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fred rosenberger
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interesting analysis of the red shirt phenomenon.

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I'm not so sure about their data. I started tracking this myself, and although I'm only part way through the first season, I think I've tallied more yellow and blue shirt deaths than what they're using for all 3 seasons.


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marc weber
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For all 3 seasons (79 or 80 episodes), they show counts of:
  • Yellow: 6
  • Blue: 5
  • Red: 43
  • Engineering smock: 4
  • My own tally from just the first 14 episodes (based on production order, not including "The Cage") is:
  • Yellow: 6
  • Blue: 4
  • Red: 2
  • Unknown (reported, but not seen): 11
  • So I guess I haven't exceeded their yellow or blue counts yet...
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    It's propaganda, designed to get more people signing up to Star Fleet.
    I mean, if you were looking for people to sign up, wouldn't you want to 'interpret' the deaths?

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    Joanne Neal
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    Originally posted by marc weber:
    I'm not so sure about their data. I started tracking this myself, and although I'm only part way through the first season, I think I've tallied more yellow and blue shirt deaths than what they're using for all 3 seasons.


    This could account for the anomaly you're seeing (yes I'm sad enough to have read the whole article )

    The second and especially the third seasons were especially brutal. In the third season, only red-shirted crewmembers died;


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    marc weber
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    Originally posted by Joanne Neal:
    ... This could account for the anomaly you're seeing (yes I'm sad enough to have read the whole article )

    quote:
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    The second and especially the third seasons were especially brutal. In the third season, only red-shirted crewmembers died;
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    Yes, I know the situation worsened for red shirts as the series progressed. It took them a while to realize that it made sense for security guards to wear red, indicating engineering and ships services. (In the early episodes, Lt. Uhura wore yellow, and "guards" sometimes wore blue.) More importantly, in the early days of color television, red just looked more exciting, so extras tended to wear red. (The pilot episodes didn't feature any red shirts. And while we're at it, let's paint the bridge railing, elevator doors, navigation console, and transporter console all red.)

    We'll see how my tally ends up. It's hard to image there were no yellow-shirt fatalities beyond the 14th episode. (But at the moment, I'm sidetracked watching Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, which underwent a huge transformation -- including bright red jumpsuits -- after the first season in black & white.)
     
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