My wife picked up this ultra-cool Star Trek Christmas ornament today for me from Hallmark. Though I’ve not yet installed the batteries to confirm, this “50th Anniversary Gold Edition” of the “pilot version” of the USS Enterprise apparently includes Captain James T. Kirk’s opening monologue from the 1966-1969 television series.*
*The analytical Trekkie in me is obliged to point out that Captain Kirk (William Shatner) did not appear in “The Cage,” the 1964 pilot upon which this ornament is based. Captain Christopher Pike (Jeffrey Hunter) instead commanded the Enterprise in that episode, which failed to sell the series. Kirk made his initial appearance in “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” a 1965 pilot do-over that resulted in NBC picking up Star Trek, which began airing on September 8, 1966. Due to reuse of the valuable special effects footage, the “pilot” Enterprise showed up in Kirk’s Star Trek episodes from time-to-time, however. In any event, none of this takes away from the coolness of the ornament!
Update: It turns out that this ornament actually depicts the second pilot version of the Enterprise, from “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” which was indeed Kirk’s ship. See dep1701’s comment in the discussion section below for additional details. Thank you, dep!
“Where No Man Has Gone Before” is actually the only Kirk episode that does not include his famous “To boldly go…” opening monologue. The monologue appeared in neither the 1965 pilot version nor the 1966 broadcast version of the episode. It was added in for the Star Trek: Remastered version in 2007, though.