Redshirt on Shore Leave

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Woman in a red shirt looks out over an alien sea from the deck of a ship

In the original Star Trek TV series, security personnel wore red shirts, and it was often the case that a security person was introduced at the beginning of the episode only to be killed off a few minutes later. This sort of disposable character came to be known as a redshirt over time.

I tried to take a broader view of the topic, for surely most of those wearing red shirts did not die horrible alien deaths during Start Trek, and that was during missions. There were bound to be plenty of more benign reasons for redshirts to go off into alien worlds and come back to tell the tale and show the photographs. Like shore leave, for example.

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