TOS Final Rewatch 6 - Mudd's Women

"Mudd's Women"
Season 1, Episode 6



That's The Way It Was
Roguish Harry Mudd turns up with a cargo of ravishing space bimbos. That's about it - except for the standard "ship in peril" subplot.

Space Dames
The men on the Enterprise have apparently never seen women before. This is particularly the case with McCoy and Mr. Scott, as the trio of space dames are revealed for the first time.

Exactly what quality do these women have that makes the Enterprise guys trip over their tongues and run face first into walls? They're attractive, sure, but come on.

And doesn't every man ultimately just want "a wife to cook and sew and cry and need?" What about barefoot and pregnant?

In the end, Eve McHuron turns out to be a sympathetic character who manages to combine a measure of brains with bimbo. Alas, we never do find out the fate of her two companions.

Does Not Compute
Computers in the future must speak in a harsh robotic voice. Although there's a TOS episode coming up where this dictum will be subverted.

Mudd's interrogation scene, with the computer contradicting him at every turn, is worth the price of admission.

Say Say Say
"I asked you first." Kirk to McCoy.

"Oh, the sound of male ego." Eve to Childress.

Credits
Aside from his appearances as Harry Mudd, Roger Carmel's most substantial recurring role was probably in "The Mothers-in-Law," a late Sixties outpouring of TV zaniness, in which he played a scriptwriter who's married to one of the title characters.

Miscellany
Harry Mudd. Space pirate? Space buccaneer? Space gypsy?

How convenient that a lithium mining planet should turn up just about the time the ship's lithium crystals go haywire.

Uhura foregoes her usual red micro-miniskirt for a gold one.

In Conclusion
As I recalled it, Harry Mudd was a more whimsical character than he seemed to be this time around. Yes, he's kind of buffoonish and provides a few good moments of comic relief. But there's a dark undertone to many of his interactions and, after all, he is a convicted criminal who's not averse to profiting off of those who might be more unfortunate. On the other hand, as one of the women notes at one point, their options for the future on their home planet were no great shakes.

As noted, the scene with Harry Mudd being foiled by the computer is a great one and the interactions between Eve and Childress are not bad either. Compared to most of the other episodes thus far, it's not so bad. The exception would be "Charlie X," which gets my vote.

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