Number of Times Seen – Between 5-10 times (Theater, video, DVD, 25 Mar 2014 and 23 Apr 2017)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – The crew of the Enterprise must travel to a distant secluded area of the galaxy to try and find out why Data has been malfunctioning during a supposedly simple observation mission.
My Take on it – This is far from being one of the best films in the franchise and it’s really safe to say that this is the weakest of the 4 films related to The Next generation cast.
That being said, it feels like an extended episode and is better than some of the boring episodes that popped up now and again during the show’s seven year run.
I really liked the way that they found a way to properly utilize some of the themes touched upon in different episodes along the way especially the observation aspect of secretly watching a primitive society and also the idea to covertly move them.
It was great to once again see the cast together for another adventure across the galaxy.
Yes, this film’s plot and script has numerous flaws, but I loved the way that the youthful themes apparently helped the characters seemed more energized with youthful exuberance despite all that.
The bad guys aren’t really so threatening or menacing here and surprisingly it isn’t 100% clear who the good guys are but that actually helps a bit with the idea that the line between good and evil is so thin that it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which side you are standing on.
The Gilbert & Sullivan song aspect of the plot is definitely a low point in the whole franchise but there are some great scenes here that clearly make up for that.
Bottom Line – Another fun addition to the franchise that wisely uses lots of themes touched upon during the TV show’s run. Nice to see the cast return and despite lots of flaws in the script, they all seem to feel energized by the youthfulness of the story itself. The bad guys aren’t really threatening enough and it really isn’t clear who the good guys are yet that is part of the charm of the theme where the line between both is so thin. The Gilbert & Sullivan song is definitely a very low point in the entire franchise. Recommend!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Anthony Zerbe originally auditioned for the role of Ru’afo, and was considered to be the best choice for it. However, the production team decided instead to cast him in the role of Vice Admiral Matthew Dougherty. During Zerbe’s audition, instead of reading the lines provided, he recited Dante’s Inferno before seamlessly moving into the script. Jonathan Frakes and the producers unanimously decided to award him the part of Dougherty. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (no change from original review)
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