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Old February 28 2013, 05:08 PM   #43
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Re: What sunk the TNG movie franchise: Insurrection or Nemesis?

In general, the movies that were "successful" in terms of audience satisfaction were those that built upon some element of a previous story from one of the TV series (TWoK, First Contact) or were direct sequels to an earlier movie (TSFS, TVH). Starting from scratch, the results weren't so satisfying (TMP, TFF, Generations, Insurrection, Nemesis). This seems pretty simple to me.

(Admittedly TUC doesn't quite fit the pattern; there is a preexisting element, the dead-David business, but it's not central to the story, just a convenient hook to hang Kirk's feelings about Klingons upon. Why was it satisfying - at least to some of us - although essentially a new story? What could later Trek feature writers have learned from TUC that they didn't learn?)
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