Monday, January 11, 2010

He's Red, Jim.

On Star Trek beware where you tread
when wearing a shirt that is red
Don't beam down until

you've made out your will
Stock characters there will drop dead

Redshirt is a slang term for a minor stock character in
an adventure drama who dies violently soon after being
introduced to dramatize the dangerous situation faced
by the main characters. The term originated with the
science fiction television series Star Trek, from the red
shirts worn by Starfleet security officers, who frequently
beamed down with a landing party, only to become the
first, and sometimes only, victims within the party.
Photo: Eddie Paskey plays dead as late security officer
Lt. Leslie, on the original 1966 tv series. (From Wikipedia)

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