IDW’s Star Trek: New Visions photonovel series is back, this time with Captain Pike & Number One in tow. Check out our spoiler-filled review of this dual-crew tale, plus a 5-page preview, after the jump. Star Trek: New Visions #5: ‘A Scent of Ghosts’ (available Wednesday, March 4) Photomontage and Story by John Byrne, Edited by Chris […]
IDW Publishing and BOOM! Studios present the next installment of Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive this week. Taylor is loose on the Enterprise and General Marius is ready to ride. Spoiler review after the break. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive #3, February 2015 Written by Scott Tipton and David […]
When Captain Picard reveals his unfortunate duty of informing Spock that his father, Sarek, has died, Data posits that Spock – as a Vulcan – would surely see death as the logical conclusion of his father’s illness. Picard explains that death is never that easy, not even for a Vulcan. And for those of us […]
TrekMovie is deeply saddened to report that Leonard Nimoy passed away this morning at home in Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, said the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Leonard announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of heavy smoking decades ago. The […]
If you’re looking for a computer game that combines Trek action with the charm of a classic education program, the wait is over. Introducing Orion Trail, a clever take on the old Oregon Trail series of games. Orion Trail is a single player space adventure currently on Kickstarter. Read on for more info and a […]
Zachary Quinto will have a guest star role on NBC’s Hannibal‘s next season. Hannibal follows criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen), the psychiatrist who helps with the cases, who just happens to be a serial killer himself. Quinto will be in at least one episode of Hannibal, playing a […]
Zachary Quinto will have a guest star role on NBC’s Hannibal‘s next season.
Hannibal follows criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lector (Mads Mikkelsen), the psychiatrist who helps with the cases, who just happens to be a serial killer himself.
Quinto will be in at least one episode of Hannibal, playing a patient of Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier’s (Gillian Anderson). He will finish filming on Hannibal before Star Trek 3 begins shooting this summer.
The third season, in which Quinto will appear at some point, will air this summer on NBC.
A Doctor for the Enterprise, a parody from Amazing Stories featuring the original series and Doctor Who, has just been published. Written by David Gerrold, the signed and numbered comic will be limited to only five hundred copies. In A Doctor for the Enterprise, “what cosmic horror has brought Doctor Who to the Enterprise? Can […]
A Doctor for the Enterprise, a parody from Amazing Stories featuring the original series and Doctor Who, has just been published.
Written by David Gerrold, the signed and numbered comic will be limited to only five hundred copies.
In A Doctor for the Enterprise, “what cosmic horror has brought Doctor Who to the Enterprise? Can Kirk, Spock and McCoy save their ship from an onslaught of Klingons and Daleks at the same time? Will anything bad happen to those cuddly Tribbles? Could there be an evil genius behind it all?”
Written by Gerrold; the issue features pencils and color by Troy Boyle, inks by Jeff Austin, and letters by Nic J. Shaw.
To order A Doctor for the Enterprise, which sells for $29.95, head to the link located here. If outside of the U.S., use the “without shipping” option, and the shipping will be calculated separately.
A new issue of CBS Watch Magazine will celebrate the life and work of Leonard Nimoy. The one-hundred page issue will feature “informative articles and many familiar and rare photographs” of Nimoy. Making its debut tomorrow, The Official CBS Watch! Presents – Star Trek: Leonard Nimoy Commemorative Edition is a”one-of-a-kind tribute to the late Leonard […]
A new issue of CBS Watch Magazine will celebrate the life and work of Leonard Nimoy.
The one-hundred page issue will feature “informative articles and many familiar and rare photographs” of Nimoy.
Making its debut tomorrow, The Official CBS Watch! Presents – Star Trek: Leonard Nimoy Commemorative Edition is a”one-of-a-kind tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy, TV’s Mr. Spock. For nearly fifty years in the limelight, Nimoy was the favorite of generations of science fiction fans for his logical yet lovable Vulcan. But his artistic endeavors went far beyond Star Trek, taking him behind the camera as a director, to the still image as a photographer and to the written word as a poet and author. Through exclusive photos and editorial content, this one-hundred-page memorial issue celebrates every aspect of the man the world came to know and love as Spock.”
To order this special commemorative magazine, which costs $9.99, head to the link located here.
Last weekend, Saturday Night Live included a Star Trek skit and a short tribute to Leonard Nimoy. The skit was titled “Emergency Room: Worf M.D.” In the skit, a doctor who was attending a Star Trek convention is called into the hospital on his day off, but did not have time to change out of […]
Last weekend, Saturday Night Live included a Star Trek skit and a short tribute to Leonard Nimoy.
The skit was titled “Emergency Room: Worf M.D.”
In the skit, a doctor who was attending a Star Trek convention is called into the hospital on his day off, but did not have time to change out of his Worf costume.
The doctor is more interested in explaining himself to his co-workers than tending to his patient.
At the end of the skit, a photo of Nimoy as Spock was shown, as seen in the photo above.
Tomorrow, two new Trek comics will debut, but fans can have a sneak peek today. The comics include Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3. Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts was written by and features art and cover by John Byrne. In this issue, […]
Tomorrow, two new Trek comics will debut, but fans can have a sneak peek today.
The comics include Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts, and Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3.
