Last Friday we lost one of the greats in sci fi. Not just a loss to sci fi, but also a great human being. It’s going to be hard to say something profound that hasn’t already been said already in memorial to Leonard Nimoy. However, we at the SciFi Diner Podcast wish to add our sentiment and honor somebody we lost who gave so much. Also our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Nimoy’s family. I never had the opportunity to meet Mr. Nimoy in person. However, as a child I enjoyed and was mesmerized by Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock that continued as an adult as Star Trek found new success on the big screen.
Leonard Nimoy will best be remembered for playing one of the greatest characters in sci fi of all time in Star Trek. As Ronald D. Moore has said about Leonard Nimoy “Few can claim to have created a truly original character that will stand the test of time. Leonard Nimoy was such a man.”
He also said this too. “Through Spock, Leonard showed us that things like compassion, mercy, dignity, wit and friendship were actually logical.” So for me, this is why Spock will be one of the greatest characters in science fiction.”
Yet , we were blessed to see Nimoy’s talents in other characters in the sci fi world. He shared his voice talents in two Transformers movies, voicing Galvatron in the 1986 release and a few years back voicing Sentinel Prime in the 2011 release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Fringe fans will recognize Nimoy’s portrayal of William Bell.
Star Trek fans got to see Nimoy gladly pass the torch to Zachary Quinto in the new Star Trek movies directed by JJ Abrams. Some have said that Nimoy was wasted in Into Darkness, but I was happy to see him again if only briefly to help his younger counterpart deal with Khan. He was there just enough contribute, but not too long to upstage or overshadow this new re imagined crew of the Enterprise.
There’s so much more that can be said about our dearly departed Leonard Nimoy. However, I’ll just end it with my last memory of him. About two years ago, Nimoy retired from conventions. His last one was an emotional farewell from him to his fans. Later when we found out about his health problems we understood why he had to take the step back he was taking. Yet through the marvels of modern technology I was privileged to see him through SKYPE conference at the Shoreleave Convention last year. I’m sad to say I didn’t get a chance to ask him a question. However, I was delighted to see Leonard Nimoy having a good time, probably answering questions he had answered many, many times before. Laughing and joking with the fans. Giving heartfelt encouragement to somebody who said they were trying to quit smoking and then when the time was up, he gave us his traditional greeting and goodbye, with “Live long and Prosper”, I knew I had to witnessed something special. Even though he was thousands of miles away, it felt like he was in the room with us. For that I’ll be forever grateful for that experience.
Here’s a quote from Spock from the animated series episode; Yesteryear. “Every life comes to an end when time demands it. Loss of life is to be mourned, but only if the life was wasted.”
For me, Leonard Nimoy’s life was not wasted. Yet I find myself still mourning. He lived long and prospered and we are blessed because of that.
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