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[[caption-width-right:292:[[CoversAlwaysLie Sadly NOT]] a movie about the ''Enterprise'' fighting a [[FloatingHeadSyndrome giant ghost face in space]]. That would have been so much more awesome.[[note]][[http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Where_Silence_Has_Lease_%28episode%29 Anyway, they already have.]][[/note]] ]]

->'''Picard:''' Ru'afo, we're getting too old for this.
->'''Ru'afo:''' After today, that won't be a problem... for either of us.

'''''Star Trek: Insurrection''''' is the ninth movie in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' film series, released in 1998.

Joining forces with some unsavory [[RubberForeheadAliens Rubber Forehead]]... and face... [[RubberForeheadAliens Aliens]] offering their friendship, TheFederation decides that the [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] is suddenly optional so that they can relocate the new-agey SpaceAmish inhabitants of a paradise planet. After all, UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans, right? The ''Enterprise'' crew uncovers the plot and rebels against Starfleet (hence the title) to save the day.

Preceded by ''[[Film/StarTrekFirstContact First Contact]]'' and followed by ''Film/StarTrekNemesis''.

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!!Tropes seen in ''Insurrection'' include:

* BadassBoast: "We're through running from these bastards."
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Thanks to centuries of living with eternal youth, the Ba'ku look like catalog models.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Between Ru'afo and Admiral Matthew Doughherty.
** [[spoiler: Then Dougherty turns out to have [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], so Ru'afo kills him and becomes sole BigBad.]]
* BigNo: Ru'afo has ''four'' different ones.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Geordi uses this idea to describe the thought processes going through Data's head after having [[{{Technobabble}} his memory engrams damaged by a phaser blast]]. Which comes across as frightening when one considers that Data attacked Picard and Worf's shuttle, lumping them in with Starfleet as a whole as personnel who would take advantage of his memory loss. It sets up a BlackAndGrayMorality theme for the whole movie (TheFederation attempting to advance medical technology through the harm of the Ba'ku vs. [[spoiler: the Son'a, mostly Ru'afo, seeking revenge on the parents who exiled them from home]]) with the crew of the ''Enterprise'' as the only people trying to settle things reasonably. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny It also sets up how easily music can distract Data after experiencing his equivalent to a concussion.]]
* BrokenAesop:
** The whole film's message is about the evils of relocation, which nobody denies has had horrible effects in RealLife, but in this movie it will save far more lives than it ruins (assuming the people allied with the enemies of the Federation can really be trusted), and the aliens being relocated aren't native to the planet they're being forced off (though they do have a stronger claim to the planet than the Federation do). In addition, unlike some unfortunate RealLife examples, the goal was not to force them into cramped undesirable land that they would struggle to survive on simply to take their land, they would have been moved to a comfortable world that suited their needs as well as possible. The entire plan comes across far less like Native American relocation camps of the past and more like a case of eminent domain for the good of the greater society.
** The back-to-nature, rural simplicity message, with the Ba'ku portrayed as living in an idyllic and peaceful society, is also utterly shredded by two completely independent sets of facts. First, the only reason they're not bedeviled by disease, disabilities and injuries from farming accidents lies in their planet's apparently unique magical radiation, while everywhere else in the Federation injuries and disabilities such as Geordi's blindness or Picard's heart injury have to be managed with the technology we are supposed to believe they are right to shun. Second, the day is ultimately saved through the use of transporters, starships, phasers and holodecks. Meaning that ultimately the Ba'ku settled down in a place where they could get by without technology... and ended up at the mercy of anyone with a holodeck who happened to bump into them. Return to nature, folks, and when the aliens come you'd better hope they're friendly, because otherwise you're going to be shaken down so hard your teeth will fall out!
* CallBack:
** Geordi is shown piloting the ''Enterprise'' at different points in the film. This seems strange since he's the chief engineer, but Geordi was the helmsman of the ''Enterprise'' during TNG's first season, getting appointed chief engineer in its second season.
