I didn't mind Insurrection
in the slightest, but it did feel like an enormous anti-climax after the relative high of First Contact
. I think the rather "meh" feel of Insurrection
, combined with it's limited impact on Trek fandom, and complete lack of impact on the general public doomed Nemesis
before the terrible script had even been written.
The biggest thing that sunk the TNG movies, in my opinion, was growing creative and studio indifference to the franchise. It had become a cash cow to be milked for $70-90 million every few years, and Paramount never really cared about or invested in the production.
The blueprint for profitable, mass-appeal Star Trek was established successfully when First Contact
grossed $146 million worldwide, but Paramount never saw fit to capitalise on it in any meaningful way. Insurrection and Nemesis were both products of creative burnout and studio indifference.