In the wake of the tragic loss of Leonard Nimoy, you would think that people would be focusing on the loss keenly felt by his fans, his colleagues, his friends and of course, his family.

Unfortunately, there are some parties out there that seem determined to use this occasion to troll and berate. Most notably, the Twitter account of New York Daily News is running a big, bold headline of ‘Captain Jerk’, as William Shatner – James T Kirk on Star Trek and a close friend of Leonard Nimoy – is unable to attend the funeral.

Shatner is attending a charity function to raise awareness of and money for the Red Cross. This has no doubt been prearranged and it is a worthy cause. I very much doubt Shatner has decided he doesn’t want to go to Nimoy’s funeral in favour of this event, but he has made a commitment and he is honouring that commitment, which is what I am sure Nimoy would have wanted.

The attitude of this ‘news’ site is despicable. If you are reading this and on Twitter, I urge you to voice your disgust.

SpockAs by now many of you reading this will know, today the world lost a beautiful soul. The mild-mannered, talented actor, director, poet and all-round wonderful man Leonard Nimoy has passed away, at the age of 83.

When Star Trek began, few could know what it would become. The show was made on a comparatively shoe-string budget and it would stretch and push at the envelope of social conventions, featuring stories that would challenge existing ideas about race, gender and politics. The fanbase grew and grew and became very passionate, loving the show and its ideas.

One character in particular captured the hearts and minds of fans worldwide – Spock. The half-human, half-Vulcan Mr Spock was a cool, calm, logical man, in complete control of his emotions and able to view every situation from a calm, factual viewpoint. It was tempting to think he might be a cold, even cruel character, but Spock had a warmth to him, a sense of dignity, and everyone would come to love him.

That is down to the brilliant performances of Leonard Nimoy. He breathed life into this character, developed him, and would portray him from 1966 all the way through to 2013, when he made his final, cameo appearance in Star Trek into Darkness.

LeonardNimoyLeonard Nimoy was always humble. He had such talent, and brought so much joy to so many people, yet he never let it go to his head. He worked hard throughout his career, always wanted to please the fans. He will be sorely missed.

NIMOYTRIBUTEMy wife and I have paid our own tribute here, raising a Federation glass to the great man. Rest in Peace Leonard.

 

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So the mysterious Time Lord known as The Doctor has returned to our screens after what has felt like an age. Capaldi’s first full appearance treated us to the usual post-regeneration fare of a confused and disorientated Doctor trying to remember who he is, whilst Clara tries to adapt to this radically changed man (especially in terms of his new face, but also in terms of his behaviour).

The Tardis lands (via the belly of a T-Rex!) into Victorian London and the Doctor’s little trio of Victorian helpers (whose names escape me) are thrust into a mystery surrounding spontanious combustions and alien robots (that look and act suspiously like the ones from the Tennant-era ‘Girl in the Fireplace’, as indeed they are intended to be). The Doctor (still confused) goes off half-cocked and the result is that both the Doctor and Clara wind up in a trap.

I won’t give any more away, so will instead offer my thoughts on it all.

I am uncertain about the new Doctor. He is decidedly erratic to begin with, and Clara spends a lot of her time in emotional angst. It’s hard to warm to the new Doctor (though his harsher behaviour means that’s kind of the point).

So, the episode gets an 8/10 from me, with 7/10 for the Doctor and 7/10 for Clara. Onwards and upwards!

The100So, this show is now several episodes in and so far, despite my initial fears it would be some sort of tween-style show with a sci-fi dressing, it has proven its worth. It asks some interesting questions of what it means to be human, and how far people will go to both survive, and protect those they love.

Without wanting to spoiling the show, the basic premise is that what’s left of the human race is stuck on a space station following a devastating nuclear war. Crime – almost any crime – is punishable by being ‘floated’ – namely, being chucked out of an airlock into space. The only exception to this rule is that under-18s are not executed, but held as prisoners.

With the station in a state of decay and then need to both ease the population and discover if earth is safe, 100 teenagers and young people (all of them responsible for crimes of varying degrees) are sent to the surface, where they must discover if earth is survivable. They must not only contend with the dangerous wilderness that earth has now become, but also with each other, as a power struggle ensues.

To make matters worse, they end up (largely through their own actions) cutting themselves off from the orbiting arc, and just to further muddy the waters, they soon discover they are not alone.

The show is quite compelling. The characters are quite varied, with differing ideas of what constitutes strength, courage and loyalty. On the Arc, they have to contend with dwindling oxygen and a struggle to survive versus remembering their humanity. On the ground, they have to somehow find unity before their rivalries and tensions boil over to the point of self-destruction. Every character has something to add to the show and I am thoroughly enjoying it thus far!