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Star Trek Nemesis

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stuart Baird
Produced by Rick Berman
Written by Story:
John Logan
Rick Berman
Brent Spiner
Screenplay:
John Logan
Starring See Cast
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Jeffrey L. Kimball
Editing by Dallas Puett
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) December 13, 2002 (2002-12-13)
Running time 116 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $67,312,826
Preceded by Star Trek: Insurrection
Followed by Star Trek

Star Trek Nemesis is a 2002 American science fiction film directed by Stuart Baird, written by John Logan (from a story developed by Logan, Brent Spiner, and producer Rick Berman), and with music composed by Jerry Goldsmith. It is the tenth feature film in the Star Trek franchise, and the fourth and final film to star the cast from the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. It follows the mission of the crew of the USS Enterprise-E as they are forced to deal with a threat to the United Federation of Planets from a Reman named Shinzon who has taken control of the Romulan Star Empire in a coup.

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Plot

The film opens on the Romulan Imperial Senate being presented by the military with plans to invade the Federation. The Praetor dismisses the proposal and rebukes the military. Afterward, a senator takes leave of the senate, leaving a small object behind. The object opens, releasing a green mist into the air that covers the room. Moments later, everyone in the room, including the Praetor, dies — victims of a political assassination.

As the crew of the USS Enterprise prepares to bid farewell to longtime first officer William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), who are soon to be married on Betazed, they discover a positronic energy signal on a planet in the Kolaran system, a system near the Romulan Neutral Zone. An away team consisting of Picard, Worf, and Data take a shuttle to Kolarus III and discover the remnants of an android resembling Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner). When the android is reassembled, it reveals its name is B-4, and the crew deduce it to be a less-advanced predecessor of Data.

The Enterprise is then ordered by Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) to conduct a diplomatic mission to Romulus. Admiral Janeway informs Picard that the Romulan government has undergone a military coup and is now controlled by a mysterious Reman named Shinzon (Tom Hardy). This is a surprising development, as the Romulans had regarded Remans as an undesirable caste, generally used as slave labor.

Upon their arrival to Romulus, the crew learns that Shinzon is actually a clone of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. While he claims to want peace and freedom for the Remans, he also unveils his flagship, a heavily armed warship named Scimitar.

Shinzon's plan soon becomes apparent. The crew of the Enterprise discovers that the Scimitar is emitting low level thalaron radiation, which is extremely dangerous. Several unauthorized accesses to computer systems take place aboard the Enterprise. Finally, Counselor Troi is psychically attacked by Shinzon. Soon thereafter, Picard is transported aboard the Scimitar so Shinzon may receive a transfusion of Picard's genetic material. Shinzon also transports B-4 aboard his ship, revealing that Shinzon was behind the placing of B-4 on Kolarus III in order to lure Picard to Romulus. However, B-4 is revealed to actually be Data in disguise. Data rescues Picard and they make their escape back to the Enterprise.

The Enterprise heads back to Federation space, and is soon ambushed by the Scimitar. Due to the Scimitar's ability to fire its disruptors while cloaked the Enterprise is outgunned and on the verge of defeat. Two Romulan Warbirds come to the aid of the Enterprise, claiming to oppose the rogue Shinzon's plans, giving the Enterprise a fighting chance. Shinzon proves to be a excellent military tactician, destroying one Warbird and disabling the other. Refocusing his attention on Picard, Shinzon heavily damages the Enterprise and gains the upper hand once again.

Refusing to surrender, Picard orders the damaged Enterprise to ram the Scimitar, disabling it, and preventing it from continuing on to Earth. Shinzon then activates the Scimitar's thalaron weapon, determined on taking the Enterprise down with him. Picard boards the Scimitar to stop the weapon and ends up fighting Shinzon. Picard kills Shinzon by impaling him through the abdomen with a long piece of metal, which the murderously determined Shinzon then forces into his own body to get close enough to confront Picard. The fight ends with Picard victorious, but unable to deactivate the weapon.

