Star Trek: Nemesis‘failure not only killed the Star Trek: The Next Generation film franchise, but it also helped mark the end of the TNG It was from Star trek. Released in 2002, the tenth Star trek The feature film was directed by Stuart Baird and written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Logan (based on a story by Logan and Brent Spiner). Starting with a production budget of $ 60 million, Star Trek: Nemesis raised just $ 67 million worldwide, ranking it as the lowest income Star trek movie, as well as regularly ranking near or at the bottom of Trekkers personal favorites.
Awarded, Star Trek: Nemesis was released in the 2002 Christmas season, which compared it to the blockbusters of the fantasy genre Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Y The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Still Star trek fans just didn’t show up Justice as they had done in the previous one TNG movies, especially Star Trek: first contact in 1996, and those who did see Justice gave him a poor word of mouth. The indifferent response that greeted the previous TNG movie, Star Trek Insurrection, in 1998 was also a factor in the lack of enthusiasm for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the USS Enterprise-E to the big screen. But landing a top-notch screenwriter like John Logan, who’s a staunch Trekkie, was a huge blow, and director Stuart Baird, while a stranger to the franchise, was a top-notch editor who had directed action movies. Executive decision Y U.S. Marshals. Meanwhile, the cast of TNG he was eager to do his best and deliver a classic Star trek movie fans would enjoy. However, everything went terribly wrong.
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Because Star Trek: Nemesis‘failure, the Star trek The film franchise ended entirely for seven years until director JJ Abrams in 2009. Star trek reboot, which featured younger actors playing Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of Star Trek: The Original Series. Abrams’ trilogy continued with the 2013 one. Star trek into darkness and ended with Star trek beyond in 2016. Meanwhile, the Star trek TV franchise that TNG started in 1987 also ended; For the moment Justice hit theaters, the lonely Star trek program on television was Star Trek: Enterprise, which was in its second low-rated season and was canceled after season 4 in 2005. Star trek would not return to television until 2017 when Star Trek: Discovery released, marking a resurgence for the franchise on CBS All-Access (now Paramount +). But Star Trek: Nemesis was one of the last, and possibly the largest, nails in the coffin to Star trekThe TNG era and an autopsy indicates how much its misfire damaged Star trek general.
Star Trek: Nemesis was just a wrath of Khan Retread
While no one involved in Star Trek: Nemesis set out to make a bad movie, it was obvious that Star trek fans that the movie was just a retread of Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan. In the Star trek Oral history The Fifty Year Mission: The Next 25 Years By Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, screenwriter John Logan freely admitted that Star trek ii it’s his favorite movie and he modeled Justice‘the main story beats later Khan’s Wrath. This included Justice’ villain, Shinzon (Tom Hardy), a clone of Captain Picard who was also destined to evoke the charismatic antagonist Khan (Ricardo Montalbán), who had a personal account to settle with the Captain of the Business. Instead of Spock (Leonard Nimoy) sacrificing his life to save Kirk and his friends, it was Commander Data (Brent Spiner) who gave his own life to stop Shinzon. And just as the seed for Spock’s resurrection was planted, Data was prompted to return as his memory engrams existed on his android ‘brother’, B-4.
The cheeky recycling of possibly the best known and most loved Star trek history made Justice no favors, but those weren’t the only problems. Director Stuart Baird didn’t understand Star trek and the producers’ desire to deliver an action movie resulted in sequences like buggy chases and endlessly long starship battles (which, again, echoed Khan’s Wrath). Meanwhile, the murky themes of Star Trek: Nemesis, which was ultimately about Picard facing an evil version of himself and suffering a tragic loss, but finding the will to bravely continue going where no one has gone before, they were lost in the complicated and grim plot involving Shinzon who wants to destroy Picard and the United Federation of planets. Even moments like the long-awaited wedding of Commander Will Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Councilor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) felt witty. Star Trek: Nemesis it wasn’t meant to be the end of TNG But when it was over, most Trekkies felt that they would rather watch reruns than support new tours of the Enterprise-E.
Star Trek was already suffering from franchise fatigue when Nemesis failed
For Justice’s launched in 2002, the Star trek the franchise was already in trouble. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine concluded his 7-season run in 1999 and Star Trek: Voyager followed suit by concluding his own 7-season saga in 2001. This left the prequel, Star Trek: Enterprise, that carries the franchise on television, but that series also felt like a pale retread of stories that were made better on TNG and the other series. At this point, there had also been over 500 hours of Star trek that were still available in reruns or home videos for an audience that was becoming increasingly fractured as to which series was each Trekker’s favorite.
After the cinematic climax of Star Trek: first contact in 1996, TNG itself, which used to be the centerpiece of Star trek – felt increasingly isolated from the main events of the franchise on television, which was DS9the epic story of Dominion War and TravelerThe journey back home. Captain Kathryn Janeway’s (Kate Mulgrew) series even co-opted the Borg and the Borg Queen, who were Picard’s biggest and most popular enemies. Star Trek: Nemesis it was a bet to reaffirm TNG as the focal point of Star trek (hoping to deliver a fifth TNG movie), but the franchise’s oversaturation created fatigue and general malaise as much of Emigrate I felt like it had become redundant. Everything that Star Trek: Nemesis what he did was remind the fans that TNGThe best days are behind us.
The failure of Nemesis made the DS9 and Voyager movies impossible
One time Star Trek: Nemesis became the highest grossing film in the franchise, it was over for the Emigrate films. But this did not end the possibilities of another TNG movie, Justice’ The collapse also soured Paramount, Star trekstudy, on any possibility of a big screen version of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine or Star Trek: Voyager. The fantastic idea that each Emigrate the series would continue TNGThe course and graduating to a feature film after a seven-year career, if the studio ever seriously considered it, was immediately shot down when the TNG the movies started to fail, starting with Star Trek Insurrection. Star Trek: NemesisThe failure simply confirmed the study’s worst fears that the Star trek the franchise needed to be canceled.
It does not appear that there have been any serious plans to bring Star Trek: Deep Space Nine or Star Trek: Voyager to the big screen. Instead, the producers decided to include cameos in the TNG movies like nods to spin-offs, like DS9USS Challenging Y TravelerHolographic Doctor (Robert Picardo) who appears in Star Trek: first contact. Due to her popularity, Jeri Ryan was asked to make a cameo as Seven of Nine in Star Trek: Nemesis but she refused because her recovered Borg heroine had never met anyone in TNG and it didn’t make sense. Instead, Kate Mulgrew did the honors and made a brief appearance as Admiral Janeway in Justice. This is most likely the only time the characters in the TNG those derived from the era make appearances in movies.
However, Star trek has found new life in recent years and the franchise has been creatively reinvigorated, with multiple television series in production and even the possibility of another. Star trek film in the offering, which shows that not even the catastrophe of Star Trek: Nemesis could keep Star trek down forever.
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