May 20, 2020
Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) (part 5 of 9)
Happily enough, the next scene is what I imagine was the main reason Jonathan Frakes signed onto the film: Troi and Riker are sharing a bubble bath in a dimly lit room filled with candles. I’m guessing that Frakes called for a ton of coverage on this scene. It’s always good to get as much footage as you can, because you never know how shots of you naked with Marina Sirtis are going to cut together.
Troi is in the process of shaving Riker’s beard, which, sadly enough, is the culmination of all the character development Riker gets between the middle of the series and the end of the films. Essentially, in the early days of the show, the beard made him likable, and now, he’s matured enough that he can be likeable without the beard. That’s really pretty much it. That’s his character arc.
Worf’s voice on the communicator breaks the mood, with a report that Admiral Dougherty wants to speak with Riker. Admirably, Riker is able to put on his “serious guy” voice long enough to let Dougherty know that Picard is still on the planet. Once that’s over, Troi goes and gets the razor again, and we cut away. I’m kind of glad I didn’t see where that was headed, frankly.