Spock Is Gone

27 02 2015

Leonard Nimoy passed away today, and the world is a lesser place because of it. We lost a great actor, a great director and a great artist. His portrayal of Spock was incredible, and is an enduring legacy. But we cannot overlook his talents behind the camera as a director, or his other endeavours such as his poetry.

I never got a chance to meet him in person, but I did have the privilege of attending a presentation he gave back in the mid-1970’s when I was a kid. My uncle, who was a student at the University of Calgary at the time, took me to see Nimoy at the U of C. He told stories of growing up in the Boston area, and shared anecdotes from the making of Star Trek. We got to watch the episode he said was his favourite, Amok Time. It was a special evening.

There was a time where Nimoy did struggle a little with Spock. He even released a book, I Am Not Spock. The real purpose of the book was to try to separate himself from Spock, and appeared to be an attempt to retrieve his own identity. Unfortunately, the intent was misconstrued, some fans believing he didn’t actually like Spock at all, and it took a second book (I Am Spock) to clarify what Nimoy meant.

The reality is that, for all of the other great work Leonard Nimoy created, Spock will always be his best known. It defined him, for better or worse. But to be associated with Spock is certainly no burden. It is a lasting and incredible legacy that I am sure Nimoy was proud of, and his family should be too. For all of the “cold logic” that Spock was supposed to embody, he was actually a multidimensional character, flawed in some ways, but very noble in others. Spock was able to do things, and communicate emotions and feelings, in ways that the rest of his crewmates could never do.

We lost Spock once, at the end of The Wrath of Khan, and we lost him in a way that truly fits the character: a selfless, logical and noble sacrifice, and still trying to prove his worth. Spock was able to come back, but now he is gone forever.

Leonard Nimoy is now an enduring part of history, and we will never forget him.

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