Star Trek: Mission Chicago begins in less than a month (April 8-10) and with it the likely announcement of the 2022 Trek line and possibly even 2023 previews. Hallmark traditionally has reserved their next year’s Star Trek line for San Diego Comic-Con in July but the past two years were scrapped due to COVID-19. Now, with things returning to ”normal” and the addition of Star Trek: Mission Chicago into the convention lineup, there is a chance we will return to traditional previews.
So, what can we expect in 2023? There are five Star Trek series currently streaming new content and with the absence of the Star Trek Storytellers series in ’22 the shelves will be wide open to new ideas. Prodigy’s Protostar, Lower Decks’ Cerritos, Strange New Worlds’ Enterprise and Picard’s Stargazer are just some of the ships that are likely in the coming years and there is a whole host of characters that are worthy of representation.
2023 will be the 50th anniversary of the Hallmark Keepsake line and with it the possibility that Hallmark reissues or reimagines some classic ornaments from the past five decades. If this is Hallmark’s approach, Star Trek would surely be one of the pop brands revisited and it’s just a matter of which past Trek ornament Hallmark would honor.
The obvious choice would be the U.S.S. Enterprise ornament that debuted the line in 1991, complete with red and green lights around the saucer, but I would argue for the more famous 1992 Galileo Shuttlecraft complete with Spock’s Christmas message.
This idea is only speculation (and likely just wishful thinking) but if we were to ever get a revisit to a past ornament, and possibly the Galileo, wouldn’t Hallmark Keepsake’s 50th anniversary be the perfect time?
In 1973, when Hallmark introduced six glass ball ornaments and 12 yarn figures as the first collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, a new tradition of Christmas decorating was started and a new collectible industry was born. When the first line was introduced, they were unique in design, year-dated and available only for a limited time – innovations in the world of ornaments. Since 1973, Hallmark has introduced more than 8,000 different Keepsakes Ornaments and more than 100 ornament series, groups of ornaments that share a specific theme.
The finished Keepsake Ornaments reflect the way styles, materials, formats and technology have expanded since the first ones appeared in Hallmark stores in 1973. Once a collection of decorated glass balls and yarn figures, Keepsake Ornaments now are made in a wide array of wood, acrylic, porcelain, blown glass, metal and handcrafted formats.Hallmark
Hallmark has overlooked some very important Star Trek characters from past series along with a huge cast of characters from the many Star Trek series currently airing. This is a list ranking those ornaments from most coveted to those we could do without. The list considers there five factors to help determine ranking:
- Significance: How big of an impact did they make in the Trek universe?
- Relevance: Is the series currently in production?
- Popularity: What does their character mean to the average Trek fan?
- Visual interest: Aliens > Humans.
- Rank: Pips matter.
- Christopher Pike (DIS/SNW): So much onscreen presence AND Trek universe importance.
- Number One/Una Chin-Riley (DIS/SNW): “I am the very model of a modern Major-General” sound chip, please.
- Beckett Mariner (LOW): The core four of Lower Decks should come out as a four pack. Would work well as enamel two dimensional ornaments in the Hallmark branded line.
- ^^^^^Brad Boimler (LOW):
- ^^^^^D’Vana Tendi (LOW):
- ^^^^^Sam Rutherford (LOW):
- Quark (DS9): Unfortunately, only available as a Star Trek: The Experience ornament.
- Odo (DS9): How did this never happen? I suppose I can pretend he morphed into a chair ornament.
- Neelix (VOY): Another Star Trek: The Experience ornament that Hallmark never took on.
- Phlox (ENT): Phlox was a poor man’s Neelix, who was a poor man’s Odo, who was a poor man’s Data who was a poor man’s Spock but I still want him in ornament form.
- Sylvia Tilly (DIS): A series and franchise favorite.
- Dal (PRO): The Prodigy cast should be released as a set. If they were to release just one a year their biggest audience will likely age out.
- ^^^^^Gwyn (PRO):
- ^^^^^Rok-Tahk (PRO): Certainly to become a fan favorite.
- ^^^^^Murf (PRO):
- ^^^^^Jankom Pog (PRO):
- ^^^^^Zero (PRO):
- ^^^^^Hologram Kathryn Janeway (PRO):
- Guinan (TNG): She was too big of a character on and off screen not to be immortalized as an ornament.
- Harry Mudd (DIS): Nobody is going to complain about having Harry Mudd hanging from their tree and between his small stint on Discovery and his episode of Short Treks Harry had some very memorable screen time.
- Geordi LaForge (TNG): A TNG fan fave that has been overlooked far too long.
- Hemmer (SNW): An Aenar played by a blind actor. I’m excited to see what is in store for us.
- Christine Chapel (TOS): It would be nice to get something fresh from TOS.
- Carol Freeman (LOW): Lower Deck’s upper deckers should come out as a four pack the year after the first four. Don’t overlook this captain.
- ^^^^^Jack Ransom (LOW):
- ^^^^^Shaxs (LOW):
- ^^^^^T’Ana (LOW): Ha! Yes, please.
- Philippa Georgiou (DIS): Big role, big impact. Unfortunately, she has left Discovery. Hopefully, she will get her own in the long rumored Star Trek: Section 31.
- Miles O’Brien (DS9): At least give us an O’Brien statue as seen on Lower Decks.
- Seven of Nine (PIC): An older, wiser, more travelled Seven.
- Spock (DIS/SNW): A new take on Spock deserves a new ornament.