Star Trek: New Visions: A Scent of Ghosts was written by and features art and cover by John Byrne. In this issue, “Two thousand years after he betrayed Messiah, Judas Iscariot is still alive, wandering a world he doesn’t recognize. A world where the strangest of fictions have come true: monsters, immortals, gnome-librarians who monitor human history — they’re all real. And all Judas wants to do is kill himself. So why can’t he?”
Forty-eight pages in length, this issue sells for $7.99.
Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3 continues the Trek/Apes crossover story. In this issue, “It’s the battle for the ages! Taylor has escaped the Planet of the Apes, and Captain Kirk must bring him back! Plus, the Klingon/Gorilla alliance makes its move against Dr. Zaius and Ape City!”
Written by Scott and David Tipton, with art and cover by Rachael Stott. Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #3 is thirty-two pages in length, and will sell for $3.99.
To see larger images, click on the thumbnails. More preview pages can be found at the referring site.
William Shatner defended his decision to fulfill his commitment to the Red Cross this weekend, which meant he missed Leonard Nimoy‘s funeral on Sunday morning. Reporters caught up with Shatner at his home after he returned to Los Angeles. “My understanding is ‘mourn the dead, but celebrate life,'” said Shatner. “I chose to celebrate life […]
William Shatner defended his decision to fulfill his commitment to the Red Cross this weekend, which meant he missed Leonard Nimoy‘s funeral on Sunday morning.
Reporters caught up with Shatner at his home after he returned to Los Angeles.
“My understanding is ‘mourn the dead, but celebrate life,'” said Shatner. “I chose to celebrate life by going to Red Cross gathering in Palm Beach; raised a lot of money for the Red Cross.”
Howard Stern defended Shatner. “You’re going to criticize a guy who held up his commitment to the Red Cross? And then we’re going to judge how much he loved Leonard Nimoy?”
At the Red Cross event, Shatner, after asking for a moment of silence, told the assembled group that “I lost a friend of mine, Leonard Nimoy. He’ll never be forgotten.”
“I asked over a thousand people to remember Leonard Nimoy,” said Shatner. “Take a moment to remember then, but also remember them by doing good deeds. And good deeds will be remembered long after any other kind of memorial.”
There will be thirty-three conventions, shows or appearances in March and April that will feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies. March begins with the Armageddon Expo, which will take place March 7-8 […]
There will be thirty-three conventions, shows or appearances in March and April that will feature actors of interest to Star Trek fans. This listing of conventions and shows features actors from all of the televised series and several of the Star Trek movies.
March begins with the Armageddon Expo, which will take place March 7-8 at Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. In attendance at Armageddon Expo will be Karl Urban, Armin Shimerman, and Kitty Swink.
The Lexington Comic and Toy Convention will be held March 13-15 at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky. In attendance at this event will be Walter Koenig, Deep Roy (Keenser) and Hilary Shepard (Lauren of Deep Space Nine‘s Statistical Probabilities and Chrysalis.)
Also being held on March 13-15 is Planet Comicon, which will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. In attendance at Planet Comicon will be Garrett Wang.
Armageddon Expo will be held March 14-15 at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. In attendance at Armageddon Expo will be Linda Park, Armin Shimerman, Kitty Swink and Karl Urban.
EM-CON will be held March 15 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. In attendance at EM-CON will be Nichelle Nichols.
The Sci-Fi Weekender will be held March 19-22 at Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park in Pwllheli, Wales. In attendance at Sci-Fi Weekender will be Garrett Wang.
Toronto ComiCon will be held March 20-22 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada. In attendance at Toronto ComiCon will be Terry Farrell.
OzTrek 11 will be held March 21 at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, and March 22 in Sydney, Australia. In attendance at OzTrek 11 will be Rene Auberjonois, Linda Park, and Nana Visitor.
The Emerald City Comicon will be held March 27-29 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. In attendance at Emerald City Comicon will be LeVar Burton.
The Newcastle Film & Comic Con will be held Mar. 28-29 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. In attendance at the Newcastle Film & Comic Con will be Max Grodenchik and Garrett Wang.
March wraps up with the Dutch Comic Con will be held March 28-29 at Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands. In attendance at this convention will be Star Trek into Darkness‘ Joseph Gatt.
April begins with The Great Philadelphia Comic Con will be held April 3-5 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pennsylvania. In attendance at this convention will be Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
Next up is Fan Expo Vancouver, which will be held April 3-5 at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In attendance at Fan Expo Vancouver will be William Shatner and Brent Spiner (Saturday only).
First Contact Day Weekend will be held April 4-5 at the Space Centre in Leicester, England. In attendance at First Contact Day Weekend will be Garrett Wang, Larry Nemecek, Una McCormack, and James Swallow.
The Supanova Pop Culture Expo Melbourne will be held April 10-12 at the Melbourne Showgrounds in Melbourne, Australia. In attendance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo will be Walter Koenig, Christopher Lloyd, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
On that same weekend, the Steel City Con will be held April 10-12 at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. In attendance at Steel City Con will be Gates McFadden.
Also happening April 10-12 will be MegaCon, taking place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. In attendance at MegaCon will be Ron Perlman (Reman Viceroy) and Clifton Collins, Jr. (Ayel in Star Trek (2009)) (Saturday only).
TheOz Comic Con Perth will be held April 11-12 at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre in Perth, Australia. In attendance at Oz Comic Con will be Dominic Keating and Marina Sirtis.