** This movie marks the first time since TNG's first season that Riker is clean-shaven.
* CharacterShilling: The movie has the crew go on and on about how perfect and wonderful the Ba'ku and their society are, right down to the movie's tagline being "The battle for paradise has begun."
* ContinuityOverlap: The film was released during Season 7 of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' and Season 5 of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Only the former is acknowledged through nods to Worf's relocation to [=DS=]9 and the then-ongoing Dominion War.
* CoolButInefficient: Worf's Giant Purple Space Bazooka equals about the power of one modern hand grenade. Bear in mind that hand phasers have been seen to be capable of taking the sides off cliffs and is compact enough to attach to a belt and you start to see the problem here.
* DamageControl: The ''Enterprise'' gets into another space fight. It's not really seen, but right before it starts, [=LaForge=] leaves the bridge for Engineering, knowing what he's going to be doing in short order.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A native population is relocated so that their resources can be exploited. [[TheWildWest Hmm.]] This was actually the focus of a similar episode in ''The Next Generation'', where Picard's stance on the situation was the [[BrokenAesop exact opposite]], although one can argue the strategic and scientific value of Ba'ku is a sufficient difference to change his mind. Specifically, the people were being relocated as part of the terms of a treaty that ended a long bloody war between two large space-faring civilizations. Failure to do so risked an end to the peace (there might be equal or even greater reason to move the Ba'ku, really). Said people were descendants of Native Americans who moved far from Earth in hopes of avoiding more of this nonsense. [[spoiler:In Picard's best way, they eventually TakeAThirdOption and become Cardassian citizens. How that worked out for them is never explored, though the events from that episode were used to set up the Maquis storyline on [=DS=]9 (in which it's revealed human colonists were [[FridgeHorror highly persecuted]]).]]
* DVDCommentary: A particularly fine one from director/Riker Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis (Troi). Their banter is a joy, and it's pleasing to hear them bring up all the points that critical fans often raise ('so why are the Baku all white and blonde,?' '...They're of Swedish descent'; Marina noting that her character has 'a profound grasp of the obvious' etc).
* EurekaMoment: Picard salsas happily in his quarters until he catches sight of himself in the mirror, sporting quite the youthful sheen. The very next shot is him standing at the Ba'ku's front door: "How '''old''' are you?"
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** Dougherty is fine with forcibly relocating the Ba'ku, [[spoiler: but draws the line at genocide. So Ru'afo kills him.]]
** Likewise, [[spoiler: Gallatin, Ru'Afo's second-in-command, wants revenge on the Ba'ku just as much as his boss. He's even happy to see them relocated to a world without the rejuvenating metaphasic radiation. But when Ru'Afo's abandons that intended revenge in favor of parricide, even Gallatin's unnerved]]. Luckily for everyone, Picard picks up on this.
* EvilOverlooker: The BigBad's head in the poster.
* FanSequel: The [[{{Longrunner}} sixty-episode series]] FanFic/HiddenFrontier takes place almost entirely in the Briar Patch and explores it extensively beyond Ba'ku, with an (obviously recast) older Artum joining Starfleet after developing a case of wanderlust from meeting Data. ''Many'' jokes can be made about it being superior to the actual movie, the show's shoestring-budget being the punchline.
* FanService:
** Troi and Riker taking a bath together.
** Troi and Dr. Crusher talk about how much firmer their boobs are, using that exact word. The fans weren't exactly happy.
* FictionalGenevaConventions: A brief mention to the Second Khitomer Accord, which banned Subspace Weapons. [[NegativeSpaceWedgie For good reasons]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Well, hinting, really.
** Picard's MachineEmpathy; in the scene where it comes up, he mentions that it was much more acute when he was younger.
** At one point Crusher notes that the Captain was quite a dancer, when he was '''younger'''.
** Once we get to the Ba'ku planet, there's the rekindling of the Riker/Troi romance and Worf's [[CallARabbitASmeerp Klingon zit]].
** The rescued Son'a from the Duck Blind mission decline medical examination by Dr. Crusher and her team. [[spoiler: They're trying to prevent Starfleet from learning that the Son'a and the Ba'ku are the same race.]]
