Red shirts routinely died throughout the Star Trek TV series. They were used as scouts and point men are always in danger in any military. They never seemed to take precautions on the show, despite the statistical probability, if you wore a red shirt, you die.
In episodes where budgets were low, they recycled the red shirt gets a chest full of deadly spines and dies. No one gets the memo about the red uniforms.
Kirk: All right, men, this is a dangerous mission. And it’s likely one of us will be killed. The landing party will consist of myself, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Ensign Ricky.
Ensign Ricky: Aw, crap.
— Family Guy
The red color shirt worn by the nameless security personnel on the original Star Trek series wasn’t a good sign. Their only job was to get eaten, shot, stabbed, disrupted, temporally shifted, frozen, desalinated, or crushed. Their death would give William Shatner and De Forest Kelley a corpse to emote over, and Leonard Nimoy a corpse to, well, not emote over.
Wearing a red shirt sucks! However wearing a red space suit isn’t much better… The tradition continued in the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie in 2009
Olson is gone, sir!
Star Trek Billy Blackburn’s Rare Home Movies – from the original TV series.
The media have found this is effective in suggesting if you are a Red State person, you — well — are a loser!
What Star Trek started continues in pop-culture today.
- ‘Star Trek’ Superfans Restore Galileo Shuttlecraft to 1960s Sci-Fi Glory (space.com)
- The Dork Knight’s Star Trek Into Darkness Review (cosmiccomicslv.com)
- Star Trek Continues – A Slice of SciFi Review (sliceofscifi.com)
- Star Trek: Into Darkness Movie Review (mbtimetraveler.com)
- Geek Time: Star Trek Medical Tricorder Scout Is Real (gadizmo.com)