Hero Fest will be held April 11-12 at the Holiday Inn in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. In attendance at Hero Fest will be Denise Crosby.
Super MegaFest Spring Fever Spectacular will be held April 17-19 at the Royal Plaza Trade Center in Marlborough, Massachusetts. In attendance at the Super MegaFest Spring Fever Spectacular will be Jonathan Frakes.
Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast will be held April 17-19 at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast, Australia. In attendance at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Gold Coast will be Walter Koenig, Christopher Lloyd, Nichelle Nichols, and George Takei.
StarFest will be held April 17-19 at the Denver Marriott DTC and Denver Hilton Garden Inn in Denver, Colorado. In attendance at StarFest will be Aron Eisenberg, Max Grodenchik, Armin Shimerman, Dayton Ward, and Kevin Dilmore.
The Oz Comic Con Adelaide will be held April 18-19 at the Adelaide Showgrounds in Adelaide, Australia. In attendance at Oz Comic Con Adelaide will be Dominic Keating and Marina Sirtis.
Treklanta will be held April 24-26 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, Georgia. In attendance at Treklanta will be Sean Kenney (Christopher Pike) and Keith R.A. DeCandido.
Bangor Comic & Toy Convention will be held April 24-26 at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine. In attendance at the Bangor Comic & Toy Convention will be Deep Roy.
Chevron 8.2 will be held April 24-26 at the Radisson Edwardian Blu in Heathrow, England. In attendance at Chevron 8.2 will be Connor Trinneer.
Chiller Theatre will be held April 24-26 at the Sheraton Parsippany in Parsippany, New Jersey. In attendance at Chiller Theatre will be Denise Crosby, James Darren, and Lee Meriwether.
Sherlocked will be held April 24-26 at the ExCel in London, England. In attendance at Sherlocked will be Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Hollywood Show will be held April 24-26 at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, California. In attendance at the Hollywood Show will be Julie Newmar, William Schallert (Nilz Baris), Grace Lee Whitney, and Morgan Woodward (Captain Ronald Tracey-The Omega Glory).
Fan Expo Regina will be held April 25-26 at the Canada Centre East at Evraz Place in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. In attendance at Fan Expo Regina will be Jonathan Frakes.
The Antwerp Convention will be held April 26 at the Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. In attendance at the Antwerp Convention will be Gates McFadden.
The Wales Comic Con will be held April 26 at Glyndwr University in Wrexham, Wales. In attendance at the Wales Comic Con will be Garrett Wang.
Wrapping up April will be STICCON will be held April 29- May 3 at the Palacongressi in Bellaria, Italy. In attendance at STICCON will be Alexander Siddig.
William Shatner was stuck in Florida and unable to make it back in time for Leonard Nimoy’s funeral, but he was able to memorialize Nimoy in a Twitter online session with Star Trek fans. Nimoy’s funeral took place at 9 AM PT in California, the same time Shatner asked fans to celebrate Nimoy’s life with […]
William Shatner was stuck in Florida and unable to make it back in time for Leonard Nimoy’s funeral, but he was able to memorialize Nimoy in a Twitter online session with Star Trek fans.
Nimoy’s funeral took place at 9 AM PT in California, the same time Shatner asked fans to celebrate Nimoy’s life with him online.
“I asked if you all would be interested in celebrating Leonard’s life today,” said Shatner. “Why don’t we reconvene at noon ET/ 9am PT and begin.”
Fans were encouraged to use the #LeonardNimoy hashtag.
First, Shatner made a few comments about his friend, and then he began answering questions from Trek fans. “Leonard and I seemed to be bound by fate to be friends,” said Shatner. “We were born four days apart.”
“He was tall, lanky, and sometimes a bit too serious.
“We worked together previous to Star Trek, first impressions: nice guy, a real professional, took the job/role seriously.
“You all know the bike story, I still get emails from fans asking if I still have the bike.” (He doesn’t, but wished that he did.)
One fan asked what was his favorite memory of Mr. Nimoy. ” Every moment I spent with him,” replied Shatner.
When asked what Nimoy was like off the set, Shatner said, “Intelligent, insightful, just a precious gem of a man.”
Shatner told another fan that the life lesson he learned from Nimoy was “to be more serious. I think he learned to be less.” But Nimoy’s seriousness made Shatner laugh, and when Nimoy was in character as Spock, Shatner tried to rattle him. “He took the role of Spock very seriously and I would try and get him to crack a smile while in his persona. It was hard to do.”
Fans may remember the Shatner roast, and the fact that Nimoy wasn’t there. Shatner explained that Nimoy “felt it was inappropriate” and that “he didn’t want me to do it.”
While Spock was “serious” and “practical,” said Shatner, “unlike Spock” he was “very warm and loving.” The best thing that Nimoy ever said to him, said Shatner, was “I love you.”
Shatner encouraged fans to “remember him and his work.”
Returning to L.A. yesterday afternoon, Shatner will no doubt visit Nimoy’s family, who will be sitting Shiva in the Jewish custom. Due to Jewish customs dictating a rapid burial, far-flung family members often can’t get back in time for the quick funeral, but are expected to show up for the Shiva, which is not unlike a wake, with people bringing food to the bereaved family and offering comfort for their loss.
To read more of the Twitter memorial, head to the link located here.
