Star Trek 1.6 (Mudd’s Women)
First Aired: October 13, 1966
Roger C. Carmel (Harry Mudd)
Karen Steele (I) (Eve McHuron)
Maggie Thrett (Ruth Bonaventure)
Susan Denberg (Magda Kovas)
Jim Goodwin (Lt. John Farrell)
Gene Dynarski (Ben Chilress)
Jon Kowal (Herm Gossett)
Seamon Glass (Benton)
Jerry Foxworth (Security Guard)
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Oh dear. After run of good episodes, along comes this one. Mudd’s women have this immediate effect on the men of the Enterprise – possibly because they can only see them in soft focus. There is something distinctly unsexy about these three women, possibly due to the fashions and what was considered sexy in the sixties. The mens’ reaction is sleazy, stereotypical crap.
We also have a couple of Trek cliches appear here for the first time – McCoys dislike of the transporter as a means of travel, and the “the ship they were on has exploded but they haven’t quite materialised yet” nonsense. Later they call it the pattern stuck in the buffer or some such nonsense.
Kirk confines Mudd to quarters but notes that the women are having an almost hypnotic effect on the men. But at no point does he think of confining them to quarters? No. And why not? Because apparently men from the 23rd century are only capable of thinking with their dicks.
At one point Harry Mudd uses an Enterprise communicator to talk to some miners in advance of arriving. So why didn’t Uhura (who is wearing yellow instead of red for some reason and it really doesn’t suit her!) pick up on this?
Oh, and the women aren’t all they appear to be. Didn’t I see that five episodes ago?
Harry Mudd was probably a great character in his day. Sadly he, like the episode in general, have dated rather badly. This really is not one of the best.
Crew Deaths: 0
Total Crew Deaths So Far: 17
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