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Star Trek - Nemesis (2002)

Updated on August 19, 2013

Produced by long term Star Trek producer RIck Berman and directed by Stuart Baird, 'Nemesis' was the last move from the Star Trek franchise (and also the last to feature the cast from 'The Next Generation') before director J.J. Abrams rebooted the series in 2009.

Nemesis was the only Star Trek movie which was released in the 21st Century and saw the departure of Brent Spiner's character, Lt. Commander Data, who was killed off.

Star Trek - Nemesis in general received negative reviews and was panned by critics due to its lack-lustre action sequences and heavy editing (which included the deletion of all scenes featuring Will Wheaton's character,Wesley Crusher).

Nevertheless, the film has garnered a cult following among Star Trek fans and Tom Hardy who played the Reman warlord, Shinzon (the film's main antagonist) received praise for his work.


In the year 2379 on Romulus, the Romulan millitary command has allied itself with a new warlord named Shinzon (Tom Hardy) from the neighbouring planet Remus who has proposed the unification of Romulus and Remus under one government.

The millitary proposes to the Romulan senate that under Shinzon's leadership, they should prepare an invasion of the Federation (beginning with Earth) with the aim of establishing supremacy of the Romulan empire.

The Romulan senate, much to the millitary's angst, dissapproves of Shinzon's plan and orders the millitary to break all ties with Shinzon - Realizing that the senate won't allow an attack on the Federation, a female Romulan senator named To'ulara (who's a double agent reporting to Shinzon and the Romulan millitary), soon assasinates the Romulan senate by releasing a mist of Thalaron radiation, allowing Shinzon to assume the leadership of the Romulan empire as the new 'Praetor'.

The Federation

Meanwhile, on Earth, the crew from USS Enterprise - NCC1701E is in a joyous and festive mood as after many instances of getting together then apart, Commander William Riker (Jonathan Frakes) and ship's counsellor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) are getting married.

During the wedding dinner, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) also announces that Riker has been promoted to the rank of 'Captain' and will be commanding a new ship named the 'Titan' while Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner) will replace him as new first officer to the Enterprise.

Upon the crew's return to their ship, they pick up a homing signal from a distant planet named Kolarus-III (located within Federation space but close to the Neutral Zone) which appears to be positronic (android-signature).

The crew quickly set course for the planet to investigate further and Picard, Data and chief of security Lt. Commander Worf (Michael Dorn) beam down to the planet's surface to investigate the origins of the signal.

Within a short time, they discover broken body parts belonging to an android and when they eventually find its severed head buried in sand, they are shocked to discover the striking resemblance the face has to Data's. After fighting the planet's local militia, the trio make it back to the Enterprise with their find and chief of Engineering, Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge (Levar Burton) quickly gets to work to reassemble the disfigured Android.

The Android, upon reactivation speaks like a grown up child and reveals his name to be 'B4' - His underdeveloped social skills and speech patterns suggesting that Data's creator, Dr. Soong, created 'B4' as a prototype.

In order to help B4 acclimatize to the ship's environment and people, Geordi organizes a memory-transfer from Data to B4's neural-circuits but they realize that B4's processing speed is far too slow to make much sense of Data's vast experiences and memories.

First encounter with Shinzon

As Geordi and the rest of the crew help B4 to settle in, Picard receives an urgent video communique from Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) (former Captain of the USS Voyager, now stationed at Starfleet headquarters) who briefs Picard on the recent events on Romulus.

She orders the Enterprise (since they were closest to the Neutral Zone at that moment) to travel to Romulus to meet the new Praetor Shinzon who apparently wishes to negotiate a new peace treaty with the Federation. Reluctantly, Picard agrees (as ordered) and the Enterprise sets course for Romulus to meet with Shinzon.

Upon arrival at Romulus, the Enterprise is subject to a prolonged period of waiting. After many hours, Shinzon's ship, the Scimitar, finally reveals itself from its cloak - tactical analysis of the ship reveals that it is far more superior to the Enterprise (and as such any Federation starship) and in the event of an attack, the Enterprise is not likely to survive.

