Video: Old Spock vs. New Spock

posted at 9:21 pm on May 8, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

It’s been a heavy day. Enjoy a short break in the form of the latest nerd-viral video on the Internet.

I was a fan of the original “Star Trek,” if only by virtue of my lack of exposure to other options. As a kid, my little brothers and I could pretty much only tune in “Star Trek” in the afternoons on the rabbit ears, so Kirk and Spock became our heroes, even if we were about 15 years late to that sci-fi party. My parents had an old Coca-Cola cooler sitting in the backyard they’d picked up at some junk store or yard sale along the way (which sounds really classy now that I write it), and it became the Starship Enterprise. I was oldest, so I was always Capt. Kirk while my brother was relegated to perpetual Spockdom.

In later years, I second-guessed my decision to always be Shatner when I could have been Nimoy. It was a juvenile preoccupation with status over more intangible qualities, I think. These days, I’m Team Spock, for both old and new “Star Trek.”

As such, I am torn, here:

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The funniest thing of the whole commercial was when Nimoy was singing the Bilbo song in the middle. I’d bet that not many people understand why that is hilarious.

Warner Todd Huston on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

If Spock has a beard..

Then you should panic..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Old spock all the way!

melle1228 on May 8, 2013 at 9:25 PM

I was a fan of the original “Star Trek,” if only by virtue of my lack of exposure to other options. As a kid, my little brothers and I could pretty much only tune in “Star Trek” in the afternoons on the rabbit ears, so Kirk and Spock became our heroes,

I am not one of those Trekkie’s that wear stuff and go to conventions..
But..
I do own some of the original props..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:25 PM

you’re way too young to remember old school Star Trek, MKH. I remember it and did tune in the rabbit ears to watch, and I loved it. Love the new Star Trek too and I am looking forward to seeing the new movie.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Old age and treachery will overcome youth and exuberance.
Besides, old Spock had game.

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Nimoy!!!!!!

Bubba Redneck on May 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

you’re way too young to remember old school Star Trek, MKH. I remember it and did tune in the rabbit ears to watch, and I loved it. Love the new Star Trek too and I am looking forward to seeing the new movie.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

My Step mother hated me watching Star Trek..
She broke the antenna on the TV and then blamed us kids..
True story..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Self driving car.

Count to 10 on May 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Golf is not logical. But that aside, how did Audi fit a warp drive under the hood?

locomotivebreath1901 on May 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

My Step mother hated me watching Star Trek..
She broke the antenna on the TV and then blamed us kids..
True story..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

dang. Somebody had some issues….

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Old spoc: 3D chess
New spoc: checkers

SparkPlug on May 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Very sneaky,its a Cloaked Automobile InfoMercial!!!!!

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I had one of Star Trek transporter thingies where you twisted the knob and the dude disappeared to the other side. It was cool, it was like a mockup of the transporter room.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

The funniest thing of the whole commercial was when Nimoy was singing the Bilbo song in the middle. I’d bet that not many people understand why that is hilarious.
Warner Todd Huston on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC73PHdQX04

Couldn’t they find even one actor in Hollywood who doesn’t look like a 19 year old kid to play Spock?

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

You forget that spoc is half human.

SparkPlug on May 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

dang. Somebody had some issues….

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:30 PM

That was only the start of it :)

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

If Spock has a beard..

Then you should panic..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Come on – Mirror Spock was AWESOME!!!11!!1ElevEnTY!!~@!~!#`121`23

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

You forget that spoc is half human.

Kinda like our President..
But at least Spock was logical..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Leonard Nimoy is not looking very well these days.

Though that hobo-style haircut of his certainly doesn’t help matters any.

KingGold on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Actually, about the only actor I like as a replacement in the new Star Trek is the one who plays Spock. He played Sylar in the tv show Heroes and was pretty good as an evil monster.

BeachBum on May 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

you’re way too young to remember old school Star Trek, MKH. I remember it and did tune in the rabbit ears to watch, and I loved it. Love the new Star Trek too and I am looking forward to seeing the new movie.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

MK might kick me for this, but she will be eligible to run for President in 2016.

HAMMER ’16!

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Old spoc: 3D chess
New spoc: checkers

SparkPlug on May 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Golf..
I would say…

“His pattern indicates two-dimensional thinking”

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Warner Todd Huston on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Its good that he can laugh at that.

