Star Trek: Insurrection

“Kill if you will, but command me nothing!”

Stephen King

In a break from the frankly ludicrous Star Trek Original Series (but still going with the Star Trek theme) I decided on a whim to watch Insurrection, a film apparently part of the Star Trek universe but seemingly having little to do with the Original Series, or, indeed, any of the Star Trek I’ve ever seen. The only thing in common seemed to be the Enterprise, and even that was unrecognisable.

(I realise I am running the risk of sounding a little like Sheldon Cooper here.)

So I’m unclear where Insurrection fits in with the general Star Trek scheme of things. It’s in Kirk’s future. I think. Vaguely. The captain of the Enterprise is, apparently, Patrick Stewart, going by the name of Captain Picard.

The hideously deformed Sonar people are, with the help of the Federation (broadly speaking, the good guys), observing a society which has apparently not yet achieved faster-than-light travel, meaning that, according to the much-vaunted Prime Directive, they cannot interfere with or make themselves known to said society. However, an android in their service goes mad, and it soon becomes clear that the Sonar’s intentions do not stop at mere observation.

Insurrection is, I would say, a moderately entertaining film, certainly with more narrative drive than the Original Series, and the inspired addition of Gilbert and Sullivan being sung in space. There’s still the annoying question of why exactly all alien races appear to speak perfect English, even ones that haven’t been in contact with the human race, ever. But Data, the android-trying-to-be-human, is a nice touch, the plot more or less makes sense, and Patrick Stewart is at least a decent actor, unlike William Shatner.

I’m not convinced this is a film that I’d watch again. But it’s good enough to watch once.

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