Star Trek: Insurrection
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When the crew of the Enterprise learns of the Federation plot against inhabitants of a unique planet, Capt. Picard begins an open rebellion in an effort to defend the planets people and the principles in which the Federation was founded.
- Over 2 hours of new special features:
- Text commentary by Michael and Denise Okuda
- Behind-the-scenes production featurettes
- Creating the Illusion: shuttle chase; Drones; Duck Blind
- The Star Trek Universe: Westmore's Aliens; Star Trek's Beautiful Alien Women
- Archives: story board and photo gallery
- Theatrical and teaser trailers
- Original promotional featurette
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Some viewers scoffed at the notion that the Federation could have "mis-used" the Prime Directive, but in the Trek universe, anything's possible. Lapses in judgment and logic were part of Gene Roddenberry's "morality play" from the beginning. And besides, isn't this what makes good drama?
Capt. Picard is caught in a moral dilemma: Obey Federation orders and help "forcibly" relocate a peaceful alien race from their "fountain-of-youth" regenerating planet so that it can be "strip-mined" to help millions of others; or, oppose the Federation and defend this weaponless, technology-denounced, simple folk?
F. Murray Abraham plays the principal villian, Ru'Ofo, with over-the-top theatrical flair (not easy to do under a grotesque mask of prosthetics). His character becomes the chief motivator in trying to remove the Ba'Ku off the planet.
There are wonderful moments in subplot: Due to temporary exposure to the planet's regenerative effect, Riker and Troi rekindle their romance (as a result, Riker shaves off his beard!); Worf re-experiences Klingon puberty (complete with accelerated hair growth and acne); and the most heartfelt moment comes when LaForge's eyesight is temporarily restored, allowing him to see a sunrise for the first time, tears welling in his eyes. It's definitely LeVar Burton's finest moment.
There's also a sweet romance between Picard and a lovely Ba'Ku woman (Donna Murphy), as well as a poignant & charming friendship between the child-like Data and a 12-year old boy, who initially rejects him because he's a machine, but then grows to like Data.
But the moral issue embodies itself in the person of Admiral Dougherty (veteran actor Anthony Zerbe), who becomes entangled by his loyalty to the Federation and his faust-like partnership with Ru'Ofo.
There are some great action scenes here: Picard's retrieval of a malfunctioning Data in an exciting scout ship chase; the previously-mentioned malfunction, as a berserk Data jeopardizes a surveillance mission; and Ru'Ofo's scout ships swooping down and shooting "transporter tags" on the Ba'Ku.
But no Trek film would be complete without light comedy touches:
Picard: Mr. Worf, are you familiar with Gilbert & Sullivan?
Worf: No sir, I have not had a chance to review the crew roster.
Riker (spotting a giant zit on Worf's face): You Klingons don't do anything small, do you?
Worf (speaking to Picard from the alien vessel): They would like to discuss terms of surrender...it may also have something to do with having only 3 minutes of air left!
This a worthy addition to the Trek franchise, with Picard and crew sort of riding in like "the Magnificent Seven" and saving the day as they stand up for what they believe in.