Eddie Roth wrote:
I recently watched the TNG films again, and I can say that Generations is probably "the best". Which isn't saying much because all four have severe problems. But this one at least feels like an event picture.
Both FC and INS are simply too small. Yes, FC too. As I've said often, it's essentially a bottle show and a missed opportunity to make the return of the Borg something epic (I do hope that the next Bad Robot film will use the Borg and make them interesting again). There's also narrative smallness in the character of the Borg Queen, who reduces the Borg to a bunch of zombie henchmen to an EEEEVIL seductress who cannot express herself except in double entendre and confusing hogwash disguised as mind-bending philosophy. Nah.
Compared to that, NEM actually holds up pretty well. It's a copy-and-paste job of previous films, yes, and the villain doesn't make much sense, but then again, neither did some that came before him. The cast interactions, on the other hand, are really good in this one and, in contrast to its two immediate predecessors, at least an attempt was made to make the film cinematic.
Funny, I thought Nemesis was the least cinematic of the TNG films. It feels like a stage play with a couple of space shots. Heck, you can see that it is a WALLPAPER behind them during the wedding thing at the beginning.
I said an attempt was made, not that it was entirely successful. Besides, being cinematic or not requires more than location shoots or sets that make you believe they are not "wallpapers". (For instance, watch The Empire Strikes Back on BD: You can clearly see where the matte paintings are - yet that doesn't make the film one iota less cinematic.)
It's rather about the scope of the narrative, as well as the consequences of same: Have the characters grown and changed? One can reasonably argue that in these terms one can skip both FC and INS and not have missed anything in the development of either the characters or the universe they inhabit. Most of the TOS films, plus GEN and, yes, NEM cannot be accused of maintaining the status quo.