star Trek Deep Space Nine was still one the air and following a compelling story-line about a wormhole to another galaxy. And the Star Trek movies were still being made, and in 1998 Star Trek Insurrection was released.

The Story-Line

Directed by Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: First Contact, Roswell) Star Trek Insurrection parallels what is going on in Star Trek Deep Space Nine. The United Federation of Planets is splintering. The enemy(s) is at the preverbal galactic gate; The Borg, The Dominion, The Kardasians have all taken their toll on Federation resources and it—The Federation—is looking for new blood, new membership to fill the ranks of the lost. And now they’re in league with the Devil so-to-speak, the Devil in the guise of the Son'a who wants to remove a race of people, The Ba’ku from their planet. A planet it turns out that is a Fountain of Youth, a Paradise, so to speak. Picard and crew must stop them.

All of the regulars are back for this somewhat exciting romp in the Briar Patch, a region of space wherein no communications can escape. The movie begins as Commander Data (Brent Spiner – Night Court, Gargoyles, Threshold) malfunctions exposing the Federation/Son’a collaboration, one that seeks to move the Ba’Ku to a hologram ship to be transported off the planet so the Son’a can collect its life giving rings, the by-product of which, will destroy it.

My Thoughts

Star Trek Insurrection is little more than a prolonged episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. There is no new ground explored here, no forward or backward movement in the fate of the Federation. To be sure the movie was fun to watch and the new U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1D is seriously cool looking.

And speaking of visuals the special effects are what one has come to expect from Star Trek movies. The images are especially crisp, and the mostly computer-generated graphics give the deep space sequences a polish that they have heretofore not obtained.

Stalwart composer Jerry Goldsmith is back for his fourth feature overall and his second consecutive film. His sound lends an element of musical continuity to the Star Trek franchise. Meanwhile, in his second turn in the director’s chair Jonathan Frakes proves (sort of) that he understands what makes Star Trek work on the big screen. He injected a bit of humor, emotion, and human interaction into the movie that was missing from the television program, and the movie was better for it. For instance Frakes’ Commander Riker and Marina Sirtis’ Commander Deanna Troi finally seem to be getting together. Those of us who watched ST: The Next Generation can appreciate that turn of events.

By the time Star Trek Insurrection hit the silver screen the franchise was clearly running out of stories to tell; quite frankly Commander Riker should have been given his own command and series. Now that would have been interesting. This one is best viewed on a cold Saturday afternoon with nothing better to do.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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I am an IT Professional and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I may be a computer geek, but I also like reading, writing, cooking, music, current events and regretfully, politics.
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