Star Trek IX: Insurrection
Final Score 46.25
Just because I defended Jonathan Frakes‘ directing of this film, doesn’t mean that it’s a good film. It’s not even a good idea. It’s again of those “edge lord” ideas where the writers thought “hey, let’s make the good guys the bad guys!”
Basically, there’s a planet that’s very special, the Federation wants it, but the crew of the Enterprise-E refuses to help them get it, so they start fighting the Federation, and yeah. It’s a solid idea, and there was a solid story here, but unfortunately, not much else came from it.
A planet that heals anyone that comes on it could’ve made for a great story, pitting Enterprise crew members who would benefit from the planet at odds with others on the ship. With one side arguing the right to stay and live their fullest lives and others arguing that life is about making the most of what you have.
It could have been a Geordi La Forge-centered story, and heck, maybe you even have Data actually become flesh and blood because of the planet, pitting them at odds with one another. It would’ve been a really interesting idea if the Federation involvement was left out, the villainous Son’a were the only villains and the story revolved around the idea of what defines the meaning of quality of life.