Data arrives with a single use personal transporter and has the captain beamed back to the Enterprise before ultimately sacrificing himself to shut down the weapon and destroy the ship.

While the severely damaged Enterprise is repaired in a space dock, Picard bids farewell to newly promoted Captain Riker, who is off to command the USS Titan. Picard then meets with B-4, whereupon he learns that, much like when Spock's katra had been planted in Leonard McCoy's mind at the end of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Data had copied the seeds of his neural net into B-4's positronic matrix not long before his death, giving hope that B-4 may one day have the same capacity for growth that Data enjoyed and keeping Dr. Soong's legacy alive.

Cast

Production

Star Trek: First Contact and Insurrection director Jonathan Frakes was not offered to direct; if he had, he would have accepted it again.[1] Frakes has gone on record that if he had directed Nemesis, the box office business would have been better than it was. He has said that director Stuart Baird (who had no prior knowledge of the franchise) is one of the reasons why the film failed at the box office.

The film, as with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, was cut by about a third from a much longer running time. Many of the deleted scenes in the movie were "character moments", which served to further the characters' relationships with one another and the reason why they were cut was more emphasis on the battle between the Enterprise-E and the Scimitar. Rick Berman has stated that about 50 minutes worth of scenes were filmed, but cut (though not necessarily all of them were usable in a final form, some might be redundant with other scenes, etc.). Around 17 minutes of deleted scenes were included on the DVD, including:

  • A private conversation between Picard and Data over a glass of wine ("Chateau Picard," which is also drunk in the toast to Data at the end of the film) in which they discuss the fact the crew of the Enterprise is starting to move on with their lives; Data examines the flute from "The Inner Light" at the start of the scene.
  • Early introduction of Shinzon in the film (right after the wedding reception). This is the scene that includes the dialogue from the theatrical trailers, "But in darkness there is strength..." (Viceroy) and "The time we have dreamed of is at hand... the mighty Federation will fall before us..." (Shinzon).
  • The second mental invasion scene of Counselor Troi in the Turbolift. It also includes Shinzon's line from the teaser, "Don't fear."
  • A scene of Picard walking with Troi down a corridor and Troi explaining to him that he and Shinzon are two different people. This scene includes the line from the trailer, "it was like a part of me had been stolen..." (Picard)
  • Sick-bay getting ready for battle, in which a short dialogue between Dr. Crusher and Picard is shown.
  • An extended version of the scene in which Crusher visits Picard in his quarters. In this extended version Crusher tells Picard that Shinzon is a different person, not the man [Picard] she has known for over 30 years. Picard kisses Crusher on the cheek to thank her for her visit.
  • Worf warning Picard about the Romulans just before they leave for Romulus. This scene includes the dialogue from the trailer, "I recommend extreme caution..." (Worf)
  • Riker and Troi discussing their honeymoon plans with Worf.
  • An extended version of Picard's first meeting with Shinzon.

Nemesis was to have been the first Star Trek film to feature the character of Wesley Crusher (played by actor Wil Wheaton). His scenes were almost entirely cut from the film, leaving only a brief, silent cameo during the wedding (which itself is only visible in widescreen presentations as he sits at the far end of the table). A deleted scene on the collector's-edition DVD features a brief conversation between Wesley and Picard: Wesley, now a lieutenant in operations-division gold, has returned to Starfleet and is a member of Captain Riker's engineering crew on the USS Titan.

Three "extended ending" clips were included on the two-disc edition. The first was Picard talking to Dr. Crusher about her return to Starfleet Medical and Crusher remarking how she works with a bunch of young doctors who are ready to cure the entire quadrant. The second was Geordi and Worf packing Data's possessions in his quarters. As they are cleaning up Data's cat Spot jumps into Worf's hands and Worf states he is not a cat person. Geordi sees how Spot has taken to Worf and replies, "You are now." Immediately following this scene is the introduction of Commander Madden, which is included in the deleted scenes of the DVD. The third, titled "The Captain's Chair" features the goodbye scene between Riker and Picard, as well as the introduction of the new Enterprise first officer. The Captain's chair is newly installed with the special feature of automatic restraint straps that trigger when the ship goes to alert, to which Picard responds with a smile "It's about time!"

