So we all know that Leonard Nimoy died on February 27. He was famous for portraying the iconic Star Trek character Spock, the half-Human, half-Vulcan Science officer on the USS Enterprise NCC-1701. He was perhaps the main reason the show became as famous as it did.
Needless to say, I am a Trekkie. Both my parents are Trekkies, and several of my siblings are as well. I grew up mostly with Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG), with Patrick Stewart playing Captain Picard. But eventually I saw The Original Series (TOS) and fell in love with it. Being a very practical little nerd, I was quite taken with Spock. He was easily my favorite character not only out of TOS, and not only out of all Star Trek characters, but out of every TV show character ever. Spock inspired me.
I was at a conference when I found out Leonard Nimoy died. I tried my best to keep it together, to not show weakness, throughout the weekend. I thought I made it.
Then I arrived home.
See, my birthday was about a week ago, and since I go to school out of state, all of my presents have come through the mail. When I arrived at my apartment, I found two such packages. The first contained a book, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. The second contained an Amazing Spiderman 2 Thermos and a movie. That movie was the Special Collector’s Edition of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.
I lost it. Not the movie, my emotions. Yes, I cried. No, not just because of Leonard Nimoy. I have other things going on in my life. But it was definitely one of the bricks that broke the camel’s back.
The only way I was able to pull myself together was to ask “What would Spock do?”
He would be logical, that’s what.
So here I am, typing this blog post, and I only have one thing left to say.
Leonard Nimoy – he lived long and prospered. And so will his memory.
Let the Search for Spock begin.