trailer). While he falls short of matching his previous effort, Frakes still delivers an intriguing Star Trek experience in the theaters that is like nothing else before it.
In Insurrection the crew of the Enterprise has uncovered a sinister plot between their very own Federation alliance they are a part of and the Son'a race who are trying to transport the entire population of the Ba'Kus race off their homeworld so the Son'a and Federation can exploit the planet's mysterious powers that grant eternal youth. Naturally, this does not fly with Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) as he finds himself in a moral quandary over the matter.
I really like how Insurrection has a different approach at an antagonist this time around. Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham) is the leader on the Son'a, and while you can tell there is something not right with him, for a majority of the movie he is constantly being a thorn in the side of Federation leaders trying to maintain a cover up until Picard throws it in their face. It is not real late in the film that you get to see his true sinister side, which is somewhat milder when compared to villains of previous movies.
Maybe that is where Insurrection misses in some aspects. The Voyage Home went all in on comedy, and pulled it off in ways I never thought one could make a movie about time traveling whales possible. Insurrection did not quite go all the way in on comedy, and while I appreciate its lightheartedness, when it came down for the big showdown with the antagonist that usually transpires in past Star Trek films, they could not quite pull that off because they did not go all in on the action either. Of the 13 minutes of included deleted scenes on the disc, there a couple more scenes that amped up the comedy that probably could have helped benefit the film if they made the final cut.
There are a few of the many previously released extras going out of your way to watch if you have not already seen them on past releases. The Story is a 17 minute interview with screenplay writer, Michael Piller who discusses the challenges I mentioned above of balancing the serious and comedic tones of the film. Making Star Trek IX: Insurrection is a 25 minute look at how the film came to be and how it tries to make a return focusing on the life principles The Original Series was based upon. To round off the noteworthy orginal extras, Beautiful Alien Women is a 12 minute overview of the cast and crew's favorite actresses from the films and television series, with plenty of fan service flashbacks included. There are not as many new HD extras, but what they have included is well worth checking out, including Westmore's Legacy, which is a 12 minute piece honoring the man responsible for Star Trek's costumes and make up. There are also new interviews with Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner, and another installment of Trek Roundtable where four critics gather and breakdown Insurrection.
Star Trek Film Ratings
Star Trek: The Motion Picture - 5.5/10
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn - 10/10
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock - 7.5/10
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home - 9/10
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier - 6.5/10
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country - 7.5/10
Star Trek VII: Generations - 8/10
Star Trek VIII: First Contact - 9/10
Star Trek IX: Insurrection - 8/10