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Star trek: Insurrection - Gene Roddenberry, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner

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Episode propaganda

The battle for paradise has begun.

When Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) of the Enterprise gets word that Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner) has run amok and taken a cultural survey team hostage, his first concern is to save Data - who will have to be destroyed if he cannot be repaired. But when Picard investigates, he finds something strange about the Ba'ku, the race the survey team was observing. The Enterprise command team also discovers that there is more to the supposed cultural survey than they had been told. Soon, Captain Picard is forced to choose between disobeying a direct order and violating the Prime Directive of the Federation.

Persons of interest

  • Patrick Stewart .... Captain Jean-Luc Picard
  • Jonathan Frakes .... Commander Will Riker, Director
  • Michael Dorn .... Lieutenant Commander Worf
  • Brent Spiner .... Lieutenant Commander Data
  • Gates McFadden .... Commander Doctor Beverly Crusher
  • Marina Sirtas .... Counsellor Deanna Troi
  • LeVar Burton .... Commander Geordi La Forge
  • Donna Murphy .... Anij
  • F Murray Abraham .... Ru'afo
  • Gregg Henry .... Gallatin
  • Michael Welch .... Artim
  • Anthony Zerbe .... Admiral Dougherty
  • Armin Shimerman .... Quark
  • Max Grodénchik .... Starfleet Security Officer
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Creator
  • Rick Berman .... Storywriter
  • Michael Piller .... Storywriter, Screenwriter

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

Star trek: Insurrection is big screen TV episode.

Despite the promise of the poster and the title, this film is easily the weakest of the three next generation films, although nowhere near as big a dog as the first Original series film, Star trek: The motion picture. That would take some doing. While the poster is not, as one wit postulated, the Enterprise going to ramming speed in order to hit the big being head on the nose, it does give a false impression; the title does this, too. One expects that your beloved crew would be putting down an insurrection, not starting one. I guess that's supposed to be a plot twist.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time the crew of the Enterprise has disobeyed orders in the name of the Prime Directive and this time it's for an insignificant little planet with nothing much else going on in the galaxy. The attempts to bring in the rest of the Star trek universe by mentioning Borg and Dominion are transparent for their artificiality. Saying that the Son'a have been playing around with the narcotic ketracel white so that the UFP needs to cement an alliance with them (if only to stop the Dominion getting their hands on it) isn't enough. Sure, it's nice to hear someone say that the UFP is doomed and it's nice to know that there are cultures that aren't in one of the empires, but that doesn't take a movie.

There are some nice special effects, a couple of funny bits, and some action but the story is weak, too many answers are readily available and too many concessions have been made to the non-Trekkie audience. Captain Picard action hero is a little bit out of character. Hmmm?

And while we're at it, why is the Enterprise destroyed (or nearly so) whenever Riker is in charge? And how many times can Worf just happen to be in the area whenever there's a movie? And why are 23rd century kids all Aryan? And is it just me or are the Son'a a little bit like the Vidiians?

This is just a relatively enjoyable piece of entertainment which will pass a couple of hours but which will disappoint the hard-core Trekkies.

Security censorship classification

PG

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 11 February 2000

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