100 Word Blog Challenge

Day 8 – Nimoy

This is kind of old news but I reviewed Leonard Nimoy’s photo book The Full Body Project (Warning: nudity) a few years back. If you have not seen it yet it is worth checking out. It definitely gave me a new perspective on the man as a creative artist.

For many who grew up in my generation, Nimoy will forever be immortalized as the first officer with the pointed ears on the original Star Trek television series and movies. The series was first aired from 1966 to 1969 so I experienced it in reruns although I did not know it at the time.

Over the years I let my love for the series extend to its reinvention through: The Next Generation (1987–1994), Deep Space Nine (1993–1999), and Voyager (1995–2001) — I never got into Enterprise (2001–2005) but my love for the original cast always hung on with all the movie lines I stood in, first with a babysitter and then with my Jeff and his friends. For me these six movies are the original Star Trek:

  • The Motion Picture (1979)
  • The Wrath of Khan (1982)
  • The Search for Spock (1984)
  • The Voyage Home (1986)
  • The Final Frontier (1989)
  • The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock on Star Trek.

And while I was still enamoured with the Next Generations’ take on space something was always missing.

  • Generations (1994)
  • First Contact (1996)
  • Insurrection (1998)
  • Nemesis (2002)

I have watched the new generation of Star Trek but waited for it to come to rental as I probably will for the latest version. Do not get me wrong. The movies are enjoyable and the actors are well chosen. I am just not a stand in a long line movie goer anymore. Although I would not be opposed to seeing the original movies in the theatre again.

All the characters/actors of the original Star Trek are vital to the story but for me Nimoy was and is tops. And with DeForest Kelley (Bones) and James Doohan (Scotty), gone to the undiscovered country my heart aches a little that soon the rest of the crew (all born in the early to mid 1930s) will join them sooner than I would like. But they will all be immortalized in reruns and our DVD collections.

In the total span of Nimoy’s career he as worked on many projects not involving a Star Trek theme — other televisions shows, other movies, directing, writing, singing, photographer, teaching but…

Nimoy, you are, and always shall be, my Spock.

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