When Star Trek: Nemesis was released, it quickly became one of the most poorly-received films of the Trek catalogue. That's a shame, really, because it features one of the best villains to face off with Picard and company in the Next Generation, Shinzon.
Praetor Shinzon, portrayed by Tom Hardy, is essentially Picard with a grudge. He was a clone of Picard who the Romulans originally meant to use in order to infiltrate the Federation. When the plan is scrapped, so is Shinzon. He's exiled to Remus, where the Remans are treated as slave labor for the Romulans. This begins Shinzon's deep hatred for Romulus and, eventually, pretty much everyone else.
As the story begins, the Romulan Senate is overthrown (and dusted, literally) by Romulans sympathetic to the plans of Shinzon. Once the Senate is dispatched, Shinzon becomes praetor and sets his two-part plan into action. As Picard's clone, he suffers from the same childhood rare illness that affected Jean-Luc. In order to cure himself, the first part of his plan is to lure Picard to him in order to extract some of the captain's DNA and heal his ailments. While he does successfully entice Picard to meet with him, the second part of his plan is also uncovered by the Enterprise.
That part of the plan is for Shinzon to basically load up his decked out, thalaron-radiation-firing-while cloaked flagship, the Scimitar, on a mission hellbent to destroy Earth and eventually anyone else who gets in his way.
Of course, Picard won't let this happen, and the chess match begins. What makes this engagement so interesting is the fact that Picard can think like Shinzon and vice versa. It eventually boils down to a bold move by Picard (and an unexpected assist) that may or may not seal Shinzon's fate. You'll have to watch the film to find out what goes down.
What makes Shinzon such an excellent villain is the fact that he is Picard at a young and very egotistical age. He believes that nothing can stop him and has no problem throwing spoiled-boy tantrums to get his way. He even believes he can outsmart the "old man" that is Picard.
In the end, he's a very enjoyable villain who does draw a bit of sympathy from me. He's an angsty version of a young Picard, and it's a real treat to watch him face off with his genetic equivalent.
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