Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday at the age of 83 and will be forever known as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock as we here at Reggie’s Take dedicate this posting to Mr. Nimoy himself.
As a kid my first real exposure to Star Trek was in 1982 when my aunt and uncle took my brother and I to see Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan. Even though I had no knowledge of the episode “Space Seed” I was still able to thoroughly enjoy the movie from beginning to end.
“Wrath of Khan” sent me down the road of a life long enjoyment to one of the greatest science fiction television/film series of all time. With any television series or film franchise there will always be hits and misses and at the same time everyone will have their favorite moments or scenes.
When I learned of Mr. Nimoy’s passing shortly after arriving at work I was sadden and also a little devastated at knowing the world lost such a wonderful actor and human being. Although I never had the chance to meet Mr. Nimoy in person I felt as if I lost a family member of my own as odd as that may seem.
I spent the rest of my day on Friday while at work and then at home with my own family on what were some of my favorite Spock moments, shows or movies for me and after sleeping on it this is what I had decided on. At first I wasn’t going to rank this list in any particular order, but changed my mind.
#5 Star Trek (2009)
A lot of purist may disagree with me on this particular choice, but I don’t care. I enjoyed this movie overall and one of the reasons why was seeing Leonard Nimoy up on the big screen once again as the original Mr. Spock. This was his first time playing Mr. Spock since 1991’s Star Trek VI and although he didn’t have a huge role, his appearance in this movie made the price of the ticket worth it.
#4 Amok Time
“Amok Time” sees Spock going through “Pon Far” when he is forced to mate with his bride. When T’Ping chooses to marry a different Vulcan she evokes her right to have Spock fight for her. T’Ping makes things even more difficult by choosing Captain Kirk to fight for her putting Spock in a unthinkable position.
This is one of my favorite episodes of the original series as you get to see Spock in ways you normally don’t. Plus at the end of the episode where Spock shows emotion rarely seen as joy and excitement comes over him when he realizes he actually did not kill Kirk in battle.
#3 Star Trek IV The Voyage Home
“The Voyage Home” made the list because you get to re-discover Spock all over again. After dying in Star Trek II and brought back to life in three Nimoy got to put a little humor into the character almost like a re-birth. “The Voyage Home” shows us Spock having to rediscover what made Spock, Spock as well as his relationship with Kirk.
“The Voyage Home” had no bad guy no space battles, but had plenty of heart then as well as today.
#2 Star Trek The Next Generation – Unification
“Unification” brings Spock into the 24th century. The Federation thinks Ambassador Spock could be putting the Federation in jeopardy by being on Romulus and sends Captain Picard and Data to Romulus to find out why he’s their and to bring him back to Federation territory.
The Next Generation had several TOS cast members make appearances during it’s seven year run, but of all the TOS cast to appear, Spock was really the only character that didn’t feel like it was forced or unbelievable.
What makes this episode for me is watching the interaction between Spock and Data as both characters were considered the consciousness of both series. One half-human and one wanting to be human.
#1 Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
Choosing “The Wrath of Khan” as my number one may seem obvious and that’s okay by me. Spock makes the ultimate sacrifice by choosing to save the crew of the Enterprise over himself. “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” or “the one”.
Spock dying at the end of the movie would of been something I never would of guess, after all Spock is one of the main characters and how many times does a franchise like Star Trek really kill off a main character.
Reggie’s Final Thoughts:
Leonard Nimoy will be missed not just for his role of Spock, but as an actor and a family man. The world over got to enjoy an out of this world character from an actor that was also out of this world and it shows from everyone’s reaction to his passing.
Mr. Nimoy had other talents that included directing, photography and poetry just to name a few. The good news we can take from his passing is we will all still be able to enjoy the work he left behind. As Dr. McCoy said at the end of Star Trek II “He’s not really dead. As long as we remember him.”
The character of Spock will live on in the movies and television episodes that Mr. Nimoy starred in and with Zachary Quinto who’s now portraying the character in the rebooted movies. The world will feel a bit empty with the loss of Leonard Nimoy, but he won’t be forgotten.
Leonard Nimoy 1931- 2015
“We are assembled here today to pay final respects to our honored dead. And yet it should be noted that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world; a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish.
He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or empty one, and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this: of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human.”