We’ve all heard the old geek-culture joke, Star Wars Storm Trooper fires, misses; Star Trek Red-Shirt dies anyway! With that in mind, here at Sci-Fi Pulse we’ve decided to treat you to a new weekly feature. Each Friday you can look forward to a piece of fun verse inspired by one of the many universes within Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Sword and Sorcery, or pretty much anything else that falls under any category we regularly cover. If it’s been printed or screened, it’s fair game!
Regulation Early DeathS
The rules for Star Trek Red-Shirts were:
you leave the ship. you’re got . . .
It was not custom to infer
how far away the shot?
The monster of the week struck out
but barely had to try
Red jersey? Early death — no doubt;
Fall-guys, hung out to dry
TNG came, with fresh command
that something had to give —
but what would make fans understand
how a Red Shirt could live?
A brand-new boss, Captain Picard —
Red-shirted super star
They picked a yellow to discard
and killed off Tasha Yar!
All words by Benjamin Francis Cassidy
Illustration by L A Cassidy
There it is! Poor Tasha (and countless other sacrifices to plot devices). If you’ve a favourite character then get commenting. You might just see them appear soon. See you next week!