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(Site) Sci-fi. 116 minutes. PG-13. After celebrating the marriage of Commander Riker and Deanna Troi, Captain Jean-Luc Picard leads The Enterpriseís final voyage manned by the crew that we all have come to know and love over the past fifteen years or so. Soon after departing, Capt. Picardís curiosity and zest for adventure takes hold after The Enterprise picks up positronic (the same technology that makes Data tick) signals coming from a remote planet alarmingly close to Romulan territory. Upon investigation, The Enterprise locates an android on the planet surface very similar to Data, although not as sophisticated, and takes him on board to study.  Intrigued with their discovery, the crew of The Enterprise becomes even more intrigued as they are contacted by the Romulans with an offer of peace. Acting as the Federationís emissary, Picard is shocked when he meets the Romulan Representative, Praetor Shinzon, and learns of a terrifying link between the two men. Even more shocking is the treachery realized by Picard and his crew; a treachery that will most certainly spell the doom of the Federation. 
Before I continue, I must be upfront and admit that I am a huge fan of Star Trek; The Next Generation. In fact, I own the entire TV series on videotape, which I am now trying to get rid of so I can buy the DVD version of the series. With that being disclosed, I loved Nemesis and think itís the best Star Trek; TNG movie to date. The storyline is strong, acting great, and the special effects are top notch. The only beef I have concerning Nemesis is the lack of involvement by the supporting cast. I was a bit shocked at how little the story involved Riker (Jonathon Frakes), Geordi (Levar Burton), and Worf (Michael Dorn). I felt like I was watching the Picard (Patrick Stewart), Shinzon (some wimpy looking actor named Tom Hardy), Data (Brent Spiner), and Troi (Marina Sirtis) show. However, the main characters and plot is more than clever enough and tension riddled to keep oneís mind busy.  Also, the Troi/Shinzon storyline is a bit creepy and disturbing (which could have been even more disturbing if one of the deleted scenes wasnít cut from the film). DVD extras include; four documentaries, audio commentary by director Stuart Baird, deleted scenes, and a photo gallery. The widescreen picture is crystal clear and vivid, while the 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound is an experience to hear. I am not a Trekkie, nor am I a Trekker (I really do not know what the difference is, but there is), I just happen to love Star Trek;TNG and Nemesis only strengthened that love. Iím such a romantic. Ė Denis Sheehan



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