Even people who have barely heard of Star Trek probably know about the Red Shirts. They were the expendable crew members of the Enterprise, the non-regular cast members identifiable by he color of their uniforms who could be killed off on various away missions without causing any kind of hysteria. It's become a joke in pop culture much in the same way that "black characters always die first in horror movies" has. But the reality is that red shirts may not be as bad off as most people make them.
Fans over at Star Trek wiki Memory Alpha (via io9) have crunched the numbers and have discovered that while Red Shirts die more frequently than anyone else in the three original seasons of Star Trek, based on population percentages they are actually better off than those in gold uniforms. Reads the report:
The only problem? The pop culture button on this is pretty well stuck and Red Shirts will likely continue to be the unlucky souls they've been painted as for years to come. Let's hope that Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't treat them too harshly in Star Trek Into Darkness.
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