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  • Tricked by a race of aliens called the Son'a, Starfleet has ordered the Enterprise to conduct a stealth surveillance of a peaceful, almost medieval race known as the Ba'ku. However, a malfunction in Lieutenant Commander Data's (Brent Spiner) circuitry causes him to expose both himself, the surveillance team, and duckblind operation set up by Starfleet. Admiral Dougherty (Anthony Zerbe) orders Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) to stop Data and leave the planet, but Picard rescues Data and intervenes with the Ba'ku to explain their presence. To their amazement, they discover that the Ba'ku are not a pre-technological race, rather that they rejected technology to live a simple life, and that the Federation and the Son'a plan to remove the Ba'ku from the planet in order to tap the "metaphasic radiation" being emitted by their planet's rings, Picard decides to defend the Ba'ku in direct violation of Starfleet orders in order to uphold the principles upon which the Federation was founded.

  • The Enterprise-D crew is back: Besides Captain Picard and Lt Commander Data, look for Commander Will Ryker (Jonathan Frakes), Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Lieutenant Commander Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), and Majel Barrett (as the voice of the Enterprise computer).

  • Insurrection is the act of rising in revolt, rebellion or resistance against civil authority or an established government or, in the text of this movie, Starfleet Federation.

  • It takes place in the year 2375 A.D.

  • Geordi discovers memory engrams implanted in Data's neural net. He believes the damage was caused by a Son'a weapon that was fired before Data malfunctioned, not after—as the Son'a claim.

  • In the movie, metaphasic radiation as generated by the rings around the Ba'ku planets has regenerative properties. It prevents adults from growing old. For example, Anij (Donna Murphy) and Sojef (Daniel Hugh Kelly) claim to be over 300 years old. Dr Crusher finds that those who have been on the planet for even a short time show increased metabolism, improved muscle tone, and high energy. Troi and Beverly find that their boobs are starting to firm up. Geordi gets his eyesight back. Troi and Ryker resume a relationship they left years ago. Picard's facial skin begins to tighten, although he doesn't begin to grow hair again.

  • Basically, Ru'afo (F. Murray Abraham) was getting a face lift. His facial skin was being stretched and re-attached to his head.

  • In order to stop Ru'afo from unleshing the radiation collector, Picard has a replica of the radiation collector ship set up in the holoship, and Gallatin (Gregg Henry) disables the ejector assembly. When Ru'afo goes to eject it, everything goes exactly as they planned, until they notice no change in the metaphasic flux level. Realizing he has been tricked, Ru'afo transports to the collector ship and overrides the new sequence. Unfortunately Gallatin cannot override Ru'afo's new sequence without his access codes, so Picard beams over to the collector ship himself. While dodging Ru'afo's phaser, Picard manages to reset the manual control. Seconds before the collector is set to eject, Picard ignites the exhaust and blows up the ship, just as Riker beams him back aboard the Enterprise. With only three minutes of air left on the Son'a ship, Picard beams over Worf, the Son'a crew, and the captive Ba'ku.. Later, after everyone has returned to the Ba'ku planet, Picard, Anij, and Sojef watch Gallatin reuniting with his mother. Picard and Anij say goodbye, but Picard promises to take his 318 days of shore leave and return for a visit. In the final scene, Data is shown playing in the haystacks with Artim (Michael Welch). The two 'children' say goodbye to each other, and the Enterprise crew beam back to their own ship.

  • Yes, a novelization of the movie by American science fiction writer J.M. Dillard (pen name for Jeanne Kalogridis), was released in 1998.

  • Worf was having a nightmare about his deceased Trill wife Jadzia Dax, who was killed by Gul Dukat in Deep Space Nine episode "Tears of the Prophets" (1998), which takes place shortly before Insurrection.


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