Thursday, June 16, 2022

Red Shirts

The original Star Trek had a small budget, and therefore a rather small cast of characters. There were the officers of the bridge: Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Sulu, and Chekhov, plus engineer Scott and nurse Chapel. Then there was a never-ending supply of red shirts, security folks who only appeared in one episode because they were always killed off. It was a simple way to show that the crew was in danger without harming the core cast. In California, there are old men all over who can put Star Trek on their resume for that one appearance and death scene. They should form a club. John DiMarco's latest supercut looks at the fate of the original series' red shirts. (via Laughing Squid)

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