Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Roxanne, Don't Put on the Redshirt Tonight...

Redshirt Deaths

Anyone with the least bit of geek in their blood knows that the reason you're given a red shirt, if your a member of the starship Enterprise, is because it's easier for the ship's laundry to disguise the bloodstains. This factoid has become so well known, in fact, that it has become a cliché.

True geekery looks beyond the cliché. True geekery analyzes the data, which is precisely what The Inside Track has done. Their report tells us, for instance, that if you happen to be a redshirt, your odds for survival improve immensely if you can manage to get the captain laid.

5 comments:

magidin said...

Anyone who is a real geek knows that if you are given a red shirt on the Enterprise or Enterprise-B... etc. On the Enterprise C through E, it means you are in the Command Chain, very different. :-P

Andrew Lias said...

Well, if you want to take that route, a real real geek doesn't acknowledge anything past Star Trek IV as canon. ;-)

Rob Berry said...

In other words, "No bloody A, B, C, or D." :-)

magidin said...

What you are talking about is not real geek vs. real real geek; rather, you are talking about real vs. snobby geek. (-:

That said, Rob, you're wrong. If you accept Star Trek IV, then you accept bloody A, since the Enterprise-A shows up at the end of that movie as Kirk's new ship after his demotion. :-P

And for the (geeky) record: Enterprise-B shows up in Star Trek VII ("Generations"), Enterprise-C in the episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" of TNG; Enterprise-D is of course the main ship of TNG through the end of VII; and Enterprise-E shows up in Star Trek VIII.

And, yes, I may be a geek, but I'm not a snob. (-;

Andrew Lias said...

I hereby propose that Enterprise-A will, henceforth, be known as The Bloody A.

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