Did you cry? Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
March 19, 2007 5:12pm CST
I went with my high-school buddies, and we were all a little broken up, but - I was the only one silently wiping the tears away as Spock's death scene unfolded. I was angry, sad, and shocked all at the same time. Somehow this was the death toll of true Star Trek for me, and my anger went even further: It was Nimoy's fault! I had read "I am Not Spock", and was so outraged by Nimoy's little complaint in novelette form that I really wanted to sit down with him and give him a piece of my mind. How dare he resent Spock, who gave him everything that he was? How dare he sign a contract that put him in a film that would kill Spock, knowingly? I was also peeved at Shatner for ever agreeing to allow his friend Nimoy (And Kirk's friend, Spock) to off himself and get out of the Star Trek family forever. It was inconceivable. Oh, sure, there were always "possibilities". Yes, the end of the film cheesily noted that Spock's body was on the Genesis planet, and he might come back to life. What was that to the sadness they had provoked in me? I can tell you that my other friends just took it in step. They were older than me, and were not as interested in Star Trek as I was. They all remarked at how sour my face had been after the movie, and how silent I became in weeks after. Yes, it did rub off when talks for "The Search For Spock" began, but I still remember to this day how hurt I was. So did you spout during "Wrath of Khan"? Go ahead, tell us. I surely won't hold it against you.
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21 Mar 07
It was truly a sad ending, but at the time I saw it in the movies, I already knew that Star Trek III: The Search for Spock was already in the works. I don't think it was really all Nimoy who caused Spock to die in the end, but it was actually part of the plan to kill him off in the end so that they can make & release Star Trek III. Even then, both, William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy both seemed to not really like their being famous because of Star Trek in the 1970's. However, it did start a lifetime friendship between them. Between the both of them, they do have several books written. Nimoy did follow up with another book afterwards titled, "I Am Spock" but I did not read either of the two books. I vaguely remember he & someone else wrote a Star Trek novel together titled, "Spock Must Die" ... a story about a transporter malfunction having Spock materializing & in addition to that, an "anti-Spock" at the same time. Shatner had written a series of Star Trek novels himself. All in all, it was a tear-jerker of an ending in that - well, it showed that Captain Kirk was a real human being who felt the loss of a good friend. That sort of added to the sadness too.
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22 Mar 07
oh i freaked out.i couldn't believe of all characters,they'd try to kill off spock. definetly not a good idea. although the evil side of me knew they'd have to bring him back,just because of the uproar it would start,and i was right. shatner should get a slap. and then a second one for the priceline commercials LOL