The death of Leonard Nimoy proved that he was truly human after all. If only he had a Vulcan half and could live for centuries...Upon hearing the news of Nimoy's passing, I went right to Netflix. I already have the Original Series of Star Trek queued, and I'm on the third season. Of course, I re-watched Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan because in my mind Leonard Nimoy's death is so much like that of the ending of the movie. James Kirk, who was an admiral at the time, reflected that there are always possibilities. Of course, he hinted that Spock would return, become reborn in the sequels.
The reality is the Spock character will live on by other actors, but Leonard Nimoy's Spock is now forever embedded in our memories--and now he is truly gone. With ghastly atrocities happening every day, the death of this one man has reminded us of the joy we can put into this world.
Leonard Nimoy's Spock showed just how super powerful science fiction can be. He shined a light on what it means to be human--and how humans could be better. That's what science fiction can do. It can pose deep philosophical and theological questions, maybe sometimes answer them. We knew the day would come when Leonard Nimoy would not be with us anymore, at least physically. "Remember," Spock told McCoy before his sacrificial scene at the end of The Wrath of Khan.
Good-bye to Leonard Nimoy. And yes, we will always "Remember."
Be good to yourselves, you readers of this blog and LLAP!