Nerd memorabilia has become an industry in its own right, and nothing says “Merry Christmas” to a true Trekkie like a Spock Christmas tree ornament. But a new decoration from Hallmark may have taken things one step to far by memorialising Spock’s death by radiation poisoning into a battery-operated tree hanging.
For anyone in need of a refresher, one of the most recognisable moments in Star Trek history was the painful and all-too-logical death situation that Spock entered into willingly, in order to save the ship’s crew.
The scene takes place in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, released in 1982 and starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, both immediately recognisable in the ornament.
In his final attack, the evil Khan activates the Genesis Device, an apocalyptic technological development designed to create habitable worlds for colonisation, after the total destruction of whatever existed before it detonates. The Starship Enterprise’s warp drive had been damaged in earlier battles in the film, so Spock faced fatal levels of radiation in order to access and repair the drive.
After Spock’s efforts, the Enterprise was able to escape the range of Genesis’ explosion in the nick of time, but Captain Kirk discovers Spock injured and rapidly deteriorating from the intense radiation poisoning taking over his body.
Spock explains that his decisions were purely logical (of course), and that his own sacrifice was necessary in order to save the rest of the crew.
Cue iconic Star Trek quote: “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”
Somehow, Hallmark thought that was a cheery sentiment for a Christmas tree ornament.
So in addition to the depiction of Spock’s painful death by radiation poisoning, the ornament is also battery operated and plays a recording of Spock’s typically Vulcan, totally logical explanation of utilitarianism.
You can even order your Spock’s Death Christmas tree ornament directly from the Hallmark website for $US29.95 (about $AUS40).
It may be the world’s most depressing decoration, but a Trekkie’s gotta do what a Trekkie’s gotta do.