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

Elsewhere on the ship, Ru’afo is standing at a control panel when Dougherty comes in and tells him they’re leaving. Ru’afo snaps, and beats him up, tossing him over rails, and slamming him headfirst through glass. Eventually, he throws Dougherty into a chair and uses the face-stretching device on him, which somehow kills him instantly. So, essentially, Dougherty just got face-lifted to death. Not much more I can add to that, is there?

Caption contributed by Ed

Face lifts gone wrong, next on 60 Minutes.

Oddly enough, this is the second time Anthony Zerbe has played a villain who dies by having something rather nasty done to his head. The first time was in Licence to Kill, where he’s thrown into a decompression chamber and his head explodes. See, this film is constantly reminding me of better things I could be doing. Not watching Licence to Kill—I mean, I would rather be experiencing my head exploding in a decompression chamber.

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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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  • joe fiore

    Insurrection wasn’t bad. It was a smaller, kinda charming film. How is Insurrection on this list, but Nemesis (aka THE WORST STAR TREK MOVIE OF ALL TIME) not??

  • Clu Gulager Alert!

    They actually never said that the Head Staplers wanted to leave the planet, just that they wanted to “follow the ways of the offlanders.” I took that to mean that they wanted to stay on the planet but have things like computers, replicators, indoor plumbing, etc.
    Not that the movie didn’t have lots of other problems. I always wondered how Will managed to convince the Federation Council to postpone the evacuation (and so quickly too, because apparently the council just sits around all day waiting to make decisions). He couldn’t have known about the “big twist” with the two races being the same. Did he turn on the charm, or does he have compromising photos of all the council members?
    I thought this would’ve made a good NextGen episode, with a few modifications (felt the same way about The Final Frontier). Nemesis was by far a worse movie in terms of glaring plot holes, but at least it had decent action and a good pace.

  • Granger

    I agree with Nostalgia Critic (Doug Walker). First Contact was one of the best Trek films (one of the only I personally like), yet how did the guy who directed that end up directing this, because it’s such a bore. But I hardly think it’s the worst ever. It’s just boring and forgettable.

    • Statalyzer

      Because the director isn’t the writer.

  • Jason Carpp

    My least favourite line from the movie is Troi: “have you noticed how your boobs have started to firm up?” Dr. Crusher: not that we care about such things these days.” I thought “be careful what you say, particularly with others around that might listen in.”

  • Jason Carpp

    I do like the line “we’re through running from these bastards”, by William Riker. I thought that sounded just like him. Forget John Wayne, check out Jon Frakes.

  • Mick Reynolds

    What is wrong with all of you naysayers? First of all, its just a movie. Lol second, its a star trek movie. And third, it really wasn’t nearly as bad as some of your comments would have people who have not yet seen it believe lol
    Relax, enjoy it. If you really dislike the writing of the movies so much, go to Hollywood and become a playwright. Lol
    Have a great day!

  • metal_storm

    Yes, this movie is as bad — if not worse — than people are making it out to be. Poor characterizations all around (do we see any character do anything we haven’t seen before — they don’t even seem to be doing the things they usually do!), awful humor (already nailed in this article) and a generally uncinematic look and feel to everything. This is a slightly larger-budget episode movie, like the second X-Files movie. It’s cliched (Data malfunctioning, singing) and pretty self-aware to the point of mockery (let’s make diplomacy a source of comedic relief and laugh at aliens and their funny cultures). It’s also plain boring, trite, dull and unimaginative. Besides the Abrams abortions, this is one of the worst Trek movies ever. Ever.

  • Statalyzer

    “And by the way, how is it that Data, the guy who’s basically third in command, has this much free time on his hands?”

    He doesn’t have to spend 1/4 to 1/3 of his life asleep.

  • Graeme Cree

    “The major problem with the Prime Directive is that it’s never been
    stated exactly what the rules are (only parts of it were ever spelled
    out in the original series).”

    Oh, it’s even worse than that. The rules contradicted themselves in the original series. For example, in Bread and Circuses, it’s clearly stated that no identification of self or mission is permitted. No reference to the fact that there are other worlds with people on them. Then a few weeks later, in The Omega Glory, Kirk cheerfully volunteered that information to the natives. Even Captain Tracy, the guy we were told had violated the Prime Directive, didn’t do that.