In Memoriam: Ricardo Montalbán

I came across a folder full of these images while digging through data from the old site. Clearly I had intended to post a memorial, but back then I felt that it wasn’t a valid post until I had forced my readers to endure no less than ten thousand words. That feeling is responsible for a great many things that went undone, and it is why I failed to post a memorial to the actor I still believe to be the single best villain to appear in any version of Star Trek. Montalbán’s performance in Star Trek II set a standard for adversaries that has never been surpassed.

So, on what would have been his 100th birthday, I give to you this humble collection of images, most of which Past Chris collected elevenish years ago. Look them over, then go watch Star Trek II and enjoy one of the most masterful and menacing actors ever to grace a Star Trek sound stage. Montalbán’s Khan is flawless.

Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, November 25, 1920 – January 14, 2009

Toys That Rock: Stormtrooper TS-1258

Armor by The First Order. Survival bag, holdout blaster, and shoulder holster by FN-2187. Phaser belt and phaser courtesy of Kelvin timeline Spock. Custom SG “Scorpion” by RetSpan Audionics & Luthiers of the Smuggler’s Moon of Nar Shaddaa. Stage monitors, amplifiers, and line array courtesy of Barbie And The Rockers.
Toys That Rock is going back on tour. We’re gettin’ the band back together!

Leonard, by William Shatner

One year ago today we lost one hell of a guy. William Shatner gets a lot of shit about his ego, and most of it is well deserved, but this is a surprisingly touching, unusually frank account of Shatner’s own failings, and how Leonard Nimoy stepped in and became one of the few real friends Shatner ever had. Just reading this makes me proud to be a Star Trek fan.

In Memoriam: James Horner

James Roy Horner, August 14, 1953 – June 22, 2015

Wolfen
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan
48 Hrs.
Krull
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock
Cocoon
Commando
Aliens
The Name Of The Rose
An American Tail
*batteries not included
Willow
Red Heat
The Land Before Time
Cocoon: The Return
Field Of Dreams
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
Glory
Another 48 Hrs.
The Rocketeer
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
Thunderheart
Sneakers
Patriot Games
Legends Of The Fall
The Pagemaster
Braveheart
Casper
Jade
Apollo 13
Jumanji
Titanic
(best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time)
Deep Impact
The Mask Of Zorro
Bicentennial Man
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Enemy At The Gates
A Beautiful Mind
Windtalkers
Troy
The Legend Of Zorro
Apocalypto
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And those are just the ones I’ve seen. What a huge loss…