Shinzon's viceroy (Ron Perlman) requests the Enterprise's bridge crew to beam on board the Scimitar where they can talk directly and face to face with Shinzon. As the crew make their way to the Scimitar, they come face to face with the new Reman Praetor who turns out to be human!

Shinzon proposes that the reason the Enterprise were invited for this 'diplomatic' trip was to discuss peace between the Federation and the Romulan Empire and then also indirectly reveals to Picard that he's his clone - confirmed later by Dr Beverley Crusher (Gates McFadden) after analyzing a sample of Shinzon's blood (which he provdes to the away team by slitting his own hand).

Shinzon then meets Picard for a one on one dinner to discuss his past and the reason for the coup - Shinzon reveals that he was created as a clone by the Romulans from Picard's DNA. The aim was to eventually replace Picard with Shinzon in the Federation as a Romulan double-agent. However, as Shinzon reveals further, due to the change in Romulan government (and its policies), the plan was abandoned and Shinzon was banished to Remus to die beneath its di-lithium mines. The only way Shinzon survived as a child was when his Reman viceroy took pity on him and helped him to not only evolve into a formidable warrior but also helped him build the Scimitar.

Shinzon assures Picard that his aim is to end generations of hostility between the Romulans and the Federation and to liberate the Remans from years of oppression.

The Truth Revealed

As Picard returns to the Enterprise, the rest of the crew discover that the Scimitar has been emitting low levels of Thalaron radiation (the same mist which assassinated the Romulan Senate) which leads to suspicions that the whole Scimitar is a flying weapon which can be used to destroy the Enterprise at a whim. At the same time, B4 makes an unauthorized hack into the Enterprise's computer and uploads the entire Federation communications protocol into his circuits - confirming that B4 was programmed to act as a Reman spy.

While B4 performs the unauthorized tap into the Enterprise's computers, Shinzon mentally rapes counsellor Troi (using his viceroy has a medium) and then kidnaps Picard, beaming him back on board the Scimitar.

It is then that Shinzon reveals his true intentions and plans - B4 was planted on Kolarus-III as bait and that he has no intentions of peace with the Federation. Shinzon's primary aim in fact is to kill Picard and seek revenge on the Romulans and the Federation as he believes his life has no meaning until Picard is alive and that the Remans would never be liberated if its not for an all out war against the Romulan empire.

Unknown to Picard, Shinzon and the Remans, Data manages to use Geordi's emergency transport device to beam on board the Scimitar (despite its cloak) and sends B4 back to the Enterprise for immediate deactivation. Data then tricks Shinzon and his guards into leaving the room where Picard's held captive and then hijacks one of the Scimitar's shuttlecraft to escape back to the Enterprise (despite doding fierce gunfire from the Remans).

As they make it back to the Enterprise, Dr Crusher informs Picard that Shinzon is ageing a lot faster (fast-forwarding his life-cyle by almost 30 years so that he can resemble Picard's appearance as soon as possible) and that his DNA structure suggests that he's terminally ill unless he's transfused with Picard's blood and DNA.

Back on Romulus, Commander Denatra (the only female commander in the Romulan millitary allied with Shinzon) also learns that Shinzon is not only planning on defeating Earth (and the Federation) but in fact wants to to annihilate it and asks the millitary commander-in-chief Suran to really consider whether he wants to be a part of this bloodshed which will plunge the entire quadrant into generations of war.

The crew on the Enterprise make it their primary mission to stop Shinzon in his tracks, whatever the cost.

The Battle Commences

As the Enterprise learns that Shinzon's is now aware of the location of every vessel belonging to Starfleet, they begin devising ways to defeat and destroy the Reman aggression once and for all.

Shinzon launches an unprovoked attack on the Enterprise and inflicts severe damage to the ship's weapon systems and shields while the Enterprise is unable to inflict virtually any damage on the Scimitar. Shinzon then projects a holographic image of himself into Picard's ready-room and asks him to surrender - Picard flatly refuses but asks Shinzon to rethink his actions.

