After stopping a vessel in space, Kirk and the crew find a very odd captain with a very strange cargo. The captain of the vessel is Harcourt Fenton Mudd - known as Harry to his friends - and the cargo are three lovely women he is transporting as brides for lonely men on distant planets. Kirk has a major problem: while trying to rescue Mudd and his women from his disintegrating ship, the Enterprise's lithium crystals used to power the engines were destroyed. They travel to a nearby mining colony where Mudd sets about to arrange marriages for the women, interfering with Kirk's plan to buy the crystals. All the time, the ship's orbit is deteriorating and risks burning up in the atmosphere.
Did You Know?
This marks the first appearance of the sound stage cyclorama used for different planets throughout the series, which was lighted with different coloured filters, to give an appearance of many unique-coloured atmospheres. Associate producer Robert H. Justman
came up with this idea after realizing that reusing the same cloudy background from the two pilots, over and over again, would result in all planets looking the same. Justman personally decided the backdrop colours for each episode. Problems often arise when the colored gels either faded or burned up after a short while in front of a hot light, and the burning gels made an unbearable odour on the set. The backdrop lighting used in this episode for Rigel XII, with tornadic streaks in it, was also utilized in Star Trek: The Enemy Within
(1966). See more
Mudd's height is stated in feet an inches. Earth, and Starfleet, has long switched to the metric system in this century. See more
And what the devil happened to your looks anyway?
I got tired of you. I slumped.
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Referenced in Star Trek: Into Darkness
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