|Star Trek: Webspinners|
|Directed by||Mark Patrick|
|Produced by||Rick Berman|
Jonathan Blake Babel
|Written by||Rick Berman|
Jonathan Blake Babel
|Based on||Star Trek: The Next Generation, created by Gene Roddenberry|
Star Trek: USS Oberon, created by Jonathan Blake Babel
|Release date(s)||November 17, 2000|
|Running time||2 hours, 15 minutes|
|Preceded by||Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)|
|Followed by||Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)|
|Music by||Jay Aster|
Principal photography took place from July 1999 to January 2000. Jay Aster composed the film's score. The film was released in North America on November 17, 2000. The film received generally positive reviews, with publications criticizing the film for being the most successful in the Star Trek franchise. It was nominated for over six Academy Awards, winning four (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Special Effects, Best Sound Design).
In the year 2365, before the events of the Star Trek: U.S.S. Oberon television movie, the Tholian fleet attacks a Federation science ship, the U.S.S. Oberon NCC-61880, under the command of Captain Ian Dickenson (Alan Alda), responds to its distress call, and was ambushed, which resulted in the deaths of 47 crewmembers, including its chief engineer and Captain Dickenson. First Officer Commander David Welles (Mark Patrick) immediately took command of the Oberon and ordered Lieutenant Gyglas Pygasia to fire a EMP torpedo in front of the Tholian armada. Before the torpedoes detonate, the Oberon warped out of the sector and was greeted by the Federation fleet, led by the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, under the command of Captain Karl-Heinz Jurgen (Patrick Stewart), who owes his condolences to the death of Welles' commanding officer and sends Lt. Commander John Toliver (John Charlton) over to replace the Oberon's dead chief engineer.
Eleven years later, science officer Lt. Commander T'Kaht (Christina Ricci) visited the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-E during Valentine's Day, where she and Lt. Commander Data (Robert Picardo) sang a duet song, Don't Go Breaking My Heart. During the sing along, T'Kaht feels pain and goes angry and attacks Data, she is confined to sickbay until the Oberon rendezvous. Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden) deduces that T'Kaht is suffering from the Tholian bio-weapon, perlexius, she must die in three weeks. So Captain Karl-Heinz Jurgen (Patrick Stewart) contacts Captain Welles and informs that T'Kaht is dying from perlexius. After the Oberon arrives, Captain Welles and Commander Amelia 'Amy' Janette (Kim Basinger) beams over to the Enterprise and tour the Federation flagship of the fleet, where Jurgen learns that two years prior to this movie, the Oberon has destroyed the Tholian mothership when Welles opened communications and the Tholians demanded his surrender immediately after the events of the final episode of Star Trek: U.S.S. Oberon. Suddenly, their tour is interrupted when the Tholian cruiser has entered Federation space. So the Oberon and the Enterprise were battle ready. The cruiser trapped the Enterprise in a Tholian Web. The Oberon frees the Enterprise and the damaged Tholian ship warps back to Tholian space.
Admiral Maxwell Babel (Jonathan Blake Babel) and Admiral Pavel Chekov (Gary Burghoff) of Starfleet Command orders both ships to Tholian space to negotiate with the Tholians for peace, hopefully to end hostilities by killing the Tholian dictator, Pa'luk (voiced by Miguel Ferrer). En route, Amy told the Enterprise crew that they need a antidote for T'Kaht, which can be found in Tholian ships. Jurgen, Data, Lieutenant Stellunia (Heather Locklear), Welles, Amy and Lt. Commander Akira Tikosti (Dennis Dun) beam over the Tholian mothership so they can find the antidote. The Enterprise and Oberon strike teams battle the Tholians in the corridors. During the phaser fight, Tikosti found the antidote, but Welles is captured by his enemy, Pa'luk.
As Dr. Crusher, Dr. Marion Baxter (Alice Kersan) and Dr. Katherine Pulaski (Diana Muldair) cure T'Kaht from perlexius. Amy angrilly blames the Tholians for taking Welles, Jurgen admits it everyone is responsible. In the Tholian mothership, Welles is tortured by his nemesis, screaming in agony, calling out his KHAAAAN!-like line, "YOU MURDERERS!!! YOU MURDERERS!!" Jurgen informs Starfleet that Pa'luk is sending a Tholian armada to destroy the Federation, Admirals Babel and Chekov places Jurgen in command of the huge fleet of Federation starship and Klingon warships to Tholian space.
