Since the day of her death, fans and friends of Nicole Nichols have shared their memories of the ‘Star Trek’ actress. This includes many of the black performers who have followed her onto the stage, television, or film set. Nichols’ portrayal of Lt. Uhura was groundbreaking for a number of reasons, and people took the time to say so in the first week of August 2022.
“She gave way to so many of us,” said Celia Rose Gooding on twitter. Fans know that Gooding portrays the character that made Nichols so famous. Gooding plays Uhura to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. “She was a reminder that not only can we reach the stars, but that our impact is essential to their survival. Forget shaking the table and she built it.
Whoopie Goldberg, whom Trek fans know as Guinan from Star Trek: The Next Generation, echoed those sentiments. Goldberg remembered Nichols on the August 1, 2022 episode of “The View.”
“A trailblazer, a heroine and an extraordinary woman – someone who has inspired millions and millions of people, but inspired me,” Goldberg said of Nichols. as reported by Deadline. “Nichelle was the first black person I ever saw that made it into the future.”
“It just made me feel like that was an amazing thing, and it helped other women go to space,” Goldberg said. “She was exceptional and I’ve been fortunate to be able to spend time with her over the years. She was my friend and she will be missed.”
In memory of Nichelle Nichols
Zoe Saldana is another actor who was grateful for what Nichols did for her. In a longer post on Instagram, Saldana shared her thoughts on the legendary actress. Like Gooding, Saldana burst into the limelight as Uhura in the JJ Abrams Kelvin Trek films.
“Meeting Nichelle was truly a very special moment in my life,” Saldana wrote. “Her energy was infectious every time I was in her presence. She convinced me that everything is achievable if you put your heart and soul into it.”
As happens with so many celebrities after their death, fans want to connect with that person they knew so well. Similar to musician Prince’s death in 2016 (and his album sales soared 16,000%, according to CNN), fans share photos, autographs and other moments from meeting Nichols.
Deleted scene of Uhura and Spock
A fan posted an interesting video from Nichols’ “Star Trek” past on her YouTube channel. In this deleted scene from the Season 3 episode of The Original Series, Nichols questions Spock (Leonard Nimoy) about playing the Vulcan Lute. This musical instrument had 12 strings and Spock played it during the “Charlie X‘, ‘The Road to Eden’ and ‘amok time“ Episodes.
The scene has not been color adjusted and has no music or special effects. Corresponding memory alpha, The scene was one of only three filmed on the Enterprise arboretum. But after that scene was cut, the arboretum only appeared in two episodes of TOS.
More importantly, this interaction between Spock and Uhura seems almost flirtatious in a way. Spock and Uhura appeared together in “Charlie X,” and these interactions were the reason the characters became lovers in subsequent “Kelvin” films.
“But we thought, since we resonated with some of the things that happened before, well, what happened in the original series?” said Orci. “The first interracial kiss was with Kirk (William Shatner). So we thought, what can we do differently, but this is still a tribute? Spock!”
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