Hasslein Blog: Red Shirt Diaries


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Red Shirt Diaries

Have you been watching the humorous webseries The Red Shirt Diaries? If you haven't been, you've been missing out.

The Red Shirt Diaries parody introduces Ensign Williams, a low-ranking security officer, and follows her through the first 10 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series. Williams soon learns that she may well be the only sane person on board. Violent alien plants, overly friendly superior officers and the "Naked Time" plague wide-eyed Ensign Williams as she struggles to follow Starfleet protocol and make it alive to the end of the episode.

Watch Ensign Williams record her mission logs that both celebrate and illuminate the weird, wonderful details of Star Trek: The Original Series. Writer-producer-actress Ashley Victoria Robinson (Asmodeus, Hotel Secrets & Legends) stars as Ensign Williams, and she describes The Red Shirt Diaries as "my love letter to the original series."

The ensemble cast also includes Carshenah Jefferson (Boomerang Kids, Shameless), as Lieutenant Uhura, Jason Inman of the Youtube channel JAWIIN (The Walking Dead Christmas Special) as Captain Kirk, comic book writer Sterling Gates as Doctor McCoy and Geek & Sundry’s 2 Broke Geeks (Omar Najam and Mia Resella) as fellow red shirts. The Red Shirt Diaries is written and produced by Ashley Victoria Robinson and 2013 Geekie Award Winner for Best Parody Jason Inman, who also directs all the episodes. The series premiered in early September on Youtube, and has been quite popular among Trek fans ever since.

This week's episode, "The Enemy Within," is now available, and you can view it here. You'll be glad you did. And be sure to catch up on the previous episodes, some of which are laugh-out-loud funny. The team's companion web comic, A Night in the Enterprise, can be read here.

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