Zachary Quinto played Mr. Spock in three movies. These movies also starred Leonard Nimoy as the original Mr. Spock, which, unfortunately for Quinto gave viewers a reminder of just how good Nimoy was at the character. While it certainly isn’t fair to compare Quinto to Nimoy, it’s difficult not to when the two are sharing scenes togther.
Quinto gives a valiant effort as Spock, even managing to embody some of the characteristics of Mr. Spock from Star Trek: The Original Series. But while Spock is supposed to be a Vulcan who has been able to resist his emotions, at times, Quinto comes across as somewhat too in tune with his emotions, even though he tries not to.
The writers/producers didn’t do him a favor by putting Spock in a relationshp with Uhura. The entire premise of Spock was that he didn’t feel human emotions due to his ongoing will to restrict that. At times, Quinto played into those scenes very well, but his overall skill as Spock just didn’t gel with the Spock we knew from The Original Series. Maybe it’s unfair to compare him or anyone else to Leonard Nimoy, but being in that role, it’s difficult not to .