Gowron takes command of the Klingon forces, Dukat is blinded, Kira trains Cardassian rebels, and Bashir discovers the cause of the Founders’ disease. Plot Summary: Once O’Brien discovers that Klingon ships can be altered quickly to defend against the Breen energy weapons, Martok and Worf promise to hold the line, while a reluctant Kira takes […]
Gowron takes command of the Klingon forces, Dukat is blinded, Kira trains Cardassian rebels, and Bashir discovers the cause of the Founders’ disease.
Plot Summary: Once O’Brien discovers that Klingon ships can be altered quickly to defend against the Breen energy weapons, Martok and Worf promise to hold the line, while a reluctant Kira takes Odo and Garak to train Damar’s rebellious Cardassians as resistance fighters against the Dominion. As Kira dons a Starfleet uniform to lessen Cardassian prejudice against her Bajoran identity, Odo gives Bashir a sample of his protoplasm for research on synthesizing organs for wounded soldiers. Dax tries to explain to Bashir that any romance is over between herself and Worf, but Bashir interrupts her to contact Odo with the readings he’s taken on Odo’s protoplasm to inform the shapeshifter that Odo is infected with the Founders’ disease. Starfleet refuses to send Odo’s medical records to Bashir, so the doctor asks Sisko to request them. Meanwhile, Gowron arrives on the station, gives Martok a medal and a party, then announces that he is taking command of the Klingon forces to lead a strike against the Dominion – an action that both Martok and Worf feel would be a grave mistake. On Bajor, Dukat sneaks into Winn’s study while she’s asleep to try to read the Kosst Amojan text, but the book scalds his eyes, leaving him blind. Winn has him abandoned on the streets of Bajor, assuring him that he will learn about the Bajoran people’s charity toward beggars and telling him not to return until the Pah-wraiths restore his sight. Kira advises Damar’s men to set up resistance cells and objects when Damar says they won’t attack any installation where there are Cardassians, warning that the Dominion will put token Cardassians at every one of their installations, stressing that anyone who isn’t Damar’s ally must be treated as his enemy. While Odo tries to calm Kira after Damar’s soldiers insult Bajorans, he recognizes that he has visible symptoms of the Founders’ disease. Back on the station, Bashir realizes that Starfleet has sent him fake medical records for Odo and discovers that Odo was infected with the disease nearly three years previously, when Odo visited Starfleet Medical. This means that he didn’t get the disease from the female Founder, but gave it to her, and that Section 31 must have created the pathogen with the intention of committing genocide, killing all of Odo’s people to win the war.
Analysis: I was about halfway finished writing this review when I heard the news that Leonard Nimoy had died, so everything I had been thinking has been affected by the loss of someone I admired since earliest childhood. I trust that I don’t need to tell any regular reader of TrekToday about Nimoy’s accomplishments as an actor, director, and artist in various other media, though if you came late to Star Trek, there are obituaries on the front page of this site and every other – not just those that cover entertainment news but the arts, culture, science, technology, medicine, social history. He lived well, and his biggest regret seems to have been that he was once a smoker, which cut short his activities and eventually his life. Yet it isn’t just Nimoy but his most famous character whom I have on my mind, a character for whom I share love with my parents, children, oldest friends, hundreds of acquaintances from many aspects of my life, and tens of thousands of strangers. Spock is known the world over as a symbol not just of the logic and reason he prided himself in championing, but of the difficulties of standing for rationality and intellect in the face of emotion and chaos. Nimoy’s Spock embodied contradictions, a child of two worlds who fit into neither, a man of great sensitivity who eschewed passion, the devoted friend of people who teased him when he refused to confess how much they meant to him. No one who’s seen Nimoy in “Amok Time” or “Bread and Circuses” (or “not in front of the Klingons”) can believe that Spock really has no feelings, yet he manifests the ability and willingness to put them aside, sometimes at great personal cost, placing the needs of others first for the good of individuals, society, science, politics, diplomacy, and the military organization he serves. Spock faces his own death (and resurrection) with dignity, believing his sacrifice worthwhile, though he’s perfectly capable of breaking rules and taking extreme measures to save his friends. Though he and Kirk have often been complicit in violating the Prime Directive together, Spock’s entire life is a testament to his belief in Starfleet and its values, for which he is willing to accept long alienation from his family and his own planet, to live in exile among the Romulans, even to exist as a man out of time.
