Posted by: bkivey | 27 February 2015

“It Is Time”

“”Leonard Nimoy passed today at 83, and for more than half his life, he was indelibly identified as Mr. Spock. The logical, emotionless, efficient Vulcan-Human First Officer of the USS Enterprise formed the analytical half of Kirk’s Greek chorus, with DeForest Kelly’s emotional Dr. McCoy representing Kirk’s conscience. Spock was one of Star Trek’s most popular characters, and surprisingly interesting to female fans, perhaps because

“You may find that having is not so pleasing a thing as wanting. This is not logical, but it is often true.”

The outsider nature of Spock’s character allowed the writers to examine human nature, and Spock often got the best lines:

“Quite simply, Captain. I examined the problem from all angles, and it was plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that, under the circumstances, the only possible action would have to be one of desperation. Logical decision, logically arrived at.”

” I object to you. I object to intellect without discipline. I object to power without constructive purpose.”

“Insufficient facts always invite danger.”

“Superior ability breeds superior ambition.”

“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”

Even providing the title for one of my posts:

” I am endeavoring, Madam, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins.”

Given a character as ostensibly two-dimensional as Spock, Mr. Nimoy managed to expand the character’s range through voice tone and inflection, and showed the world how much meaning can be conveyed with a raised eyebrow.

DeForest Kelly, who played Dr. McCoy and Spock’s frequent verbal sparring partner, passed in 1999, so as Mr. Nimoy makes his final voyage, perhaps one more quote is appropriate:

“Daniel, as I recall, had only his faith, but I welcome your company, Doctor.”

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