Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) - Illustrated Reference
Star Trek: Insurrection was directed by Jonathan Frakes and premiered on December 11th 1998. Starring Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Donna Murphy, Anthony Zerbe and F. Murray Abraham. Screenplay by Michael Piller. Music by Jerry Goldsmith. 103mins.
Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise travel to the planet of the Ba’ku, they discover that metaphasic radiation from the planet’s rings has regenerative properties making the Ba’ku practically immortal, and that an alien race called the Son’a have teamed up with Federation forces to take over the planet.
After the success of Star Trek First Contact (1996) Jonathan Frakes was given the next Star Trek adventure to direct too. After the darkness of the previous film screenwriter Michael Piller had the idea for a lighter film, the story - Picard and the crew find the fountain of youth.
Patrick Stewart (1940-) / Captain Jean-Luc Picard
Born in Yorkshire, England, Patrick Stewart has played Picard in 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and the films Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek First Contact (1996), Star Trek Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek Nemesis (2002).
Jonathan Frakes (1952-) / Commander William T. Riker
Born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Frakes has played Riker in 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and the films Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek First Contact (1996), Star Trek Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek Nemesis (2002).
Brent Spiner (1949-) / Lt.Commander Data
Born in Houston, Texas, Brent Spiner has played Data in 178 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and the films Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek First Contact (1996), Star Trek Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek Nemesis (2002).
Ru'afo: You will return my men or this alliance will end with the destruction of your ship.
F. Murray Abraham (1939-) / Ru’afo
Ru'afo is the leader of the Son’a, a race descended from the Ba’ku. In alliance with Federation Admiral Dougherty they plan to move the Ba’ku from their planet so they could scoop up all the metaphasic radiation from the planets rings rendering the planet uninhabitable.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, F. Murray Abraham won a Best Actor Oscar playing Antonio Salieri in the movie Amadeus (1984). His films include - Scarface (1983 as Omar Suarez), The Name of the Rose (1986 as Bernardo Gui), An Innocent Man (1989), The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Mobsters (1991), Last Action Hero (1993), Mimic (1997), 13 Ghosts (2001) and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004).
Donna Murphy (1959-) / Anij
Anij is a 300 year old Ba’ku female who looks about 35 thanks to the planet’s fountain of youth elements.
Born in Corona, New York, Donna Murphy's films include - Jade (1995), The Astronaut's Wife (1999), Spider-Man 2 (2004), World Trade Center (2006), The Fountain (2006), Tangled (2010) and The Bourne Legacy (2012).
Anthony Zerbe (1936-) / Admiral Matthew Dougherty
Admiral Dougherty teams up with Ru’afo to covertly relocate the Ba’ku from their planet, so they can harvest all the rejuvenating radiation from the planets rings.
Born in Long Beach, California, Anthony Zerbe's films include - Cool Hand Luke (1967), The Omega Man (1971 as Matthias), Farewell My Lovely (1975), Rooster Cogburn (1977), The Dead Zone (1983), Licence to Kill (1989 as Milton Krest), See No Evil Hear no Evil (1989), The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and The Matrix Revolutions (2003).
Gregg Henry (1952-) / Gallatin
Gallatin is Ru’afo’s friend and second in command of the Son’a.
Born in Lakewood, California, Gregg Henry's films include - Body Double (1984), Raising Cain (1992), Payback (1999), Femme Fatale (2002), Slither (2006), United 93, The Black Dahlia (2006) and Super (2010).
Admiral Dougherty: Jean-Luc, we're only moving 600 people.
Captain Picard: How many people does it take, Admiral, before it becomes wrong? Hmm? A thousand, fifty thousand, a million? How many people does it take, Admiral?
The planet of the Ba'ku was first settled in 2066 by a group of about 600 Ba'ku, they were fleeing from their homeworld because they feared self-annihilation.
The metaphasic radiation from the planet's rings allowed the inhabitants to live extended life spans.
Their simpler, quieter way of life eventually prompted some of the bored younger Ba'ku to turn against their elders, and an attempt was made to take over the settlement. When they failed, they were exiled from the planet and eventually became the Son'a.
An early story development that thankfully wasn’t taken seriously was that the Ba’ku were a race of children.
In the film Ru’afo dies when the Collector explodes around him, in the original planned ending Ru’afo falls into the planets ring system, the radiation making him younger and younger, regressing to childhood.
Deanna Troi: Have you noticed how your boobs have firmed up?
The rejuvenating properties of the metaphasic radiation has an effect on the Enterprise crew - Troi and Riker get frisky, Worf gets a huge pimple on his nose, Geordi no longer needs implants to see properly and Picard starts to dance the mambo.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was considered for the role of Ru'afo and Gene Hackman was considered for the role of Admiral Dougherty.
Star Trek Insurrection had a $22m opening weekend, grossing a total of $70m in the US and $112m worldwide, which was less than the previous film, Star Trek First Contact, but still a respectable box office gross.
Ru'afo: I'm going to launch the injector. In six hours every living thing in this system will be dead or dying.
The 9th Star Trek movie is an enjoyable though weak entry in the series, the story might have made a decent two-part episode of the TV series, there is no threat to Earth, the Federation or the Galaxy. Picard wants to stop the forceful relocation of 600 Ba’ku from a planet which wasn’t even theirs to begin with.
Captain Picard and the intrepid crew of the Enterprise will return for one last adventure in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
The Critics Wrote –
"The 60's science-fiction series has successfully survived a generational turnover and made a relatively smooth transition from video into films. If Star Trek: Insurrection, the latest installment, is little more than a glorified television episode, it still has all the ingredients that have made it a perennial. Insurrection is an appealing millennial throwback to the hippie dream that is part and parcel of Star Trek's utopian ethos." (New York Times)
“Fans young and old are definitely going to rally around the latest outing, a tight, highly entertaining film... Fun for most folks, heaven for Trekkies. " (San Francisco Chronicle)
"It just could be that Frakes is the best director the Star Trek movies have ever had... May this generation of Star Trek actors continue to live long and prosper. If this movie is any indication, the audience will certainly make it so. " (San Francisco Examiner)
“Aimed primarily at an audience of faithful fans. Latest entry is a distinct comedown after its immediate predecessor, the smashingly exciting Star Trek: First Contact, which marked the feature helming debut of series regular Jonathan Frakes.
Even though Frakes is back, Star Trek: Insurrection plays less like a stand-alone sci-fi adventure than like an expanded episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Still, new item strikes a deft balance of predictable heroics and quirky humor to ensure respectable if not spectacular theatrical biz." (Variety)
"It's old-fashioned sci-fi in the best sense of the word. With its cheesy-looking sets and not-so-special special effects, the film may be less spectacular than "Armageddon" and less stylish than "Alien," but it does what the doctor – make that Dr. "Bones" McCoy – ordered." (Washington Post)
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