Star Trek has always had a profound impact in my life. From watching Star Trek The Next Generation as a child with my father, to going down the street to a friends house when I lived in Hawaii and watching the Star Trek movies on VHS, then going back and experiencing the original tv series myself and also watching Deep Space Nine and The Enterprise series. Now I’m watching the newest movie with my own children as well as playing just about every Str Trek game that was made for any video game council I own. You can say that I am Trekkie, I suppose. I haven’t been to a Star Trek convention. I did manage however to convince my wife for us all to dress up as Starfleet officers on a Halloween.
My walls are adorned with some Star Trek memorabilia, which consist of an original page of Star Trek comic book, signatures from the cast and crew of several Star Trek series. One of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting myself. Jeffery Combs who played Weyoun in Deep Sapce Nine and the main antagonist during The Enterprise series. He also stars in one of my favorite films Re-Animator. But that’s a story for another time.
I also own a piece of Dilithium Crystal from the newest Star Trek film starring Chris Pine and that other guy who plays Spock. I’ll get to that guy later. I once won a signed Captains poster from the Epix channel Twitter page, signed by William Shatner himself. Directed by William Shatner, starring William Shatner, with no Leonard Nimoy in sight. I mean the movie was called Captains, and it starred most of the people who captained the enterprise during each series or cinematic rendition of Star Trek.
I even own a few versions of the Enterprise which adorn the tops of one of my display cases next to the posters and the memorabilia on the wall. For those of you who are dead to me and don’t know who Spock or Mr.Spock is, here is a short synopsis. Spock was a fictional character. He appeared in the original Star Trek series, the animated series series, a two-part episode of Star Trek the next generation and eight of the Star Trek feature films. Not to mention Star Trek novels, comics, and video games. Let’s just forget about the actors who played the stages of Spock’s growth on the Genesis Planet in Star Trek The Search for Spock. Yes they really went for that title. He also appeared in the 2009 reiteration of Star Trek and its sequel in 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness alongside that other Spock Zachary Quinto. Ok I’m going to give you a quick review on his version of Spock. Zachary Quinto was born to play Spock. I don’t much care if he was born gay or not. I don’t think his sexual preferences matters at all. I support him in the role and I think he does a fantastic job. And you can quote me on that.i look forward to seeing him play that character in the future. But no one can replace Leonard Nimoys Iconic character. Spock served as science officer and 1st officer and later even commanding officer. Spock had a mixed heritage at a time when it hadn’t yet become widespread socially acceptable behavior. Star Trek isn’t just a show to me. It speaks to that very essence of good in humanity that most of us hope exist.
Space: The final frontier
These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise… Its 5 year mission: To explore strange new worlds, To seek out new life and new civilization, To boldly go where no man has gone before.
To boldly go where no man has gone before! I wanted you to read it twice. To really sink into that statement and understand the meaning. It spoke to me as a child just as much as it does to me today. To boldy go, anywhere. Star Trek was filled with Endless Possibilities. I’m not just a fan of Star Trek. I’m a fan of Leonard Nimoy. As a young man who would often lose self control and had anger issues, I imagined myself a Vulcan. Attempting to keep cool calm and collected and fighting within against the struggles of my emotions. I think I lost that battle more than I won. I felt a kinship with Spock. It was the portrayal of Leonard Nimoy as Spock, his friendship with the Captain, his ability to make logical decisions in intense situations, that cool Vulcan pinch and that weird greeting live long and prosper that i enjoyed the most about the series as a whole.
I still find it difficult to watch Spock’s death scene. It just doesn’t feel the same in Star Trek Into Darkness <spoiler alert> when Kirk is the one who gives up his life to save the crew. It was a great homage but it felt short of conveying the emotion of Nimoy’s version and the original death scene. Originally Spock’s death was supposed to be for good. But Mr Nimoy had such a great time filming that he asked if he could search for a way for Spock could comeback in a future movie. The scene showing Spock min melding with McCoy played by DeForest Kelley was filmed without Kelley knowing its meaning. The death of Spock tested poorly among screening audiences. They decided to give the ending more uplifting by adding a final scene showing Spock’s casket on the Genesis Planet. During this scene, Nimoy reads “These are the voyages” monologue—which, until then, was used only to begin Star Trek stories, thus implying Spock’s “story” might not be over.
I think the same holds true for Leonard Nimoy’s story. He wasn’t just Spock in Star Trek. He was an accomplished poet, writer, director and photographer. He directed several films including Three Men and a Baby, two Star Trek films, and Funny about love starring Mary Stuart Masterson and the legend Gene Wilder. He had 1.1 million followers on Twitter and would respond to his followers frequently. I regret not being able to meet him in person before he passed away. I guess I’ll have to scratch that off my bucket list now. The great thing about films, television and radio is we don’t have to say goodbye. We can just grab that VHS or dvd and put it in. The technology of today which owes a lot of its imagination to the Star Trek series and George Roddenberry it’s creator gives us the ability of downloading any episode, movie or video from Your portable device. In that way we never have to say goodbye to Leonard Nimoy or Spock.
It is said that we all die twice. The first time is when our physical body dies and the second time is the last time someone says your name. I think that I am not the only one who agrees that Leonard Nimoys name will be spoken of for many generations to come. I will introduce him to my children and they will introduce him to their children. And Every once in a while I’ll get the desire to watch Star Trek The Wrath of Kahn or an episode of Fringe were he starred as William Bell. Which I watched from start to finish without missing one episode for many years. I know it’s already pat the point of being charming because everyone has already used it and then used it again. I think I saw as many post mentions Leonard Nimoys recent passing as I did that mentioned that he lived long and prospered.
Yes it’s cliche but he certainly lived up to his most famous of phrases. Once he passed I had a morbid urge to check his Twitter. To see what he had tweeted last before the announcement of his death. I was not shocked as I read that he had been taken to the hospital a few days before his passing. He was 83 years of age. I suppose 83 years is a good amount of time on this Earth. For me that would be 48 more years. I would be blessed to get that may more years to share with the people I love. Especially if I have accomplished anything near what Leonard Nimoy has accomplished. I bet there are not many places all over the world who wouldn’t recognize a picture of Spock. I found his last tweet to be a great last message to leave this Earth with. And I think it’s important that people remember his last words. Here is a quote from Leonard Nimoy that has always stood out to me.
His last tweet @TheRealNimoy: A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
The LLAP of course stands for Live Long And Prosper. May we all be so lucky. I didn’t know him personally but I think it’s safe to say that he appreciated our support. May you rest in Peace Leonard Nimoy.