This spoke to my SciFi geek soul

By Lorenzo

A laugh out loud moment.  From here (via)

Something for all the Star Trek fans out there.

For those not Star Trek fans, an explanation:

After sitting through four years of dull interspecies protocol seminars and tactical maneuvers groundwork, you successfully graduated from Starfleet Academy. As a newly commissioned Federation security officer, your first assignment is on board a Constitution-class heavy cruiser. You straighten out the collar on your crisp red shirt as you walk down the corridor toward the transporter. You’ve been summoned to provide defensive support for a landing party consisting of the top officers on board. This is your chance to shine.

Shine like a phaser set to “frag.”

Perhaps you should have gone into science.

In the Star Trek universe, the Red Shirt is the phase-cannon fodder obliterated on screen to alert the audience to the danger of the situation. It’s Roddenberry proclaiming, “We could have just killed one of the characters you cared about!” The Red Shirt is a sci-fi idiom for the anonymous, the expendable, the smoking boots behind a boulder.

Sir Terry Pratchett dedicated Guards!, Guards! to, among other groups, Starfleet security ensigns. Enjoy.

ADDENDA: David Bath has offered the following infographic.


  1. Posted February 3, 2013 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    There is an infographic that includes a graph for how many times at what minute the nth redshirt is killed.

    I might email it to one of you if interested – saw it on gplus, saved it, but won’t be able to find it again on gplus, and may not be able to find it on my disk.

  2. Posted February 3, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I poked around on google images for graphs and found this post that shows how the red shirt only really became hazardous in season 2…

  3. Posted February 3, 2013 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    D – tee hee – and I always like being reminded of tribbles

    L – emailed the infographic to LE and SL

  4. davoh
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

    Um .. the behaviour of the population on this planet is indeed somewhat peculiar.

    However, nobody has killed me yet, so no need to ‘beam me up’ yet, Scotty.

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