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    Just when he thinks he's out, they beam him back in.



    How else to describe Leonard Nimoy's enduring, at times conflicted

    relationship with Star Trek, the franchise that's defined his career for

    more than four decades - regardless of how many times he swore it off or

    believed it was finished?



    "Countless times, I thought it was done," he admits on the phone from

    Los Angeles.



    But this time, says the 79-year-old actor-director-photographer, there

    are no more possibilities. Spock, his pointy-eared alter-ego, will live

    long and prosper. But it will be without Nimoy.



    "I want to get off the stage. Also, I don't think it would be fair to

    Zachary Quinto," he says, referring to the actor who portrayed a

    youthful Spock in last summer's smash Star Trek relaunch. "He's a

    terrific actor, he looks the part, and it's time to give him some space.

    And I'm very flattered the character will continue."



    In other words, don't expect to see Nimoy in the next Trek sequel,

    scheduled for 2012. And don't expect to see him anywhere else, either.

    Having just shot what will be his final appearance as enigmatic genius

    Dr. William Bell in TV's Fringe, he says he's retiring from acting

    altogether.



    "I've been doing this professionally for 60 years," he says with a

    laugh. "I love the idea of going out on a positive note. I've had a

    great, great time."



    After all, his involvement with Fringe was never intended to be

    permanent. Rather, he'd only agreed to appear in a few episodes as a

    favour to J.J. Abrams, who produces Fringe and, of course, directed Star

    Trek.



    "I was away from acting for 12 years, so I guess I was seducable," Nimoy

    says. "But since J.J. Abrams revived the Star Trek franchise, I felt I

    owed him something. And I'm glad I did it because he promised me a good

    story, and it was."



    Also in question? How many more science-fiction conventions he has in

    his future. He'll be at this weekend's Calgary Comic and Entertainment

    Expo which "could be the last go-round for that too," he says, noting he

    only has a few more public appearances planned.



    Not that he doesn't enjoy them. He describes each one as "a love fest.

    I'm

    so grateful to the fans. I call these kind of experiences a victory lap

    ... It's like having a family meeting - a family reunion."



    That goodwill mirrors how his own emotions about Trek have mellowed.

    Famously, his 1975 autobiography was entitled I Am Not Spock. By 1995,

    when he published his second autobiography, the title had been modified

    to I Am Spock.



    He explains he made peace with the iconic series during the 1980s and

    particularly with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which he directed. "I

    felt like Star Trek IV was my personal statement on Star Trek."



    Now, typecasting be damned, he feels no regrets about donning the ears

    that made him famous. "Since Star Trek began in 1966, I've never had to

    worry about where the next job was."



    Rather, with his acting and filmmaking career behind him, he wants to

    concentrate on photography, citing an exhibition he has coming up in

    Massachusetts. He acknowledges he was met with skepticism initially

    about this latest creative venture, "but I've built credibility now in

    the art world."



    And among the general population, too. He recalls an incident in which

    he and Tom Hanks were approached by a young man who wanted his picture

    taken with Hanks. When Hanks asked who would take the photo, the man

    turned to the now former Mr. Spock.



    "He said, 'Mr. Nimoy, you're a wonderful photographer. Would you take

    our picture?' "



    'Spock' headed to Vulcan, Alt.



    If Leonard Nimoy is going to be in Calgary, it only seems logical that

    he pays a visit to Vulcan too.



    "I couldn't resist," he says with a very un-Spock-like laugh. "I

    thought, 'Since I'm coming to Calgary, why not Vulcan?' "



    Thus the Southern Alberta community of about 1,900 will get its

    long-awaited chance to host Nimoy on Friday, ahead of his scheduled

    appearance at this weekend's Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.



    Nimoy's fondness for the town is well-documented. Vulcan generated

    worldwide headlines last spring when Nimoy backed its bid to host the

    premiere of 2009's Star Trek film. Ultimately, Paramount bused about 300

    residents of Vulcan - which has long capitalized on the fact it shares

    the name of Spock's home planet - to Calgary for a private screening.



    Not surprisingly, news of Nimoy's visit has again put Vulcan in the

    spotlight.



    In addition to touring the town's Trek museum, Nimoy will have his

    iconic Vulcan salute canonized in a handprint ceremony. He'll also be

    there for the unveiling of a bronze Spock bust.



    What message does he plan to convey to the townsfolk?



    "How wonderful it is to be home in Vulcan."



    kevin.williamson@sunmedia.ca

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    Network DVD has just released a spooky little film of his called Baffled



    which was a failed pilot for a TV show from ITC.

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    name='Arfur Teacake']Network DVD has just released a spooky little film of his called Baffled



    which was a failed pilot for a TV show from ITC.


    Nice! I love "Baffled." It's kinda bad (they almost did it on MST3K) but in a fun way. I def would have watched the series.



    I also enjoyed the Night Gallery ep Nimoy directed "Death on a Barge."

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    "That goodwill mirrors how his own emotions about Trek have mellowed.

    Famously, his 1975 autobiography was entitled I Am Not Spock. By 1995,

    when he published his second autobiography, the title had been modified

    to I Am Spock."



    Third edition...I Have Been Spock?

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    It's The Law that someone has to post this whenever Mr Nimoy is mentioned



    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC73PHdQX04]YouTube - Leonard Nimoy's Ballad of Bilbo Baggins[/ame]

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    The worst of the singing Star Trekers is William Shatner. To be merciful, I won't post his rendition of Rocket Man.



    More tolerable:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKGHuN5NoPo&NR=1]YouTube - Star Trek Insurrection - HMS Pinafore[/ame]

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBbWC7Z8J0Q[/ame]

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    Lets have a bit of Star Trekkin



    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCARADb9asE]YouTube - The Firm - Star Trekkin'[/ame]

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    name='James Fox']Nice! I love "Baffled." It's kinda bad (they almost did it on MST3K) but in a fun way. I def would have watched the series.."


    Agreed totally. Baffled was indeed rotten, but i loved every minute of it. Had it on Betamax from an ITV transmission years ago and i watched it to death.



    Great music too, i am sure the series would have been complete twaddle, but i would have lapped it all up.

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    name='will.15']The worst of the singing Star Trekers is William Shatner. To be merciful, I won't post his rendition of Rocket Man.



    More tolerable:

    YouTube - Star Trek Insurrection - HMS Pinafore

    YouTube - Doc & Seven Singing you are my sunshine- Star Trek voyager




    Never mind Rocket Man, have you heard his rendition of 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'?




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    No, and I'm not going to find out.

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    Who cares?? So what!!!


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    Star Trek has been recycled so many times, what's next?

    What's left to do?


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    Mmmm, that Seven of Nine (Jeri Lynn Ryan) gets ten out of ten from me!

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