“When It Rains…” is the most plot-heavy of all the complex episodes comprising Deep Space Nine‘s final arc, with every major player entangled in the deepening of a series-long arc, though the installment also manages to pack in a great deal of character development and some bitter humor. It isn’t really a surprise when Section 31 turns out to be behind the destruction of the Founders – indeed, in retrospect, that’s likely the reason for Section 31’s existence in Star Trek, the purpose of Bashir’s discovery of the organization all those months ago – but it’s a huge shock nonetheless, since it’s anathema to everything that the original Star Trek represents. I could accept a rebel group of admirals having made the decision to murder the Founders and having carried it out, much the way Admiral Leyton tried to circumvent Federation rights in the name of protecting Starfleet in the “Paradise Lost” storyline, but the invention of a section of Starfleet so secret that even the admirals don’t know it exists, given full sanction to use methods that both Klingon Intelligence and the Tal Shiar would find dishonorable, represents a schism with Gene Roddenberry’s ideals that really can’t be fixed, since Section 31 has been retconned within this series to the founding of the Federation. Everything I dislike about the Star Trek reboot movies can probably be blamed on this development, though I’m inclined to think that all the violence and shady dealings would have been justified some other way to produce a more modern, edgy action movie. I love the final DS9 arc from a dramatic perspective, and at the same time I understand why, for some lifelong Star Trek fans, it represents a break from the Star Trek they love. If Kirk and Spock had discovered Section 31, they’d have exposed and dismantled it faster than Kirk blasted apart Eminiar 7’s war machines. I find it enormously troubling that the DS9 writers couldn’t conceive of a successful free society without a Department of Homeland Security answerable to nobody committing acts worse than any terrorism on record, all in the name of protecting freedom. Even if Section 31 only gets involved when the Federation is under direct assault, since they don’t seem to have meddled in long-term plans fighting the Borg (or I doubt Picard would have remained alive) or the Maquis (which had a surprising string of successes), the fact of their existence horrifies me.
With that out of the way, there are many things to love about “When It Rains…” starting with Kira in a Starfleet uniform teaching Cardassians how to fight like Maquis and Bajoran rebels. Oh, the irony! Kira is a proud Bajoran who’d prefer to wear a uniform representing her own government, but it seems so fitting that she should wear the Starfleet pips now that she has to save the whole of the Federation with skills that, as Sisko points out, no one else uses as well as she does. When Damar wavers because his buddies don’t like listening to a Bajoran freedom fighter, Garak points out that Cardassia’s Obsidian Order would agree with Kira. The Cardassians know just how to goad Kira, reminding her that her lover – whom she now knows is dying – was once the kind of collaborator she deplores, yet we see her attachment to Odo as he tries to calm her down, just as we see Damar’s growing admiration for Kira replacing the disgust with which he always addressed her on Terok Nor. (It’s helpful to remember that Mora and the Bajorans didn’t treat Odo much better than the Cardassians treated the Bajorans, at least at first, as Bashir reminds us when he goes through Odo’s medical history.) Somehow it’s easier to watch Odo and Kira growing apart, keeping secrets to protect one another, now that it seems so apparent how this part of their story together must end. And maybe it’s terrible that I count the Pah-wraiths blinding a greedy Dukat as comic relief, but I feel nearly as gleeful as Winn when he oversteps and gets what he deserves for so many reasons. It was apparent even on first viewing of this final arc that these two must destroy one another, and the Kai is so right to force Dukat to live as a beggar among the Bajorans, though I feel a bit robbed that we never get to see him as such. Of course Winn speaks truly when she says Dukat needs to learn humility, but she’s perhaps the one person who has no business telling him that! Gowron, too, needs to learn humility, which Martok and Worf realize as soon as the Klingon leader announces his plans to take their people into battle. It’s quite apparent why Gowron wants Martok removed as the head of the Klingon military, since Martok is more popular and more visible than as a leader, but having brought about the fall of the House of Duras, you’d think Gowron would be smarter than to employ such desperate tactics to regain his own authority. So many of these characters could take a lesson from Kira, who always rises above her own issues to do the right thing for the greater good…just like Spock.
Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, has died at the age of eighty-three. The actor passed away this morning at his home in Los Angeles. The actor had been rushed to the hospital last week with chest pains, but the cause of death, according to his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, […]
Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, has died at the age of eighty-three.
The actor passed away this morning at his home in Los Angeles.
The actor had been rushed to the hospital last week with chest pains, but the cause of death, according to his wife Susan Bay Nimoy, was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which was caused by Nimoy’s years of smoking.
Diagnosed with COPD in 2013, Nimoy spoke out to his fans, encouraging them to quit now. The actor stopped smoking in the early 1980s, but the damage had been done. “This is unfair,” said Nimoy at the time. “I quit long ago. Why is this happening to me? But it’s a lesson I had to learn. I damaged the lung cells many years ago.”
Nimoy was born in Boston on March 26, 1931, the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. He began acting early; at age eight Nimoy was already acting in local productions.
His career dated back to the early 1950s, and included roles on many classic shows of the early days of pre-cable television. Nimoy worked steadily as an actor and director up until a few years ago when he retired to enjoy his hobby of photography.
Nimoy is survived by his wife, Susan; son Adam, daughter Julie, and six grandchildren.
Nimoy’s granddaughter Dani posted the news on Twitter, saying “Hi all, as you all know, my Grandpa passed away this morning at 8:40 from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was an extraordinary man, husband, grandfather, brother, actor, author-the list goes on- and friend. Thank you for the warm condolences. May you all LLAP. – Dani.”
Nimoy’s last Twitter post on Monday said “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.
Reaction is coming in to Twitter from the Star Trek world; from the producers, writers, and actors from the series and movies and from fandom in general. Paramount Pictures used a famous quote from Spock to honor Nimoy. “I have been, and always shall be, your friend. RIP Leonard Nimoy.”
Rick Berman: “First Hurley, now Leonard. This has to be the saddest week for Star Trek in its (nearly) fifty year history. My heart goes out to Susan.”
Brannon Braga: “RIP Leonard Nimoy. We’ve lost a great artist and Trek legend.”
“I loved him like a brother,” said William Shatner. “We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”
Rod Roddenberry said, “We have been, and always shall be, your friends.”
