- or, let's say, any movie that followed First Contact
- have been stronger if the story had derived from an idea or character introduced in a TNG episode? That was the case with First Contact
(and of course with TWoK
in the case of the first series). Given the results, it seems to have been a good idea.
So was that idea deliberately resisted in this case? Was the impulse to follow FC
with a more pastoral movie with lots of location shooting so strong that the attempt to do an independent story a la The Final Frontier
was the inevitable result?
Some months ago I read the Piller book online, and I found it more interesting than the movie in many ways - but I don't recall whether he addressed the independent story versus sequel-to-an-episode choice.