Those 600 people occupy a planet that contains the healing and regenerative powers to help billions of ailing people throughout the federation. Life spans will be doubled and an entirely new medical science will be developed. The crux is that the non-indigenous population must be relocated to a different planet. The best of the series have always posed interesting allegories and this installment is in keeping with that heritage. However, no Star Trek film can escape the thinking that all the characters are trotted out to do their bit. For instance the romance between Riker (director,Jonathan Frakes) and Deanna has become uninvolved and perfunctory. The only characters that are fresh and vibrant is the enemy race of So’na, led by Ru’afo (F. Murray Abraham), a man with skin pulled so tight that he tears and bleeds through it when he gets angered. Nice touch
Insurrection is one of the most imaginative and handsomely designed productions in the entire series. Hard core SCI- Fi fans will appreciate the philosophic musings of the breezily paced entry. It also contains Patrick Stewart’s best performance as Capt. Picard. After a decade of playing the character, he stills finds subtle nuances to bring to an (as written) stale role. He is notably aided by an above average screenplay that gives him ample dramatic scenes with a few moments of humor and nobility mixed in. Those looking for the Star Wars-esque CGI spectacle of First Contact may be disappointed.
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, F. Murray Abraham