Quick geek question — which color do you least want to wear if you’re part of the landing party on classic Star Trek?
For most of us, the answer is red.
But a new statistical study shows that maybe being a redshirt isn’t as hazardous to your health as we originally thought.
Significance Magazine broke down the numbers and found some things that challenge some of our assumptions about being a security officer on board the original Enterprise.
Based on blueprints sanctioned as canon by Paramount itself, there are a sum total of 430 crewmen on board the Enterprise, 239 of whom are red-shirted engineering, operations and security personnel. With 24 of those having died, that’s about a 10 percent mortality rate.
Now to the analysis that may come as a surprise to many of us. There are 55 gold-shirted command and helm personnel members on the Enterprise — nine of whom died over the course of three seasons. That’s a mortality rate of 13.4 percent.
The other color of shirt on classic Trek was blue of medical and science. That section of the command structure is the safer one with a mortality rate of 5.1 percent with seven casualties over the course of three seasons.
So, does this change your view on classic Trek?