Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Star Trek TAS Mudd's Passion

Star Trek The Animated Series "Mudds Passion."
Airdate: 11th October, 1973
Writer: Stephen Kandel
Stardate: 4978.5
Season 1 episode 10

In Star Trek TAS "Mudds Passion" the USS Enterprise 1701 tracks Harcourt Fenton Mudd to the planet, "Motherlode" a place rich in aliens, mineral deposits and lonely miners! Sweet talking "Mudd the First" (Roger C Carmel's character) is up to no good again, shuttling women and selling fake venus love chrystals. His latest shakedown grabs the locals attention who gawp helplessly at the beautiful lovely standing before them. In reality the lady in pink is actually a Rigellian lizard creature!

The fun begins when Mr spock fires his phaser at Mudd's latest scam. The hypnoid creature is decloaked, defrocked before the miners who don't take kindly to find their dream-babe is tricking them! You might dismiss these as comical pranks but in Star Trek, Mudd's nothing but trouble. The guy belongs in the brig where captain Kirk tries to keep him except hes got an ace up his sleeve.

Once beamed to safety aboard the USS Enterprise 1701, Mudd's love potion soon infects the crew, but its fake! I hear you cry, ahhaa! We thought so too, but it turns out the cursed love poison actually works! Yet again the odds play into Mudd's hands as he convinces Nurse Chapel to try the crystals on her secret crush, Mr Spock. Does Mudd's cunning plan work?

"Mr. Spock: "If he's harmed one hair on her pretty head. . .!"

A stolen shuttle craft, Love-struck partying, fraud, sweet talking, conniving trickery, counterfeit currency, love potions are all part of Harry Mudds arcane bag of tricks. Trouble looms ahead when Harry's "borrowed" shuttlecraft crash lands and rocklike creature attack! God bless the creatures.

What convinced a rock creature to defend our friends? Does Harcourt Fenton Mudd remind you of anyone?

Rock Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies!


Elephant's Child said...

I think that quite a lot of A listers (male and female) are really lizard creatures. Though I may be being unfair to lizards.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I never saw a cartoon Star Trek. But I do remember one with the whole crew getting all dopey eyed for one another in the regular series.

I can't believed Spock said, "on her pretty little head"!

Stopping in from Life & Faith in Caneyhead.

Tony Laplume said...

Honestly, Mudd was basically the (very, very) human equivalent of Q.

Anonymous said...

Okay, I think I need to go watch the animated series. Your reviews have more than piqued my interest.

Susan Kane said...

Mudd and Q...oh, the damage they could inflict.

Spacerguy said...

I'm finding it a totally blast watching TAS and writing these reviews up. I'm leaving out spoiler endings, so if you haven't seen the show, your in safe territory.

Birgit said...

This sounds like one hell of a party! The poor lizard creature just wants to be loved. Mudd is one of my favs

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

God bless the creatures - funny!
The cartoon sure crammed in a lot in its short form.

Maurice Mitchell said...

I haven't seen this yet, but it sounds like a fun episode.

The Armchair Squid said...

I do enjoy the humor of the episode. Just don't care for Mudd.

Lauren Farrow said...

When I was a kid I used to think that there is no reason to watch anything on TV or the movies unless it was a cartoon.
Now as an adult I might still agree. This episode looks great... and in cartoon world the monsters are real but thankfully so are the phasers!!

Jeffrey A. Scott said...

Mudd. Everyone's favourite miscreant.

Spacerguy said...

Those poor creatures, Elephants Child. Good bless their little souls.

Believe it Barbara, does that make Spock a chauvinist?

Cunning and silver tongued too. Well spotted Tony!

Crikey those two unleashed would wreak havoc on the galaxy, Susan.

It was Birgit, until the lizard creature showed up, LOL.

Thanks Alex. Star Trek The Animated Series is full of surprising delights.

Mudds arcane bag of tricks is always good for a laugh.

Roger C. Carmel did his best with the Mudd character, Armchair.

TAS has a lot of creative interplay between characters with background stories which is what gives these cartoons extra dimension. Listen to those voices and let them draw you in!

Good ol' Harry eh Jeffrey. He had a way with women, words and escaping the long arm of the law, LOL.

The Armchair Squid said...

Oh, I'm not opposed to the actor, just the character. The first Mudd episode left me feeling icky. As such, I've approached the following tales with less than an open mind.

Spacerguy said...

I understand Armchair Squid, Harry Mudd alias Leo Francis Walsh says a lot for the characters caliber.

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