Recently, my niece who is watching all the Star Trek series in order informed me that she thinks I am like Garak due to my ability to answer a question without ever answering the question, as well as the elegent leather spoon built into my face.  I’m oddly fine with that, as Garak is one of the more fascinating characters in Deep Space 9, and ranks in my Top 5 favorites in all of Trek mythos.  That said, though, my number one fave-rave would always be Scotty, who managed to survive all three seasons of the show while wearing a red shirt!  (Granted, Uhura did the same backward in heels, but Scotty was on more away teams by a large factor.)  For that reason, I’ve always felt that I would prefer to wear the red uniform of Security/Engineering, presuming they make it in a XXXXL when I eventually make it to the 23rd Century.  (My plan for immortality is to live forever, and I’m on track so far.)  This, in turn, begs a query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is not one with Landru, asking: If you were a character in Star Trek, what color shirt would you want to wear (and why)?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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14 Comments

  1. September 6, 2013 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    I would be the Yellow shirt. I have the “leap of a cliff” and “shoot that alien quick!” attitude of James Kirk. Or so my girlfriend tells me.

  2. September 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    If I’m stuck in TOS, I’d wear science blue like I always have (and I do look cute in one of those minidress uniforms). I always imagined if I were in the Trek universe, I’d study alien biology and cross-species mating compatibility (which would lend itself superbly to pick-up lines).

    If I’m in the TNG era, I’d be wearing prison jumpsuit orange because I’d probably kill Wesley Crusher.

    • September 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm — Reply

      Yep I agree, science blue all the way.

  3. September 6, 2013 at 12:50 pm — Reply

    Full disclosure. According to some math nerds, yellow is most likely to lead to death. http://www.themarysue.com/red-shirt-deaths-star-trek/

  4. September 6, 2013 at 1:34 pm — Reply

    Ohh, I’d definitely be command gold. I’m James Tiberius we-come-in-peace-shot-to-kill Kirk to a tee.

  5. Kirby
    September 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm — Reply

    If I were in Star Trek I figure I’d still be a numbers guy in some fashion, but probably doing something with physics. So I’ll done myself a nice blue uniform.

  6. September 6, 2013 at 4:37 pm — Reply

    Yellow,
    I often find myself in command positions and I think it suits me fine.
    Keep in mind that Kirk, while being in command, can also do many jobs that a red shirt or blue shirt could, he is not all action.

  7. Ian
    September 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm — Reply

    Hypercolor!!!

  8. September 6, 2013 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    Gray or Tie die—
    Body by Neelix, Wardrobe by Garak :)

  9. Mark
    September 7, 2013 at 7:59 am — Reply

    TNG era Red

  10. SpiderLover
    September 7, 2013 at 10:56 am — Reply

    I’d probably be blue. I think that would suit me more. I mean what good is being on a ship discovering new worlds if you don’t like science?

  11. Oldcomicfan
    September 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    Red shirt, all the way. By the way, read “Red Shirts” by John Scazzi if you haven’t already…

  12. Ray
    September 8, 2013 at 5:46 am — Reply

    I’d love to say I’d be a Gold shirt, Pushing Kirk himself aside on my way to the Orion Slave Girls… But the reality of the issue is there are a LOT more red shirts out there than Blue or Gold. I imagine getting handed one by Spock, Saying “Here, Put this on and report to the Transporter.” sometime in my first 15 minutes..

  13. September 9, 2013 at 2:47 pm — Reply

    It would be Blue, not only would it make my eyes pop, but I have always been into science and well that would be a Blue one on any show.

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