Not to disagree with your point--it makes perfect sense that Baird ended up on Star Trek: Nemesis
to fulfill studio obligations of some sort--but your examples of Spielberg and Lucas aren't the finest ones around. Spielberg was an established television director before coming to Jaws
, and had already directed the well-reviewed The Sugarland Express
(though a TV movie, it saw some theatrical distribution). Lucas had only two directing assignments under his belt (beyond his work as a student filmmaker, of course), but he did have a hit with American Graffiti
and was also the writer of Star Wars
Baird, to draw a comparison, had directed two contemporary action films, neither of which was a major hit at the box office, before coming to Star Trek: Nemesis
, a film he did not write.