Ornament Idea 3: The Fal-Tor-Pan would make an epic ornament
Hopefully, Hallmark Star Trek ornaments celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Trek III: The Search for Spock in 2024 are already in the works. I certainly hope one of them will recreate the fal-tor-pan ritual from the film’s conclusion.
We’ve already seen Hallmark is interested in “Vulcan mysticism” as a subject for its festive ornaments. In 2011, it brought us this recreation of the scene from “Mirror, Mirror” (Hallmark really likes that episode) in which Mirror Spock uses a mind meld to extract the truth from Dr. McCoy. It’s a beautiful sculpt, and the sound clip—“Our minds are merging, doctor… our minds are one,” complete with ambient Sickbay noise—never fails to produce chills.
I can only imagine an ornament recreating the “katra ritual” on Mount Seleya would be equally effective. The sculptor could depict the Vulcan priestess T’Lar standing between McCoy and Spock on their stone slabs, her hands on each man’s brow, her own head bowed as she serves as the conduit returning Spock’s “marbles” to where they belong.
And the dialogue clip choices are fantastic. Press the button once, maybe we’d hear Sarek admit, “My logic is—uncertain—where my son is concerned.” Press it again, and perhaps we’ll hear McCoy’s courageous declaration, “I choose the danger!” Press it once more, and we could hear Dame Judith Anderson intone the ritual in that regal voice, “Ben, wal, navu!,” followed by the resonant sounding of a Vulcan gong.
Christmas is a holiday that celebrates a supernatural birth. A Hallmark Star Trek ornament celebrating Spock’s supernatural rebirth seems—as the Vulcan himself would be the first to say—an eminently logical choice.
What starships, characters, or scenes do you still want to see as Hallmark Star Trek ornaments? Add to our wish list in the comments!