Here it is, as spoiler-free as I dare make it.

Star Trek: Nemesis

Cast & Crew

Directed by Stuart Baird
Story by John Logan, Rick Berman, and Brent Spiner

Patrick Stewart as
Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Jonathan Frakes as
Commander William T. Riker
Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander
LeVar Burton as Lt. Commander
Geordi La Forge
Michael Dorn as Lt. Commander
Gates McFadden as Dr.
Beverly Crusher
Marina Sirtis as Counselor
Deanna Troi
Tom Hardy as Praetor
Ron Perlman as Reman Viceroy

Dina Meyer as Commander

Full IMDB Listing

Original Release Date

December 13, 2002


After the Enterprise is diverted to the Romulan planet of Romulus, supposedly because they want to negotiate a truce, the Federation soon find out the Romulans are planning an attack on Earth.


So, here we are my friends. Four years. Four painfully long years. The critics have trashed it and (gag) “Maid in Manhattan” beat it at the box office. So what’s the real scoop?

Simply put: It’s a great Star Trek movie. In short, the first half of the movie pushes it down, where the last half is absolutely awesome (sound like another Sci-Fi flick of 2002?).

The reviewer at MSNBC accused it of having “a case of the cutes.” I only saw that in the opening sequence, the Riker-Troi wedding. And even then it’s not that bad. We’re getting to see some old friends for the first time in four years. We’re allowed a little schmaltz.

Now, I’m not going to defend the movie from all of the negative reviews it has received. That’s disingenuous to you all. John Logan is obviously a Star Trek fan, perhaps too much a fan. There are way too many places where he’s done an homage (that’s Hollywood-speak for ripping off) almost every Trek film that’s been made before Nemesis. To be fair, that may not be his sole doing, since Spiner and Berman also get writing credits.

High Point

Personally it was when the Enterprise makes a run straight at the Scimitar. My wife turned to me and said, “Playing chicken?” and I reply “Not…exactly.” Bless her for not paying any attention to the commercials that showed the sequence over and over and over…

The entire battle sequence at the end was just awesome. If you thought the one in Star Trek II was something, just hang on to your seat for this one.

Low Point

It’s not so much a spoiler, since every freaking preview shows it: Data’s flying leap from the Enterprise to the Scimitar was just too freaking cheesy. I almost closed my eyes so I wouldn’t have to watch it.

The Scores

Originality: It’s a mixed bag here. Some stuff is new, with some topical bits about cloning thrown into the mix. 4

Effects: Damn! I mean, daaaaamn! From the first establishing shot of Romulus to the final battle, the details are awesome. One thing I’ve always liked aboutStar Trek is its attention to the smooth, simple beauty of space and its starships. 6

Story: A little too easy to guess what would happen next. 4

Acting: Stewart is king! Whether he’s tooling about the desert or having a heart-to-heart with his friends, he’s probably the most gifted actor to grace the name Star Trek. 5

Emotional Response: There’s a piece at the end that left me moved, I won’t say what it is, but if you’ve read any of the leaked material, you know what I’m talking about. All in all it was great to see a group of favorites together again. 5

Production: Every set is stunning in it’s realism and detail from the Romulan Senate to the interiors of the Scimitar. 6

Overall: Star Trek fans I have but one thing to say to you: It’s an even numbered film. Go on and enjoy! 5

Total: 35 out of 42