Star Trek: Nemesis
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Star Trek: Nemesis can be found here.

When Reman Praetor Shinzon (Tom Hardy), the new ruler of Romulus, invites the Federation to negotiate peace, Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and the Enterprise are sent to act as emissary. Picard is shocked to find that Shinzon is human, unlike the other Remans, and that he was actually cloned from Picard's own genetic material. It soon becomes apparent that Shinzon does not want peace but is plotting the destruction of Earth. The Enterprise, alone in the neutral zone, must try to stop him.

All of the Enterprise-D crew is back: Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Commander Will Ryker (Jonathan Frakes), Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Lieutenant Commander Geordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Lieutenant Commander Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis), bartender Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg), and Majel Barrett as the voice of the Enterprise computer. In addition, Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) can be seen seated at the end of the wedding table at the beginning of the movie, and Admiral Kathryn Janeway (Kate Mulgrew) from the TV series 'Star Trek: Voyager' (1995-2001) is seen on an incoming transmission from Starfleet Command.

What does 'nemesis' mean?

Nemesis refers to an enemy or an opponent that seems unbeatable. More specifically, it is an arch enemy with whom the protagonist (often) has a long-standing rivalry for very personal reasons. In the context of the movie, Shinzon appears to be Picard's nemesis, due to Shinzon's frustration of feeling like an inferior version of Picard.

It takes place in 2379 A.D., four years after the events in Insurrection.

Who are the Remans?

The Remans are the native inhabitants of the planet Remus, the sister planet of Romulus. Romulus and Remus were named as such by the Romulans, who were originally a group of Vulcans who had left Vulcan two millennia earlier, before the Vulcans became an enlightened species who embraced logic. The Romulans have therefore retained much of their former brutality. When settling on Romulus, they also annexed the neighbouring planet, dubbed it Remus, and subdued the native people, who were henceforth called 'Remans'. The Remans are virtually slaves, performing forced industrial labour on Remus and serving as expendable soldiers in the military without the possibility to rise up to command or political functions. Being a completely different race explains the vastly different appearance of Remans compared to the Romulans. The Remans have only ever inhabited the dark-sided hemisphere of Remus, causing their pale appearance and sensitivity to light.

How does the movie end?

With no warp drive, no photon torpedoes left, and the Romulan warbird 'dead in the water', it is up to the Enterprise to defend herself against the Scimitar. Shinzon positions the Scimitar directly in front of the Enterprise, and, knowing they have no weapons left, suggests they surrender. Picard suddenly rams the Enterprise into the Scimitar, seriously damaging and disabling both ships, but not the Scimitar's thalaron weapon. With no other option, Picard tries to initiate the self-destruct sequence but finds that it's offline due to the damage. As the Scimitar backs itself away from the Enterprise, Shinzon orders the deployment of the thalaron weapon, intending to kill everyone on the Enterprise. When Picard realizes Shinzon's intent, he places Data in command and beams over to the Scimitar, after which the transporter blows up. Realizing that Picard now has no way to get off the Scimitar, Data leaps across the airless void between the two ships and sets out to find Picard, who is already engaged in hand-to-hand combat with Shinzon. With two minutes left until the thalaron firing sequence begins, Picard lures Shinzon into a lunging attack and kills him by impaling him onto a metal support rod. With less than 30 seconds left until the thalaron weapon fires, Data locates Picard and plants his single-use personal transporter on Picard. The Captain safely beams back to the Enterprise, while Data blows up the thalaron device, taking both the Scimitar and Data with it. Romulan commander dispatches rescue ships and invites the Federation to resume peace talks. Picard and the senior staff retire to the Captain's room, where they have a tearful salute in Data's honor, and reminisce about their adventures with him. In the final scene, as the Enterprise undergoes repair in space dock, Picard says goodbye to Captain Riker who is preparing to leave the Enterprise in order to take command of the USS Titan and begin peace talk with the Romulans. Picard then meets with B-4 to tell him about his 'brother' and how Data's curiosity led him to strive to improve himself. B-4 doesn't quite understand but, he is seen trying to sing 'Blue Skies'.

Yes. A novelization of the movie by American science fiction writer J.M. Dillard (pen name for Jeanne Kalogridis), was released in 2002.

Star Trek: Nemesis is set after Star Trek: Voyager. After Voyager finally returned home to Earth, Captain Kathryn Janeway was promoted to Admiral and she gave Captain Picard the assignment of going to Romulus and meet with Shinzon.

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