R. I. P. Christopher Lee – In Honor of One of the Greatest

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   It is impossible to fully describe the life of Sir Christopher Lee. He was a true renaissance man, there is no doubt. From his ability to play multiple roles on both the screen and stage, to his production of Heavy Metal albums and his serving in the British Secret Service where he took on some of the most dangerous men and situations.

    When Leonard Nimoy died I did a week where I looked back on some of his work, both voice and otherwise, I hope someday to do the same for Christopher Lee, the problem is I wouldn’t know where to start. He had so much already under his belt before he helped make the Hammer Horror films popular and his modern works are far more than the Tolkienverse (of which he was an avid reader) and “Star Wars.”

     For these reasons and more I am filled with awe. This was a great man who lived 93 years and touched so many people and never stopped being an artist. He truly lived it up until his death and he never let the fact that he was old stop him from doing what he loved…as we witnessed in his Heavy Metal Work and the fact that he finished “The Hobbit Trilogy” with Peter Jackson, even though he couldn’t physically be in New Zealand for it.

    The legacy he left behind will be felt long after he is gone and the works that he was a part of and created will live on. I look forward to reviewing more of his work and organizing that Week or Series that looks back on the huge body of acting work he has done. You will be missed Sir Christopher Lee. Thank you for the life you lived.

R.I.P.

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In Memory of Leonard Nimoy – Leonard Nimoy Week

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     Leonard Nimoy was an amazing man, that much has been obvious for a very long time. From his military service, music, directing, writing and acting and what he did outside of his work he touched the lives of so many people.

       I know him largely from his work with “Star Trek” as I grew up watching “The Original Series” and “The Original Series Films.” It was his death in “Wrath of Khan” that first made me tear up during a “Star Trek” film and it was his character Spock who I could relate to, as an autistic kid who I was felt outside of things and could relate to his analytic approach to all things.

    This week I’m honoring him by reviewing some of his earliest work, some of his last work and of course an “Original Series” episode. Anytime I’d been given the ‘Choose your own Crew?’ Question in regards to Star Trek, I always chose Spock as the First Officer. He was the best and grounded everyone around him, much like Nimoy himself did. Nimoy was and wasn’t Spock, he wrote two books on the matter and both were right. He was bigger than this role that really put him on the radar for me and so many other people. He was talented beyond the screen and within the screen itself as he produced, wrote and directed films and television. If you hear about what was going on during the films, it was Nimoy who reminded the writers that it wasn’t about Kirk and Spock, it was about the crew and that dialogue should be given to all. You see this especially in “The Undiscovered Country,” where the crew is victorious because everyone is involved, versus “The Final Frontier” where it is the Kirk and Spock (though mostly Kirk) show. This was a huge reason he was respected by those who knew him…because he lived respect towards others.

   For what I’ll be reviewing of Nimoy’s filmography…going to start at the beginning with “A Quality of Mercy,” from “The Twilight Zone,” next doing “Balance of Terror” from “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “The Transformers: The Movie” and “There’s More Than one of Everything” from the tv series “Fringe” which was his last television show he was a part of.

     Nimoy influenced those who knew directly and those who didn’t like me, through the life he lived. He was truly an amazing Renaissance man who will be missed greatly. Though, even in death he gave us something to remember.

   “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

   As we will remember you. This week is to honor you and all that you’ve done.