Re: Happy 19th Birthday, Star Trek Generations!
At least Soran was better than Ru'afo, and I liked him a lot more than Shinzon. The thalaron radiation weapon in the latter film wound up being more interesting than Shinzon was, because they actually had the core of a terrific concept - a genetic clone of Jean-Luc Picard who grew up under dramatically different circumstances, becoming a much darker and more conflicted individual - and squandered it by not spending enough time fleshing out his character, spending more time on his deteriorating appearance and creepy psychic obsession with Troi than making him a better villain and more of an equal for Captain Picard (ironic considering they were genetically identical to one another).
Human instinct is pretty strong. You can't expect us to change overnight.
-Captain Jonathan Archer, 2151