Star Trek Nemesis on DVD
We can just hear the Simpsons comic book guy on this Star Trek
outing: Worst Episode Ever.
And hed be wrong. Star Trek V the Final Frontier is
worse. But that doesnt mean Star Trek Nemesis isnt bad.
Well, it isn't bad, but it's certainly not one of the series' best.
Still, upon revisiting it to review this Collector's Edition, we
enjoyed it much more than on our first viewing - and we really enjoyed
the top notch picture and sound quality of this new DVD version.
We were really looking forward to this flick. We loved Star
Trek the Next Generation on TV, mostly, and think Star
Trek First Contact is one of the best Trek movies ever. But
the TNG crews big screen outings have been spotty at best
and this one is spotty all through.
Its also derivative in the extreme, pulling stuff from Star Treks
own past and regurgitating it in a manner so tiring that it looks almost as
if the cast is having trouble keeping awake. Even Patrick Stewart, the best
Trek captain ever, is so reserved here hes almost whispering his lines
as if he doesnt want to disturb the rest of the gang.
The story sees the Romulans making contact with the Federation
and hinting at peace as the Klingons did in ST VI, led by
a person from Picards past (kind of, like in ST II), and it
ends with a beloved cast member sacrificing himself to save the
Enterprise and its crew. Gee, where have we seen that B-4? The list
of recycled ideas goes on and on.
And whats with Potsie - sorry, Riker - marrying Troi? Wasn't
she doing the limbo with Worf, or was that our imagination?
On the upside, were introduced to the Romulans sister planet
Remus and the uglies who live there. Its kind of neat, though it isnt
really exploited and we came away from the movie not really understanding how
the Remans really managed to infiltrate the Romulans when theyre nothing
more than a slave race.
Maybe its just us
The only crew members who really have anything of substance to do in this film
are Picard and Data; the rest seem to be there mostly for continuity and residual
checks. And as plodding as the storyline is, the cast is even more plodding.
The effects are terrific, but as witnessed in that this was
a generations final journey", we hoped that if this were
to be the last TNG movie that theyd go out with
a bang. No such luck.
Hopefully theyll try again, and more successfully.
The DVDs excellent, though. Its presented in anamorphic
widescreen, 16x9 TV compatibleand the picture quality is excellent,
with rich colors and a razor sharp image. Unfortunately, the movie
was shot with a very dark look, so a certain amount of the image
sharpness is wasted.
Audio is Dolby Digital and dts 5.1 surround, and its very
good as well, with nice use of the low frequency effects during
the many explosions and the like.
You also get plenty of extras, kind of like youd expect in
the Collector's Edition. First up is a running commentary by director
Stuart Baird, the man whose name we first remember from Superman
the Movie (he was editor). There's also a commentary
from producer Rick Berman and a text commentary by Michael Okuda
and Denise Okuda.
Disc two includes bunch of stuff, some of which was on the original
DVD release. New Frontiers (Baird on Directing Nemesis), A Bold
Vision of the Final Frontier, A Star Trek Family's Final Journey
and Red Alert: Shooting the Action of Nemesis. Its pretty
interesting stuff, though it also tends (not surprisingly) to make
the movie appear to be much better than it is.
There are also deleted scenes that are quite interesting but which
wouldnt have saved them movie, a photo gallery, and some stuff
on the Romulan Empire as well as trailers etc.
This is a very good DVD of a mediocre Star Trek episode. Try again,
Paramount, and take some risks this time. How about going
where no one has gone before, again?
Star Trek Nemesis, from Paramount Home Entertainment
116 min. anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1, 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby
Digital and dts 5.1 surround
Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael
Dorn, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis
Produced by Rick Berman,
Written by John Logan, directed by Stuart Baird
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