Earlier this week, we lost one of the greatest science fiction actors in the history of the medium if not THE best. That’s not to ignore decades of other acting Leonard Nimoy did or his accomplished career as a director (and his rather hilarious career as a singer), but even he made his peace with the fact that his life’s work would most be associated with The Enterprise’s Vulcan First Officer.
Last year, before Star Trek XII (Into Darkness) was released, we examined six out of the eight Trek films that Nimoy was in, so if I wanted to tribute him here this week (and clearly I did), I was reduced to Star Treks one and five. People will debate the first Star Trek film, but I have yet to find anyone who can mount a convincing argument for Star Trek V. The Enterprise meets up with Spock’s heretofore unmentioned brother who takes them to a planet where “God” is imprisoned (quotation marks indicating not the Almighty). It was an utter and complete mess, probably not helped by the fact that William Shatner was directing it and the rest of the original cast hates his guts.
BUT…..but, even in the worst of films there can still be great scenes. The film opens and closes with Kirk, Bones and Spock camping on a vacation. It’s a fantastic character piece of just letting these three old friends be and letting the camera roll. Thanks for all the memories, Leonard. Live long and prosper.