Pick of the Week – March 9-15, 2015

As we continue our run through the various Star Trek series, this week’s pick should come from Star Trek: Voyager.  I say it should because we’re going to take a slight detour. 

As you are probably aware either from the news reports or my post yesterday, the Star Trek family lost one of its most important members recently with the death of Leonard Nimoy.  He has played Spock from the very first pilot, “The Cage,” up until the most recent movie, Star Trek Into Darkness.

For this week’s pick…well, picks really, I am recommending a few Star Trek episodes and a movie that showcase Nimoy’s work as our favorite Vulcan.

The second season of the original Star Trek television series has two episodes that provide quite a bit of background on Spock and his species.  The first, “Amok Time,” introduces the concept of pon farr, the Vulcan time of mating, which is a bit more intense (and also far less frequent) than what human’s experience.  The Enterprise must return to Vulcan (Star Trek’s first visit to Spock’s homework) or else Spock’s life could be in jeopardy. 

The second episode, “Journey to Babel,” introduces Spock’s Vulcan father, Sarek, and human mother, Amanda.  We also learn that father and son aren’t exactly close.

Moving into the animated series, I once again recommend “”Yesteryear” (See my prior Pick of the Week post about the episode HERE.), in which Spock visits his own past via the Guardian of Forever.

Finally, I would recommend the final film featuring the entire Original Series crew, 1991’s Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.  Spock spends a large portion of the film in command of the Enterprise, and the movie also gives Nimoy a wide range of material to play.  I would say its actually the best of the movies for his character.

-    Alan Decker

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