Ornament Idea 2: The Fesarius would make a great Christmas globe
One of the Hallmark Star Trek ornaments in 2016, commemorating the franchise’s 50th anniversary, was a sculpt of the climactic scene in “The Man Trap,” the first episode aired.
The ornament captures “Nancy Crater” in her true form as the M-113 salt vampire, grabbing Captain Kirk’s face with its suction cup-studded hands and preparing to drain his body of all its salt. The piece is exceptionally detailed, and plays three sound clips, including William Shatner’s horrified scream depicted here.
Ah, the glorious sounds of Christmas!
But why stop at an ornament honoring the first aired episode? Why not an ornament honoring the first regular Star Trek episode produced, after the second pilot?
The first regularly produced episode was “The Corbomite Maneuver.” It features a starship ready-made to be a Star Trek Hallmark ornament if ever there was one: the First Federation starship Fesarius.
I can easily imagine Balok’s ball-shaped ship hanging from the highest bough, pulsating with bright, constantly changing colors, and playing composer Fred Steiner’s iconic music at the push of a button.
Come to think of it, if Hallmark has the rights to the likeness of the young Clint Howard, an ornament depicting his reception of Kirk, McCoy, and Lt. Dave Bailey in his chambers aboard the Fesarius would also make a nice ornament. While we’re drinking eggnog or wassail, we could press the ornament’s button to hear Balok say, “First, the tranya!”