I youtube it whenever I need a laugh.

My stomach can’t handle the Shatner stuff.

cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

If Spock has a beard..

Then you should panic..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Electrongod:VulcanJihady!
(sarc)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 9:39 PM

an evil monster.

BeachBum on May 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Like DBear, Libfree, and Thuja.

CW on May 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Electrongod:VulcanJihady!
(sarc)

LOL..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

At least,Spock has a birth certificate!
(sarc)

Copy of Leonard Nimoy’s “Spock” Birth Certificate

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Copy-of-Leonard-Nimoys-Spock-Birth-Certificate-/130486249092

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Come on – Mirror Spock was AWESOME!!!11!!1ElevEnTY!!~@!~!#`121`23

Oh come on, be honest the WHOLE Mirror Universe was Rockin’!

Of course, my friends tell me I was born to be a Klingon, so my view of the Mirror Empire might be a bit suspect.

JFKY on May 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Copy of Leonard Nimoy’s “Spock” Birth Certificate

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Copy-of-Leonard-Nimoys-Spock-Birth-Certificate-/130486249092

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

heh!

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

All right how did I end up in Moderation or eaten?

Come on – Mirror Spock was AWESOME!!!11!!1ElevEnTY!!~@!~!#`121`23

Oh come on the WHOLE Mirror Universe was rockin’…..Of course my friends tell me that I was born to be a Kl1ngon so my views of the Mirror 3mpire might be a bit suspect.

JFKY on May 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

MK might kick me for this, but she will be eligible to run for President in 2016.

HAMMER ’16!

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

still makes her too young to watch Star Trek with rabbit ears……

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ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

As a former Trekkie(I wanted William Shatner to adopt me during the 1980′s)it’s old Spock all the way…though even old Spock doesn’t compare to KHAAAAAN!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Copy of Leonard Nimoy’s “Spock” Birth Certificate

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Copy-of-Leonard-Nimoys-Spock-Birth-Certificate-/130486249092

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Nimoy had possession of Spock’s Katra.

If only Nimoy had Obama Katra..

Nimoy would off himself..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Al Gore: “There’s no such thing as ethical oil tribbles”

Oh wait…

Damn.

It’s been one of those days.

Beam me up, Mr. Scott.

Bruno Strozek on May 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Old Spock/New Spock and T’Pol are quite all right, but overall I cannot stand the Vulcans! The only lot worse, IMO, are the Romulans…soulless b@stards, but My G*d Vulcans are such @rse-holes.

JFKY on May 8, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Leonard Nimoy is not looking very well these days.
KingGold on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Considering he was born the same year the Empire State Building was completed, he’s not doing too bad.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

As a former Trekkie(I wanted William Shatner to adopt me during the 1980′s)it’s old Spock all the way…though even old Spock doesn’t compare to KHAAAAAN!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

ALL the way, lady? Lmao!
Btw, Obama said native Americans only, so everyone’s moving.
Gonna have to kick you out of Texas and move you back to Chi-town.

HornetSting on May 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

still makes her too young to watch Star Trek with rabbit ears……

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ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Why can’t MKH wear rabbit ears when she watches the telly?

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Why can’t MKH wear rabbit ears when she watches the telly?

And don’t forget the bunny t@il…..

JFKY on May 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

still makes her too young to watch Star Trek with rabbit ears……

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ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Multi-room cable wasn’t in vogue in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

Steve Eggleston on May 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM
Lolz. Good one.

Here are some rabbit ears.

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SparkPlug on May 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

that hobo-style haircut of his certainly doesn’t help matters any.
KingGold on May 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Reminded me of one of my fave blogs:
http://shatnerstoupee.blogspot.com

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Compare houses.

Nimoy has a place in Ft. Lauderdale that is truly majestic. I boated past the place, nice little mansion on a corner channel lot.

Bishop on May 8, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Here are some rabbit ears.

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SparkPlug on May 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Where were you back in the late 60′s?

:)

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Why can’t MKH wear rabbit ears when she watches the telly?

And don’t forget the bunny t@il…..

JFKY on May 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Yeah, I wasn’t aware of age limits on wearing such gear. Heck, I had a Davy Crockett coonskin cap back in the day. And a Zorro outfit.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

There is only one Spock. That other dude is Sylar.

