Star Trek: Season 2, Episode 8

I, Mudd (3 Nov. 1967)

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Harry Mudd returns with a plot to take over the Enterprise by stranding the crew on a planet populated by androids under his command.

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When an android takes control of the Enterprise, Kirk and his crew spend four days traveling at warp speed to an uncharted planet. When they beam down they find none other that Harry Mudd, the apparent ruler of the planet made up entirely of androids. It turns out there is one major problem with Harry's idyllic existence: the androids who serve him hand and foot simply won't allow him to leave. Kirk and Spock devise a way to disable the androids but have their own special plans for Harry. Written by garykmcd

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During the filming, Gene Roddenberry was in a panic because he needed at least two female identical twins and couldn't find any. Then one night while driving home he saw Alyce Andrece and Rhae Andrece walking down a street. Roddenberry literally pulled up beside them, jumped out of his car and told them that they were going to be on television! See more »

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When Norman enters Engineering and Scotty is slugged, Scotty falls back and clutches the end of the control console near the comm station. A close-up shows Scotty warning the Bridge from that station. But in the next wide shot of Norman dispatching the rest of the Engineering staff, Scotty is not there. We then get another close up of Scotty passing out at the comm station. See more »

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McCoy: Well, you must be very unhappy, Mr. Spock.
Spock: That is a human emotion, Doctor, with which I am totally unfamiliar. How could I be "unhappy?"
McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that work just like yours - logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic - and we poor, irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you'll find yourself back among us illogical humans again.
Spock: Which I find eminently satisfactory, Doctor, for NOWHERE am I so DESPERATELY needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.
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"Harcourt Fenton Mudd"
30 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of my very favorite Star Trek episodes from the original series was this wonderful comic turn for guest star Roger C. Carmel. This was Carmel's second appearance as Harry Mudd, futuristic enterprising con man and he thinks he's found heaven. I think this sequel was better than the one that Carmel did originally, Mudd's Women.

The Enterprise goes into orbit around a planet with only one human life form that of Harry Mudd. The rest of the planet is composed of androids and remember this is before The Next Generation where Data would try to understand the human experience. These androids were built by a long dead humanoid civilization and the only human contact they've had until the Enterprise arrives is Carmel. As they say, he's flawed and even they know that.

What they've collectively decided and it's a collective intelligence just like the Borg is that they should take the Enterprise and go back to Earth to serve man and create an orderly and logical society, one like the Vulcan. But even Spock sees some problems with them taking over.

So Bill Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and the rest join forces with Carmel to defeat the androids. Their use of illogical behavior allows for some outrageous overacting that the cast thoroughly enjoyed because they looked it.

But best in the cast is the Stella Mudd android that Carmel created so he could have the last word. She's played by Kay Elliott who has her career role in this. And you have to see how Shatner and the rest use her for a little final comeuppance for Carmel.

Wonderful comic episode, a real classic.


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