Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) (part 2 of 9)

Our film opens with the familiar fanfare from the original TV series, over the Paramount logo. Here we get our first hint that the film will be phoned in, because composer Jerry Goldsmith apparently decided to simply rework his theme from the last film and plunk it down here. Goldsmith’s score is still good, but when he decides to shift into auto-pilot, it really shows.

The film then cruelly sets us up for a good experience when it lets us know that Jonathan Frakes, our beloved Commander Riker, is directing, just as he did for the superior First Contact. Wow, the all-embracing power of Riker’s Beard finally failed him. (Isn’t Riker’s Beard a goth-punk metal band?) As we’ll soon see, the presence of a good director can often mean… Well, not a damn thing, actually.

Unlike most title sequences in the series, which take place in space, the title sequence for this film is set entirely on an idyllic looking planet. Interesting choice, but it does start the film off on a rather soft, “Hallmark Channel presents” sort of note. That’s probably not ideal for a sci-fi adventure flick.

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Ed Harris

A fan of less than great cinema since childhood, Ed divides his time between writing scripts, working an actual paying job and subjecting himself willingly to some of the worst films society has produced.

Multi-Part Article: Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

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