It was a sad day recently when Leonard Nimoy died–the actor who brought us one of my very favorite characters, the ever (or usually) logical Mr. Spock. I watched “This Side of Paradise” that evening–a good Spock episode that shows his not so logical side.
For today’s post, I thought I’d bring together some of my favorite Spock quotes…but swiftly realized that they’re all “Spock and someone else” quotes. Which makes a lot of sense, because the truth is, I love the triumvirate of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. In a ranking of my favorite characters, those three have to be a unit, because it’s not so much any one of them as the way they all fit together.
One of the nicest compliments I ever got in the long ago days when I wrote Star Trek stories was when someone called me “the queen of Kirk, Spock and McCoy dialogue,” remarking that even in ridiculous situations, they still sounded like them.
I might quote myself another day 🙂 but for today, here’s some “Kirk, Spock and McCoy dialogue” from the original source.
McCoy (discussing an android): There’s something wrong about a man who never smiles, whose conversation never varies from the routine of the job, and who won’t talk about his background.
Spock: I see.
McCoy: Spock…I mean it’s, ah, it’s odd for a non-Vulcan. Um…the ears make all the difference.
Spock: I find your arguments strewn with gaping defects in logic.
McCoy: Maybe, but you can’t evaluate a man by logic alone.
McCoy: You must be very unhappy, Mr. Spock.
Spock: That is a human emotion, Doctor, with which I am totally unfamiliar. How could I be unhappy?
McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that work just like yours; logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic, and we poor irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you’ll find yourself back among us irrational humans again.
Spock: A position which I find eminently satisfactory, Doctor, for nowhere am I so desperately needed as on a shipload of illogical humans.
Kirk: Touché, Bones.
Spock: The child’s name is Leonard James Akaar?
McCoy: I think it has a nice ring to it, don’t you agree, James?
Kirk: A name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Mr. Spock?
Spock: I think you will both be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month.
“The Immunity Syndrome”
Spock: Do not risk the ship further on my behalf.
McCoy: Shut up, Spock, we’re rescuing you!
Spock: Thank you, Captain McCoy.
“Bread and Circuses”
McCoy: Just once I’d like to land some place and announce ‘Behold! I am the Archangel Gabriel!’
Spock: I fail to see the humor in that situation, Doctor.
McCoy: Well you could hardly claim to be an angel with ears like that. But suppose you landed somewhere with a pitchfork?
“Whom Gods Destroy”
Kirk: They were humanitarians and statesmen, and they had a dream. A dream that became a reality and spread throughout the stars, a dream that made Mr. Spock and me brothers.
Garth of Izar: Mr. Spock, do you consider Captain Kirk and yourself brothers?
Spock: Captain Kirk speaks somewhat figuratively and with undue emotion. However, what he says is logical and I do, in fact, agree with it.
Your turn, Star Trek fans! Do you have a favorite Spock quote or episode?