Making the Grades
After a four-year hiatus from the big screen, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise are back in action in the tenth Star Trek movie expedition. Heading to Betazed with newlyweds Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Counselor Troi (Marina Sirtis), the ship makes a detour when it is beckoned to the planet Kolarus III by an electromagnetic signature.
Traversing the hot desert sands, Picard along with Lt. Commanders Data (Brent Spiner) and Worf (Michael Dorn) unearths the disassembled body parts of what appears to be a prototypic predecessor to Data. But the staff barely has the droid cleaned up and put back together when an order comes in from Starfleet Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew).
Following an upheaval in their Senate, the new leader of the warring Romulons has contacted the United Federation of Planets with a plan for peace. Cautious about the proposal, Janeway wants Picard and his shipmates (who are closest to the Neutral Zone) to serve as the first delegation to Romulus. Once on the planet, they can flush out the details of the sudden change of attitude.
But the experienced leader is about to walk into the biggest challenge of his stellar career when he comes face to face with Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy). A human clone banished to the dilithium mines of Remus, Shinzon was rescued by a Reman Viceroy (Ron Perlman) and slowly brought to power. Now Picard's nemesis is bent on destroying not only the Federation but also Earth itself unless the captain can overpower his young and arrogant opponent before he unleashes his deadly weapon on humankind.
Although it steers clear of frequent obscenities, this final voyage for the heroic Starship crew contains the expected ammo exchange between space ships, the graphic disintegration of an alien council, hand-to-hand struggles, an impaling depiction and a scene of sexual content.
Star Trek: Nemesis pits man against himself in a battle of shared genetics and lifetime experiences arguing that the aspiration to be a better person may be a human quality but acting on that potential is an individual choice.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Star Trek: Nemesis.
How did the crew feel about the Betazed tradition of going naked? What are some cultural customs that you may feel uncomfortable participating in?
How did the lifetime experiences of Picard and Praetor color their outlooks on life?
Picard believes that the potential to make yourself a better person is to be human. How was that attribute portrayed in the crewmembers of the Enterprise? Was it evident in any non-human life forms?