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Web Review Trashes 'Nemesis'

By Christian
August 15, 2001 - 4:23 PM

A new review of the 'Star Trek X: Nemesis' script appeared on the internet today, describing it as one of the "weakest motion screenplays" ever and calling for the head of executive producer Rick Berman.

The review appeared on film news site Dark Horizons, and was based on the new June 20th version of the screenplay. It was written by 'Captain Kronos,' apparently a fan of early Star Trek who declared his dislike for Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and the three "sorry TNG features," and felt that Rick Berman was a villain who caused the "bankruptcy of this franchise."

"Devoid of scope, grandeur, major events, jeopardy or any of the prerequisites that separate a motion picture from a segment of television - the script reads like a bland two part episode from The Next Generation TV show," wrote Captain Kronos. "Even worse, it often resembles fan fiction with its overemphasis on two popular characters at the expense of all others - as well as text that occasionally describes things as 'cool.' One description to a sequence of William Riker stalking down a hallway is literally: "It's like a scene from 'Alien.'"

Kronos felt that the worst problem with the script was its resemblance to most previous Trek films. "The intent is to recreate a 'Wrath of Khan' scenario, lamely attempting to invent a ruthless villain who shares a past history with the Captain along with a beloved crewmember making the ultimate sacrifice in the finale, but the end result isn't worthy of comparison to 'Khan.' In fact, it's not even on par with the last 'Rugrats' movie."

Though most of the review consisted of Kronos's opinions on the film, it also contained several new plot points for the film. Here is a summary of these:

In the final analysis, Kronos declared the film a "shocking orgy of shameless plagiarism" that affirmed his belief that the producers have run out of ideas. "Rick Berman has cloned a tired old villain in Shinzon that needs the very same thing Star Trek requires so desperately to be kept alive: New blood. 'Star Trek: Nemesis' is even worse than 'Generations' and 'Insurrection.' Step aside, Mr. Berman... 'because the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.' We Star Trek fans are the many, and you're the one."

For the full review, please follow this link to Dark Horizons. This is the third review of the 'Star Trek: Nemesis' script, following the two positive reviews that appeared at MovieHeadlines.net and Ain't It Cool News. Thanks go out to Murray Clack for this!

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