In part seven of this interview, Nimoy discusses “Vulcanisms”: the mind meld, the Vulcan nerve pinch, the Vulcan salute; his favorite and least favorite Star Trek episodes. He also talks about the legacy of Star Trek and about becoming a director; on feeling typecast as a heavy while at Universal in the early 1970s. On the Vulcan nerve pinch:
That was my way of avoiding fistfights. I had gotten very tired of all the years of playing heavies and being involved in fistfights or gunfights, or whatever kind of fights, with adversaries in television shows and movies. Here was a chance to cleverly avoid all of that…I suggested to the director that I had this special ability of putting some energy into the human anatomy that would render the guy unconscious.