Nemesis was also the final Star Trek film to have a Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack, as the veteran composer died two years after its release.

Reception

Nemesis acted as a swan song for The Next Generation cast, as could be seen from the film's tagline of "A generation's final journey begins". The film was the least commercially successful in the franchise, and was poorly received by the majority of critics.[2] Reviews also opined that the response to the film was evidence that the franchise had become stale.[2]

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Box office

Star Trek Nemesis was released on December 13, 2002, in direct competition with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (released November 15, 2002), the 20th James Bond film Die Another Day (released November 22, 2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (released December 18, 2002).

The film's gross domestic income was the lowest of the franchise at $43,254,409 as of September 2008. It opened at #2 in the US box office (just $200,000 behind Maid in Manhattan)[3] and was the first Trek film not to debut at #1. It earned $67,312,826 worldwide on a budget of $60,000,000.[4]

Critics

Out of 148 professional reviews compiled by the Rotten Tomatoes film review database, 53 (37%) are positive, giving the film a "rotten" rating.[2] The film has earned a Metacritic score of 50 out of 100 (mixed or average) from 29 reviews.[5]

Some reviewers felt the response to Nemesis indicated that the Star Trek franchise had become worn. Roger Ebert stated in his review, "I'm smiling like a good sport and trying to get with the dialogue … and gradually it occurs to me that "Star Trek" is over for me. I've been looking at these stories for half a lifetime, and, let's face it, they're out of gas."[6] Rotten Tomatoes ratings consensus as of 16 March 2009 indicates “Nemesis has an interesting premise and some good action scenes, but the whole affair feels a bit tired.”[7] Rick Berman (executive producer of the film) has suggested that Nemesis's performance may have been negatively affected by "the competition of other films".[8]

In promotional interviews for the film, Patrick Stewart stated that room for a sequel was left as B-4 begins singing, "Blue Skies."[9]

Home media

On May 20, 2003, Star Trek Nemesis was released on DVD in both anamorphic widescreen and full screen editions in Region 1 (it was also released on full screen VHS). This initial release contained an audio commentary by director Stuart Baird, four featurettes on the film's production, seven deleted scenes, a photo gallery, and a preview for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine on DVD at Amazon.com. Also on October 4, 2005, Star Trek Nemesis was released on UMD in widescreen for Region 1 only; it's the only Star Trek ever released on UMD.

The initial release was followed up with a "Special Collector's Edition" in Region 1 on October 4, 2005. Although this two-disc set contained several additional features, it also duplicated some of the features found in the initial release.[10] It has also been criticized for not reintegrating several deleted scenes into the film, à la Star Trek: The Motion Picture, to improve the narrative.[citation needed]

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From Wikiquote

Star Trek Nemesis (Paramount Pictures, 2002) is the tenth feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. From a scipt by John Logan, it is likely the last Star Trek film to feature the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-E become involved in when the new Romulan Praetor Shinzon makes overtures for peace with the Federation. Surprisingly, Shinzon is not from Romulus, but from Remus, a native of the twin world of Romulus. But he is not even a normal Reman at that. Picard faces a new, very personal enemy, and the Enterprise-E is tasked with preventing a costly reignition of war between Romulus and Earth.

Directed by Stuart Baird. Written by John Logan, Rick Berman, and Brent Spiner.
A Generation's Final Journey Begins

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Jean-Luc Picard

  • [Picard toasts Riker and Troi] Will Riker, you have been my trusted right arm for fifteen years. You have kept my course true and steady. Deanna Troi, you've been my guide and my conscience. You have helped me recognize the better parts of myself. You are my family. And in best maritime tradition, I wish you both clear horizons. My good friends... make it so.
  • [while being shot at during a car chase] I think it's time to try some unsafe velocities!
  • [near a replicator] Tea, Earl Grey, hot.
  • [seeing the Scimitar for the first time. With awe] She's a predator...
  • If there is one ideal that the Federation holds most dear it is that all men... all races can be united. What better example than a Starfleet captain standing in the Romulan Senate. Nothing would make me more proud than to take your hand in friendship... in time... when that trust has been earned.
  • [voiceover] Captain's Personal Log. The crew has responded with the dedication I've come to expect of them... And like a thousand other commanders on a thousand other battlefields, I wait for the dawn.

