Star Trek

Season 1 Episode 6

Mudd's Women

Aired Unknown Oct 13, 1966 on NBC

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  • An interesting mix of 1960s attitudes and futuristic trappings, the main asset of this installment for me is atmosphere.

    The Enterprise encounters a shady smuggler who is willing to up the ante to maintain his business.

    There are some real strengths to this installment, I especially like the idea that it explores the lives of people in space who don't connect to Starfleet and what they do. Harry Mudd is best served here, as deceptive and droll but also as dead serious when it comes to his livelihood. I also like the spare but effective scenes on the planet, the howl of the winds and the sullen attitudes of the Lithium miners work well to paint a picture.

    Unfortunately, this episode falls into the same trap that many others do - while "Star Trek" was good at examining issues like racism, sexism, the march of technology, and counter-culture - it rarely rose above the issues themselves and suggested new ways of addressing them. In this case, the 23rd century seemed to have plenty of room for woman serving aboard stars ships, but the plot here assigns little value to woman even when the sham of the "Venus drug" is exposed. There is almost a deliberate attempt to portray Mudd's woman as "returning to beautiful" rather than having the male characters think about their attitudes in any depth.

    Which is all fine, TV is not often "cutting edge" in these matters, it just seems like a little more thought to the script would have made the story more effective.