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Poll of the Week: Nothing But Red Shirts


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Poll of the Week: Nothing But Red Shirts  

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  1. 1. Which of these classic redshirt deaths factor in your top five?

    • "What are Little Girls Made of?" - Crewman Mathews pushed down a cliff by Ruk. The first ever redshirt to kick it.
      3
    • "Arena" - Ensign O'Herlihy vaporized by Gorn weapon. Squish.
      1
    • "The Devil in the Dark" - Unknown Crewman killed by the Horta. Death by Rock sounds like a band name.
      3
    • "That Which Survives" - Ensign Wyatt killed by Losira's touch. Because.
      0
    • "And the Children Shall Lead" - 2 x Security Crewmen beamed into open space under the induced illusion that the ship was still in orbit. 2 For 1.
      2
    • "The Omega Glory" - Lieutenant Galloway vaporized with a phaser by Captain Ronald Tracey. Who can forget that ham acting!
      1
    • "The Apple" - Crewman Hendorff killed by thorns of a poisonous plant. Probably trying to eat it.
      2
    • "Friday's Child" - Lieutenant Grant saw a Klingon, reached for his phaser, killed by Capellans. Probably safer than if the Klingons got him.
      0
    • Other! Did I miss you favourite? Let me know!
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Over the many years of Star Trek, we've seen multiple Red Shirt deaths to the point it's one of the most popular memes — if not the most popular — in the fandom. Nothing says "you're about to kick it" like being summoned on an Away Team with all the major characters, and you turn up wearing red. Like a flag to a bull, no matter the direction someone fires their phaser in, somehow it's going to end up slap bang in the middle of the Red Shirt.  Synonyms for the redshirt include sacrificial lamb and spear-carrier, so you know what conotations are a given. 

HOWEVER!

Someone did the science! In a recent Star Trek: The Math of Khan talk at the Museum of Mathematics, one determined trekkie, James Grime, discovered out of three seasons of our beloved Original Series, only 25 died out of 239, a stunning 10 percent of deaths. However, out of 55 gold shirts, 10 of them died, resulting in 18 percent. In true defiance of everything we hold dear, if you wanted to cheat death, science came out alive with a staggering 6 percent dead. 

Perhaps the Scientists and Doctors have it right all along. Wear the blue, avoid the chop. 

Regardless, in honour of this humble trope, we're asking you this week to choose your favourite red shirt death from the Original Series. You've got a few good ones to choose from, so let us know which plucked at your heart strings the most!

 

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Omega Gloriously Hammy Acting, FTW

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Death by plants.  Resonates so much with Alora. 😄  @Roshanara Rahman too, I bet! 😄

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