From Roberto Orci: “Nimoy lived long and prospered. So grateful for his warmth and wisdom.”
“My heart is broken,” said Zachary Quinto. “Love you profoundly my dear friend. and I will miss you everyday. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Simon Pegg: “RIP Leonard. Lived long and prospered”
The Next Generation actors also paid tribute to Nimoy. “Farewell Leonard,” said Brent Spiner. “Glad I knew you. Thinking of Susan, Adam, and his entire family. And his vast extended family of Star Trek.”
Wil Wheaton: “We stood on your shoulders, and wouldn’t have had a galaxy to explore if you hadn’t been there, first. Thank you, Leonard, Rest in peace.”
Jonathan Frakes: “#LLAP RIP to the best First Officer.”
LeVar Burton: “God Bless You, Leonard Nimoy… May Angels guide thee to thy rest!”
From Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise actors:
Nana Visitor: “You were always lovely lovely lovely to me. # Leonard Nimoy”
Chase Masterson: “We will always, always love you, @TheRealNimoy. Thank you for your beautiful heart, and for the good man you were. So very sad to lose you.”
Robert Picardo: “A sad day for all of us. Live long and prosper … then rest in peace.”
Jeri Ryan: “RIP, Mr. Nimoy. You really did live long and prosper, and we were all the richer for it.”
Jolene Blalock: “Goodbye my dear friend. #LLAP”
And finally from NASA and Astronaut Chris Hadfield. NASA: “RIP Leonard Nimoy. So many of us at NASA were inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go.” Hadfield: “Leonard, you lived long and prospered, and were an inspiration to me and to millions. Rest in peace.”
Rest in peace, Mr. Nimoy. You will be sorely missed, not only by your family, but by your loving fans. In this reporter’s opinion, you WERE Star Trek. I began watching Star Trek back in 1971 as a young teenager and your portrayal of the conflicted half-human, half-Vulcan was very compelling to a person trying to get through the tricky business of adolescence. Thank you.
Time travel. Alternate universes. Tough moral dilemmas. Character driven narrative. In many ways, “Yesterday’s Enterprise” epitomizes what many fans love about Star Trek and distills it in a singular, memorable episode that often tops many lists as an all-time favorite episode of any of the five Trek live-action series. Airing in the third season of […]
Last Friday, fans around the world mourned the death of Leonard Nimoy — who passed away after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the age of 83. Nimoy was laid to rest on Sunday at a California cemetery, where family, friends and former costars came together to celebrate his life. According to […]
Zachary Quinto, who played the new Spock in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness films, has posted a touching tribute to his friend Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday at 83. Via Instagram, Quinto said: my heart is broken. i love you profoundly my dear friend. and i will miss you […]
Cryptic Studios, the developers of Star Trek Online, will honor Leonard Nimoy with a permanent memorial in the massively multiplayer online game. On Saturday, Cryptic Studios Executive Producer Stephen Ricossa said in the game’s official forums: I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy. Everyone […]
On Sunday night, Time Russ, who played the Tuvok on Star Trek: Voyager, took to Twitter to remember Leonard Nimoy. Russ, who like Nimoy played a Vulcan, said: Leonard Nimoy was a true talent and a genuinely gracious man. He may no longer be living, but his legacy will prosper. He went on to acknowledge […]
In 2005, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent John Blackstone sat down with Leonard Nimoy to discuss his iconic role of Spock on Star Trek, what it meant to him and to his career. You can watch a 12-minute excerpt from the interview below. Watch excerpts from correspondent John Blackstone’s 2005 interview with actor Leonard Nimoy, who […]
On Sunday (3/1), William Shatner took to social media to scheduled a communal discussion and tribute to the life of his friend and former Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy, who died on Friday. Shatner was regretfully unable to attend Nimoy’s funeral services in California, as he was in Florida for a Red Cross charity event. […]
Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, has released an official statement regarding the death of Leonard Nimoy. Mulgrew released the statement on Sunday, through her official Facebook page. Leonard Nimoy had dignity, gravitas, a witty and irreverent sense of humor, and an intelligence of exceptional size and dimension. In conversation, […]
Leonard Nimoy, Spock, has moved on to the next emanation. He'll be greatly missed. Leonard lived life like so many others before him, but with more humanity than most. He had his problems and often spoke publicly about them. To me, his candor was a great sign of his humanity. He wanted others to learn from his mistakes and potentially live a better life. He was a lover and creator of art. His photography was beautifully simplistic and conveyed the essential elements of humanity and spirituality.
His acting career spanned many decades and of course contained his portrayal of logical Vulcan Spock. Spock... what can I saw about that character other than he was the heart of Star Trek's humanity. An ever-present mirror that reflected humanity's and society's good and sometimes bad sides. Leonard and Spock touched so many lives and generations of fans.
Leonard was always wonderfully kind to fans at conventions. He handled himself with grace and never spoke down to fans when answering sometimes mundane questions. We had the opportunity to see him several times over the years and never walked away without a smile and a warm heart.
I'm really at a loss for words on Leonard's passing. I wish I could express how I and so many other fans around the world must be feeling. He will be profoundly missed.
