By Ashley Bergner/Box Office Buzz
I stayed home from work sick today, and was just lounging in bed and resting when I got a text from my dad — and fellow “Star Trek” fan — to let me know that actor Leonard Nimoy had passed away today. I had heard that Nimoy was ill, but that doesn’t really make the announcement easier to take. Nimoy played Mr. Spock, arguably the most iconic of the “Star Trek” characters, in numerous TV episodes and films, and it’s a loss that will certainly be mourned by the community of science fiction fans.
I haven’t always been a “Star Trek” fan. “Star Wars” was my first love, and when I was younger, for whatever reason, “Star Trek” didn’t really click for me. I went to see J.J. Abrams’ 2009 reboot film with some friends who were Trek fans, and the film took all of five minutes to win me over, and when I went back to watch other Trek episodes and films, I fell in love with them too. I admire Nimoy’s willingness to appear in that reboot film. It was a risk, of course; nobody knew if Abrams would successfully reboot or ruin “Star Trek,” but Nimoy had enough confidence — or faith? — to appear in the film as the older version of Spock. Even though the reboot film made the gutsy move of altering the classic Trek timeline, having Nimoy there made it seem legitimate. He was, in a way, passing the torch to a new generation of actors, as well as saluting long-time fans of the series.
Nimoy was great as Spock — a character who valued logic above emotion, and yet was willing to sacrifice everything for his friends. Kirk and Spock are the ultimate odd couple, two beings who “logically” shouldn’t be friends but realize they can’t function without each other. Admit it, Trek fans — we all teared up when Spock sacrificed himself to save Kirk and the Enterprise at the end of “The Wrath of Khan.” In Nimoy’s hands, Spock was both alien and accessible; he was different enough to fascinate us, but still “human” enough to be relatable.
Although the character will live on in the continued Trek films, thanks to a strong performance from Zachary Quinto (whom Nimoy praised), there will always be a special place in the hearts of Trek fans for Nimoy as the original “Mr. Spock.” He helped launch a sci-fi show that in turn helped to launch a genre.
Thanks for being a part of “Star Trek,” Mr. Nimoy — live long and prosper.
For episode 94 of Transmissions From Atlantis, we’re headed back to Hogwarts with our special guest from the premiere HP Convention Misti-Con, Clay Dockery. What is the future for the Wizarding world? Could we see Harry’s return? In honor of the Oscars, Doctor Geek drops some knowledge on the film industry. Clay will give us also give us the scoop on the Doctor Who convention Gallifrey One plus we talk Peter Capaldi and series 9.
Ice Warriors, come out and play! Because you demanded it! Mike, Mike, Jen, and Nathan Laws brave subzero temperatures, ancient Martians, animated reconstructions, and middle managers from the future in this classic Second Doctor story that marked the debut of a new villainous race. Phantom Troublemaker had to miss this recording as he was labeled a scavenger and placed on an evacuation ship, probably to somewhere tropical.
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It befell in the days of the late 5th century, that there arose a legend so great that it would span the centuries and all media to the digital age and beyond. Sir Mike, Sir Mike Again, Sir Q, and Sir John embark on a quest to discover the attraction, origins, and impact of Arthur Pendragon and his silly English kahniggits. We also go medieval on the great Luke Ski as he takes his place in the Geek Seat. Plus, Linnell Burton tells us all about the Blueprint Camp available to Atlanta locals. All this, along with the usual Rants, Raves, Khan Report, and Shout Outs!
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0:00:00 Show Open / Rants & Raves
0:16:18 Interview & Geek Seat w/ The Great Luke Ski
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Feb 5 – Mar 7 Battle Space Wars, Dad’s Garage (Little Five Points, GA)
From the guys that brought you The Revengence and Effed Up Fairy Tales, here comes a sci-fi adventure that’ll knock your Cylon-loving socks off. In the writers’ signature, fast-paced, mash-em-up style – you’ll see our super talented actors weaving in and out of all sorts of characters and storylines that span time and space. From Starbuck to the sharks, nobody is safe from this Battlestar Galactica parody turned Sharknado spoof turned Armageddon send-up. Oh, and we’ve thrown in a little domestic spat about a threesome for good measure. What? Exactly. Don’t think about it too much, just give yourself over to the universe. And remember – in space, no one can hear you scream, but they can hear you laugh.
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From the news about Spider-Man to “the darkest gates of the Abyss,” Jen, Mike Gordon and Drew Leiter discuss this week’s big deal between Sony and Marvel, as well as “A Sin to Err,” this week’s Agent Carter episode. Is Spidey getting his own movie? Are we going to have to get the freakin’ origin story AGAIN? Is it even going to be Peter Parker, or maybe Miles Morales? As the end of “Agent Carter” draws near, how can they wrap everything up in just two more episodes? We don’t know any more than you do, but we’ve got Opinions!
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