- Nyota Uhura (SNW): A new take on a classic character. Crossing my fingers this character gets her due.
- Chakotay (VOY): Voyager’s second in command.
- Kira Nerys (DS9): Deep Space Nine’s second in command.
- Tom Paris (VOY/LOW): A plate ornament would be a delight.
- Deanna Troi (TNG/PIC): Presses button: ”Pain! I feel pain!”
- Paul Stamets (DIS): A Paul/Hugh ornament would be welcome
- Hugh Culber (DIS): See above.
- Jadzia Dax (DS9): This would have been popular back in the DS9 days and would likely still be today.
- Tuvok (VOY): Do I have to settle for Tuvix just to check two ornaments off the list.
- B’Elanna Torres (VOY): Her standing over the crib with the mobile made of Star Trek ornaments would be very meta.
- Garak (DS9): A crowd-pleasing peripheral character.
- Jean-Luc Picard (PIC): We have his voice on the La Sirena ornament of 2021. perhaps that is enough but an ornament from a scene of Stardust City Rag would be welcomed.
- Wesley Crusher (TNG): Sure, the beginning was a little rough but Wil Wheaton has been a fantastic Star Trek ambassador since.
- Jett Reno (DIS): Of course, a sound chip would be a must and any random Reno line.
- Morn: I would pay double for a sound chip that does nothing.
- Cleveland ”Book” Booker (DIS): A two pack of Booker and Grudge please.
- Ezri Dax (DS9): I think if I had a Jadzia ornament I’d need an Ezri to follow it up with.
- Cristobal “Chris” Rios (PIC): A lot of ”characters” to choose from.
- Tasha Yar (TNG): The closest we may ever get to a Tasha ornament were the Enterprise C ornaments from 2015 and 2017.
- Harry Kim (VOY): I am so preoccupied with whether they could, I haven’t stopped to think if they should.
- Rom (DS9): Not to lump them together but we need a Quark before we can hope for a Rom.
- Nog (DS9): Not to lump them together but we need a Rom before we can hope for a Nog. I’d love to see Nog in a Starfleet uniform.
- Beverly Crusher (TNG): After McCoy, the doctors of Trek get short shrift.
- Christine Chapel (SNW): Never got the original. Perhaps we will get the new version.
- Dahj and/or Soji Asha (PIC): Maybe in the form of Data’s painting.
- Adira Tal (DIS): They’re getting more screen time this season but i am still waiting for that breakout moment.
- M’Benga (SNW): Can’t wait to see this character get fleshed out
- Dukat (DS9): Please give us the Cardassian we deserve.
- Janice Rand (TOS): A great opportunity to revisit TOS with a fresh face. Nerds would love it.
- The Diviner (PRO): A second wave of Prodigy ornaments begins here…
- ^^^^^ Drednok (PRO): …and ends here.
- Julian Bashir (DS9): Just what the doctor ordered.
- Gray Tal (DIS): Not quite found his footing within the franchise yet.
- Hoshi Sato (ENT): A Mirror universe Hoshi would be cool.
- Elnor (PIC): Please hold while this list pauses due to boredom…
- Rafaella “Raffi” Musiker (PIC): …
- La’an Noonien-Singh (SNW): …
- Erica Ortegas (SNW) …
- Travis Mayweather (ENT): …we appreciate your patience, we will be with you shortly…
- Malcolm Reed (ENT): …
- Joann Owosekun (DIS): …
- Keyla Detmer (DIS): …
- Agnes Jurati (PIC): …thank you for holding…
- Data (PIC): A new Data ornament would require more plastic than he did when he was younger. If you get what I’m saying.
- Kes (VOY): If I had to have a Kes ornament in order to get a Neelix ornament I would pass on a Neelix ornament.
- Katherine Pulaski (TNG): No, thank you.
It is no surprise we will be getting the last two Star Trek Storytellers next year but what they will look like has yet to be seen. The Storytellers have been mostly screen accurate sculpts from the episode Mirror, Mirror. So it was time to delve back into the Mirror universe to get a glimpse of what 2022 may bring and after an episode rewatch, Scotty’s ornament design was still a little murky while McCoy’s was quite clear.
Scotty doesn’t have any iconic poses or props throughout the episode. We see him standing with his arms behind his back (upper right) and the one time he uses a communicator he doesn’t even hold it (bottom).
Scotty’s most memorable scene is him attempting to tap into the warp core to artificially recreate interdimensional contact with the prime universe. The chief engineer holding his “warp-core-breaching-dojiggy” (above) is a possibility but there will need to be some liberties taken with a pose other than him squeezed into a Jeffries tube. Most of the Star Trek Storytellers have been screen accurate but, as previously noted, Kirk’s pose had been ”fudged”.
McCoy’s ornament, on the other hand, is much clearer. The doctor’s most famous scene was immortalized in 2011 with the “Mirror, Mirror” mind-meld ornament which really just leaves us the sickbay scene in Act One.
Once they’re safely in sickbay, they can talk openly, with Kirk having been saluted endlessly in the corridors en route. McCoy is appalled at sickbay, as everything is all rearranged and messed up—but the spot on the table where he spilled acid has the exact same acid stain on it.tor.com
The combination of McCoy’s dialogue and him holding a glass beaker make this scene a shoe in for an ornament. My choice would be the image of him pointing to the acid stain on the table (third from left) but I have yet to be reached to by Hallmark for my opinion.
Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the 2022 Storyteller McCoy ornament (as far as I see it)…