Discount Medical Supplies Vulcan salutes Mr. Spock
In memory of Leonard Nimoy
We at Discount Medical Supplies would like to celebrate the long and prosperous life of one Mr. Spock. Star date 2015.58 was a sad day for both humans and Vulcans – though the latter did not outwardly show it – as the being that best represented the greater virtues of both races passed away (again) and went to meet V’ger (also again). Spock led a life that most would describe using one of his most oft-employed words: “fascinating.” An anomaly since birth – born to Vulcan father Sarek and human mother Amanda – he would leave a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of those around him.
When reached for comment, Dr. Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy said: “Damn it, I’m a doctor, not a eulogizer.” After he simmered down a bit he added: “We didn’t always see eye to eye, but there was much love and respect between Spock and me. I was always honored that he chose me to carry his katra. I think the Vulcan pinch was bit too much, but what the hell. It was the least I could do after he sacrificed himself to save us from Khan,” after which Captain James T. Kirk, who was standing nearby, simply bellowed “Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!!!”
As hinted above, this was not Spock’s first brush with death. The event that Dr. McCoy referenced was the now legendary clash between the crew of the USS Enterprise and Khan Noonien Singh. When a moribund Khan activated the Genesis Device, Spock fatally exposed himself to radiation poisoning in the engine room in order to restore the ship’s warp drive, allowing the Enterprise to escape the ensuing explosion. Luckily, Spock’s coffin was launched into the surface of the newly formed Genesis planet. This, plus a dangerous Vulcan ceremony called fal tor pan, contributed to bringing him back to life, albeit temporarily amnesiac.
The fact that Spock already returned once from the dead has led many to believe that he will resurrect this time as well. Sadly, Spock himself would call this notion “highly illogical.” Moreover, even in death there is a little bit of Spock inside all of us, just like in life there was a little bit of him inside Chief Communication Officer Nyota Uhura. “Well, I wouldn’t call it little, if you know what I mean,” she commented. “After all, you know what they say about Vulcan men. And I loved them pointy ears. And the bowl cut? It takes a real man to wear bangs with dignity.”
Uhura’s was not the only person – or droid – that Spock touched, literally or figuratively. Lieutenant Commander Data, crew member of USS Enterprise-E and USS Enterprise-D, had this to say: “There is absolutely no doubt that without Spock, there would be no Data. I know I’m just and android, but I like to think that I’m a sort of spiritual successor of his.” Discount Medical Supplies wholeheartedly agrees with that statement. Spock was certainly a machine when it came to bettering himself. Although he didn’t complete the Kolinahr ritual and, against his father’s wishes, did not enter the Vulcan Science Academy, he more than made up for that with stint in Starfleet. His resume speaks for itself; science officer, first officer, captain of not one but two iterations of the Enterprise, United Federation of Planets ambassador, and the man who was instrumental in bringing the Klingon Empire and the Federation together in peace.
Now it is his turn to rest in peace. On behalf of Discount Medical Supplies, godspeed Mr. Spock, and dif tor heh smusma. (Play for full effect).