Data

  • I will always be puzzled by the human predilection for piloting vehicles at unsafe velocities.
  • [last word] Good-bye.

Shinzon

  • [to Donatra] If you ever touch me again... I'll kill you.
  • Tea, hot.
  • [speaking to Picard via a holographic transmission.] I'll show you my true nature. Our nature. And as Earth dies - remember I will always forever be Shinzon of Remus. And my voice shall echo through time long after yours has faded to a dim memory.
  • Some ideals are worth dying for, aren't they Jean-Luc?
  • [last words] I'm glad we're together now. Our destiny's complete.

B-4

  • B-4: [observes Picard] Why do you have a shiny head?
  • B-4: [observes Riker] Why does the tall man have a furry face?

Dialogue

Senator: Senators, consider the opportunities for the Empire. At last, the destinies of the planets Romulus and Remus will be united. Shinzon of Remus is offering us a chance to make ourselves stronger than ever before. It would be madness to reject it. I beg you not to let prejudice or politics interfere with this alliance. By joining Shinzon's forces with ours, not even the mighty Federation will be able to stand in our way.
Praetor Hiren: That's enough!
[first lines]

Jean-Luc Picard: Duty. A starship captain's life is filled with solemn duty. I have commanded men in battle. I have negotiated peace treaties between implacable enemies. I have represented the Federation in First Contact with twenty-seven alien species. But none of this compares with my solemn duty today... as best man. Now, I know on an occasion such as this, it is expected that I be gracious and fulsome in my praise on the wonders of this blessed union. But have the two of you considered what you are doing to me?! Of course, you're happy, but what about my needs? This is all a damned inconvenience. I mean, while you are happily settling in on the Titan, I will be training my new First Officer. You all know him. He's a tyrannical martinet who will never, ever allow me to go on away missions.
Data: That is the regulation, sir. Starfleet Code Section 12, Paragraph Four...
Jean-Luc Picard: Mr. Data?
Data: Sir?
Jean-Luc Picard: Shut up.
Data: Yes, sir.
Jean-Luc Picard: 15 years I've been waiting to say that.

Geordi La Forge: You ever think about getting married again?
Guinan: No. Twenty-three was my limit.
[Worf with a hangover, groans with his head down on the table.]
Guinan: Worf? Are you all right?
Worf: Romulan ale should be illegal.
Geordi La Forge: It is.
Worf: Then it should be more illegal.

Deanna Troi: That was a lovely toast.
Jean-Luc Picard: It's from the heart.
Deanna Troi: And you needn't worry. I'm going to brief your new counsellor everything she needs to know.
Jean-Luc Picard: Like hell you are. You already know too much about me. But I take it, there will be no speeches during the ceremony on Betazed.
William Riker: No... no speeches and no clothes.
[Data on stage, toasts Riker and Troi]
Data: Ladies and gentlemen and invited transgendered species...

Jean-Luc Picard: Don't worry, Number One. We'll still have you to Betazed with plenty of time to spare.
William Riker: Thank you, sir.
Jean-Luc Picard: [to Worf] Where we will all honor the Betazoid tradition [regarding nude marriages]. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be in the gym.

William Riker: Captain, I don't have to remind you--
Jean-Luc Picard: I appreciate you concern, Number One. But, I have been itching to try the Argo.
William Riker: I'll bet.
Jean-Luc Picard: Captain's prerogative. There's no foreseeable danger. And your wife would never have forgiven me if anything would have happened to you. You have the bridge... Mister Troi!
[The bridge crew laughs heartily at Riker's momentary demotion to house husband.]

