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Spock is dead. Long live Spock
Timothy O. Goyette
With the passing of Leonard Nimoy we decided to dedicate this month's editorial to Mr. Spock with several member of the Quantum Muse staff contributing.
Leonard Nimoy was an actor who took the character created by Gene Roddenberry and brought him to life. Although we morn the loss of Mr. Nimoy we still have the entity that is Spock. In reruns, online, on DVD and other media. And the vision of Gene Roddenberry for the character Spock still can have impact on culture and individual lives.
As a young teen I idolized Spock and tried to control my emotions in every situation. One bully tired of bothering me when he couldn't get a reaction. The last time he spoke to me was to call me a robot because I didn't react.
Beyond that I chose to go into computers because of Mr. Spock. Many times he's had to program the computer under great pressure to save the crew. There have been times when I have had to resolve something for a customer with limited time in order to save my company from losing a client. Although I generally don't think of it at the time, reflecting on those moments I feel a kinship to Spock. To some degree there is some Spock in all of us.
Thank you Mr. Spock for your example and inspiration.
When the Sci Fi world losses a cultural icon, the loss brings an outpouring of sorrow from fans. We all feel like we just lost a close friend. But Leonard Nimoy was more than a cultural icon. Part of the universal appeal of Star Trek was the creation of a fictional, idealistic world where there is no more racism, no more money, no more war on the planet earth and Star Fleet dedicates itself to explore new worlds and boldly go where no one has gone before. The character of Mr. Spock, being from another planet, being non-violent, and being devoted to science symbolized the positive Star Trek vision of the future. With the passing of Leonard Nimoy at age 83, we are reminded of our present, non-idealistic reality. There are no wondrous sick bay medical techniques and tricoders to enable people to live way beyond 100 years. There is no Genesis planet to revive Spock. There is no Katra living sprint. There is no United Federation of Planets.
What we are left with, as when Gene Roddenberry, James Doohan, and Deforest Kelly died, are the memories and endless piles of movie and TV DVDs. In a way, Leonard Nimoy will live on as Mr. Spock and is immortal in those DVDs and can still inspire us. The Boston Museum of Science has decided to continue to use Nimoy's voiceover in it's Mugar theater because people find it inspirational. Friday, NASA posted a press release in response to Nimoy's passing, “So many of us were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly Go!”
Mr. Spock is dead. Not from some deep space encounter, not from the Borg, the Clingons or som starship malfunction but from the most pedestrian of causes--old age. Despite his Vulcan constitution and computer-like brain, he looked into the void and boldly stepped where Everyman has gone before. Goodbye Mr. Spock.
Who could have known that a sci/fi TV show could have had such an impact? Sci/fi does shape our futures.
micheledutcher - Michele Dutcher:
President Obama had marked the passing of Leonard Nimoy with a moving statement released by the White House:
“Long before being nerdy was cool, there was Leonard Nimoy. Leonard was a lifelong lover of the arts and humanities, a supporter of the sciences, generous with his talent and his time. And of course, Leonard was Spock. Cool, logical, big-eared and level-headed, the center of Star Trek’s optimistic, inclusive vision of humanity’s future.
I loved Spock.”
I was pleased on Sunday when a friend at the pub began to talking to me about Nimoy's passing. It was as if a family member was gone and of course we were upset by it. I felt like telling the rest of the group who didn't have a clue: It's a Star Trek thing, you wouldn't understand.
Ironspider - Though Star Trek, as with many other tv and film series, suffered from a variable quality, it was always the interplay between the characters that stood the test of time - the science may have been discredited (or turned into everyday objects), but the friendship and dedication of the main characters was a constant. I consider myself long past Star Trek now (it was one of the cornerstones of my childhood) but I'm still saddened by the passing of Leonard Nimoy. At the time 'Live long and prosper' always came across as just a clever line of dialogue, but we could do worse for a global motto.
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