Star Trek X: Nemesis
Final Score: 44.475
When it comes to Star Trek: Nemesis, few movies had so much hope but so little delivery. Removing Jonathan Frakes as director was bad enough, as his previous film, Insurrection, wasn’t poorly shot. It was poorly written. While I like Rick Berman, his script on Insurrection was the issue, so bringing him back and letting John Logan and Brent Spiner write the film along with him was the real problem.
Yes, Logan has had some successful films, but his science fiction ones have always been lacking.
Frakes would have at least kept the film mostly in place and may have been a big enough influence to get some of the cut ideas back in, like Jeri Ryan reprising her roles as Seven of Nine for the film. She was supposed to, after all, but she passed on the project. Her involvement would have bumped interest to a degree, as she was easily the most popular new character for the franchise in years.
The film’s story was pretty lackluster, seeing the Romulans clone Jean-Luc Picard, but losing the clone to the more vampiric Remans, another offshoot of the Vulcan and Romulan species. The Vulcans and Romulans are considered the same genetic species at best, or at least a sibling species at worst, while the Remans are more of a cousin species. Sharing many of the same traits but evolved far differently due to their circumstances.
The Picard clone, played by Tom Hardy, needs Picard’s DNA to survive. Picard and his clone don’t get along, the Romulans get bombed by the Remans, Data dies, and that’s it. That’s the film.