When I was a kid there were two debates: Star Trek or Star Wars? If your answer was â€œStar Trekâ€ it was immediately followed by a second question: Original or Next Generation (Enterprise)? The Star Trek universe didnâ€™t stop there, though. It meandered with Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and then, finally, a full cinematic reboot was bestowed upon us with the original characters given new life by J.J. Abrams. Which leads us to nowâ€¦ Which leads us to today.
The actor who played one of the greatest characters of all time has passed away. Leonard Nimoy, known most commonly as â€œSpockâ€ has left us. Nimoy lived a full life, finally departing today at age 83. His portrayal of Spock struck a nerve with outcasts, misfits, and intellectual typesâ€”as he always said what we wished we could have said. He was not the type of character to think of a come back three days later in the shower.
Nimoy once shunned his Spock-ness (see: I Am Not Spock) but then embraced it (see: I Am Spock) only to finally go full Spock and land himself in the current rendition, directed by Abrams, playing a tangential future version of himself that technically should not exist because of paradox thingsâ€¦sort of.
All in all, the man was a living legend when he was with us, and now that heâ€™s gone he most certainly will retain his legendary status. I cannot resist saying that he lived long and prospered, and it is with a heavy heart that I say we will all miss him as he ventures on to the final frontier.