* FountainOfYouth: Continued exposure to the radiation not only stops aging, but reverses it back to the subject's physical prime. This presumably takes quite a while, though.
* FreudianCouch: Played with when Riker hops on it with his head in Troi's lap to flirt with her.
* GovernmentConspiracy: The Duck Blind mission is actually cover to relocate the Ba'ku so their planet can be exploited for its resources.
* HeelFaceTurn: Galatin. [[spoiler: Dougherty tries as well but Ru'afo kills him.]]
* HiddenElfVillage: The Ba'ku's planet.
* HumanAlien: The Ba'ku, they look exactly like humans.
* {{Hypocrite}}: The Ba'ku claim to reject technology, but still have an irrigation system, a stone dam, a smith, and don't protest in the slightest to Picard's crew using their advanced technology on their behalf. A simple throwaway line about not advancing beyond an agrarian society would help a lot to explain this.
* ICantLookGesture: During one of Ru'afo's flesh-stretching sessions, Admiral Dougherty keeps wincing and glancing aside during the procedure.
* ImmortalityImmorality: The Son'a are so debilitated they may die before the magic radiation can make them immortal, so they want to destroy the planet so they can harvest and concentrate it.
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: The magic radiation takes some time to have its full effect, allowing children to age to adulthood normally. It's also retroactively effective, as one character notes that he was physically far older prior to arriving on the planet.
* InformedAttribute: Before they go off to defend the Ba'ku, Data tells the crew, and by extension, the audience, that since he is impervious to the metaphasic radiation's judgement-clouding effects, they should be assured that ''everything'' they do from this point on is indeed morally sound.
* InvisibilityCloak: In the opening scene Data runs around cloaked while being chased by several cloaked away team members. Then later they find a cloaked ship hidden in a lake.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Data's line about the senior staff's judgement possibly being impaired by the environment, which serves to tell the audience that everything the cast does from now on is the morally right thing to do.
* LighterAndSofter: After all the seriousness of ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact''. Though some would argue that it's too light.
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime: Anij's ability to slow down time seems linked to how romantic it makes the moment.
* TheMagnificentSevenSamurai: Complete with "Seven to beam up." Hmm....
* MachineEmpathy: Picard detects that the ship's torque sensors are ''slightly'' out of alignment just because "they don't sound right." This ties into the next film, which reveals that he was born with a rare genetic condition that gives him supersensitive hearing. Although treated in his youth to ensure that even the slightest of sounds don't cause him pain, it's entirely possible that Picard would retain extremely acute hearing (by most human standards) into adulthood.
* MundaneUtility: It's implied that the Ba'ku have developed the ability to significantly slow the passage of time. Sure [[ForgotICouldFly would have been useful]] to use that ability to avoid being tagged by the seeker drones, eh? Instead it's used for romantic moments and medical stasis.
* NightmareFace: The Son'a with that face-stretcher device. Okay, maybe that's not being fair to them; how about [[spoiler:''[[CruelAndUnusualDeath Admiral Dougherty with that face-stretcher device.]]'']]
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Dougherty does his best to stonewall the crew so they don't look too closely at what's going on. This being Picard he's dealing with, his orders fall on deaf ears.
* ObviouslyEvil: The ugly Son'a are the bad guys.
* OffStageVillainy: The library scene really goes out of its way to make the Son'a unlikeable, with records of conquering and enslaving worlds, drug dealing, and possessing illegal weapons. [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter It makes the Federation look really stupid to have ever turned to them.]] What's especially stupid is that the drug in question is Ketracel White, which is solely used to keep the Jem'Hadar stormtroopers in line, so Dougherty has brokered a deal with a power that is actively supplying the Federation's enemies (later confirmed on an episode of ''[=DS=]9'') and intends to give them a technology that they could just turn around and hand to the Dominion. This is lampshaded when Troi is clearly flabbergasted by the Federation's involvement with them, but the {{Phlebotinum}} is starting to affect her and she's too busy flirting with Riker to take the thought any further. In the [[StarTrekDeepSpaceNineRelaunch Deep Space Nine relaunch novel]] ''Section 31: Abyss'', Commander Vaughn says that the entire operation was organized by Section 31, and when it went bad, Admiral Dougherty was made the fall guy.