Fallon on May 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Golf is not logical. But that aside, how did Audi fit a warp drive under the hood?

locomotivebreath1901 on May 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Microchips

JP1986UM on May 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Leonard Nimoy is not looking very well these days.

I’d say he looks pretty good for 82.

eaglescout_1998 on May 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Nimoy had possession of Spock’s Katra.

If only Nimoy had Obama Katra..

Nimoy would off himself..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Electrongod:Lol,I’m Inexplicably PerPlexed:)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Here’s the thing..
Hollywierd lives on..
“Live long a prosper” so it is said..

Nimoy is among them..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The only thing that would have made this better is if George Takei was driving the car at the end and as it drove away he said “Ohhhh my.”

tommytom02 on May 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

No way…The Shatner all the way…especially after his Denny Crane stint.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Electrongod:Lol,I’m Inexplicably PerPlexed:)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

:)

You had to be there..

The Doctor was possessed with Spock’s brain stuff..
Stuff that would get you life in prison..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

The only thing that would have made this better is if George Takei was driving the car at the end and as it drove away he said “Ohhhh my.”
tommytom02 on May 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Must-not-make-pun about George Takei’s car getting rear ended.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Now if only Audio made cars as good as commercials.

John the Libertarian on May 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Nimoy says the F word and sings bilbo song…

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Shat’s also 82. He and Nimoy were born 3-4 days apart

annoyinglittletwerp on May 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

you’re way too young to remember old school Star Trek, MKH. I remember it and did tune in the rabbit ears to watch, and I loved it. Love the new Star Trek too and I am looking forward to seeing the new movie.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Trek was the Best show on TV when I was a kid…But I was a diehard Dark Shadows fan as well.

It was a weird TV era.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

I always thought it was weird that the Romulan Captain (Mark Leonard) later showed up as Spock’s Daddy.

So I think Spock was a secret Romulan…

That’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

:)

You had to be there..

The Doctor was possessed with Spock’s brain stuff..
Stuff that would get you life in prison..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Electrongod:Haha,I bet:)

canopfor on May 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Trek was the Best show on TV when I was a kid…But I was a diehard Dark Shadows fan as well.

It was a weird TV era.
workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Y’know, for just 3 networks, maybe a local channel or UHF and educational TV it seemed like there was something good on almost always.

Well except when they signed off at night, of course.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Shat’s also 82. He and Nimoy were born 3-4 days apart

annoyinglittletwerp on May 8, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Rush explains Conservatism to Shatner on his show Raw Nerve
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFvFmlb1C_Y

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:29 PM

Kahn later ran Fantasy Island with a dwarf…

So that’s where the Federation sent him.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM

But then he came back, even buffer than before.

cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

But then he came back, even buffer than before.
cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

But the dwarf blew his own brains out…..KAAAHHNNNNN!!!

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I remember it and did tune in the rabbit ears to watch, and I loved it. Love the new Star Trek too and I am looking forward to seeing the new movie.

ted c on May 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

We had to use pliers to change channels. Pre digital, the tv tuner was a dial, and the dial always got stripped from overuse. Never saw the old Star Trek in color growing up.

I wanted to be Spock. He rejected our way of life. Therefore he was cool

Today, I would rather be Kirk. He represents what we gave up. Kirk would pop you in the face if necessary. He was not PC. He was manly

We used to hate the Spock save-the-whale movie because it had a PC theme. Today I love it, because Kirk et all beat the heck out of people and defy authority to win

I hated the politically correct trek with the lady captain and her weak sniveling male crew. Captain Kate with the flabby arms. That series is never in re run it stinks so much.

entagor on May 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

The Riddler painted his face half black and half white and was hunting down his criminal counterpart who was on the run.

Precursor for Obama’s Post Racial Policies…

Got stuck in the red dimension for eternity fighting over raaaacism.

Star Trek was prophetic…

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

We had to use pliers to change channels. Pre digital, the tv tuner was a dial, and the dial always got stripped from overuse.
entagor on May 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Yup – the cluck-cluck-cluck of going from channel to channel.

Then when someone would leave the room you’d have to adjust the antenna again. So everyone had to stay in place until the commercial breaks.

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM

But then he came back, even buffer than before.
cozmo on May 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

But the dwarf blew his own brains out…..KAAAHHNNNNN!!!