Kathryn Janeway: Jean-Luc, how'd you like a trip to Romulus?
Jean-Luc Picard: With or without the rest of the fleet?
Kathryn Janeway: A diplomatic mission. We've been invited, believe it or not.

Kathryn Janeway: The Son'a, the Borg, the Romulans-- you seem to get all the easy assignments.
Jean-Luc Picard: Just lucky, Admiral.
Kathryn Janeway: Let's hope that luck holds. Janeway out.

Jean-Luc Picard: Helmsman, lay in a new course. Take us to Romulus, warp eight.
Officer Branson: Aye aye, sir. Course plotted and laid in.
William Riker: Romulus?
Jean-Luc Picard: I'm afraid the Opal Sea will have to wait, Number One. Engage.

Data: B-4, do you know where you are?
B-4: I am in a room...with lights!

Shinzon: My life is meaningless as long as you're still alive. What am I while you exist? A shadow? An echo?
Jean-Luc Picard: If your issues are about me, then deal with me. This has nothing to do with my ship-- nothing to do with the Federation.
Shinzon: Oh, but it does. We will no longer bow before anyone as slaves; not the Romulans, and not your mighty Federation. We are a race bred for war and conquest.

Shinzon: You are me. The same noble Picard blood runs through our veins. Have you lived my life, you'd be doing exactly as I am. So look in the mirror. See yourself. Consider that, Captain. I can think of no greater torment for you.
Jean-Luc Picard: Shinzon. I'm a mirror for you as well.
Shinzon: Not for long, Captain. I'm afraid you won't survive to witness the victory of the echo over the voice.

Jean-Luc Picard: Why have you brought me here?!
Shinzon: [sarcastically] I was lonely.

Data: [as B-4] Move, puny human animal.
Jean-Luc Picard: [whispering] A bit less florid, Data.

Data: I must deactivate you.
B-4: For how long?
Data: Indefinitely.
B-4: How long is that--
Data: A long time, brother.

Data: The B-4 is physically identical to me, although his neural pathways are not as advanced. But even if they were, he would not be me.
Jean-Luc Picard: How can you be sure?
Data: I aspire, sir, to be better than I am. B-4 does not. Nor does Shinzon.

Geordi La Forge: Captain, we're being hailed.
Jean-Luc Picard: On screen. [remembers that the viewscreen has been destroyed] Open a channel.
Donatra: [over the intercom] This is Commander Donatra of the Valdore. We're dispatching shuttles with medical personnel and supplies.
Jean-Luc Picard: Thank you, Commander.
Donatra: You've earned a friend in the Romulan Empire today, Captain. I hope the first of many. Valdore out.

B-4: Never saw the sun... never saw the sun... never saw the sun...
Jean-Luc Picard: Shining so bright...
B-4: Shining so bright, never saw things...
Jean-Luc Picard: Going so right.
B-4: Going so right...
[last lines]

Deleted dialogue

  • Reman Viceroy: But in darkness... there is strength.
  • Shinzon: The mighty Federation will fall before us, as I promised you. The time we have dreamed of is at hand.
  • Worf: I recommend extreme caution.
  • Jean-Luc Picard: It was as if a part of me had been stolen.
  • Jean-Luc Picard: [alternate last line] It's a place where... where no one has gone before.

Cast

Actor Role
Patrick Stewart Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Brent Spiner Lt. Commander Data/B-4
Jonathan Frakes William T. Riker
LeVar Burton Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn Lt. Commander Worf
Gates McFadden Dr. Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis Counselor Deanna Troi
Ron Perlman Reman Viceroy
Tom Hardy Praetor Shinzon
Dina Meyer Romulan Commander Donatra
Jude Ciccolella Romulan Commander Suran
Kate Mulgrew Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway
Whoopi Goldberg Guinan (uncredited)
Wil Wheaton Lt. Wesley Crusher

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The Motion Picture · II: The Wrath of Khan · III: The Search for Spock · IV: The Voyage Home · V: The Final Frontier · VI: The Undiscovered Country

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