• Goodbye Spock; hello Vikings

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    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    LEONARD Nimoy was Star Trek’s iconic Mr. Spock to three generations of my family—my dad, myself and my son. He shuffled off this mortal coil one week ago on February 27, 2015 at the age of 83.

    I used to watch Star Trek reruns in the ‘70s with my dad—in an era where there was not much of a choice over what to see on local television since there was no cable, and stations signed off at midnight. I enjoyed Tribbles and I moved my bed away from the window in case Gorn would come in through it.

    Even if the last television episode of the original Star Trek with Kirk, Spock, Scotty, Bones and Zulu aired in 1969, the show has been such a cornerstone of pop and geek culture that my 13-year-old is familiar with the world’s most beloved human-Vulcan. Mr. Nimoy did appear as Spock Prime in the most recent Star Trek movies with Zachary Quinto taking over as the young Spock in 2009 and 2013.

    There is so much to say about the man so many of us knew even if he didn’t know us. I don’t think the phrase “end of an era” applies. It does not seem like he is gone for Leonard Nimoy lives on in so many ways. His pop culture persona has left us with books, photographs, films and television shows, and I am certain the man he was as a friend and family man has left many fond memories to those who were close to him.

    In the words of Mr. Spock, “Change is the essential process of all existence.” I like to think the world has not lost him–he is still here, only that things have changed.

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    New seasons are out for some of the shows I follow: Survivor 30 and Vikings just started. I am astounded Survivor has lasted for 30 seasons, and even more astounded I’ve only missed one season. It continues to provide entertainment and a few lessons on human nature—relationships, trust and how rewards can alter the social dynamic.

    The tribes are divided into these stereotypes: white collar workers or those who make the rules; blue collar workers or those who follow the rules; and the no collar folks who don’t have much need for rules.

    Vikings kicked off its third season on the History channel. It has been compared to Game of Thrones but it is its own animal. It has gotten more interesting–their world has gotten bigger. They’ve made an excellent choice making King Ecbert (Linus Roache) a key character. Princess Kwentrith (Amy Bailey) is a wild ride—horny, ambitious, vengeful and currently totally at home with her mercenary Northmen.

    The Wanderer Kevin Durand (The Strain, Lost, Wolverine) also surprises us with his appearance at the end of the second episode and as to what and who he really is, I hope we won’t have to wait too long to figure out.

    Shield wall!

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    Survivor airs new episodes Thursdays at 4:40 p.m. on JackTV. Vikings airs new episodes Friday nights at 10 on the History Channel. Leonard Nimoy will be everywhere.

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