Star-Date, February 27th, 2015, An Avid Fan's Log - The Death of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)....

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Star-Date, February 27th, 2015, An Avid Fan's Log - The Death of Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy)....

I know that I am going to incur the wrath of many for saying that one of the few redeeming aspects of the original Star-Trek was Leonard Nimoy’s character, Mr. Spock. I did not care about William Shatner’s Captain Kirk and his penchant for bedding down every alien female species and his annoying elephant pregnant pauses when delivering dialogue. Furthermore, it was rather pitiful to watch William Shatner compare to Patrick Stewart’s performance as captain of Star fleet’s flagship, The Enterprise. All was not lost though in watching the original Star-Trek because First Officer Spock, played brilliantly by Leonard Nimoy, was present to rescue the damage Shatner's Captain Kirk had done to a given script. The truth is that back then, like a typical lad, I did not much care about the acting down in Star-Trek per se - but when I became sophisticated, I realized the marked difference in the acting and how important Mr. Spock’s character was to the Star-Trek franchise.

Was it the palpable chemistry that resulted in the laugh-out-loud banter between Bones Mckoy and Spock that had this teenage boy rolling or the fact that long before the wrestling “Sleeper Hold, ’Mr. Spock had the Vulcan move that put humans and aliens alike to sleep... and do not forget the Vulcan mind-meld. The beauty about Leonard Nimoy playing Spock is that most people did not peep the humor he brought to the character who was supposed to be void of humor, yet as Spock would say, I am part human. Lest we forget, the fourth installment of the movie, Star-Trek, directed by Mr. Nimoy, that was as funny as any comedy out there. Does anyone remember Spock's usage of profanities or as he called them, 'colorful metaphors' in Star-Trek 1V or the scene on the bus with the punk with the loud boom box disturbing the passengers and Spock putting the Vulcan grip on said punk to the joy of the rest of the passengers?

I would also be remised not to discus the fact that Mr. Nimoy brought real acting to a movie genre that was considered then campy... long before the current stellar acting we have come to love in the recent spate of Science Fiction/Fantasy movies. Such a display of awe inspiring acting took place in The Wrath of Khan, although the late Ricardo Montalban stole the show, Mr. Nimoy's Spock character knocked it out the proverbial acting park too. I do not recalled where I was when I first saw The Wrath of Khan... but when Spock met his death, I probably did not cry in the theatre because I was with my peeps. Let me refreshed your memories and remind you that when Spock was exposed to the deadly doses of radiation, he forces himself to stand and fix his crumpled uniform to ask Captain Kirk if the ship was out of danger. Who could forget that scene where some of the most iconic words ever used in a movie - were uttered... words I have used several times in my writings when the scene is apropos:"The Needs of many, outweigh the needs of a few or the one.",

Even outside of the Star Trek universe, Mr. Nimoy had success in directing movies like Three Men and A Baby and loaned his unique voice to many a entertainment venture. I personally enjoyed Mr. Nimoy in the JJ Abram's "Fringe" and holding his own in the reboot of the new Star-Trek movies., but we all are going to remember him as the genius Vulcan with more emotion than those of us who were born fully Human. In one of Spock's iconic saying, he would say, "Live long and prosper," and prospered Mr. Nimoy did from the body of acting work, some of which I have laid out above; and dying at the age of 83, one could also surmised that Mr. Nimoy lived long too.

There are not many characters in our movies or on television that have become part and parcel of our culture... and in essence who we are as Americans, but Leonard Nimoy has achieved that rare status. Almost every generation knows who Spock is, if not for his pointy ears, for the Vulcan hand signal, coupled with the iconic salutation of live long and prosper. Star Date, 2015, Leonard Nimoy went where every human must go - into the next life. One can only hope that Mr. Nimoy enjoys the success he had in this finite life in the next... because the needs of one (Spock) was all that mattered to me and many in the original Star-Trek. Mr. Nimoy, welcome to Ceti-Alpha Eternity!

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FitnezzJim 21 months ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

What a great tribute to a specical actor.

Fifty years or more since he first started, he will be remembered even longer.


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Verily Prime 21 months ago from New York Author

Well said, fellow fan of Mr. Nimoy.

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