Recently I was saddened to learn that Leonard Nimoy, aged 83, passed away on Friday, February 27th.
Leonard Nimoy will always be remembered as the actor who played Mr. Spock on the television series Star Trek that ran from 1966 to 1969–a total of 79 episodes. I can remember watching countless reruns after the show aired its final episode.
Star Trek also inspired several movies in which Leonard Nimoy appeared as an actor as well as directing. The original Star Trek series also inspired several other television series including Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyageur, and Star Trek: Enterprise.
A few years ago I can recall playing a popular video game, Civilization IV, in which Leonard Nimoy was the narrator.
Iconic relationship between Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk
I can vaguely recall reading an English Lit article several years ago analyzing the popularity of the original Star Trek television series which focused on the relationship between First Officer Spock and Captain James T. Kirk of the Federation Starship USS Enterprise on its five-year mission to explore unknown worlds. The relationship between the two men reprises that of two characters found in many of the great fictional works in classical English literature.
The two men are very different. Mr. Spock is the rational man who not only relies upon logic but also who typically follows the rules. Captain James Kirk doesn’t play by the rules, and he is impulsive and emotional. While the two men have different personalities they do share a number of important qualities, loyalty to the Federation, basic decency, and finally–the fact that they will lay down their life for one another. Their affection for one another is unconditional and is the epitome of “brotherly love” common among brothers in arms in the military.
If I can quote Mr. Spock, “Live long and prosper.”
Mr. Spock, you will be missed!