Friday, February 27, 2015

Zach Trek Random #9: RIP Leonard Nimoy

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Although I have been very remiss in my blogging duties, there would be no excuse for failing to take note of the passing of the great Leonard Nimoy, beloved portrayer of Spock.

Most Star Trek fans are well familiar with his period of conflicting feelings about his association with the character, but we are all fortunate that he later enthusiastically embraced the role, reprising it more than once and referencing it in cameos in other shows and commercials, and finally serving as the bridge between all previous Star Trek installments and the 2009 reboot. It was quite fitting that the character of Spock was his final role in Star Trek Into Darkness.

I spent a good bit of time searching for a suitable tribute video to post here, but most of the videos I found were news reports featuring polished reporters reciting the same platitudes without a lot of emotion, and so I found this one from gaming web site IGN to be perhaps my favorite:

For those who didn't know, the Vulcan salute was Nimoy's brainchild. This video of Nimoy explaining its origins will give you a greater appreciation for it, and for Nimoy himself:

As many have rightly said, Nimoy did indeed "live long and prosper", and he will be missed.

(image edited from Nimoy Sunset Pie)

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