Thursday, September 29, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
My favorite Star Trek character. Leonard Nimoy's portrayal of the half-Vulcan, half-human first officer limited his acting career for some time, but only a talented actor could pull off such a natural & likable performance so easily. Having worked to eliminate his heavy Boston accent, Nimoy also appeared as a regular on the original Mission: Impossible and eventually became a feature-film director (Three Men & a Baby), a fine art photographer, and joined another world-wide Sci-Fi juggernaut. He lent his distinctive voice to the Transformers universe; first as the voice of Galvatron, in Transformers: The Animated Movie and then as Sentinel Prime, in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Leonard Nimoy sadly passed away last year, but his & Spock's popularity continue to soar. Since the series' inception, Spock is the single most merchandised character in the world of Star Trek.
In 1979, my family and I took a trip to Washington, DC where one of our stops was to the National Air & Space Museum. I was floored when I looked up and saw this, the actual model of the Enterprise used in the filming of the original series. In less than ten years, this poorly rated show went from sliding off the Nielsen ratings chart to becoming part of a national institution. After being displayed for years in the open air, this massive model has since been fully restored and now resides in a glass display case.
The singular acting commentary on Star Trek is usually reserved for William Shatner and the ammo his style has provided comedians for decades. But, I'm a fan of Mr. Shatner and the intense, flop sweat-filled performances of so many actors that appeared on the original series. In my opinion, its not Star Trek unless you have a near, over-the-top performance that is dramatically lit. . .
Star Trek was an incredible visual influence on me when I was a child. The strong colors, dramatic lighting, music, and character design grabbed my attention immediately and got me hooked right away. Only when I was older did I appreciate the morality plays and social messages it extended to its audience. From the quasi-operatic theme song to the sexy green woman at the end of the credits, I was a fan . . .
Folks, don't be embarrassed if you fuck up in public . . .