Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Tribute To Leonoard Nimoy: His Science Fiction Roles

A bit gob-smacked by the death of Leonard Nimoy, even though I knew he had been suffering from COPD.  This is a person who made a very real difference in my life, even though I never had the privilege of meeting him.  My condolences to his family, especially his kids and grand kids!  This is my Scare Me tribute to his Sci-Fi characters.

Meanwhile, CNN has a cool spur of the moment slide show on Star Trek technology that we use today.  

Zombies Of The Stratosphere (1952)

As the character Narab, looking at this it strikes me that this may actually have been the inspiration later on for Spock's eyebrows.

Them! (1954)

This is basically my favorite 1950's atomic film, and have seen many, many times, yet I confess that until this sad day, I had no idea that Leonard Nimoy was in it!  He is uncredited as "Army Sergeant."  

The Brain Eaters (1958)

That's a heck of makeup job!  Based on a novel by famed Science Fiction author Robert Heinlein.  This was later remade, with the novel's original title The Puppet Masters, starring Donald Sutherland, with whom Nimoy has starred in the highly credible remake of The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers in 1978.  

The Twilight Zone:  A Quality Of Mercy

Episode dates from 1961.  Set in the Pacific Theater of WWII.

The Outer Limits:  I, Robot

Character Judson Ellis.  Plot, a robot gets an attorney.  Bears a striking similarity to the big budget Will Smith film of the same name.

Outer Limits:  Production and Decay of Strange Particles

Character Konig.  Accident at a nuclear research facility creates a breach in the dimensions. 

Kraft Suspense Theater:  Kill No More

Well this isn't exactly science fiction, but it does involve nuclear fantasies revolving around a semi-mad scientist and a plot to kidnap him for espionage purposes, Nimoy's character helps prevent.  It also involves some junk science that the military is pressuring said physicist to provide.  So it sort of counts.

Star Trek:  The Cage

Star Trek

No need for explanation here!

Mission Impossible

After Star Trek, Nimoy had a recurring role on Mission Impossible as a man of all disguises Paris.  Again, not technically Sci-Fi, but all those futuristic gadgets that they used just makes it seem that way!!

The Many Faces Of Paris

On From Paris...

Night Gallery:  She'll Be Company For You

Character:  Henry Auden

Star Trek:  Animated Series
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

"Invasion" with Sutherland

Star Trek:  The Motion Picture
Star Trek:  The Wrath Of Kahn

Star Trek:  The Search For Spock

Directing The Search For Spock

The voice of Galvatron 1986

Star Trek:  The Voyage Home

Directing The Voyage Home

Star Trek:  The Final Frontier

Spock mind melding with Captain Picard and Data looking on.  The Next Generation.

Captain Spock:  The Undiscovered Country
The Outer Limits:  I, Robot

Reprise of an episode from the 1960's but assaying a different role and this time he was directed by his son Adam.

The Simpsons (himself)
The First Men In The Moon (with John de Lancie)
The Lost World (1998)

Brave New World

Invasion America:  General Konrad

JJ Abrams Star Trek re-boot 2009

The Zarn in Land Of The Lost with Will Ferrell

Transformers:  Dark Of The Moon as Sentinel Prime

As William Bell on Fringe

Animated William Bell--Fringe

Star Trek:  Into Darkness

Friday, February 27, 2015

They Live On Blu Ray

Such a sad day around here, that I thought a little John Carpenter might cheer things a bit.  It was a complete coincidence that we chose a Science Fiction theme today.  Again RIP Leonard Nimoy and condolences to his family and friends.