May 5, 2009, - 9:59 am

Star Trek Fever

By Debbie Schlussel
Stardate 2009.05.05.
Last Night, I saw “Star Trek,” the latest movie incarnation of the famed TV series, which ran from 1966-69. I can’t post my review until Friday–it’ll be up at Midnight, just as Thursday ends. Check out Zachary Quinto, the new Spock actor, and how amazingly close he looks to Nimoy’s Spock from the ’60s.
Until my review posts–even though I’m not a Trekkie–here’s a little of my own Star Trek trivia.
My mother was a teacher in New York City Public Schools in the late ’60s, as “Star Trek” was on the air, and she taught Leonard Nimoy’s son. Even though the Trekkie phenomenon grew after “Star Trek” was canceled and into the rerun phase, at the time, the school had to hold separate parent-teacher conferences for Nimoy, away from the other parents. The fan-dom was that big already. My mother swore there was something weird about Nimoy’s ears. They seemed a little “bent.”


Old Spock, New Spock


The sign that Spock makes with his hand split, as he says “Live Long and Prosper” is ripped off from Judaism. It’s the sign the Cohen–the Jewish high priest–makes. When I was a little kid, and I didn’t know this, I made the sign with my hand after watching a “Star Trek” re-run on TV. My dad admonished me never to do it again. It’s considered a holy thing that only the Cohens are supposed to do.
And you know what? Even though “Star Trek” made a mockery of a holy thing in Judaism, we Jews didn’t riot all over the world, try to burn down Western embassies, and kill nuns in Africa. When they do something like that with a symbol or icon of Islam, well, you know what happens (which is why you’ll never see Star Trek or any show mock Islam like that).
And, hey, the fact that the two top guys helming the Starship Enterprise were both Jews–William Shatner and Nimoy–isn’t exactly a source of pride for me.
Leonard Nimoy has made something of a post-Trek career of mocking Judaism and unboldly going where no man should go before, now, or after. He is a photographer who publishes picture books of naked women–particularly his fetish of naked fat women–posing completely in the buff with Jewish religious paraphernalia. Again, imagine if he did that with Muslim religious paraphernalia–all the Vulcan know-how in the world wouldn’t protect him from not living long and prospering. But, here in the liberal-dominated Detroit Jewish community, they–a liberal schmuck named Hanan Lis, who married into a rich, leftist family–even invited Spock to show his disgusting nudie book at the Jewish Book Fair.
Yup, beam me up, Scotty, there’s no intelligent life in my community of fellow co-religionists, including Spock Nimoy.
Just a little off-the-beaten-path Trekkie trivia.
Again, stay tuned for my review at Midnight, Thursday Night/Friday Morning.
‘Til then, read (my site) long and Twitter (it).

8 Responses

DREK! (yiddish for rubbish, trash). As in those photos are drek!

sandy on May 5, 2009 at 10:42 am

Reading the part about how Jews did not riot like the “Religion of Pieces” does reminded me of a satire that was written after an Israeli Professor wrote that Moses was on drugs when he received the 10 commandments. Here is the link to the satire:

i_am_me on May 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

I never watched Star Trek and of course wouldn’t waste my time on the movie, BUT I do like the Shat. He should have been in the movie.

lexi on May 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

I hope this remake is better when it first came to the big screen. It looks good, but then those trailers are deceiving. Debbie, will you be writing a review on the new Terminator-Salvation movie coming out on May 21. That looks like a good movie and from a different side and perspective of how the other three were made. I always was curious how the people fought the war. How the resistence did. And if the resistence ever made any head way in their cause against the machines. Ironic, how today we rely so much on machines to get things done for us. Thanks again Debbie, for all the movie reviews. I definitely like what you have to say (about everything). May G-d Bless you and your family always…Debbie.

Tenn Scholar on May 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Leonard Nimoy is an anti gun-owner lefist…..
Don’t want him to live long OR prosper…

Shootist on May 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

The fans have gotten tired of the glut of TNG movies and waited for something better. We’ll see what Debbie thinks of J. Abrams’ venture into television’s most famous sci-fi franchise. I like Alias and think Lost is complicated as TV – still riveting and I’ve taken to Fringe. He certainly has an eye for finding actresses that draw you in: Jennifer Garner, Evangeline Lilly and Anna Torv. The new film takes us back I think, to Kirk, Spock and McCoy’s early days at Starfleet Academy.

NormanF on May 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Shootist, Bill Shatner is wonderful as T.J Hooker. Now there is a conservative law and order cop to admire. He doesn’t like the psychobabble used to excuse evil and justify breaking the law. It lasted four seasons. The first one is pretty good – if you can get past the 80s hairdos and dated clothes.

NormanF on May 5, 2009 at 4:17 pm

It’s interesting you would say, “you’ll never see Star Trek or any show mock Islam”, because it did happen inadvertently by Catherine Helmond (sp?) in the old comedy Soap.
She was the scatter-brained mother (back when they dared portray a woman that way) who mentioned Kareem Abdul Jaberwocky during a bit about basketball.
Anyone who knows Islamic names would see the insult. Abdul means “servant (of) The…” followed by one of the 99 names of God in the Qur’an. For example, Abdul Rahman means “Servant of The Merciful”. Abdul Jaberwocky means “Servant of the Jaberwocky”.
I don’t know who could get away with calling the god of Islam a jaberwocky these days…..:)

stevecanuck on May 5, 2009 at 6:36 pm

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