As Picard's pleas to Shinzon for a reasonable solution go in vain, the Enterprise is surprisingly aided by the presence of two Romulan warbirds (lead by Commander Denatra, who advises Picard that they have switched sides as Shinzon's actions are threatning the fabric of Romulan security). The Romulans and the Enterprise fight a fierce battle against the Scimitar, but neither ship prove any match against the Scimitar's artillery. Commander Denatra survives along with her ship, but the warbirds are as good as being incapacitated.

As the Enterprise crew realize that they cannot track the Scimitar while its cloaked, counselor Troi uses her telepathic powers to track the Scimitar by invading Shinzon's Viceroy the same same way he violated her when attempting to mentally rape her. Her attempts prove succesful and the Enterprise launches a retaliatory strike on the Scimitar as it loses its cloak.

As the Enterprise loses almost all its shields, Picard decides to steer his ship head-on into the Scimitar's hull for a face-off (hoping that this would at least prevent Shinzon from launching an attack on Earth and destroy it). Not expecting the Enterprise to collide with his own ship, Shinzon programs a countdown for a lethal discharge of Thalaron radiation to automatically destroy the Enterprise.

Knowing what this would mean for his ship (and Earth), Picard beams on board the Scimitar for a final face-off against Shinzon. As the Thalaron radiation continues counting down for a discharge, Picard manages to stab Shinzon and kill him but realizes that there may not be enough time left to prevent the Thalaron radiation from firing.

Right at the last moment and with the help of Geordi, Data manages to 'fly' off to the Scimitar's hull (taking advantage of his body-structure to travel through oxygen-less vacuum in space) and meets Picard. Just as the Thalaron radition's about to fire, Data beams Picard back on-board the Enterprise using the emergency transport device and destroys the Scimitar's warp-core (thereby destroying it before it can destroy the Enterprise and killing himself).


The Enterprise crew makes it back into Federation space, but mourns Data's loss, with the usually measured Captain Picard also appearing visibly shaken.

As the crew makes it back into Federation space to undergo extensive repairs on the Enterprise, they relive some fond memories of their fallen colleague.

As Riker takes charge of his new ship, the Titan as Capitain, he's summoned back into the Neutral Zone for further diplomatic talks with the Romulans, suggesting that they're keen on finally thawing their relationships with the Federation in the wake of Shinzon's defeat.

In the final moments of the film, Picard is shown speaking with 'B4' about his brother and how he always strived to be more human and better than anyone else. As Picard leaves, he hears B4 humming the tune to 'Blue Skies', suggesting that with proper mentoring, B4 may assume the role of Data in future.

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4.3 out of 5 stars from 4 ratings of Star Trek - Nemesis


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    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Agree with you re the modern Spock ...Leonard Nimoy's still the best!

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      Andrew Petrou 

      4 years ago from Brisbane


      Those recent ones were slightly better. But Spock is way way too human and they all look like models.

      TNG does nothing for me. It seems so boring and wooden.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I too have watched much of old and new Star Trek favourite would still be TNG and its movies ... my other favorite is Voyager. .I like the reboots from 2009 and Into the Darkness ..I guess they appeal to both Star Trek virgins and die hard fans like you and me... Benedict Cumperbach was a damn good baddie playing Khan in the most recent one .

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      Andrew Petrou 

      4 years ago from Brisbane


      I love the original series of star trek but find the other series and movies strangely boring: the actors seem wooden and listless; there are no real character actors and the plots have a predictability.

      I would love to see a good "new" star trek film. The most recent with the younger cast seems to inch towards a better feel but are spoiled by picture perfect actors who look like models and a Mr Spock who is interested in romance.

