The passing of science fiction icon, Leonard Nimoy at the age of 83 is probably the biggest blow dealt to the massive legion of Star Trek devotees who have long-followed the venerable, nearly 50-year-old epoch-shaping franchise. Perhaps, no other single individual in the history of television and film left quite as a profound imprint on popular culture as the Nimoy’s portrayal of Spock would accomplish. With Spock’s signature pointed half-Human, half-Vulcan ears and obstinate adherence to cold, hard logic, it made him arguably one of the most influential characters of all time.

While Mr. Nimoy’s contributions to the medium of television is vast as it was poignant, we decided to take the time to celebrate some of the man’s greatest cinematic moments as Spock with the Star Trek franchise. Take a trip down memory lane with us.

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6. Star Trek: The Motion Picture - This Simple Feeling
This 1979 post-Star-Wars cinematic relaunch was the culmination of a decade-long effort to bring back the Star Trek franchise, after it had been cancelled by NBC in 1969 and various efforts to revive the show throughout the 70’s would fail. Unfortunately, despite the happy nostalgic glow, the film was very much an aesthetic product of its time. This resulted in it becoming a lengthy outer space odyssey of people in disco uniforms, with way-too-lengthy space shots seemingly meant to give a prospective audience time to reload their bongs and flip the copy of The Dark Side of the Moon they had playing on a nearby turntable.

However, this Star Trek: The Motion Picture scene in particular, proves to be a dramatic diamond in the rough. After Spock takes the initiative to attempt a Vulcan mind meld with the powerfully sublime super-computer, V’Ger, we get what is essentially the most profound bit of exposition about the film’s foe. Its cold, calculating inability to understand anything other than its vast gathered data is now apparent. Grabbing Kirk's hand, an exhausted Spock reveals that "this simple feeling" was something beyond the V'Ger's comprehension. Besides cementing the friendship between Spock and Kirk, it was the ultimate irony for the logic-adhering Spock to be freaked out by a concept that, on paper, is the Vulcan equivalent of Nirvana.

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