Before Star Wars, There Was … Spock

February 27, 2015 – Leonard Nimoy’s passing today at age 83 marks the sad loss of one of the most beloved Star Trek and sci-fi characters of all time. Best known for his role as Spock for 40 years, Nimoy played the calm, logical sidekick to the more emotionally charged Captain Kirk.

Just four days before his death, Leonard Nimoy posted a final message on his Twitter account that was quintessentially logical: Spock-Final Tweet

If George Lucas had never created his Star Wars universe, it’s easy to imagine that legions of Star Wars fans would be consumed by all things Star Trek-related instead. And while it’s true that the two franchises are starkly different – Lucas’s Star Wars is clothed in mysticism and presents mythical good-versus-evil storytelling while Star Trek is humanitarian-focused and presents a more plausible view of our future – both franchises share one thing in common: Their enduring success has depended upon sympathetic, well-fleshed out characters that we care deeply about.

In tribute to Leonard Nimoy and his beloved Spock, we present these video clips:

“I have been, and always shall be, your friend. Live long and prosper.” – Spock

“Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most…human” – Capt. Kirk reminisces upon Spock’s death in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

“Now you belong to all of us, and we to you. There’s no need to hide your inner-face any longer. We understand.” – Leila in Star Trek season 1, ep. 24 “This Side of Paradise” (1967)


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