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Star Trek: Nemesis delights, disappoints

by Writer, staff writer

Star Trek is back on the big screen again with the Next Generation Enterprise crew sent to the planet Romulus where Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy) talks peace to disguise aggression.

For Next Generation fans, the film is both attractive and disappointing. On the plus side is the long-awaited wedding of Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Troi (Marina Sirtis) and the discovery of B - 4 (Before?), a prototype of the Enterprise android crew member, Data (both played by Brent Spiner). Moreover, the young antagonist, Shinzon, is a clone of Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart). However, a surprisingly sad ending, changes the crew of the Enterprise forever.


One of the film successes is Shinzon, whose character is both fully developed and full of surprises. Since most of the regular characters of the Next Generation are familiar to the audience, he is the one who grabs our attention draws us into the world of Star Trek. Unlike the mature and self-controlled Picard, Shinzon is ambitious, reckless, and emotional--just as Picard may have been when young.

In comparison, other characters seem rather flat and lifeless. At Riker and Troi’s wedding, people look happy, but there is little excitement or emotion. Even when one of the most beloved characters of Star Trek series meets a tragic but heroic end, the crews’ reactions seem ordinary and formal. Considering all the years they have been working together, overcoming countless adventures, and forming deep friendships, this seems unnatural, and Next Generation fans, attached to the characters after long years of watching them, may feel cheated.

The film is filled with many action scenes that make Star Trek attractive to the young. It is simply fun to watch them, even though they are not very original. The exception is the battle scene between the Enterprise and Shinzon’s Romulan ship, which is and breath-taking. The detailed presentation of the fatal fight and destruction of the ships is amazing and certainly worth the ticket price. True, hard core fans might be disappointed by the shallow characterization of the familiar crew, but the uniquely strong antagonist makes up for it. Even someone who does not know Star Trek can enjoy the film for its many action scenes, dynamic human drama, and amazing space adventure.


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