For The Love of Spock honors the life of Leonard Nimoy in a very well-made documentary.
Last year, I had the opportunity to talk to Adam Nimoy about the Kickstarter project for a documentary that he was working on. Over a year later and three months later, I just had the opportunity to view For the Love of Spock and it was just absolutely brilliant.
The work that Adam put into this film shows how much he cares about his dad. They had an estranged relationship there for a few years but by the time that Leonard passed away in February 2015, the two had already started to talk again and were looking to make a film about Spock’s life.
As Adam told me, this was a documentary that was going to focus on the life of Spock but once Leonard died, it soon became a focus on his life as well. Between the new cast and the surviving cast members of the original series, there are a lot of stories shared about Nimoy and Spock.
There are many archived interviews featuring Nimoy and footage of him in films and TV appearances. Notable celebrities include William Shatner, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Nichelle Nichols, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Jim Parsons, Jason Alexander, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and J.J. Abrams. Nimoy’s family members are also interviewed.
While anybody could have played the other cast members, only Leonard Nimoy could portray Mr. Spock. It is in the same vain in which only Jim Parsons could portray Dr. Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory.
I’m still relatively new to the Star Trek universe. My dad watched episodes all the time while I was growing up but it just wasn’t something I was into watching…until the series rebooted in 2009 with a fresh cast directed by J.J. Abrams. I quickly became a fan. My dad and I both saw Star Trek Into Darkness together when it was released a few years ago.
Selected to preliminarily screen at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, the documentary runs just shy of 2 hours.
The documentary opens in select cities this weekend in honor of the series’ 50th anniversary and gradually expands throughout the month. Star Trek: The Original Series first aired on September 8, 1966 when “The Man Trap” hit the airwaves on NBC.
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