As the Starfleet/Klingon armada engages the Tholians, both Enterprise and Oberon send strike teams to the Tholian mothership to kill some Tholians. During the battle, the Oberon is hit and was damaged beyond repair, Amy puts the ship on self-destruct while ramming the mothership. As Pa'luk prepares to kill Welles, the Tholian dictator was disintegrated by Jurgen, who rescues the tortured captain. With no weapons available to destroy the mothership, Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton) and Commander Toliver overload the warp core and separate the Enterprise's saucer section as the stardrive section approaches the damaged Tholian mothership.
The ship's stardrive section detonates, destroying the Tholian mothership in a blast, the Enterprise and the Oberon crew were okay, Jurgen is contacted by the Tholian president that negotiations will begin. Several months later, the Enterprise is repaired. Jurgen's crew says one last goodbye to the crew of the Oberon as the movie ends with Jurgen, the newly promoted Admiral Welles and Captain Janette ride on a travel pod to inspect the new Sovereign class starship, Oberon.
- Patrick Stewart as Captain Karl Heinz Jurgen
- Lance Guest as Commander William Tiberius Dwight
- Robert Picardo as Lt. Commander Data
- Tim Russ as Lt. Commander K'Torf
- LeVar Burton as Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge
- Gates McFadden as Commander (Doctor) Beverly Crusher
- Denise Crosby as Commander (Counselor) Deanna Grada
- Miguel Ferrer as the voice of Pa'luk
- Mark Patrick as Captain/Admiral David Welles
- Kim Basinger as Commander/Captain Amelia 'Amy' Janette
- John Charlton as Commander John Toliver
- Diana Muldair as Commander (Doctor) Katherine Pulaski
- Alice Kersan as Lt. Commander (Doctor) Marion Baxter
- Dennis Dun as Lt. Commander Akira Tikosti
- Christina Ricci as Lt. Commander T'Kaht
- John Winston as Lt. Commander Tuniah Pygiasa
- Kim Darby as Lt. Commander Gyglas Pygiasa
- Aries Spiers as Lieutenant Colin Jefferson
- Heather Locklear as Lieutenant Stellunia
- Matt Hill as Lt. Commander Pyrus
- Gary Burghoff as Admiral Pavel Chekov
- Jonathan Blake Babel as Admiral Maxwell Babel and the Tholian computer voice
- Majel Barrett as the Enterprise and Oberon computer voices
- Alan Alda as Captain Ian Dickenson
- J.G. Hertzler as Chancellor Martok
On July 1998, after the cancellation of Star Trek: U.S.S. Oberon with a cliffhanger, Jonathan Blake Babel wants to write a U.S.S. Oberon feature film to pick up what the series left off, but failed. Soon after the box office failure of Star Trek: Insurrection, Paramount Pictures had a bold proposal for Babel write the crossover movie where the Oberon crew meets the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Rick Berman and Brandon Braga helped Babel writing the script for the movie.
The early draft of the script which involves Captain Jurgen sacrificing himself to save David Welles, that script doesn't feature the destruction of the Oberon. Rick Berman changed the ending so that Jurgen lives and the Oberon was destroyed. The late draft of the script was submitted in March 1999.
Pre-Production and Special Effects
Rick Berman and Jonathan Blake Babel set about compiling both casts of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: U.S.S. Oberon. Mark Patrick dieted for three months in order to play David Welles and decides to direct the film. Kim Basinger is ready to see the cast again. Patrick Stewart turned down the script for two months.
In order to voice the main villian of the movie, the dark and mysterious Tholian dictator, Pa'luk. Jonathan Blake Babel hired his friend, Willard Strikes to voice the main villian. But Strikes turned it down. Rick Berman wanted Tim Curry to replace Willard Strikes, but Curry was unavailable. It took a week to find a voice actor to play Pa'luk, until Miguel Ferrer accepted to voice the Tholian.
Both the phasers and tricorders are redesigned for the movie, they are intended to be steamlined for cinematic use, the phasers and tricorders are reused in the Star Trek: Voyager episode, Endgame. The phasers are reused in Star Trek: Nemesis.
