The crew members of the Enterprise-E become tree huggers of sorts in this ninth installment of the “Star Trek” feature film series. After rescuing a malfunctioning Data from himself (and a suspiciously nervous Starfleet admiral), Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) investigates the cause of his android colleague’s little incident; he soon uncovers a co-conspiracy between the Federation and a race known as the Son’a to collect the unique radiation of the home world of the peace-loving Ba’ku, a process that will effectively destroy the planet. The Ba’ku are a technologically advanced race but have since decided to live in harmony with nature, with their planet’s unique “metaphasic particles” making them practically immortal. Their world also has rejuvenating effects, both physical and emotional; soon, Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) regains his eyesight, Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and Troi (Marina Sirtis) rekindle their long-abandoned romance and Picard himself strikes up a relationship with a Ba’ku beauty, Anij (Donna Murphy). “Insurrection” is perhaps the most “isolated” of the “Star Trek” movies, as it is the only film in the series to date in which a particular Stardate is never displayed or mentioned, nor does any scene take place on or near Earth. F. Murray Abraham plays Ahdar Ru’afo, the villainous leader of the Son’a, a role that was originally offered to his “Last Action Hero” co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Star Trek: Insurrection
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