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Star trek: The original series 1.01b - Mudd's women

Stardate 1329.1
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Interstellar rogue, Harry Mudd (Roger C Carmel) becomes a reluctant guest aboard the Enterprise, having overloaded his engines trying to outrun the mighty starship on the way to a lithium mining colony on Rigel XII. In the rescue attempt, the Enterprise itself is damaged. Adding to the problems is Mudd's cargo, three beautiful women (Karen Steele as Eve McHuron, Susan Denberg as Magda Kovas and Maggie Thrett as Ruth Bonaventure) who entrance the male members of the crew...

Persons of interest

  • William Shatner .... Captain James Tiberius Kirk
  • Leonard Nimoy .... Commander Spock
  • Deforest Kelley .... Doctor Leonard H McCoy
  • James Doohan .... Lieutenant Montgomery Scott
  • Nichelle Nichols .... Lieutenant Uhura
  • George Takei .... Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu
  • Walter Koenig .... Ensign Pavel Andreievich Chekov
  • Majel Barrett .... Nurse Christine Chapel
  • Grace Lee Whitney .... Yeoman Janice Rand
  • Karen Steele .... Eve McHuron
  • Susan Denberg .... Magda Kovas
  • Maggie Thrett .... Ruth Bonaventure
  • Roger C Carmel .... Harry Mudd
  • Gene Dynarski as Ben Childress
  • Gene Roddenberry .... Storywriter
  • Stephen Kandel .... Screenwriter
  • Harvey Hart .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Intelligence report

When I first saw this - and I'm talking when the series first aired, way back in the days of black and white TV - Harry Mudd really annoyed me, which says good things about my childhood sensibilities. Today Mudd still annoys me but the story in which he appears does some good things.

For a start, it reminded me how greatly Kirk believes in the guiding principles of the UFP; for the most part we remember Jim as a space cowboy, but it really was the exception for him to break the rules. As with the other episodes in this volume, he is deeply committed to his job and all it entails. He is dedicated, responsible, sensitive to the needs of others. Impulsive and arrogant, of course, but in a balanced fashion.

Kirk's handling of Mudd, the acknowledgement of his own sexuality, his relationship with both Spock and McCoy are all deftly handled. The intellectual aspects of the game are as important as the dramatic and sensational. Obviously, what Gene Roddenberry achieved so clearly in the zeitgeist of the (modern) UFP is alive and well 40,000 Stardate units previously.

Security censorship classification

PG (Low level violence)

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 9 September2004

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