After hearing that Data (Spiner) had malfunctioned and taken
hostages during a survey mission on a unique planet, Captain Picard (Stewart)
and the crew of the Enterprise E have to investigate. After capturing Data,
Picard discovers that the inhabits of the planet, a race know as the Ba'ku,
have been blessed with extremely long lives and the Federation and a new
ally called the So'na plan mine the metagenic compound from the planet,
rendering the world uninhabitable. Concluding that this goes against everything
the Federation's Prime Directive stands for, Picard and his crew take on
the So'na and Admiral Dougherty (Zerbe) to protect the planet and its people.
Every Star Trek fan knows that only the even numbered films
in the franchise are any good but can the ninth movie change that assumption?
After the bringing adventure and action back to the franchise
with 'First Contact', executive producer and co-writer Rick Berman made
the brilliant decision of moving away from epic confrontation between old
enemies to bring us a film about environmental protection and not interfering
with small cultures. All the momentum gained from that grand battle with
the Borg has been instantly slapped out of the franchise to produce a movie
that feels more life a TV episode than a motion picture.
While the premise itself isn't that bad, it just doesn't have
the scope you'd expect in a movie and feels very lacklustre compared to
the previous film. The story about the inhabitants of a world with metagenic,
regenerative properties, making them forever young, having their way of
life threatened by the Federation and So'na who what to steal this most
valuable resource has potential, especially when you throw in Picard and
his crew's rebellion against their order, but it just doesn't have what
it takes to be a feature film script. The story is far too slight, the villains
are not evil enough and the action is a big let down, compared to the previous
films in the franchise and that even includes Star Trek V.
Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart again have the most developed
parts in the movie. Both Data and Captain Picard have the most lines and
development and the actors bring their best work to the roles. In fact if
wasn't for their inclusion, the film would be not as watchable. Jonathan
Frakes, LeVar Burton and Marina Sirtis get more screen time than usual but
not enough to make the fans happy. Michael Dorn is completely wasted and
there is no reason for him to have been there. Gates McFadden is her usual
waste of space however, playing one of the worst main characters in any
of the series. The guest stars fair abit better however, with a scene stealing
performance from an underused F. Murray Abraham, Anthony Zerbe playing the
easily manipulated Admiral Dougherty and the beautiful Donna Murphy supplying
Picard's love interest.
'Star Trek: Insurrection' isn't the worst film in the franchise
and it certainly isn't the best but it is watchable and enjoyable for fans.
Feeling more like an episode of the series than a feature film, 'Insurrection'
drains all of the momentum out of the series that 'First Contact' thrust
upon us, meaning that this isn't the movie that breaks the odd numbered
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic with Dolby Digital 5.1 and
dts soundtracks, the transfer is extremely good.
Text Commentary by Michael Okuda and Dennis Okuda
Throughout the movie fascinating facts about the production of the movie
and how it relates to the TV series are displayed in screen. These facts
are every interesting and really enhance your watching of the film if
you are a Trekker.
It takes a Village (16.41 mins)
Director Jonathan Frakes, producer Rick Berman, production designer Herman
Zimmerman, illustrator John Eaves, set decorator John Dwyer and stars
Gates McFadden and Michael Welch talk about the look of 'Star Trek Insurrection'.
From the Ba'ku village to the bridge of the So'na ship, the production
team take you through the designs and building of the elaborate sets and
the visual effects involved in bringing the ninth Star Trek movie to the
Location, Location, Location (20.00 mins)
Director Jonathan Frakes, producer Rick Berman, production designer Herman
Zimmerman and stars Patrick Stewart, Donna Murphy, Marina Sirtis, Gates
McFadden and Brent Spiner take you behind the scenes of the location shoot
at Mammoth Lake in Northern California. The featurette shows you the construction
of the Ba'ku village and cave sets as well as the filming of the lake
sequences featuring Data's swim.
The Art of Insurrection (14.53 mins)
Illustrator John Eaves talks about the new and updated ship designs for
the ninth film in the franchise. The first Star Trek feature film to have
all CG created ships, Eaves takes you through the design of the So'na
ships, the new Federation shuttles and scout ships and the Captain's yacht.
Anatomy of a stunt (6.33 mins)
Stunt coordinator Rick Avery takes you behind the scenes of a stunt that
actually never made the final cut of the movie. Here we see how the actors
and stunt people prepared for a high fall.