      I have the entire original series at home and find I can re watch them and still notice new aspects to the acting and plots. They are worth studying.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for your feedback AJ .. yeah I was saddened by Data's death and when that happened I knew the TNG franchise was on its way out for good ... it still is my favorite out of all the 5 franchises (apart from Voyager) ... . I actually read about the link you pasted here .. lets see what comes off it ..but yeah Patrick Stewart is a bit too old now

    • ajwrites57 profile image


      4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Enjoyed your Hub, Hackslap! I love TNG, sorry Data died. :o(

      I wish they would have made more of these movies in the 90's or early 2000. I'm afraid Picard is too old now (saw him in latest X-Men). Maybe they will start a new franchise, like Start Trek did. I found this with P. Stewart's comments about an unmade but planned project.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for your comment PegCole ..yes I still feel TNG was the best Star Trek outing out of all the five series (apart from Voyager) .. the blend of characters was just perfect ...

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      Peg Cole 

      4 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      The Next Generation took the series to a new level so much farther than (hu)mans had ever gone before. I loved Captain Picard and the crew and Data was among my favorite characters. For this movie, although it wasn't my favorite, I thought it was well done. I never knew the part about removing Will Wheaton's part in it. Great review here.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      i actually havnt watched Insurrection .. would have to see it now ... Agreed though JJ Abrahms did the good job with the reboot

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      5 years ago from Birmingham, UK

      I liked Insurrection best of the old ones; but the new Star Trek films are excellent.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks Paislee... I too believe that the NExt Generation was the best out of all 5 Star Trek outings.. ..I still have to watch 'Into the Darkness' .. and you're right there's nothing like the TV shows

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      5 years ago

      Well written hub and overview of the movie. I've been a Trekkie for sometime and think that Generations TV is the best of the series. The cast fit together well. I've always liked the message of ST and the current day issues it delves into. Not too crazy about the newer movies though, when Kirk and gang where young. There seems to be so much more conflict and violence than all the earlier stuff.

      Keep up the good work and thanks for following me too.

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      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      I recognized that name as soon as I read it because of the way that Sheldon repeats.

      Anyway, I used to watch Star Trek with Captain Kirk and Spock on TV all of the time. I could still watch it except that I am doing something else when it is on now. :-(

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the review Examiner! .. naah there's no commonality between the producers/writers of Big Bang and Star Trek... the guys in Big Bang due to their 'nerdy' nature just happen to be the biggest fans of TV's biggest sci-fi outing and hence they're obsessed with things like Klingon lingo ...Will Wheaton played Wesley in Star Trek TNG and he guest-starred in Big Bang as part of that whole representation..

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      The Examiner-1 

      5 years ago

      I found your Hub to be awesome and it was almost like actually being in the theater.! :-) I have often wondered when I watched "Big Bang" how related to "Star Trek" it was. They used the voice of Spock, they play Klingon Boggle and more. You mentioned Will Wheaton - and I think something else - which really made me wonder if they had the same publishers or writers or other. Your Hub is voted up!

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the review Mark . yeh Patrick Stewart was in XMen..

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      Mark Johann 

      5 years ago from Italy

      I love this movie. The captain of this is the one in the X-men the movie, he is Professor X. I have to watch this movie again. Thanks for sharing this movie review Harry.

      Welcome to Hubpages and enjoy writing. In time, money is worth it.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      I still rate The Next Generation as the best out of all the five Star Trek franchises ..apparently Patrick Stewart was more dedicated to the perfecting the role of a Starship captain than anyone else (incl Shatner).. . Data and Q are my favourites too

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Sadly the last movie I saw from Star Trek, The Next Generation, was in 1994, Generations. Loved that TV series. My favorite characters were Data, Worf, and Q.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks again .. TNG was actually the first Star Trek series I properly followed (as I wasnt even born during the original series lol) .and I still feel it along with Voyager's the best Star Trek outing out of the 5 franchises ..Cheers for dropping by and reading my posts :)

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Again, welcome to HP, this is also an interesting hub. I use to watch all the Trek movies when my sons were home, and I did enjoy reading about Nemesis -2002. Best of luck with your writting.

    • Hackslap profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the comment MsDora..Nice connecting with you here.. Stay tuned for more articles from me :)

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Welcome to HubPages! I think you'll enjoy writing here. Thanks for a look at Star Trek-Nemesis through your eyes. I have memories of Picard in earlier movies. Very good presentation!


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