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Published:February 28th, 2015 10:26 EST

Ode to Spock (Leonard Nimoy) From a Star Trek Fan

By Robert Paul Reyes

Star Trek debuted in 1966 and ran for three lackluster seasons, but it became an international phenomenon in syndication.

I didn`t watch Star Trek during its initial run, we had one black and white television set in our modest home, and my science-fiction hating mom decided which shows we would watch.


But in college I joined my fellow geeks in a recreation room every night to watch Star Trek, and decades later I still watch an episode occasionally.

I enjoy viewing Star Trek on my HD large screen TV at home, but it doesn`t compare to the experience of watching it on the analog TV with my college friends. Watching Star Trek is a religious endeavor, and to get the most out of the experience, you must watch it with fellow believers.

Most trekkers have a favorite character that they pledge a lifelong allegiance to, for most it`s James T. Kirk, the testosterone-fueled irrationally emotional captain of the Enterprise. But he isn`t my cup of tea, Leonard Nimoy as Commander Spock, the ship`s science officer and first-executive officer is and shall always be my hero.

Man is basically an irrational creature; we are tossed to and fro, with no rhyme or reason, by our emotions and superstitions, but in the utopian future depicted in Star Trek, Spock the resolutely logical human-alien was the anchor of the show.

Spock is the most human alien in the history of science fiction, and if we are to survive as a civilization we must emulate his temperament, logic and behavior.

I dream of a time when logic will prevail over dogma, emotion and superstitions, I won`t see this future in my lifetime, but whenever I watch an episode of Star Trek I know that however remotely, it`s possible.

Spock has reached the final frontier, and I hope one day he will greet me with a Vulcan salute when I join him.

Rest in peace Spock/Nimoy, you truly lived long and prospered.

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