It’s not often I get emotional about an actor’s death, but when I do… it’s someone iconic. Death may claim our beloved actors: Robin Williams, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, and too many more to name here but it will never claim: Mork/Genie, Spock, or Captain Kirk. They will all Live Long and Prosper in the hearts and minds of the fans.
“A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”
Star Trek is such a phenomenon and no matter how you feel about it, Star Trek has touched so many lives and changed our world forever. I still binge watch the series. I consider myself a bit of a Trekkie and can quote episodes, even though I’ve never made it to a single con ever, I don’t speak very much Klingon and I don’t know the episode names. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered I’m a novice in the Trekkie ranking despite my long term love affair with the series.
It started a long time ago when I got to watch as a kid and it instilled in me a love of Sci-fi. The first show I saw was: The Man Trap, the one with the salt vampire. I wasn’t alone with my imaginary creatures anymore, someone else had a mind like my own. I was a dreamer, my head in the clouds and my mind rooted in fantasy instead of the here and now. I was hooked!
I’m not even ashamed to admit it, I even loved The Voyage Home with the whales. If you don’t like it, then double dumbass on you! I haven’t seen one of the movies or a series I didn’t like or a series I didn’t like for that matter. Voyager, TNG, TOS, Deep Space 9, Enterprise.. yes please!! I even had an Ilia action figure and I played Star Trek with my Barbies and my brother’s borrowed GI Joes.
Spock and me: He was so different from the crew and didn’t get the people around him and neither did I. He was just himself and that made him soooo freaking AWESOME to me.
When I was a teenager and was hearing about this Dr. Spock and his messed up child rearing ideas. I thought it was the actor using his Spock character and Vulcan logic to deal with the most illogical beings on the planet…(keep in mind he was the only Spock I knew) The grown ups were talking about it and I, (trying to sound like I knew something) remarked: “Leonard Nimoy might be a great actor but he doesn’t know SQUAT about children!” Oh man the grown ups nearly fell off their chairs and I was relieved to learn how wrong I was. Whew! I really didn’t like one of my hero’s having that kind of defect.
Then as an adult I was working in a video store and it was required to turn around around and greet whoever came in. It was a busy Friday night and when the bell rang I turned around and there were two Klingons in theater grade costumes. The words just died in my throat, I’m like 5ft 3 they were well over 6 ft and it made my entire night. I wish I could’ve gotten a picture! It was amazing!
And finally, last year my husband and I were fortunate enough to win a trip to Las Vegas to meet William Shatner for his one man show: Shatner’s World. Which was AHMAZING!!! We were so close I could see the whites of his eyes and seated behind the Roddenberry family. It’s poignant, funny, sad… and as I listened to him perform I realized this could be a last hurrah for our fearless Captain James T. Kirk and the idea of it made me teary eyed.
I am so very grateful to get to see the show live and to meet this dynamic actor, I only wish I could’ve met more of them. Thank you for letting me share my Star Trek experience with you, I hope you enjoyed it.