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Leonard Nimoy

February 27th, 2015 is a sad day for nerds everywhere. It’s the day that we lost Leonard Nimoy, best known for portraying Spock in Star Trek. Now, I’m not much of a trekkie, but there is no denying Leonard Nimoy a spot in the Pop Culture Hall of Fame. I didn’t grow up watching Star Trek. I grew up watching The Simpsons and Nimoy made a guest appearance in an episode called “Marge vs. the Monorail” as a caricaturized version of himself. That was my first memory of him and it was a good one, one that will forever be etched into the happy part of my brain.

Leonard Nimoy will forever be linked to Spock and Star Trek, but he did a lot of other memorable things. He directed Three Men and a Baby. He sang a song about Bilbo Baggins decades before The Lord of the Rings trilogy was released. He wrote two conflicting autobiographies called I Am Not Spock and I Am Spock. I still don’t know which to believe.

A celebrity death is a shared death. We may not have known them personally, but you still feel like you know them. They made a mark on your life in some way. Leonard Nimoy portrayed one of the most recognized and respected fictional characters of all time. He deserves to be remembered. And you should feel like you lost somebody you care about because you did.

Critically Rated at 15/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is a 2012 sci-fi film, and the twelfth cinematic installment of the Star Trek series. It’s a sequel to 2009’s Star Trek reboot and it’s once again directed by J.J. Abrams (so get ready for lens flares!). Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, and John Cho all reprise their roles, and Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Peter Weller join the cast. The film made $467,381,584 at the international box office, which is good enough to make it the highest grossing Star Trek film. Avatar made $2,787,965,087. Basic math tells us that Avatar is 5.965% better than Star Trek Into Darkness.

The basic plot of Star Trek Into Darkness involves Captain Kirk and Commander Spock matching wits with Kahn, a genetically engineered superhuman. If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the basic plot of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. It’s more of a rehash/remix than a virtual retelling, but it pays homage to the Star Trek movies/episodes that came before it. There’s even a reference to tribbles.

I enjoyed this movie until someone pointed out that it’s not advancing the plot from 2009’s Star Trek. The entire crew was fully assembled and ready to go on adventures by the end of that movie. J.J. Abrams didn’t know how to proceed, so he chose to dismantle the crew at the beginning of the sequel so that they could reassemble by the end of the flick. It’s almost the same movie, only with new characters and a different villain with a different motive. It’s still entertaining; it’s just not moving the franchise forward. Oh well, I’m more of a Star Wars fan than a Trekkie anyway. Bring on Episode VII!

Critically Rated at 12/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Vulcan Salute

The Vulcan Salute is something that even non-Trekkies know about. It’s when you point your palm outward with your fingers splayed out. Your pinkie and ring finger should be together, your index and pointer finger should be together, and your thumb extended. The gesture is often followed with the expression Live long and prosper. Gene Roddenberry might have come up with the idea, but Leonard Nimoy is the one who brought it to life. He came up with the iconic salute, basing it on ancient Jewish symbolism. It feels universal because it is rooted in history. He just modernized it and made it cool.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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