For the Love of Spock
Sponsored by Coca-Cola
Hosted by Director Adam Nimoy and Producer David Zappone
“Fun, campy, entertaining, a little deliciously over the top and also intelligent, thought provoking, artful, and even-handed” - Ivy Lofberg, POP OPTIQ
Arriving at Warp Speed to welcome STAR TREK’s 50th anniversary, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK celebrates the enduring series by focusing on the franchise’s most popular character and the man who played him. Narrated by Adam Nimoy, this fascinating doc offers a personal, intimate look at the life and livelihood of Adam’s late father, beloved actor Leonard Nimoy, and his iconic alter-ego, Mr. Spock. Through extensive interviews with Nimoy as well as a galaxy of family, friends, TREK colleagues and industry admirers, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK leaves no dilithium crystal unturned.
FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK tracks Nimoy’s humble Hollywood beginnings, a struggling actor from Boston who sold vacuum cleaners to make ends meet. His fateful casting for a new show dubbed “WAGON TRAIN to the stars” launched his career into the stratosphere, but nobody could predict that Nimoy would soon find nutty Trekkies ringing his doorbell and his image plastered on cereal boxes worldwide. This doc covers it all: the pros and cons of TREK stardom; Nimoy’s misgivings over the “depressing” script for the first film; agreeing to kill off his character in STAR TREK II and his segue into directing; working on 1978’s INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and even his musical sideline (yes, we get to see Nimoy sing the infamous “Ballad of Bilbo Baggins”). FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK also examines the man’s bout with alcoholism and his troubled relationship with the movie’s host, his son Adam. Brimming with rare footage and a surprising candour, FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK goes where no TREK documentary has gone before. And it’s more fun than a barrel of Tribbles.
— Tony Timpone