Bye Bye, Robot has announced its launch of Five new officially licensed Star Trek posters...one poster for each of the live series. As with many of Bye Bye, Robot's previous posters, all of these new posters are printed on acid-free heavyweight coverstock that is thicker than normal paper...more akin to business card thickness. Further, the acid-free nature of the paper makes them archival. These five new prints were painted by four different artists; two returning artists, and two artists who are new to Bye Bye, Robot.
CBS Watch! magazine released a Star Trek special collector’s edition this week. Retailing for $9.99, the issue features an inside look at the show and releases never-before-seen photos. It hit the newsstands yesterday, December 1st, so they're still out there waiting for you.
We also happened to be handed two of the photos that are included in this collectors issue, and thought you might like to get a sneak peek. Check them out below.
A screen used vest worn by members of the Maquis. The Maquis were a rebellious organization of Federation-born colonists and discontented Starfleet officers who organized against the Cardassian occupation of their homes in the Demilitarized Zone after their colonies were ceded to the Cardassian Union by Federation Cardassian Treaties in the late 2360s and early 2370s. Starfleet Command considered members of the Maquis to be traitors, while Cardassia considered the Maquis to be terrorists.
The vest was worn by actor John Franklyn Robbins in his role as Macias throughout the episode "Preemptive strike" of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994. Macias was a citizen of Juhraya, a Federation colony that came under Cardassian rule after a treaty was signed with the Federation. He was the leader of a Maquis cell that opposed the treaty. Macias become a friend with Ro Laren who joins the Maquis in "Preemptive Strike".
The vest was also used on the set of Voyager by stunt actor Steve Blalock. In the episode "Worst Case Scenario" he plays a Maquis rebel, too. The production team added a velcro patch to the vest for a Starfleet combadge.
The Klingon baldric was a sash that traditionally went over the left or right shoulder of noble Klingons. It contained the symbol of a Klingon House or it was used to hold knives and disruptors. In 2009 the look of the famous alien warriors was redesigned by costume designer Michael Kaplan for J.J. Abrams' reboot of Star Trek.
The Klingons wear helmets and grey thick coats with a large black baldric. Kaplan described them as his favorite costumes for the film, explaining he modeled the helmets on a horseshoe crab, while the coats were intended to resemble the texture of an elephant or rhinoceros. The baldric is made of leather. The outer layer is calf skin. Two snaps and velcro are mounted inside to fasten the baldric.
Unfortunately the scenes with the new Klingons set on Rura Penthe were cut in Star Trek. Director J.J. Abrams tried to avoid a disruption of narrative flow. But the Klingons returned in the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). Michael Kaplan revised the costumes again. Although the Klingons got new outfits with a different kind of baldric you can see a Klingon with a black baldric which was designed for its predecessor.
The Remans are a humanoid species first seen in Star Trek: Nemesis. They capture Captain Jean-Luc Picard after it is discovered that the Reman Praetor Shinzon is a clone of him. The mask was worn by actor Marti Matulis who worked as background actor in the movie. Matulis served as the fit model for the Reman warrior costumes during the design phase of Star Trek Nemesis, too.
"I got started early on that movie, as the fit model during the design of the Reman costumes. The best place to see me is when Ron Pearlman boards the Enterprise with his commando team. I'm the guy to the left of him as the gang rounds the hallway. I drop to my knee and take out a few red-shirts. Then, toward the end of the firefight, I take a rifle blast from Worf, and go down with a "Eeyorrrgh!" - Marti Matulis
The Remans were created as a response to the challenge of devising a new, terrifying alien race for Nemesis. It was screenwriter John Logan who came up with the idea of featuring Remans as the villains of the 2002 film:
"The idea of the Remans being vampirelike slaves, laboring away in the dilithium mines, never seeing the sun, grew out of our desire to create a truly monstrous race. [...] It seemed obvious to me that the Romulans would subjugate some other race to dig dilithium for them. Much too messy for our pristine and elegant Romulans."
The Reman head application is made of foam rubber. The two piece set consists of a detailed skull cap with sculpted ears, cranial ridges and spray-paint to compete the effect of Reman skin. The second piece is the face application that is designed to cover the top half of the face and has had the same detailed attention paid to it to create the finished Reman appearance. The eyes has been added by Tom Spina who restored the mask.
The Reman makeup is ultimately highly elaborate. "It was a full appliance makeup," explained Michael Westmore, "with a complete face piece that blended in with a headpiece. The actors' lower lips and chins were their own; but everything else was covered with the appliances, which were airbrushed with a marbleized pattern [....] We had eight Reman performers, and we didn't know which one Stuart [Baird] was going to pull up front [in closeup], so they all had to have the full makeup, which included teeth and contact lenses and hands painted to match the face."
The Reman head was sculpted by Earl Ellis. The Remans' ears are made of a semi-translucent latex and included veins. "The ears were neat," commented Michael Westmore. "Stuart [Baird] said, 'I want to be able to see through the ears.' I made the ears out of clear gelatin, so if there's any backlight behind them you can see through them. Then we painted veins on the back of the ears, so if the light was showing through you could even see veining through them."
The concept of the Remans looking akin to vampires was also inspired by their lack of exposure to sunlight. "[Director] Stuart Baird and Rick Berman had the idea that they wanted the Remans to have an almost Nosferatulike feeling, but without making them into vampires," remembered makeup supervisor Michael Westmore, referencing the vampire Count Orlok from the 1922 horror movie Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens.
