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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Star Trek Babe: Red Shirt, The Expendable Crew Member

Star Trek Babe: Red Shirt, The Expendable Crew Member 
A "redshirt" is a stock character in fiction who dies soon after being introduced. The term originates with fans of Star Trek (1966–1969), from the red shirts worn by Starfleet security officers who frequently die during episodes. Redshirt deaths are often used to dramatize the potential peril that the main characters face.

In many episodes of Star Trek, red-uniformed security officers and engineers accompanying the main characters on landing parties quickly die. In the Pocket Books Star Trek novel Killing Time, a crew member says, "you don't want to wear a red shirt on landing-party duty". The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine book Legends of the Ferengi says Starfleet security personnel "rarely survive beyond the second act break". The eleventh Star Trek film (2009) features a red-uniformed character who dies early on a mission in homage to the original series.

Early scripts for the television series Lost (ABC 2004–2010) describe the character of Hurley as a "red shirt". Galaxy Quest (1999), a comedy about actors from a defunct science-fiction television series serving on a real starship, including an actor who is terrified that he's going to die because his only appearance was as a "red shirt" character. The only character injured in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Older and Far Away" wears a red shirt; writer Drew Greenberg confirmed that this "redshirt" reference was intentional. The term is also used in the Warehouse 13 episode "Implosion".

The core of Star Trek is its six television series: The Original Series, The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise.