They were the stars, no doubt, but the show and the formula was not nearly as dependent on them as TOS was on Spock.
Oh yeah? You think audiences would flock to see a Picardless, Dataless ST movie starring Jonathan Frakes and Michael Dorn?
Dr. Crusher wrote:
The TOS movies had the combination of a really good plotline AND an ensemble-oriented story.
And ten years
of fan yearning, and general populace curiosity, for a reunion/sequel to finally get made.