^ Thing is though, even with Nimoy's shiny new contract and his considerably increased star power, they didn't undermine the basics of what made Spock who he is. Yes, he went through some character development and changed, but the core of his character was not thrown out the window. Part of that has to do with Nimoy's concern over the character's integrity, and I'm sure part of it has to do with the writers and producers doing a good job.
But with the TNG movies, Picard and Data bear little resemblance to the same characters from the series. With Data, there's a but of an excuse each time -- the emotion chip in Generations
, the Borg modifications in First Contact
, the phaser damage in Insurrection
, etc. -- but with Picard, it's just out of left field. Suddenly, the statesman-like, intellectual, accomplished diplomat of TNG is now an action hero.