This Day in History: Star Trek: Nemesis Released (December 13th, 2002)

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Star Trek: Nemesis would be the final adventure of the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the final feature film set in the “prime” universe.

Nemesis was the fourth feature film featuring the cast and crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation. This included Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Brent Spiner as Data and others. The TV show had run seven successful seasons in the 80s and 90s and later led to three feature films before Nemesis.

The plot of Star Trek: Nemesis involved the crew of the Federation Starship Enterprise-E dealing with a threat involving the Remans, a subject race of a constant nemesis of the Federation, the Romulan Star Empire.

Despite advanced special effects and a score from renowned composer Jerry Goldsmith, the film would go on to become the least successful Trek film to receive a theatrical release. It was the first Star Trek movie to not debut at number one, coming in behind the Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy, Maid in Manhattan.

This would be the last feature film with this cast, and despite rumors of an “Avengers”-style team-up from various TV series or a feature set after currently-running TV prequel series Star Trek: Enterprise, there would be no more feature films until the 2009 reboot from J.J. Abrams.

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