The latest official Star Trek Magazine (#33) is on newsstands today. And we have an excerpt from the cover feature about the many ways members of Starfleet have made "The Ultimate Sacrifice", written by Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward. Check that out below plus images of both covers for the mag.
STAR TREK MAGAZINE ISSUE 33 EXCERPT
The Ultimate Sacrifice
In the latest issue of Star Trek Magazine, Dayton Ward examines the many ways in which members of Starfleet have made the Ultimate Sacrifice…
While selfless deeds have commonly been held in high regard throughout the history of civilization, a place of even greater veneration often is reserved for those who act with full knowledge that they are without doubt sacrificing their very lives. When soldiers die in the line of duty, they are said to have made "the ultimate sacrifice." President Abraham Lincoln referred to it as "the last full measure of devotion" during his famous Gettysburg Address speech in 1863. Beyond the ranks of the military, other such noble acts might come of fire fighters who race into burning buildings to rescue victims, or police officers who place themselves in the path of danger in order to protect others. And what about an ordinary citizen, such as an anonymous passerby who jumps into raging flood waters to pull a child to safety?
It is courage of this sort that we usually consider when it is displayed by individuals in times of crisis, though it also is not uncommon to observe such conduct as carried out in accordance with a societal belief. For some cultures, such as the Romulans or the Vorta, or even the Orions, ending one’s own life in order to prevent capture and exploitation by an enemy is considered to be well within the strict call of duty. Taking such a notion to an extreme were the warring planets Eminiar VII and Vendikar, people of which were born into a culture where the interplanetary conflict was waged as an abstraction via computers, allowing the worlds to "fight" for generations without suffering the effects of actual warfare. As a consequence, their citizens had been conditioned to surrender themselves for disintegration whenever they were designated as "casualties" by the very machines which acted to preserve their civilization. Only after their war computers are destroyed and faced with
the specter of resuming genuine conflict with real weapons does the leadership of Eminiar VII consider the unthinkable: peace (Star Trek, "A Taste of Armageddon"). The people of the planet Kaelon II, upon reaching an age equivalent to 60 Earth years, end their lives so that society is not burdened with their care as they become elderly. (Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Half a Life").
"Ultimate Sacrifice" article in STM #33
More in the Star Trek Magazine 33
You can read the above article in full and more in Star Trek Magazine #33, on sale from March 29, available from all good retailers and specialist comic stores (with a special cover).
Comic book shop exclusive cover
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Looks like a pretty good read. Though I do not consider Trip Tucker the 3rd having Died. But the Red Shirts being Expendable looks great and seeing the Sacrifice of Kirk and Spock to save countless lives is what they were and are all about.
I do agree. Soldiers and sailers of WW2 have given there lives to save many. I was in the Navy and have heard many a stoy from other Sailors from ww2 who sacrificed all to save there shipmates while in battle with the Japan. Some Men can be just ordinary Men and then at the moment of truth they act with such courage. More examples of this was on 9-11 with all of those Fire Fighters and Police who ran into the Trade Center to try and save lives.
The links to read the magazine online and to buy a digital copy point to Star Wars Insider not Star Trek. :(
Yeah, Trip didn’t die like that. Riker was just running a badly written holodeck program.
The most gruesome red shirt death goes to…..Lt. Remmick….from “The Next Generation” episode “Conspiracy”. Captains Walker and Tryla Scott also died (though those happened off-screen). Alt-Riker was killed in “Yesterday’s Enterprise”, and Lieutenant Hawk was assimilated by the Borg and later shot off into space by Captain Picard in “First Contact”.
Just some of the non-TOS red shirt deaths.
Hooyah and Sempre Fi.
TRIP AIN’T DEAD!
And, lest we forget, Kirk was not a redshirt (but he wore a red vest in “Generations”). And he’s dead, Jim.
#5. I think the most gruesome one hand down is actually in Cawley’s “Phase II,” the death of Lieutenant Hodell as he was getting eaten alive by those bloodworms in “Blood and Fire” Part I and having to be mercifully vaporized by Ensign Peter Kirk.
I really wish they would send the Comic book store cover version to those of us who subscribe….
Even though most fans do not consider books/novels as canon in ST. I think the books fill in the gaps between episiodes and films. Afterall, there has to be a lot more that goes on in these characters lives. In books written for ENT, Trip is not dead, he is actually….. well, if you have not read any of ENT books yet. I don’t want to spoil it for you. Lets just say that I find the books about Trips death a lot more believable than how ENT ended with “These are the voyages..”
I agree. Tripp is not dead. That was just Riker and Troi’s missunderstading of the events in the 22nd century.
10. Lt. Bailey – March 30, 2011
…that episode was actually on last night. What a great big turd.
Instead of calling that Ep These are the Voyages they should now call it. These are the Holograms. Meaning. Did not happen.
To Lt. Lee Kelso. The first one Killed ion Star Trek. Note. Not the first ep to air. But the first one filmed.
#8,i love that! LOL! i watched treko9 the other night with my aunt. she didnt know what a redshirt was. it was kinda fun to see her find out.
@5. Sorry buddy but none of those were “red shirts”.
Trip is the Elvis of space.
@ 2. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
Navy is hard graft, but i would suspect that IED clearance would be trickier
They wore red, therefore technically they are red-shirts.
#18 I was speaking of the navy during WW2. Also in Pearl Harbor. Some very Brave Men who did some increadable things. The Army and Marines have the best Men and Women serving along with the Air force and Coast Guard.
The Comic book cover is awesome!
Of course the coolest cover the rarest.
That is just an awesome image.
The cover makes a cool background if you double tile it.
That cover is such a Tshirt image.
# 13 Commodore.
If we could ever change that ENT episode to “These are the Holograms”(or Holosuite interpretations). I would be the first to do it in my DVD set…. I always have a tough time watching it but I get through it since is is about 94% done on an ENT set.
I may understand what the producers were trying to do with that last ep due to the short time they had to wrap up the series with some kind of closure. So they decided to jump ahead a few years to make the founding of the Federation. Did it have to be a TNG holoprogram??? No, not for me but I know some people liked it. If only ENT could have gone on another year or two (or three). We could have seen so much good stuff…. a whole season arc of the Romulan War.
I give these are the voyages a bit of a pass.
It certainly was not the best enterprise episode.
That show was the ending to a show that ended way before its time.
It was shoe horned ending. But I know they tried, it was just not a successful excecution of an idea.
I have to agree about Ent. @22 a season …or 2 to do the romulan war arc and so many other good storylines
However a ST Magazine that does pay a tribute to those who did make the ultimate sacrifice in Starfleet ,is long overdue,,,Glad it is here