It is becoming more and more apparent that the events seen in Star Trek: Nemesis are going to play some kind of role in Star Trek: Picard.
I mean, Star Trek: First Contact is among the best of all the films, regardless of cast. Both Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: Generations have their fans and are are generally thought of as better than most people remember.
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But Nemesis? Garbage from the opening minutes until Data’s parts are being spread out among the cosmos.
Most of the blame for this can go to director Stuart Baird, who had zero working knowledge about Star Trek and it showed in the finished product. But it can also be attributed to franchise fatigue, which after decades of Star Trek on television and a steady stream of feature films, was a very real thing.
In any event, Nemesis came and went, Star Trek fandom got on with their lives and all silently agreed to never speak about the film again.
We have known for a while now that the Romulans would play a large role in the events that lead up to Picard. Kurtzman has said that the destruction of Romulus and the aftereffects would be the plot point that sets the events of the series in motion. The first trailer practically confirmed this, noting how Picard was the leader of the “greatest rescue armada in history.”
But Kurtzman has also been talking a lot about Nemesis and how Picard has come to regret some of the decisions he made in the past. While he was a guest on the Deadline Crew Call podcast, the subject of Nemesis came up again and Kurtzman seems to indicate we could see the events of the film come back to haunt Picard.
"“A lot has happened to Jean-Luc Picard in the intervening years [since Nemesis]. There’s been a lot going on and he’s had to deal with some new things, he’s had to deal with some old things, and both of those things kind of come colliding together.”“He’s made choices that he’s not necessarily feeling great about — and yet I think the audience will understand exactly why he made them.”"
Seems very ominous.
Could Picard make fans look back at Nemesis and rethink their opinions about the film? Will it prove to become a key part of Star Trek lore in a way fans never thought would happen back in 2002 when all they saw was a crappy movie?
Trekkers won’t have to wait that long to find out, but in any case, it might be time give the film another viewing. Star Trek: Picard arrives on CBS All Access later this year while Star Trek: Nemesis will be available to stream on Amazon Prime at the end of this month.