Television has always played an important part in my life. I have always been fascinated by that wonderful box which can transport us to many interesting places…some of them real, some of them imagined. Over the years there have been many television programmes which have really gained a great deal from watching.
In 1969, when Doctor Who stopped being a programme which was shown almost all year round, it was replaced by another science fiction programme. It was called Star Trek and was created by Gene Roddenberry – a Humanist – who wanted to use the medium of television to get people to think about some of life’s important issues.
Most of Star Trek’s best episodes, while on the surface being exciting adventures tales, also explored some important human situations. To many people the most interesting character on Star Trek was the science officer Mr. Spock, who had a Vulcan father and an Earth mother.
Mr. Spock wanted to live his life based on logic, however at times his suppressed emotions kept on coming to the surface. He was used to comment on the human condition and in later versions of Star Trek, other characters like Data fulfilled a similar function. We often learn most about who we are, from those who might appear to be ‘different’ from us. The actor who portrayed Mr. Spock – Leonard Nimoy – sadly passed away last week. He was not only a good actor but also from all accounts, a very special, multitalented human being. Not all the people that we miss when they pass on from this life to the next one, need to have been personally known to us. The work that some people do, can also contribute something special to our lives.