Star Trek (1966–1969)
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I, Mudd 

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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Marc Daniels

Writers:

Gene Roddenberry (created by), Stephen Kandel
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Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Capt. Kirk
Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock
DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy
Roger C. Carmel ... Harry Mudd
Richard Tatro Richard Tatro ... Norman
Alyce Andrece Alyce Andrece ... Alice #1 through 250
Rhae Andrece Rhae Andrece ... Alice #251 through 500
James Doohan ... Scott
Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
George Takei ... Sulu
Walter Koenig ... Chekov
Kay Elliot Kay Elliot ... Stella Mudd
Mike Howden Mike Howden ... Lt. Rowe
Michael Zaslow ... Jordan
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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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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4:3
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Near the end of this episode DeForest Kelley says, "It's worked so far, but we're not out yet." This line was sampled on the song "What's on Your Mind (Pure Energy)" on Information Society's 1988 album Information Society. See more »

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Acne scars on Norman, an android. See more »

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Captain Kirk: What is a man but that lofty spirit, that sense of enterprise, that devotion for something that cannot be sensed, cannot be realized but only dreamed, the highest reality?
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Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song. Highlights include a more detailed look at Norman's "innards." See more »

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Spoofed in The Simpsons: The Man Who Came to Be Dinner (2015) See more »

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Mudd's comic reprise
26 August 2007 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

TOS experimented just a little with recurring characters. Most recurring characters were red-shirts, but Harry Mudd was one of the few exceptions, and to an extent set the standard for the later tradition of popular recurring guest stars (perhaps the most celebrated was DS9's Garak). The late Roger Carmel, in his mid-30s, made Harry Mudd a stand-out character. But the episodes in which the character appeared are, unfortunately sub-par. Carmel was, literally, a big presence in 1960s and 1970s TV talent - especially in the growing field of voice-talent. His neurotic, dastardly, and very funny way of ripping through and yet still over-dramatizing his lines was quite memorable.

This time, the Enterprise is commandeered by an android named Norman, who just so happens to be a major player on a planet full of androids who lost their purpose years ago because their creators became extinct. So, they want nothing more than to serve, and imprison humanity in a combined utopian dream/dystopian nightmare. Harry Mudd, their first human, has been elevated to the position of a king among them, and, upon seeing his old "friend" Jim Kirk, he is delighted to share his newfound home with the captain and all of his crew, for the simple price of their freedom and ship.

As others have pointed out, this is one of TOS' comedic explorations. As such, it's quite OK, but really nothing great. Mudd, his wife, and the androids are all funny in their own way, but unlike many similar episodes of TOS and later series in the franchise, the comedy takes the place of a coherent plot, and contradicts some of the socially progressive philosophies expressed elsewhere in the series. Still a good time, but not the best.


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