* OffTheShelfFX: Riker's "manual steering column" is an off-the-shelf computer game joystick.
* TheOutsideWorld: The Ba'ku live in a hazardous region of space called the Briar Patch on a planet with rings that grant them virtual immortality. Though they are warp-capable, they gave up technology to live a quiet life there. Some of their young people dreamed of returning to the stars, and at one point a few of them did to pursue a faster life their people had given up (albeit via violent revolution). [[spoiler: They come back as the So'na, intent on retaking the planet and using its unique properties to regain their lost youth and long life, either driving off or exterminating the Ba'ku in the process.]]
* ParentalSubstitute: Anij, the old maid and the community's matriarch.
** There's [[{{MissingMom}} no trace of Artim's mom]] and Anij seems relatively close to him.
** [[spoiler:When she recognized Gallatin as Gal'na, Anij says she helped his mother to bathe him when he was a child and she stills speaks of him. In the final scene, we see the reunion of the mother and the son, but [[{{DisappearedDad}} there's no trace of the father]].]]
* PerfectPacifistPeople: The Ba'ku, whose leader even says "The moment we pick up a weapon, we become one of them." Which is actually a nice bit of foreshadowing; [[spoiler:the Son'a are just non-pacifist, non-luddite Ba'ku]].
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Despite being the Enterprise's Chief Operations officer, Data doesn't do anything pertaining to Operations throughout the movie.
* {{Planetville}}: The Ba'ku village, population 600, and the area within walking distance of it seemingly constitute the entire ''planet'' for the purposes of the story.
* PlotInducedStupidity: The mystery plot depends on the discovery of the Holoship in a nearby lake, even though they could have parked it in orbit without the Ba'ku or Data (plus whatever other Starfleet crew weren't in on it) ever discovering it.
* ThePowerOfRock: Picard disabling Data by singing "[[Theatre/HMSPinafore A British Tar]]." Hey, it worked on Sideshow Bob.
* PrecisionFStrike: After [[spoiler:detonating]] the warp core to [[spoiler:neutralize the Son'a's sub-space weapon]]:
-->'''Commander Riker''': We're through running from these ''bastards''!
* RammingAlwaysWorks: Subverted. Riker sets a collision course for the Son'a ship, since he can't destroy it with the Ba'ku and Worf aboard. The crew panics when they think he'll really do it, with Worf helpfully reinforcing the idea. At the last second, the ''Enterprise'' slides under the Son'a ship and fires precision attacks at their engines and life support, forcing the crew to surrender peacefully.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The Ba'ku. Which they subvert with the kid... who's twelve. The Ba'ku settle into age stasis [[ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty sometime in their mid-20s]].
* RedSkiesCrossover: Ru'afo reminds Dougherty of the tough times the Federation has been through lately, what with the Borg, and Cardassians, and the Dominion. Believe it or not, this is one of the few mentions of the Dominion War outside of [=DS9=], and the first reference included in the films. [[note]] Which is sort of understandable--''The Next Generation'' was over by that point, ''Voyager'' was still about forty thousand light years from home, ''Enterprise'' was a prequel series, and the last movie (which ''did'' mention it briefly) happened after the war was over and they had other concerns.[[/note]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: When Admiral Dougherty develops a sense of morality, Ru'afo kills him.]]
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: The Ba'ku have discovered a planet with amazing healing/rejuvenating powers, which would surely help billions more, but keep it to themselves because... they believe a life without technology is better?
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale:
** The Ba'ku have lived on their planet for hundreds of years, and yet only have a population of about 600 individuals. Barring an insane mortality rate or a massive lack of breeding (clearly not the case, given the children), their population ought to be in the tens of ''millions'' at the very least. Had the Ba'ku been given a realistic population size, many of the issues listed on the YMMV page could have been avoided or mitigated. Presumably the ImmortalProcreationClause is in effect, since this would quickly lead to ''other'' problems...
