Star Trek (The Original Series): The Infographic


If you were a fan of the original Star Trek television series, you probably remember lots of little details about the show. And you might even feel sorry for the people who don't get the clever references you make to things from the show. If you're that person, then you'll love this infographic -- it summarizes the most memorable things from all the episodes of the original series!

But first, to get you into the mood for a nostalgic trip down Star Trek's memory lane, here's a picture of a clever shirt, making reference to one of those Star Trek-isms. (Thanks for the picture, David!)

I want to start by saying that I am not the original designer of this infographic. All the data collection, design, layout, etc was done by sophie-the-vampire-slayer on tumblr. Here's her note describing her infographic: "A Star Trek Infographic AKA The Numbers of How This Show Ruined My Life. An infographic I did for a uni assignment, researched by sitting down in front of the box set and keeping tally marks." I was so impressed by her work, that I had to try to imitate it with our SAS software!

Here's a snapshot of my SAS version -- I encourage you to click it, to see the full-size interactive version, so you can see all the details. It also has HTML mouseover-text, and when you click items in the infographic, it will drill-down to various web pages about that topic (some are direct links to specific pages, and others launch Google searches - note that the Google searches could potentially return images/etc that are not safe for work, so you might want to explore the drill-downs from your home compuer). Other than the pie chart, everything else was done using annotate on a blank GSlide. Here's a link to the code, if you're curious about that.

If you compare my version to the original, you'll notice that I hardly made any changes to Sophie's original design/layout (this speaks very highly of Sophie's work!) Below are a list of the few minor changes I made in my version:

  • I used a checkmark instead of an 'x' for the items in Kirk's Love Story.
  • In Kirk's Love Story, I left-justified the text, so it's closer to the checkbox.
  • I used the same font for all the numbers, so they would be consistent.
  • I leave off the leading zero in the Deaths by Shirt Color summary (the leading '0' could be mistaken for an '8').
  • I used a cleaner/simpler graphic for the dna and ripped shirt.

I hope you enjoyed this infographic - feel free to leave a comment, if it has sparked a memory of a favorite Star Trek episode!

This content was reposted from the SAS Learning Post. Go there to view the original.

Robert Allison, The Graph Guy!, SAS

Robert Allison has worked at SAS for more than 20 years and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in computer science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from North Carolina State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book calledSAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics.

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Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/22/2017 11:59:40 AM
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Although admittedly not a big fan and I haven't even seen close to a small amount of the series, etc the graph was interesting enough to give some thought to the items. It might be interesting to see how predictive analytics might have been able or not to see the future and have foreseen what the writers might have been coming up with as the years passed. Not exactly predicting the future of mankind, but at least a prediction of where writers and producers might be heading in themes and story lines and details.

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 3:40:31 PM
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@Terry sounds like you had fun there!

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 3:30:33 PM
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Ha! Not really, Ariella, but thanks. But I will say I did manage to piss off James Doohan, the actor who played Scotty, at a technology tradeshow in the mid 80s. He'd been hired by a mobile phone vendor to stand in their booth at a tradeshow. I had some feedback for him about the cheesy special effects in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, which had just been released. A spinning globe of what looked like crumpled aluminum foil was at the top of my list. But Scotty wasn't having it!

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 3:23:48 PM
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@Terry you're  a better fan than I am!

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 3:13:59 PM
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Yes, all good stock comments, Ariella. To your list I'd add:

"Set a course for home, Mr. Sulu." (Kirk)

"Captain, she won't take much more!" (Scotty)

"There's an incoming message from Starfleet Command/adjacent Klingon ship/Tribble breeders." (Uhura)

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 3:09:32 PM
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Storm Troopers consistently have the worst aimof any villains in the movies, with the possible exception of terrorists in the Die Hard franchise.

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 3:07:47 PM
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Ha! Good one, Predictable Chaos.

A different TV series, HBO's True Blood, also boasted high body counts (vampires, after all). Denis O'Hare, the actor who played badass Russell Edgington, lasted a few seasons before the inevitable stake was driven you know where.

Sometime after, he hosted a party in real life for all the characters that had been killed off during the series' 7-year run. Needless to say, it required a big room. 

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/20/2017 7:32:19 AM
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Perhaps defining 'infographics' is like defining 'art'. :)

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/19/2017 10:25:38 PM
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Robert, I don't mean any offense! I think I've just gotten used to seeing a different kind of dataviz from you, and maybe it has to do with me not being the biggest Original Series fan. And it has to do with the bitterness of having this infographic argument many times before with colleagues, past and future. And maybe a little desparation to actually get an answer to the question!

Re: Red Shirts
  • 6/19/2017 7:13:14 PM
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It does contain a 'graphic' (pie chart)! :)

 

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