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For baddies, the Remans are deliciously horrid-looking -- I love their make-up and costuming. I'm glad we only hear a minimal amount of Shin-Khan bellyaching about his Oliver Twist-y childhood on Remus -- it preserves the mystery of his viceroy's and the other Remans' backgrounds. How about that, though? The boy's got himself a viceroy. I don't think it's even possible to be a viceroy and not have a soul that's pussing with evility. As soon as you hear Shin-Khan's got one in his pocket, you just know he's gotta be a big bad. Of course, the blue-black make-up and boar's teeth might actually give that secret away. Maybe that's something Wesley should have looked into -- hiring himself a viceroy. As it is, the poor kid barely shows up onscreen at the wedding. If you look quickly, you can just see him on the edge of the action, nodding and smiling along with Picard's speech, trying desperately to look as though he fits in. I had friends who emailed me about Paramount not hiring enough copyeditors to catch snafus like keeping Wil Wheaton in the credits when he wasn't even in the movie. The cast is aging. It's sad, but it's to be expected -- I'd be scared if they all looked as though they had started using Dick Clark's formaldehyde face cream. Yet I expect what really bothers us about their aging is the inevitable conclusion that we, the audience and fans, are also aging. I bought Clearasil when I first started watching The Next Generation; now I buy Coenzyme Q-10. By far, Patrick Stewart looks the best. I don't know if it's the baldness or the bone structure, but the man looks as tasty as he ever did. Tastier, even, because the passing years have brought a leanness to the round face that first stepped onto the bridge in 1987. All big things considered, Jonathan Frakes also doesn't look so bad. It could be the strategic blocking and dark lighting, but it also could be the rest of the cast's tendencies to puff that make him look not as large and in charge as he did in the series. As is my wont, I barely notice Gates McFadden, but I will say that I think she looks fine. I vehemently disagree with those who think Marina Sirtis looks awful, though. In my opinion, she looks much better than she ever did on the series. Her cheekbones, the dramatic make-up, her hair -- all these things contribute to her looking quite lovely and luminescent. No, she's not a size one, and thank god for that! She looks like a real woman. A real, beautiful woman -- in fact, I sure as hell wouldn't mind looking that good when I reach that age. If she looks haggard by the end of the movie, so she should -- everyone who whines that the cast doesn't react enough to Data's death might want to take another look at Troi.