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

He’s dead Jim…

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM

entagor on May 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Kirk was a loose cannon badass…

That’s what was wrong with the other later generation series(s)

and TNG had a lousy sense of humor.

The only decent story line they had was the Borg.

Wasn’t nearly as fun as the original.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:11 PM

That was funny. The Bilbo Baggins song was a nice surprise. I forgot about that one.

Captain Kirock on May 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM

But the dwarf blew his own brains out…..KAAAHHNNNNN!!!

whatcat on May 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM

He’s dead Jim…

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM

To be accurate, the little guy actually shot himself in the chest. Short arms, y’know.

whatcat on May 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

I LOL’d.

This is a bit off topic, but did anyone see Zachary Quinto in ‘Margin Call’? It’s a sort of representation of the 2007 or whenever sub-prime mortgage collapse. If you’re a film geek like me, and a fan of films about Wall Street (which are very hard to make in a way that interests an audience), I thought it was pretty good.

WhatSlushfund on May 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Star Trekkin, The Firm

AH_C on May 9, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Love it. LAAAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

p.s. (original Spock wins)

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on May 9, 2013 at 5:47 AM

The Hamster comes up with a good one! Thanks MK

Zorro on May 9, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Ahhh! The vulcan death grip for the win!

Red Creek on May 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

FWIW, I was fortunate to see Nimoy live in a college production of “Caligula” (student actors, imported star). He was … convincingly insane.

The original series looks cheesy today, but on the original run it was awesome.

If guns looked like phasers, would the Left like them better?
If phasers looked like guns, would they be banned?

AesopFan on May 9, 2013 at 7:54 AM

If Spock has a beard..

Then you should panic..

Electrongod on May 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Or else buy Spock’s Beard V, one of the best CD’s of the 2000′s

MNHawk on May 9, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I drive the Audi in Real Racing 3…..

‘Bout as close as I will ever get and even then barely.

Loved the neck pinch!

Sherman1864 on May 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

I always thought it was weird that the Romulan Captain (Mark Leonard) later showed up as Spock’s Daddy.

So I think Spock was a secret Romulan…

That’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it.

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

He played a Klingon in The Motionless Picture, as well.

Chris of Rights on May 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

He’s dead Jim…

workingclass artist on May 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM

Whenever my wife and I are watching a movie or TV show, and the main characters find a corpse and it’s supposed to be shocking, I always turn to her and say “He’s dead, Jim.”

Yes, I’m a nerd.

Oh, and Vulcan Neck Pinch FTW!

Chris of Rights on May 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I hated the politically correct trek with the lady captain and her weak sniveling male crew. Captain Kate with the flabby arms. That series is never in re run it stinks so much.

entagor on May 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

I saw the lady captain at a Star Trek Con in Vegas in 2011. She actually took credit for women breaking the glass ceiling. My friend, who started several small business over the years with and without her husband, almost jumped out of her seat in protest. The only good thing about that series was the return of Dwight Schultz as Lt. Barclay for several episodes during the final season.

For the record, I’m a “First Generation” Trekie (saw the first episode of the original series when it aired the first time on NBC) and a former volunteer with the Star Trek Welcomittee, a source of information on Trek, cons, “fanfic,” etc., which helped keep the franchise alive before the first movie and series revival and did it with pen and paper and “self-addressed stamped envelopes”. STW paid Paramount a small sum to actually use the “Star Trek” name.

polarglen on May 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

ROFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Gettem Leonard!!!!!!!!!

Katfish on May 9, 2013 at 10:57 AM

In later years, I second-guessed my decision to always be Shatner when I could have been Nimoy.

Embrace the Shatner/Kirk of the broadcast original. It doesn’t matter what else Shat’s done since, the Shat/Kirk was a freaking genius…!

shinty on May 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Looks like the comments for this topic have been merged with MKH’s earlier piece (“Old Spock vs. New Spock”).

eaglescout_1998 on May 19, 2013 at 1:42 PM

Okay, that was weird. I was reading Ed’s review of the latest film. I noticed the comments were identical to the ones posted here. I left the above comment on Ed’s post and when the page refreshed, it brought me back here. Must of have been a glitch or something.

eaglescout_1998 on May 19, 2013 at 1:48 PM