Syfy airing Leonard Nimoy tribute this Sunday morning

star-trek-the-next-generation-unificationIn the wake of the passing of actor Leonard Nimoy today, the Syfy channel will be airing a programming tribute to him this Sunday, March 1 — appropriate, given Nimoy’s greatest renown came from his portrayal of Spock on the original Star Trek, its various film incarnations, as well as the 2009 reboot Star Trek, and its 2013 sequel Star Trek: Into Darkness.

During the Leonard Nimoy tribute, the network will air an episode of The Twilight Zone (there are also two episodes airing just before the official start of the tribute that star William Shatner; perhaps they are tying him in for the Star Trek connection), as well as episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in which Nimoy guest-starred, and the film Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.

Syfy Leonard Nimoy Tribute — March 1 (all times ET)
9am: The Twilight Zone: “A Quality of Mercy”
9:30am: Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Unification, Part 1”
10:30am: Star Trek: The Next Generation: “Unification, Part 2”
11:30am: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

The “Unification” episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation originally aired in November 1991, and was one of the most-watched episodes of the series. The episode guest-stars Nimoy, reprising his role as Spock from the original series, in a story that finds Picard and team tracking down the Vulcan, learning that he is on an unauthorized mission to peacefully reunite his people with the Romulans.