lacked was any real danger to our crew. The story pits pretty white people against a severe looking, elderly Admiral and a group of unfortunate looking people. Make Picard choose between Geordi or Beverly laying in sick bay dying and only extracted meta-phasics can save them, then you'd have a far more interesting movie and a real moral conundrum for Picard.
As stands the only thing driving Picard's actions is the desire to get in Anij's bloomers.
Honestly, I don't blame Michael Piller for the train wreck that was Star Trek: Insurrection
. The blame lays squarely at the feet of Rick Berman, Patrick Stewart and Brent Spiner who watered down the concept to the inoffensive mush we saw on screen.
The original concept revolved around the mineral Serium Krellide, much like dilithium with warp speed, krellide was the mineral that made Federation medical technology possible. Casualties during the Dominion War had dwindled the supply of the valuable asset. Meaning that many were no longer receiving treatments... until the world that was harboring the Ba'ku was found. Mining the krellide released poisonous gas into the atmosphere making said world inhospitable to humanoid life for many decades.
In Piller's original treatment, a member of the Enterprise
crew is seriously injured and badly in need of treatments only the krellide can provide...
I could see a scene playing out something like this:
Geordi lies unconscious on a bio-bed, burned badly from the
plasma explosion in Engineering. In comes Picard and Admiral
How is he Beverly?
Not well. He's suffered burns over
ninety-five percent of his body. Several
of his major organs are damaged.
Will he survive?
If I get him into surgery now, I place his
chances at fifty-fifty.
Belay that, Doctor...
Daugherty motions for Picard to join him in a secluded
area of sickbay.
I cannot sanction the treatment of an officer
with such serious injuries.
I do not understand...
Jean-Luc, the war with the Dominion goes badly.
Our krellide reserves are at an all time low, we
have thousands of injured men across the quadrant
who we simply cannot afford to treat. Their injuries
so severe that we won't waste valuable resources
that can be used to treat men and women
with better chances of survival.
He's a damn fine officer.
So are the men and women all across the quadrant
who have sacrificed themselves. I'll allow Doctor
Crusher to do all that she can to make your
engineer comfortable but I will not authorize use
of krellide to save him with such poor odds of
Daugherty begins to exit.
I'm sorry, Jean-Luc.
The center tags don't work very well so I deleted them... but you get the picture.