Tony Dayoub 
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Re: “Vulcan: The Soul of Spock

I was hoping that you would cover some of Spock's recent evolution in the films.

After attempting to purge his emotions in ST:TMP, hi meld with the machine intellect that is V'ger demonstrates to him the value of feelings.

It is then a far mellower Spock we meet in ST:TWOK. He empathizes with Kirk's feelings of being put out to pasture and defers command to him. He jokes much more openly with McCoy.

After the momentary amnesia he experiences in ST:TSFS and ST:TVH, Spock regains his footing in ST:TFF, continuing an emotional evolution. This is most apparent in his willingness to embrace the camping experience with his friends, roasting "marsh melons" and singing "Row Your Boat" with little to no embarassment (can't say the same for fans).

In ST:TUC he has finally achieved a Zen-like tranquility, slipping in and out of his human and Vulcan personas with equal expertise. He allows himself to show anger when slapping the phaser out of Valeris, his protege, after discovering her betrayal. And he also concedes that Starfleet should "Go to hell..." after they decide to mothball the Enterprise and its crew which, yet again, saved the galaxy from interstellar war.

These acting choices by Nimoy were all conscious, as he admits in a recent interview at Trekmovie.com, where he speaks of the performance and character continuing to evolve in the new film.

Posted by Tony Dayoub on 05/06/2009 at 9:50 AM

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