The Story (17.19 mins)
Writer/Producer Michael Piller talks about the influences behind the ninth
film in the Star Trek franchise. He reveals how the studio wanted a lighter
film, in the vain of 'Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home' after the high drama
of 'First Contact'. The evolution of the story and the 'fountain of youth'
are talked about, as well as how the moving of a race or people was meant
to reflect the contempory issues of modern time, like Gene Roddenberry's
original vision for the series.
Making Star Trek Insurrection (25.07 mins)
Director/star Jonathan Frakes, Patrick Stewart, Brent Spider, Gates McFadden,
LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Donna Murphy and F. Murray
Abraham talk about making the ninth Star Trek movie. The Next Generation
cast take you behind the scenes of the production, talking about the story,
ethics and themes of the film. We also follow them on location, discovering
information about the Ba'ku and So'na races, as well as the continued
evolution of Data.
Director's Notebook (18.54 mins)
Director Jonathan Frakes talks about directing his second Star Trek movie.
He discusses how hard it was to follow the success of 'First Contact'
and how he had to continue to appeal to the established fan base and a
new audience, the bane of all Star Trek feature films. The strong sense
of family amongst the ensemble cast is revealed and he also talks about
many of the secrets behind the production such as the guest stars, the
CG and Data in the lake.
The Star Trek Universe
Westmore's Aliens (17.43 mins)
Makeup designer and supervisor Michael Westmore takes you on a tour of
the many creations he has invented for the Star Trek universe. He reveals
how animals are a huge influence on his designs and how they were incorporated
into the look of the So'na and the other alien races on 'Star Trek Insurrection'.
Star Trek's Beautiful Alien Women (12.40 mins)
Writer/producer Michael Sussman and Star Trek stars Jonathan Frakes, Marina
Sirtis, Connor Trinneer, Robert Picardo, Terry Ferrell, Patrick Stewart,
Chase Masterson, Alice Krige and Donna Murphy talk about the many beautiful
alien women that have been encountered in the Star Trek Universe. The
many conquests of Kirk, Picard, Riker, Trip and the Doctor are discussed
as well as the powerful and completely sexy aliens that have graced the
series and movies such as Dax, Leeta, Troi, Seven of Nine and the Borg
Creating the Illusion
Shuttle Chase (9.36 mins)
Co-Producer/2nd Unit director Peter Lauritson takes you behind the scenes
of the shuttle chase involving Data, Picard and Worf. From model designs
to 3D models and from storyboards to final sequence, we see how the sequence
was constructed for the big screen.
Drones (4.43 mins)
Co-Producer/2nd Unit director Peter Lauritson and Blue Sky visual effects
model designer Patrick Denver show you how the drones were created for
Duck Blind (4.37 mins)
Co-Producer/2nd Unit director Peter Lauritson reveals how the visual effects
for the opening sequence in the Ba'ku village were created.
Deleted Scenes (12.34 mins)
Entitled 'Ru'afo's face lift', 'Working lunch', 'Flirting', 'The Kiss',
'Status: Precarious', 'Disabling the injector' and 'Alternative ending',
these deleted or extended scenes are introduced by Co-Producer/2nd Unit
director Peter Lauritson.
Storyboards: Secondary Protocols View the storyboards for the opening
sequence in the Ba'ku village where Data's malfunction makes him initiate
his secondary protocols.
A collection of behind the scenes and publicity images from 'Star Trek
Insurrection', including an interesting shot of Quark from Deep Space
Teaser and Theatrical Trailer (4.06 mins)
Watch the previews for Star Trek Insurrection that promoted the movie
Original Promotional Featurette (5.02 mins)
Director Jonathan Frakes, producer Rick Berman and stars Patrick Stewart,
Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner and F. Murray Abraham talk about the story,
visual effects and location for the ninth film in the franchise.
Borg Invasion Trailer (0.31 mins)
A preview of the new Star Trek attraction in Las Vegas
Again, Paramount has done an excellent job producing another Star Trek
movie special edition DVD. Packed to the brim with excellent bonus features,
the two-disc set is only missing a feature commentary track to make it
an outstanding collection. 'Star Trek Insurrection' fans and Trekkers
will love this package however, making it a must buy for their collection.