As many of you already know, Leonard Nimoy died recently. He is probably best known for his role of Spock on “Star Trek”.
I loved watching the new episodes when the show first aired, but it was the reruns on television that kept me entertained throughout college and later in my early years as a teacher and then software engineer. Spock was a role model, in a way, for how one could be logical and scientific — such as in an engineering career — yet function well as part of a team.
With Nimoy’s passing, I am reminded how much I would like to see new episodes of a “Star Trek” series on television. I think there is room for it nowadays. Science fiction Shows like “Defiance” (SyFy), “The 100″ (The CW), “Falling Skies” (TNT), and other series have had elements of the kinds of things we saw on “Star Trek”, but none offer the sheer encompassing thrill of space exploration offered in the original “Star Trek” and the various related series that followed it.
I read an article recently about the “Speediest Star’s Origins Revealed” in Scientific American. As a science fiction writer, I enjoy letting my mind wander to think about such things, and my first thought was of “Star Trek”. I imagined an episode where the Enterprise, possibly with warp engines disabled, somehow used that same speedy star to rope it and ride it.
That may be a dumb idea, but it is an example of how I’d like to bring back the imagination of the series. New space companies have formed over the past decade, and we are just beginning to see how those efforts are leading to new space vehicles and exploration. Just as these companies will inspire others to develop new technologies and methods to explore space, science fiction television can be useful for inspiring decades or even centuries-from-now generations.
There are still “Star Trek” movies, but I want more.