We’ll be having a little Spock marathon in celebration of the life of Leonard Nimoy. There are many great episodes for Spock, but if you’re searching for an episode or two to start with, here are some of our favorites. Feel free to share some of your favorite Spock moments!
Season 1, Episode 23: A Taste of Armageddon
This episode is a nice showcase for much of the crew, but especially for Spock escaping from containment in a way only Spock can. Also it features the line “Sir, there’s a multi-legged creature crawling on your shoulder.”
Season 2, Episode 1: Amok Time
Amok Time is one of the most Spock-centric episodes of Trek, and also of Vulcans in general. It’s one of our favorite Spock episodes because it deftly showcases the tension between his instinctual drives, his pure logic, and his loyalty and friendship with Kirk. Plus there’s a fight!
Season 2, Episode 10: Journey to Babel
Another great episode that sheds light on Spock’s personal life. Not only do we meet Spock’s parents, characters that will recur a number of times, but we see how Spock handles an interesting and complicated situation when he has to take command of the ship.
Season 3, Episode 2: The Enterprise Incident
This is a pretty fun episode, with a lot of suspense and action. It’s a great showcase for Spock ’cause he gets to woo a Romulan captain the crew is trying to defeat, and also deal with a raging Captain Kirk.
Season 3, Episode 14: Whom Gods Destroy
In Whom Gods Destroy Spock shows that he can reason through difficult situations and that his intimate knowledge of his friends informs much of his actions. Plus, Spock knocks two guys out at the same time with a double neck pinch, so like watch this episode right now!
The Next Generation, Season 5, Episodes 7 & 8: Unification Parts 1 & 2
Part One is more build up, but Unification Part 2 checks in with Spock’s character in a really compelling way. Spock’s dedication to creating a lasting peace between the Romulans and the Vulcans is believable, especially in light of Star Trek VI, and the episode is stacked with properly reverent and fun scenes between the TNG crew and our beloved Vulcan.
Of course, if you’re more in the mood for a movie, Spock is great on the big screen too. Though we haven’t covered these yet, both Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home feature particularly moving, insightful, and funny Spock moments.