Indeed, the script for Star Trek: Nemesis describes the Remans as having "a disturbing resemblance to the original Nosferatu." Count Orlok actually served as inspiration for the Reman makeup design. Westmore related, "Stuart [Baird] handed me a picture of Nosferatu and said that was exactly what he wanted. He said, 'I need an alien [species] that looks like this.' And that's exactly what we did. I did some sketches for him and then we went to town on it. We designed the head and ears."
Our extended look at TNG Season 7 in high definition continues today, as we take a tour through the next nine deleted scenes from the final year of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," rescued exclusively for release on Blu-ray! This week: "Thine Own Self," "Masks," "Genesis," "Journey's End," "Firstborn," and "Bloodlines"!
Our next update to TrekCore's ever-growing Rare Photos library is here with a selection of seldom-seen shots featuring the dearly-departed Leonard Nimoy, in and out of his pointed ears. Check 'em out and see which ones might be new to you!
Leonard Nimoy and John de Lancie's wonderful audio plays "Spock vs. Q" and "Spock vs. Q: The Sequel" are fantastic performances by the two actors, bringing together two of the "Star Trek" universe's greatest minds for a pair of hilarious, impeccably-performed live shows! Pick them up at Amazon today!
Long-forgotten feelings for one of Picard's old flames resurface as Jenice Manheim and her brilliant scientist husband board the Enterprise -- but when time starts to play tricks on the Starfleet crew, it's up to Data to save the ship from a chronological crisis!
I've never really known how to address birthdays of the deceased. You can't really say "Happy Birthday!" as it is a wish for someone that is no longer here to do so. So I am simply saying "let's celebrate this person's life on the anniversary of their birth." James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920, and if he were still with us, he would be 95, and we would be wishing him "Happy Birthday, Jimmy!" We wish you were still with us. We celebrate your memory and contribution to Trek by a toast of a glass of something green.
On February 27th, we lost a friend. And, although I had been preparing myself for it over the last few years, it hurt worse than I thought it would.
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I was on the road going to a dental cleaning appointment when my wife texted me: "Spock just died." Those three words hit me hard, and I immediately pulled over and checked online to confirm the news; hoping that it was a false rumor she had heard. It only took a moment to find out, as word spread rapidly, that Leonard had indeed passed over to the Undiscovered Country after being admitted to the hospital several days earlier for chest pains. A few moments later an old friend and fellow Trekker called and when I picked it up I said "I just heard." We spent a few moments sharing how we felt and the impact that Mr. Nimoy had on our lives.
I'm sure the same thing happened around the country as friends called other fellow fans and commiserated over the news. The bond between Trek fans has always been strong, as over the years we shared our love for the show with others like us, and when we found another of like mind, we connected to them in some fashion; at least I did. We were linked by that shared love of a bright universe where people of all races and creeds lived in harmony and acceptance, and by our love for the characters that inhabited one corner of that universe known as the Enterprise. The extended family we found there was more than just a bunch of crew members; we loved them all. Zooming in on the core of the family, we focused on the Big Three of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Then, when the final image came into view, it was of one person; Spock. He was the one that people remember most when recalling their first exposure to the show. The first thing I ever clipped about the show from a magazine was a photo of Leonard as Spock, which I still have in my first scrapbook. This is most encapsulated by the first time we saw Spock on film in the Trek universe; we saw the ship, came closer, and as the saucer dipped, we moved through the dome onto the bridge. And moving down beside Captain Pike, there was the one your eyes were instantly drawn to... Spock.
What Spock meant to each one of us individually is something we can only weigh within our own hearts; but to me the main attraction to the character --beyond all the great things about the Vulcan that were exciting and different-- was that in his isolation and loneliness, he reached out and made a friend; Kirk. The friendship between the two was the heart of the show, and further, the friendship and affection that the rest of the bridge crew felt for Spock demonstrated the depth of feeling that could be inspired by one that claimed to have none. All of that is summed up in one affecting image, happening at the very end of "The Search For Spock." I freely admit that when watching the movie I bawled at that moment (and still do, every time), even more than at his funeral scene in the previous film. Whereas that was about the loss, this moment was about the joy of their love for him. And that's something we all felt. I hope that beyond the sadness we feel at Leonard's passing, we can remember and rekindle the joy of that love we felt both for him and for the character that he helped create and bring to life. Click on that image below to enlarge it and see if it doesn't just make you feel good.
Over the weekend as news of Leonard's passing spread, a post that featured an article entitled "Spock: Teenage Outcast" that I had posted in the past went viral for the second time, and we had over 12,000 visitors to this blog. I like to think that the letter he wrote to a young fan struggling with a dual heritage would make a fitting memorial to the man, speaking of his insight, compassion and thoughtfulness. You can read that article below, or visit the original post that also contains many visitor comments about it:
Another older article that highlights the professionalism that Leonard brought to the role, and the price he almost paid to be true to the character, can be found here.
If you have some time and want to reflect on Leonard's media exposure over the years that I have collected, here is a link that collects all the blog posts I have made with the "Nimoy" tag.
Of course, in one way, my wife was wrong when she said "Spock just died." The character of Spock is still as alive as ever, and for as long as we can see him on the episodes and movies, and read about him in our books, he is alive. Leonard Nimoy, the caring and compassionate soul behind the stoic visage, is with us no more. But he will not be forgotten.
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