Star Trek: Top Mr. Spock episodes

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We continue honoring Leonard Nimoy’s history in classic television,
with a list of top Mr. Spock episodes.  These are our picks to watch to best get to know the iconic character from Star Trek the Original Series.

#1: Visit his home world, Vulcan, from “Amok Time”.

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You’ll end up a little too familiar with Vulcan’s brutal marriage rites.   However, it’s a valuable episode to learn about Vulcan, their government, and their women.  Who would thought grasping for power and fame were logical?  Combat between Kirk and Spock is epic.

#2: Meet his family from “Journey to Babel”.

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Long before Star Trek: The Next Generation, Mark Lenard made is only appearance as Spock’s father, Sarek.  (Coincidentally, he played a Romulan commander in season one)  Amanda, Spock’s mother, is played by Jane Wyatt.  We get a glimpse into Spock’s devotion to logic, a separation from his father, and how truly messed up diplomacy is in the future.

#3: Know his history before the Enterprise in “This Side of Paradise”.

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This episode makes the list for running Spock through an emotional gauntlet.  From contentment, love, happiness, and eventually anger and regret.  We learn a new back story and implicit history between he and Leila Kalomi.

#4: Understand his command philosophy in “The Galileo Seven”.

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How would Mr. Spock be different from Captain Kirk had he command for an indefinite period of time?  That question is answered in a rather dark, but impressive, episode.  Spock applies logic to every decision-making opportunity and his crew are killed off one-by-one.  Redemption comes in the end when he is forced to gamble away everything he stands for.

#5: Imagine his darker side in “Mirror, Mirror”.

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How could we leave out the only episode with Spock in a beard?  Although still very logical, he carries a pirate streak to sharpen his survival skills.  While the evil-Spock is still very polite, he finds logical reasoning balancing torturous punishment and passively letting a world to be blown to bits.

On the recommended list:

Learn about Mr. Spock’s origins in “The Cage” and/or “The Menagerie”.  See how different his last two captains turn to him for help.


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