The Oberon crew quarters, sickbay, transporter room, engineering, ready room and corridors set are spared from destruction after filming of the Star Trek: USS Oberon series finale was completed, the producers decided to build a new bridge set for the Oberon which is intended for cinematic use, the bridge is reminsicent of the Enterprise-D bridge set seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation. The television Oberon bridge, which is located at the Canada's Star Trek: Exhibition tour at the time, is seen only in the opening flashback scene. The Starfleet uniforms seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation season one, complete with combadges, are seen in the flashback scene in the movie, where David Welles takes command of the Oberon for the first time. Like the previous two movies, the sickbay, transporter room and crew quarters sets for the Enterprise-E were redressed sets from Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Counselor Troi's office, which is a redress of Captain Janeway's ready room.
The Starfleet uniforms seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation season one, complete with combadges, are seen in the opening flashback scene in the movie, where David Welles takes command of the Oberon for the first time.
This is the only Star Trek movie to feature every almost alien species seen in the movies and television shows except for Star Trek: Voyager, especially the aliens from Star Trek: Phase II, Star Trek II: The Search for Spock, Star Trek III: The Voyage Home, Star Trek IV: To Boldly Go and Star Trek V: The Undiscovered Country.
This is the second Star Trek: The Next Generation movie to have a musical score, composed by someone other than Jerry Goldsmith, this movie is composed by Jay Aster, who composed several Star Trek: USS Oberon episodes. This is the second Star Trek: The Next Generation movie that doesn't contain the signature Goldsmith Star Trek: Phase II theme music, but this movie contains the original Star Trek series fanfare, composed by Alexander Courage. This movie also contains the Oberon theme and the Tholian theme from Star Trek: USS Oberon composed by Ron Jones. Jay Aster created and composed the new theme for the Enterprise-E for this movie instead of the Goldsmith Phase II theme music, and created the love theme for Welles and Janette, and the dark theme for the main villian, Pa'luk.
The special effects for this movie is by Magical Vision Studios, which had done the effects for 1986's Aliens, 1991's Starship Troopers, Jurassic Park films as well as for 1999's The Matrix and Shadow the Hedgehog. All Tholians seen in this movie are CGI, stand-in actors are filmed before CGI is placed in post production. They done the phasers and transporter effects.
For the space battle scene, Magical Vision Studios, used CGI models of the Tholian ships from U.S.S. Oberon (including the mothership), they also used Federation and Klingon ships including the Enterprise and the Oberon, along others seen in the movies and television shows, (including the Akira, Saber, Steamrunner and Norway-class starships seen in Star Trek: First Contact (1996), the Defiant-class starship seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(1993), the Intrepid and Nova-class starships, and the Prometheus seen in Star Trek: Voyager (1995), the Galaxy, Nebula and Ambassador-class starships, the Klingon Vor'cha-class attack cruiser and the Klingon Negh'Var-class warship seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), the Constellation-class starship seen in Star Trek III: The Voyage Home (1986), the Klingon bird of prey, the Excelsior and the Oberth-class starships seen in Star Trek II: The Search for Spock (1984), the Miranda -class starship seen in Star Trek: The Revenge of Khan (1982), and the Klingon K't'inga-class battle cruiser seen in Star Trek: Phase II (1978). This film marks the only time, the Enterprise-E separates its saucer section.
Principal photography began on July 1999, the first scene is on the bridge of the Enterprise, where Captain Jurgen contacts David Welles. One day during filming on October 23rd, 1999, John Charlton had a heart attack on the bridge of the Oberon, paramedics are set to defibrillate, Alice Kersan told them she is a doctor, she defibrillates John Charlton so they could finish filming.
The last scene shot on January 2000 was the opening scene where T'Kaht and Data sing, Don't Go Breaking My Heart. Christina Ricci practiced singing for two weeks.
The first teaser trailer of Star Trek: Webspinners was released on December 1999, attached to Shadow the Hedgehog (1999) during filming, the teaser trailer contains unfinished footage from the film along with clips from the pilot episode of Star Trek: U.S.S. Oberon, Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection, the final note says, "COMING TO THEATERS, JUNE 2000."
