Sunday, May 13, 2012
15 Greatest TV Characters of the 1960s: Mr. Spock
Portrayed by: Leonard Nimoy
TV series: Star Trek (1966-69); later appeared in various TV series and films.
Occupation: Science Officer and First Officer, U.S.S. Enterprise. In later films and series, he became a Captain and, after retirement, an Ambassador for the Federation.
Family and Friends: Born in 2230 on Shi'Kahr to Sarek, a Vulcan ambassador, and Amanda Grayson, a human. He and his father did not speak for 18 years after Spock joined Starfleet. His older half-brother Sybok was ostracized from Vulcan for rejecting logic and later died battling an evil alien entity. Spock was betrothed to T'Pring from childhood, but they did not marry. He fell in love in the episodes "All Our Yesterdays" and "This Side of Paradise" as a result of, respectively, time travel and alien spores.Spock's best friends are James T. Kirk and Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy.
Talents: Can join telepathically with other lifeforms using the Vulcan mind-meld. Skilled hand-to-hand fighter who can employ the Vulcan nerve-pinch.
Trademarks: Being logical. Pointy ears. Raising one brow in puzzlement.
Classic quotes: "Fascinating." "Live long and prosper." "It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want." "Your illogical approach to chess does have its advantages on occasion, Captain."
Classic episodes: "Amok Time" (Spock returns to Vulcan to wed); "A Piece of the Action" (Spock as a gangster); "The Galileo Seven."