I thought about posting something in an old thread but I decided I wanted to focus on a wholly positive review of Nemesis. It's a film that has perplexed me for years. Not because of the film itself but because of the hatred it engenders. I've never understood it. Honestly. Now it's not a blockbuster like TWOK, First Contact or Star Trek (2009). I never thought that. But I came out of the theater and thought it was a pretty decent Star Trek film, my 2nd favorite TNG film and around the middle of the pack overall. Frankly it seems Nemesis is hated more than even Insurrection, which I thought was a much more mediocre film (I still liked it for the most part, but it ranks near the bottom of Trek films IMO). I actually find each time I watch it, I actually like it a bit more. I watched it again last night and thought I'd post what I thought were the positives of the film (I have brought up areas where it has fallen short IMHO in the past, but I just want to focus on positives for now). First the obvious. The music. I loved Goldsmith's score, his new themes for the Romulans, and some reuses of his prior music. At the end when the Enterprise is in spacedock I liked the re-use of the Enterprise fly by music from TMP. Very appropriate for the scene. Also the music used in the battle scenes and the scene when Picard is dining with Schinzon, all good. The other is the battle scene between the Enterprise and the Scimitar in the rift. I had read they had wanted to include more ships but had to cut back due to budget cuts. I actually thought that ended up being a good thing. It helped keep the focus of the battle on the two ships involved, the Enterprise and the Scimitar. Briefly the battle was joined by two Romulan battleships, but it didn't take anything away from the main battle and was just enough to give more dimension to the sequence. The battle scene was everything I always wanted in a space battle in the Star Trek universe, and more. The ramming scene was epic. Including when they showed the two ships joined together just before Schinzon ordered the Scimitar to back away. The special effects I thought were well done as well. For a non-ILM film, the company that did the effects was almost at ILM quality. Other things, things I liked about the plot (leaving out things I thought could have been better in keeping with the theme of the thread). I liked the allegory I guess you'd call it of the reflection between Picard and Schinzon, and the parallel with Data and B-4. Schinzon tells Picard he'd do exactly what he'd be doing if he were in his shoes. And Data reminds Picard later that is not true. He is not Schinzon. It's a question of how much does the environment affect who we are vs. our genes. Could Picard do the evil things Schinzon does if he grew up as Schinzon did? We can easily see why that haunts Picard. Schinzon has done horrible things, and wants to commit genocide. That has to cause him almost a terrible guilt. I liked the scene when Picard is dining with Schinzon. Patrick Stewart gives his usual standout performance there when he stands in the Senate hall and tells him one of the greatest values of the Federation is the belief that we are all equal. That as a Starfleet officer nothing would make him prouder than to reach his hand in friendship toward Schinzon (and for the Federation and the Romulan Empire to become 'friends' as well). With Goldsmith's usual excellent music always appropriate to the scene I actually found that a very touching scene. I liked the Remans. I know some have complained of them being like space vampires, I thought their appearance matched their environment. Sensitive to light, creatures that are obviously accustomed to the dark. I didn't have a problem with the Remans. Another complaint I sometimes see is how Riker eventually dispatched the Romulan viceroy, esp. going after him personally. I don't get that. His wife was raped. Maybe not physically, but mentally. She was assaulted. Riker may be a Starfleet officer, but he is also a human being. I hope it doesn't sound chauvinistic, but I think a lot of husbands out there would react the same way. His wife was brutalized, and he wanted to take out the creature that was responsible for that personally. His wife is a part of him and by attacking her, the Reman was essentially attacking him. Ask any husband who loves his wife that suffers such an attack what they would do and I think most would say the same thing. They'd want to strangle the life out of that person. Is it civilized? Perhaps not. Human, absolutely. I also liked the scene where Troi is helping Worf locate the Scimitar using the Viceroy's own method of assault against him. I also liked the subtlety of having her left hand be the guide for Worf, the hand that her wedding ring is on. It's not in your face but I think it was that hand for a good reason. Schinzon and the Viceroy tried to cause a break in her new marriage (even if unintentionally) and it was a bit of a sign that their marriage is stronger than that. Also, when Troi is visibly upset by the death of Data. I have to admit that almost brought a tear to my eye as well. Being an empathy, she'd obviously be affected by the feelings of the crew toward his loss. And she is also by nature and her job as a counselor an emotional being. It felt very natural to me. And when Riker is reminiscing about meeting Data, I actually liked that he couldn't remember the song Data was whistling. We all have those memories where we can't remember the finer details. That also felt very natural. I was glad they actually didn't name the song. Those are some of my thoughts for now. I'll add more as I think of them. But overall, I find more positives in Nemesis than negatives. I just wanted to do a post where all I talked was the highlights, the things I liked about the film.