The Redshirt Myth?

Discussion in 'Star Trek - Original Series' started by Warped9, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. Cyke101

    Cyke101 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

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    To further add too, whatever power we may think we have on this board (LOL), I'd like to point out that none of us have served on a warp-capable starship, none of us have enlisted in Starfleet, none of us wear red shirts only to be turned into a cube of powder and disintegrated. In essence, whatever we do here on these boards really has no impact on the source material of the past -- just because we laugh doesn't mean Picard laughs (especially if we're laughing 20 years after Patrick Stewart filmed his scenes).

    I'm sorry, Joel_Kirk, but you might want to take a step back from the franchise there. I'm betting you grew up with Trek like the rest of us, but being able to separate reality from fiction is a pretty important thing to do here.
     
  2. Joel_Kirk

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    Yeeaah.

    I think it's obvious we have different opinions on the matter.

    I do agree it's entertainment, and many do take it seriously. However, this is the same show that supposedly broke racial barriers with having different people of different ethnicities and races and genders working together. The same show that champions a better future.

    Yet, we are going to laugh at the constant deaths of redshirts on the show.

    Yes, very consistent...:techman:

    But, hey, you're free to own your opinion.

    ????

    I don't understand this post.

    Picard isn't real....so I don't know how you are telling me to separate reality from fiction, when you speak of that fictional character as an actual individual.

    Maybe you can clarify?
     
  3. Nerys Myk

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    Hogans Heroes and Mission Impossible had already broke that barrier when the first episode of Star Trek aired.

    What does laughing at fictional redshirts have to do with a future were everyone is treated as equals? Is dark humor somehow going to prevent that?

    Redshirts aren't real either. Finding humor in the rate at which they die their fictional deaths isn't indicative of an insensitive, backwards thinking person.
     
  4. Joel_Kirk

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    Well, in truth, a lot of shows at that time had a 'black' character and claimed those characters were on equal footing, albeit, unless it came to romantic relationships. Then, there had to be some censorship. Of course, unless it was an Asian woman, then race suddenly didn't matter since she paired with a white male.

    In any event, getting back to the redshirts: In a future where everyone is supposedly equal (heavy emphasis on 'supposedly')...and goodwill is supposedly the norm or, at least, championed...I would think that life would be considered precious.

    I guess you can look at it that way. Again, it's your opinion.

    We look at that TNG 1st Season episode ('Q Less'...'Qpid'...'Qsomething')where Wesley Crusher is killed or skewered....and laugh and probably cheer at our tv screen. (At least, those who dislike the character do). On the other hand, we look at Star Trek II - the real one, not the 'remake' - and for some reason, get emotional when Spock 'dies.'

    Then there are those who find redshirt deaths full of humor.
     
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  5. Nerys Myk

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    How many Uhuracentric episodes were there, as opposed to Barney and Kinch episodes in IM and HH? Then there's Cosby's character in I-Spy,a co-lead. Star Trek fails that test.

    So in the future fictional references to death will be banned, lest someone have an "inappropriate" reaction? Good news for English lit students, no Hamlet or Romeo and Juliet! Of course stand up comedy will be banned. Can't have folks joking about death!
     
  6. Joel_Kirk

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    I think we're getting into a discussion of racial media representations rather than keeping on the redshirt discussion.

    Well, I'm sure there will always be references to death. There is a reason for crime novels, thrillers, biographies, etc. In regards to your Shakespeare comment: Hamlet and Romeo are tragedies, so I don't think the audience was meant to laugh at the characters in those particular stories getting killed in the end. (I don't know where you're going with this).

    And, I don't understand your reference to stand up comedy. You may also have to further clarify that.
     
  7. Nerys Myk

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    But what if they do? Won't that be the end the civilization? How could we possibly claim to be enlightened when we laugh at death?

    You've never heard a comedian make jokes involving death?
     
  8. Joel_Kirk

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    It would be kind of odd.

    Usually when something like that does happen in fiction, it's done by characters who are kind of loony.

    If that were to happen in reality, I would think the people laughing at death (e.g. a body on the street, someone committing suicide on television) would have something crazy going on upstairs as well.

    I knew someone from Turkey who didn't like to watch war films because it reminded her of previous wars she personally went through. And, there are people who are against 'comedic' stories taking place in German concentration camps. Also, I'm sure there will be many who would walk a fine line if any 'comedy' pieces were to take place during slavery or the civil rights. (And, I know there were people posting 'comedy' bits of the Trayvon Martin incident).

    Death isn't necessarily a funny matter, depending on the individual and their background.

    Now, with that said, there is a scene in the Michael Bay film Pearl Harbor where one character gets really, really cocky when a bomb drops near him and doesn't explode on impact. The character proclaims 'It's a dud! It's a dud!' before it proceeds to explode. Like Olsen, from Trek 2009, that character comes off as a dumbass...and, I'm sure people were laughing at both instances.

    Yeah, I'm sure there are comedians who make jokes about death. I don't know any bits off the top of my head, though.

    Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling also did bits of dark humor with their own television shows and movies.
     
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  9. Christopher

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    Joking about dark subjects like death isn't wrong. On the contrary -- humor is a coping mechanism, a way for us to face topics that make us uncomfortable. We can't go through life being constantly afraid and depressed; we wouldn't be able to function. So finding humor in subjects that frighten or depress us helps us maintain our emotional balance. Of course there's a right and a wrong context for it, but it's a basic part of human psychology.
     
  10. The Old Mixer

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    Please explain how viewers making jokes about redshirt deaths has any bearing on how much the people who live in a fictional universe value life. Life is considered precious there...just as it's considered precious here. But the value of the lives of fictional characters can vary considerably in the real world.
     
  11. Joel_Kirk

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    It's been explained in the past couple of postings. And, it's already been established there are different opinions on death and 'redshirts.'
     
  12. The Old Mixer

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    Yet you've still on two occasions phrased your view in such a way as to suggest a blurring between how fans react to onscreen deaths of minor characters and the lofty standards of the fictitious future setting.