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Entertainment Media Analysis Report

Star Trek: Insurrection 1998, PG
CAP Score: 81, CAP ID: 0.34

Thomas A. Carder
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Star Trek: Insurrection was a Saturday night sci-fi flick no more invasive than the regular TV series Star Trek: Next Generation and less invasive than the Deep Space 9 and Babylon 5 series. In fact, I would bet that CAP analysis of the Next Generation series would reveal a score close to this big screen Star Trek score. The heaviest losses of points were in Wanton Violence/Crime and Impudence/Hate.

Violence included firing weapons endangering children, skin being stretched over a face, tossing of bodies from an explosion, and death by incineration. Government level corruption and bleeding from a hole in the forehead of an alien took their toll on the score. Attempted murder by weapon fire and bloody fighting evaporated a few points also.

Impudence was presented by several uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, by demonstration of arrogant independence against a fair leader, by portrayal of children getting revenge on their parents, and by assuming that practicing rebellion is a requirement of being young. God told us of the rebellious nature of youth -- that rebellion is bound up in the hearts of youth. While the tendency to rebel is innate, practice of it is most likely provoked if only by excessive permissiveness or example.

A smattering of sexual programming stole several points. Two women speaking of breasts, "wet tee-shirt" ghosting of female anatomy, and revealing female attire were somewhat expensive to the Sex/Homosexuality score. I wanted to subtract an extra few points when womanizer Ryker was in a bathtub with Troy, but the objectivity of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model would not let me.

Please see the listing of ignominy to learn of all the items of programming which might need your parental guidance to smooth over. Of significant matter for discussion is the "message" of this movie that to force any group of people to relocate against their will is indeed wrong.

FINDINGS / SCORING: Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) CAP Thermometers

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) lost no points to the intermediate nor maximum level.

Impudence*/Hate (I)(1) lost no points to the intermediate nor maximum level.

Sex/Homosexuality (S) lost no points to the intermediate nor maximum level.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) lost no points to the intermediate nor maximum level.

Offense to God (O)(2) lost no points to the intermediate nor maximum level.

Murder/Suicide (M)(3) lost no points to the intermediate nor maximum level.

Examples of entertainment ignominy, each warranting the loss of the minimum point level included:

  • weapon fire endangering children
  • the use of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive
  • six uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • female attire very revealing of anatomy
  • an adult couple bathing together
  • "wet tee-shirt" ghosting of femal anatomy
  • protrayal that it is 'required' to be embarrased about a zit (on a Klingon, nonetheless)
  • "...would sell their souls..." to get something
  • blood spurting from a hole in the forehead of an aggitated alien
  • corruption at the government level
  • grotesque surgical scene
  • assuming that practicing rebellion is a requirement of being young
  • an order to kill
  • kidnapping by transporter
  • females talking about breasts
  • violent scatter of bodies by explosion
  • presentation of a human on fire
  • attempted murder by firearms
  • realistic cave collapse leading to almost fatal injuries
  • portrayal of children getting revenge on their parents
  • fighting with blood presented
  • death by incineration

    * "Imunity/Hate" is being changed to "Impudence/Hate."

    In accordance with the numeric comparative baseline database of the CAP Entertainment Media Analysis Model, Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) presented programming equivalent to R-rated material in Wanton Violence/Crime, PG-13 material in Impudence/Hate, and PG material in Sex/Homosexuality. Star Trek: Insurrection was equivalent to G-rated programming in Drugs/Alcohol, Offense to God, and Murder/Suicide. Thus, Star Trek: Insurrection is equivalent to 17% R-rated programming, 16% PG-13 programming, 17% PG-rated programming, and 50% G-rated programming.

    (1) As noted in CAP Special Report-001, "Investigation Area and Scoring Trend," of the six CAP Investigation Areas, Impudence/Hate was the strongest presence in all four movie classifications. It has a strong revelation about the entertainment media.

    (2) The use of the three/four letter word vocabulary without God's name is incorporated into the Impudence/Hate Investigation Area. The use of God's name with or without the three/four letter word vocabulary is incorporated into the Offense to God Investigation Area. There is no duplication. As required of the Holy Scriptures, unless God's name is used with reverence to His glory and praise, its use is considered in vain, whether literal or euphemistic.

    (3) Only portrayal of successful murder or suicide are incorporated into Murder/Suicide. Presentation of attempts to commit murder or suicide and deaths by police action or war are incorporated into Wanton Violence/Crime.

    Please remember we believe that if even one of the six Investigation Area scores for a movie is equivalent to the CAP comparative baseline database scoring range for R, PG-13, or PG material, the entire movie should be regarded as so rated.  For example, if only Wanton Violence/Crime earns a score equivalent to R but all other Investigation Areas earn a score equivalent to G, THERE IS R-RATED MATERIAL IN THE MOVIE AND YOUR KIDS WILL SEE IT AND HEAR IT IF THEY WATCH THE MOVIE!

    Additional reviews of this movie may be located at "Movie Review Query Engine at Telerama."

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