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The deadly data regression of Star Trek's redshirts

One in seven crew members died during the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. A staggering 70 percent of those deaths went to red-shirted crew members. Here's an ELO-assisted highlight reel of the carnage.

Matt Bailey over at SiteLogic last year famously analyzed the mortality rate of red-shirted crew members from the original Star Trek series in context of Enterprise crew deaths overall. A total 43 of the 59 crew members that bought it during the three seasons (of a five-year mission) that we saw were redshirts. That's a 13.7% mortality rate (for a 430-man crew), 70% of which went to the redshirts.

That all seems pretty awful until you clip together a highlight reel of redshirt casualties and set it to an Electric Light Orchestra soundtrack. Then it's just delicious 1960s kitsch but with a body count. Watch it while wearing your official Geekend redshirt, and you'll undertsand.

(Found via Neatorama and SF Signal.)

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7 comments
a.southern
a.southern

Red Shirts in the original series (TOS) were crewmen (e.g. Ensign Ricky). Red Shirts in The Next Generation (TNG) were command (e.g. Cpt Pickard). The one shown on the first frame of that YouTube is clearly Next Generation, hence not a "Red Shirt" in the commonly accepted (high mortality) term. -AS

beckumsca
beckumsca

What the heck, they couldn't kill off the stars of the show and somebody had to die to keep it interesting. Growing up with Star Trek, I always got a kick out of all the new and interesting ways they found to kill off the Redshirts. Though, by today's standards, it would be considered pretty lame. But as a kid of those times, it was just great TV!

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

And I stay away from the Coneheads.(Nice segment.)

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

...puts the whole 'going down with the ship' thing in a different light. ;)

seanferd
seanferd

Steer clear of the ISS for now.

santeewelding
santeewelding

If you ask me. I tell customers I'll have their work ready by such-and-such a time, unless the 50 naked women show up, in which case there will be a delay. Looks to me like he doesn't take it as a mere contingency.

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