In our third podcast, we celebrate Dad’s birthday with a Groundhog’s Day review of one of his all-time favorite Star Trek episodes, Mudd’s Women. In fact, Dad couldn’t help breaking out into song to express his appreciation for science fiction’s favorite mail-order brides.
Hurtling asteroids, blown lithium crystals, an asbestos storm, and a stuttering, sweating Mr. Farrel provide the backdrop as Harcourt Fenton Mudd gives one of the series’ most memorable performances. Supported by three lovely brides-to-be (including the Playmate of the Month for August, 1966), Harry Mudd takes Kirk to his breaking point while Kirk’s crew devolves into a band of oggling adolescents. So much for the hippocratic oath, eh, Dr. McCoy?
Although suspension of disbelief is a bit of an understatement when dealing with the Venus Drug’s mysterious makeovers (particularly the gelatin placebo version), Mudd’s Women is still a great romp through the humorous side of Trek, and we had fun discussing the details.
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