** Another issue is the Son'a having somehow developed technology on par with the Federation, despite having an even ''smaller'' population than the Ba'ku and their two slave races being obviously less advanced. [[spoiler:This one can be handwaved as them using abandoned Ba'ku tech, but then why would the Ba'ku just leave that tech lying around, and how would they have ever expelled the Son'a if the Son'a stole it?]]
* SeriesContinuityError:
** Troi saying she's never kissed Riker while he had a beard. Number of times this happened in the series: ''four''[[note]]Yes, two of them involved doubles and mind control, but still...[[/note]]. You'd think at least Frakes (who was also directing, remember) or Sirtis would point this out.
** When Picard wonders why Data was acting out in the beginning, he asks Geordi if it's because of his emotion chip, but Geordi answers "He didn't take it with him." Except in ''Film/StarTrekGenerations'', it was said that the chip had been ''fused into his circuitry'' after overloading. And in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', it's revealed that Data can turn it on and off at will anyway, so why would he bother removing it?
* TheSimpleLifeIsSimple: Or at least the Ba'ku would have you think so...
* SlouchOfVillainy: Ru'afo actually has a small ''couch'' as his command chair to make this more comfortable.
-->'''SFDebris''': You gotta admire a guy who who says "screw it, I just wanna be comfortable."
* SpaceAmish: The Ba'ku. [[spoiler: Complete with their own shunned, rumspringer descendants, the Son'a]].
* SpaceElves: The Ba'ku.
* StartXToStopX: Picard must prevent a forced relocation by... planning a forced relocation (that is, evacuating their village to make them harder for Dougherty and the Son'a to beam them off the planet).
* ThemeTuneCameo
* TheNeedsOfTheMany: The last trope you'd expect to be subverted in ''Star Trek''. Picard choosing to help 600 Ba'ku when the technology studying the planet would bring could save literally billions. Especially since this was taking place at around the same time as [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine the Dominion War]], easily the most brutal and destructive war in Federation history (at least the Borg only send one ship at a time), where such advanced medical technology would have been especially useful in the war that the Federation ''was losing at the time''. Picard's position is strengthened by the fact that the planet ''can'' be used to help potentially billions in the long-term without having to render it uninhabitable and disrupt the Ba'ku, but Dougherty shoots down this idea because he's agreed to guarantee the survival of the Son'a first -- who, ironically, are outnumbered by the Ba'ku, though Dougherty may not have known that.
* TimeStandsStill: The Ba'ku have somehow learned to stop time, though it's inconsistently applied.
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Not while [[PatrickStewartSpeech Picard yet breathes]], it doesn't!
* VillainsNeverLie: The admiral ([[RootingForTheEmpire and a lot of viewers]]) sided with the Son'a because he (they) felt that the medical benefits that could be gained from exploiting (and destroying) the Ba'ku homeworld could be used to save billions of lives in a war the Federation was losing with the Dominion. Even Jonathan Frakes, as director, and many other members of the case, agreed, though this information came from people who were allies of the Dominion.[[note]]They do at least have the evidence that the planet grants youth to its inhabitants.[[/note]] Though some critics argue that makes it feel like a ham-fisted attempt at making the Son'a unlikeable.
* WhamLine: "Didn't you know, Admiral? [[spoiler: The Son'a and the Ba'ku are the same race.]]"
* TheWorfEffect: The ''Sovereign''-class starship ''Enterprise-E'', a CoolStarship that almost returned the Borg's collective asses back to them in bite-size pieces single-handedly in its first major battle in ''First Contact'', is now outclassed by two Son'a vessels. Sure, it was flying through a nebula the Son'a ships were adapted to travel in, but even two-to-one the ''Enterprise'' could have put up a better fight than it did. This is made worse when Ru'afo's admittedly smaller ship can't even stop the damaged ''Enterprise'' and is disabled by two precision phaser strikes. The novelization points out Son'a technology is superior to the Federation, they just lack the numbers to be a real menace.
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