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Old February 28 2014, 07:24 PM   #62
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Re: The Redshirt Myth?

Christopher wrote: View Post
It would be insensitive in-universe, but in real-world terms, the producers didn't want the viewers to go away depressed, so the conceit of a "happy ending" was used.
In Operation: Annihilate!, the brother of Kirk dies and the episodes ends with jokes about vulcan ears...

For a modern viewer, it can be unsettling... I can't imagine a episode of a modern tv show ending with a light note after a close relative of the main protagonist died...
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