Captain’s Log: Stardate 10295.9
As you can imagine, I was first in line on Friday night to see what Paramount Pictures billed as “A Generation’s Final Voyage.” That’s right. The tenth Star Trek film, “Star Trek: Nemesis” hit local theatres and I waited with baited breath, once again proving my never-ending Star Trek geekdom.

In essence, it was very similar to “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.” Too similar. It’s about a genetically-engineered bad man who gets upset when things don’t go his way and decides to take out his anger on the Enterprise’s captain and on all of humanity. Instead of using another Federation starship to lure his nemesis in, this guy uses an earlier version of Data nicknamed B4. Instead of the Genesis device, this guy uses a bio-matter-eating radiation. Instead of phaser fire ripping holes in engineering, this guy uses a photo torpedo to rip a hole in the main bridge. Instead of losing Spock saving the Enterprise, they lose someone else saving the Enterprise. And, finally, instead of superb villainous acting from Ricardo Montalban, we’re left with whiney kid-faced Tom Hardy. Ugh.

Most of all, “Khan” was about a new beginnings. “Nemesis,” on the other hand, is about endings. It’s over. Patrick Stewart’s been going on talk show after talk show stating that if this one makes money, he’s sure they’ll find a way to get him back on board. Sorry Patrick. In your opening weekend, Trek 10 made under 19 million dollars and finished behind Jennifer Lopez in “Maid in Manhattan.” (Then again, I don’t know many people who wouldn’t have enjoyed being behind Jennifer Lopez at one point or another.)

Not to say the film doesn’t have some real good high points. It definitely worth a little under two hours of your time and a welcome escape from cold weather, holiday shopping and news reports of a transit strike.

Will there be any more Treks on the silver screen? Of course there will be. There are three more crews to write for (four, if you count ours,) Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir from Deep Space Nine) and Robert Beltran (Chakotay on Voyager) are less expensive to hire than Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton, and, after all, box office dollars is the final frontier.