Whether he did it intentionally or not, I think a lot of credit for why the TOS movies worked so much better has to go to Gene Roddenberry. He wanted the visuals updated to what was possible with the current tech to show what he had wanted to show with TOS, and had NEW story ideas and characters that he wanted to play with. TMP didn't end up being exactly what was wanted, with TWOK bringing in the monster maroons and even more change, but, if nothing else it created a kind of reset to tell new, bigger-feeling stories. The TNG movies really just tried to continue TNG. "They like this, give them more of the same." Bad idea. They should have gone ahead with the AGT refit to the -D, but also gone a little beyond that and made it really look like a movie ship to the same degree that the TMP Enterprise was more detailed and "real-looking" over the TOS ship. Starting with a throwaway line, maybe mentioning that he voluntarily took himself out of the chain of command when he installed it, they could have started Data with the emotion chip, given him some new abilities (built-in phaser and tricorder, a new eye piece that looks vaguely Borg with expanded capabilities) and an attitude that reflects that maybe his emotions have pulled him toward being more like Lore and having a certain amount of admiration for the Borg. Make him a little unsettling to the crew, and ramp up concern about what he will or won't do for the inevitable Borg movie. Make Troi just a touch more alien, with maybe a hint of gills that might not have been visible on the small screen. And then if we're still doing the basic plot of Generations - Give the Duras Sisters a REAL ship worthy of fighting the -D. Have Picard and Beverly leave after Picard's brother and nephew are killed, for an investigative b plot that leads to uncovering a threat on Earth, setting up the next movie, and leave Riker in command. His fantasy world in the Nexus is his own command, with fantasy Troi there, but he isn't quite confident in himself and happy there, even in his own fantasy, so he's able to go find Guinan. Earlier, Soran's speech to him about "Time is the fire in which we burn" could have been in a conversation about where the "real captain" was, and digging at Riker about him letting what might be his last chance for a promotion to command his own ship pass by. Don't let Shatner dictate the details of his fantasy-world in the Nexus, and make it a sequence that would work for KIRK, not Shatner - and his conversation to Riker about the chair being where you can make a difference is inspirational to Riker, not trying to tell the much different man that Picard is how to live his life. They come back out on the planet with Soran. Troi is in command on the -D. Also, have Pulaski in sickbay, and it turns out she's been there the whole time, just on a different duty shift or off-screen whenever anything was going on from the time Crusher got back. I don't think they ever explicitly said she was gone permanently in the series.