Everyone’s A Red Shirt Here: No Character In Star Trek: Discovery Is Safe

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Star Trek: Discovery is a few months away from its premiere.

While we’re excited to see this really gorgeous new CBS show, a new question has emerged.

Who is safe?

The answer, for this iteration of the franchise, is no one.

I should explain for a non-Trekkie who has decided to read this article. The term “red shirt”, meaning a character who exists solely to die, comes from Star Trek. The characters who wore the red shirts, usually Security characters, were sacrificed to keep the main characters with them in the land of the living.

In this modern age of television, however, we know that no character is safe.

Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg promised Entertainment Weekly that no character is safe on Star Trek: Discovery.

Berg credited Game of Thrones for this no one is safe storytelling style.

Game of Thrones changed television. They almost made it difficult to fall in love with people because you didn’t know if they were going to be taken away from you. That show’s had an influence on all TV dramas that have come after it.”

While that is true, some have criticized Thrones and other shows for using character death as shock value rather than to facilitate character growth.

Haberts, however, believes that Discovery will handle things differently.

“Death isn’t treated gratuitously on this show. It’s not for shock value. But when it happens we want to make sure that people really feel it.”

The first episode of Discovery will air Sunday, Sept 24th on CBS. After that, you can only watch the show on CBS All Access.

Bec Heim
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