Leonard Nimoy -- his name is one which reverberates throughout the science fiction community. Made popular by Star Trek: The Original Series, Nimoy became a science fiction icon, a huge figure who continued to appear on television shows decades after his own show ended.
This year Leonard Nimoy unfortunately died aged 83, and the pain of his family, friends and colleagues was reflected by millions of Nimoy's fans. Despite his advanced age, his death came as a shock to us all; the United States and the rest of the world truly lost an irreplaceable figure that day.
One modern television show which featured Nimoy and many other members of the Star Trek cast was The Big Bang Theory, which included many storylines involving Nimoy. The late star offered his voice and presence a number of times, including the episode 'The Transporter Malfunction.'
Beloved protagonist Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, adored Leonard Nimoy, whose character Mr. Spock has been referenced many times throughout the show's history.
After Nimoy's death the show offered a touching post-credit tribute to the iconic actor: displaying a picture of Nimoy captioned, “The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting.”
Adam Nimoy is set to appear on the show, in honor of his father
The Big Bang Theory always held Leonard Nimoy on a well-deserved pedestal, and now it seems they are offering Nimoy's son, Adam, a chance to appear on the show. This seems like nothing less than a great tribute to the star of Star Trek, as well as a chance for Adam Nimoy to honor his father's name.
Adam will be appearing as himself on the show, which will be titled "The Spock Resonance," and will ask Sheldon to participate in a documentary in memory of his father.
The fact that the episode is simply a detailed tribute to the late Nimoy seems fairly clear from the title, improving upon the already touching tribute to Nimoy previously offered by the show.
Adam Nimoy is a Hollywood film director, and his role in the episode is all the more touching considering prior to his father's death Adam approached his father with the idea of making a documentary about Mr. Spock.
After Leonard Nimoy's death, the documentary was of course put on hold, until Adam decided that the film would be better suited to chronicling and honoring the life of his iconic father.
The project is currently up on Kickstarter, and Adam aims to have the film released by early next year. The Kickstarter project has already had huge support from Leonard Nimoy's family, friends, former colleagues and fans.
The episode of The Big Bang Theory is scheduled for Thursday November 5th, and will feature Adam Nimoy talking earnestly about the documentary. One thing we can be certain of is that the show will be an incredible tribute to the timeless star, whose loyal and devoted fans will be tuning in to watch the only son of Leonard Nimoy take the place of his father on The Big Bang Theory.
Leonard Nimoy on Screen
From a young actor on Star Trek to a science fiction icon, we saw Leonard Nimoy on screen countless time over his long career. Unfortunately, he never appeared in person on The Big Bang Theory, but he was on set many times.
The television show honored him like no other; in the flesh or not, Nimoy had a huge impact on the show.
As you can see below, Leonard Nimoy was an important character within The Big Bang Theory. The show made it clear to depict him as a cultural icon and figure of gentle authority.
The show will certainly not be the same without his appearances, but I can say with some certainty that they will not limit their references to Mr. Spock. The logic of the half Vulcan will undoubtedly continue to feature regularly on the television show.
The Nimoy centered episode of The Big Bang Theory, 'The Spock Resonance,' will air on Thursday November 5th. I hope you're all watching as we pay tribute to the iconic Leonard Nimoy just one more time.
I've included Adam Nimoy's Kickstarter video below; have a look and let us know what you think.
Live Long and Prosper, Leonard Nimoy.