Released on: December 13, 2002
Directed by: Stuart Baird
Written by: John Logan
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton
Netflix has recently removed all the William Shatner-led Star Trek films, so fans of the Gene Roddenberry classic are going to have to make do with The Next Generation series of films. And if you are not of the belief that Picard was the better captain, we’re not sure what to tell you and what to make of your life.
But in any event, the Nemesis film – released in 2004 – is, hands down, one of the best Star Trek films of The Next Generation era, and one of the more superior Star Trek films of the franchise. And while it received some criticism for its focus on fights and space politics – rather than character arcs – later deleted scenes revealed that a lot of the film’s character arc scenes were deleted to preserve time.
It’s the ending that reveals the most interesting part of the series, and a story arc unusual for the Star Trek franchise: the concept of immortality, and specifically, immortality as a computer program (what’s referred to as “Data” in the film). The good thing about it is, Nemesis handles the concept nicely – and more sensitively – than, perhaps, you would expect. And this, ultimately, is what makes the film one of the 50 best sci-fi films on Netflix.