Ashley V. Robinson is not a stranger to the world of geekdom. She is an actress, a writer and a producer. Her husband Jason Inman cohosts DC All Access webshow, and together they do the Geek History Lesson podcast and its companion YouTube channel. One of the cooler things they do together is Ashley’s brainchild, The Red Shirt Diaries. The series takes on the episodes of the original Star Trek in broadcast order, but showing each one from the perspective of a rookie ensign aboard the enterprise. It is the view from underneath looking up, and rather like that episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation called Lower Decks, but way, way funnier.
The Red Shirt Diaries parody web series introduces Ensign Williams, a low ranked 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.
“The Red Shirt Diaries is my love letter to the original series,” explains Robinson. “I’ve loved Star Trek since I was twelve years old. This project is my funny take on the first ten episodes. I don’t mean it as insulting in any way, but as a true celebration of everything Star Trek.”
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 was the 2013 Geekie Award Winner for Best Parody. Jason Inman directs all the episodes.
We’re giving you not a single video as we usually do, but links to all of Season 1, and the start of Season 2, currently in progress. This is just too good not to share the entire thing.
Yes, that’s Larry Nemecek in Episode 29 of Season 2, reprising his role as Dr. Leonard McCoy from Star Trek Continues.
You might want to bookmark this page so you can come back and see all of these. They’re about five minutes each, so binge watching is something you can do and it won’t eat your life. You could also visit the project’s home page, and there is a lot more there.
Will Ensign Williams survive the experience of being a red shirt aboard the Starship Enterprise? Keep watching.