The second teaser trailer was released on April 2000, attached to Rules of Engagement (2000), in this teaser, the final note says, "COMING TO THEATERS, NOVEMBER 17th, 2000." The full trailer was released on July 2000, attached to X-Men (2000), which shows the destruction of the Oberon, and Pa'luk himself.
Pocket Books published a novelization of the movie, written by J.M. Dillard, and a 2001 calendar featuring scenes of the movie and updated the Star Trek: Encyclopedia and Star Trek: Chronology books to feature information from the movie, Simon and Schuster Audio released a audio adaption of the novelization, read by Kim Basinger. Bio Tremble updated her Star Trek: Concordance book to feature information from the movie, along with Star Trek: First Contact and key episodes of USS Oberon, Deep Space Nine and Voyager to feature original Star Trek characters. DC Comics published a comic book adaptation of the movie, but features some deleted scenes. Playmates Toys released a full line of Star Trek: Webspinners action figures, the saucer separating Enterprise, the Tholian mothership and the Oberon and the phaser and tricorder toys. Rubies Costumes released several Webspinners adult and kids costumes including Captain Jurgen's shirt and vest, Commander Janette's uniform, Lt. Commander Data's uniform, Lt. Commander T'Kaht's uniform, Lt. Commander Worf's uniform and Captain David Welles' battle uniform. GNP Cresendo released a Star Trek: Webspinners soundtrack which contains most of the score of the film, and a sound effects library. Carl's Jr promoted a kid's meal for Webspinners and promoted four glasses based on scenes of the movie and a Starfleet combadge and sold VHS cassettes of the first eight Star Trek films. Activision and Eidos Interactive released a video game based on the movie, for Playstation 1 and 2, Nintendo Gamecube, Sega Dreamcast, Windows PC and Apple Macintosh computers, featuring the voices of the cast of the movie, except for Mark Patrick (who is replaced by Kevin Conroy from the Batman Animated Series) in which critics made positive reviews.
Star Trek: Webspinners was scheduled for release for June 2000, but was delayed until November 17th, 2000 in the United States and Canada and enjoyed the largest opening-weekend box office receipts in history by pulling in $417 million. The film was released in England, Scotland and Ireland on December 4th, and in the French Empire and Japan on December 26th, and received its complete worldwide release on January 2nd, 2001.
The film was released to generally positive reviews. Gene Siskel said, "It's good, easy fun, a very passable movie. While predictable, Star Trek: Webspinners delivers exactly what it picks up from the cliffhanger finale of U.S.S. Oberon. There's something here for Trekkies and for the average moviegoer." Roger Ebert noted, "Entertaining from the first space battle between the Enterprise, the Oberon and the Tholians and the Enterprise separates from its main body in the end, it was the most Star Trek film I ever seen in my life, it was the true crossover of both The Next Generation and the Oberon." Leonard Maltin said, "Webspinners was one of the best Star Trek movies of all time, the Next Generation crew and the Oberon crew meet for the first time ever."
Star Trek: Webspinners was the highest-grossing film of 2000 in the United States, pulling in $903 million in box office receipts, while generating an additional $2 billion overseas, thus raising the total worldwide gross to $304 billion, making it the most successful Star Trek film, significantly outgrossing the most successful film in the series, Star Trek IV: To Boldly Go (1989).
Star Trek: Webspinners was released on DVD on April 30th, 2001 in Region 1 (it was released on full-screen VHS and widescreen VHS). This initial release contained an audio commentary by actor-director Mark Patrick, producer Rick Berman, writer Jonathan Blake Babel, actor Patrick Stewart, actress Kim Basinger and composer Jay Aster, four featurettes on the film's production, five deleted scenes, a photo gallery, three trailers, a video game trailer, and a music video of Russell Watson's "Where My Heart Will Take Me", which can be heard in the film's end credits.
The initial release was followed up with a "Director's Edition" in Region 1 on October 4, 2005, which featured a director's cut version of the movie. Although this two-disc set contained several additional features, it also duplicated some of the features found in the initial release.
The film was released on Blu-ray on September 22, 2009 as part of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection in the United States. It was subsequently released individually in Japan and the United Kingdom. The Blu-ray edition contains high definition bonus features not seen on previous DVD releases.