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It took me long enough, but after a tease in both Theater Hopper and a Multiplex guest strip by Tom, I’ve finally brought over Jimmy. With Iron Man 3 out this weekend (haven’t caught it yet — end of the semester crazy times), it seemed like the right time. Sorry it took me five months, Tom!
If you aren’t familiar with Theater Hopper, you might go on a Theater Hopper archive dive with the “Jimmy” tag and get caught up on his old adventures in Iowa, but you won’t need to be familiar with them to get the idea.
We’ll get back to Jason and Kurt’s film series on Friday, so see you then. I think I’ll be switching back to Monday/Thursday updates over the summer, by the way. I’ll let you know if/when that happens.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015
I was never a huge Star Trek fan, exactly. I love some of the early episodes, and I think Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is one of the greatest
science fiction movies of all time. I enjoyed Star Trek III and IV, too, for what they were. I read a bunch of the DC Comics Star Trek stuff at that time, because my brother bought them. And I watched a bit of the Next Generation and then fell off the wagon. Kirk and Spock were my Star Trek, and the Star Trek 2–4 “era” was its peak for me, warts and all, because that’s the “era” that really hooked me. And really, for me, it was all about Wrath of Khan.
In addition to playing Mr. Spock, of course, Leonard Nimoy did a lot of other things. He was on Mission: Impossible. He directed a few movies (Three Men and a Baby!). He was a photographer. He was the voice of Civilization IV. But one thing I really loved of his was Standby: Lights, Camera, Action, on Nickelodeon from 1982–1987, which provided a behind the scenes look at movies like Star Trek III, Return of the Jedi, 2010, and more. Nimoy hosted and occasionally interviewed guests like George Lucas. As a budding film nerd in the pre-Internet Dark Ages, behind the scenes specials like Standby: Lights, Camera, Action were hard to come by. I ate that show up.
Anyway, as you’re undoubtedly aware by now, Leonard Nimoy passed away on the 27th. As cartoonists do when they’re sad about these kinds of things, I drew a picture:
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