Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) Turns 19 Years Young today!
Now, I never like to nitpick. Like many, I take pride in admitting what I enjoy as well as what I don't; but Star Trek -- for me -- has often times been its own worst enemy. Launching on the Boob Tube largely as 'the little show that could,' it's enduring a half-century of mocking alongside the occasional mainstream praise, and even many of the actors who were granted small screen and/or big screen careers thanks to the property even malign it from time to time. That and the fact that the suits at Paramount Pictures never quite know what to do with it in order to keep it popular has made for an uphill battle for fans wishing once and for all that society could "come together" out of respect for entertainment.
Still, its bloated stinkers like Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) that I think have largely kept these more modern incarnations of the Roddenberry franchise from finding greater love. Insurrection is often referred to as "The Next Generation's Star Trek V: The Final Frontier" (another entry that deservedly takes it on the chin for the original cast), and even upon viewing today -- 19 years later -- it doesn't quite hold up alongside even the TV show's lesser episodes. Although my two cents on greater Trekdom is that each and every incarnation and/or hour has offered me something of substance to think about, I'll still concede that none of TNG's big screen outings meant all that much to me; each of them felt like rehashed episodes given a bigger budget without bigger ideas.
Besides that, I won't nitpick it further. At the end of the day, it is what it is, and maybe I'll take the time to give it a fuller re-examination when it turns two decades old next year. We'll all just have to wait and see.
In the meantime, live long and prosper!