The Analytics Behind The Red-Shirt Phenomenon In The Original Star Trek Series


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Back in 2007 Matt Bailey of SiteLogic took look a the analytics behind the “Red-Shirt Phenomenon” in the original Star Trek series, where the guy in the red shirt who is beamed down to the planet with Captain Kirk is the one who always dies.

It was found that red-shirted crewmembers tended to die in groups. In 17 red-shirt fatality episodes, 8 were multiple incidents, 9 were single incidents. In a little less than 50% of the fatal red-shirt situations, multiple crewmen were vaporized.

via The Presurfer

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