Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Colleagues and friends …

… Review: William Shatner’s Leonard is a eulogy for his Star Trek co-star - The Globe and Mail. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Leonard is a strange book. It’s essentially a joint biography, telling the story of Shatner and Nimoy’s friendship by tracing their early lives, struggles and missteps through acting, and the different ways in which they responded to their fame following the cult success of Star Trek. On the series that made them stars, Shatner and Nimoy played complementary characters. Shatner’s Captain Kirk was the robust, swashbuckling, space-romantic, capably grappling with giant humanoid lizards before just as capably bedding down lovers of one-or-another extraterrestrial provenance. Nimoy’s Mr. Spock, however, was devoid of Kirk’s rugged humanity. He devoted himself to philosophy and science, and to the clarity of thought, subjecting each and every decision to the cold rigours of logic. Half-alien, half-human, Spock was a character that never quite fit in. No wonder the legions of nerds and dorks that would form the core of the show’s fan base responded to him.

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