Ornament-a-Day 2019: U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656

The U.S.S. Voyager (NCC-74656) is an understated, string-powered Hallmark ornament from 1996.

Taken from the Star Trek television series of the same name, the Voyager has no audio component. The 11th Ornmanent-a-Day entry uses its power to illuminate its deflector dish and two warp nacelles. They glow with the standard red-and-blue familiar to Star Trek fans, but it’s a more subtle illumination than the Enterprise 1701-D. The Enterprise stands out on the Geek Tree; the Voyager does not.

This isn’t to say that I don’t like the ornament. It’s a faithful model of the ship that inspired it, and Star Trek: Voyager – while an imperfect TV series – was a big part of my life in the mid-1990s to late 1990s. This was in the pre-kid era, when I’d regularly get together with one of the Blackrazor Guild members on Wednesday to watch Trek or, failing that, I’d spend the hour listening to the show and working on my Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Nostalgia for that era comes swiping whenever I hang the ornament on the Geek Tree (the same goes for its companion, the souped-up Delta Flyer shuttlecraft).

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