For the Love of Spock
Adam Nimoy looks back on the successful career of his father, Leonard Nimoy, a.k.a. Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, who died in 2014. Poignant and funny fragments follow each other in rapid succession, with occasional diversions into more personal revelations. A heart-warming and witty documentary about the man who gave Mr. Spock his immortal face and character.
The occasion for this film was the fiftieth anniversary (in 2016) of the Star Trek-franchise, but when Nimoy Sr. died in 2014, the story took a personal turn for Adam. For the Love of Spock can now be viewed as a biopic, tribute and obituary all rolled into one. Adam had access to a wealth of beautiful archive material and clips from his father’s film and TV work. But the main focus, of course, is Star Trek; from the pilot episode without William Shatner as Kirk, via the origin of the Vulcan salute, to its fan culture and resurrection as a feature film franchise. A feast, this career overview, for non-Trekkies as well!