Star Trek - The Original Series, Vol. 21, Episodes 41 & 42: I, Mudd/ The Trouble With Tribbles
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"I, Mudd," Ep. 41 - That intergalactic rogue, Harry Mudd, is back to his old tricks as one of his schemes backfires, leaving Kirk, the Enterprise crew and himself held captive by a race of androids. "The Trouble with Tribbles," Ep. 42 - There are headaches for Kirk when Tribbles (furry creatures which eat incessantly) and Klingons invade a space station storing a valuable grain shipment.
Lovable scoundrel Harry Mudd (Roger C. Carmel) returns following his debut appearance in the first-season episode "Mudd's Women," this time as the leader of a race of helpful (and leggy) androids. Mudd tries to take control of the Enterprise, but soon finds that the androids have plans of their own. This is one of Trek's few purely comic episodes, and it hits a nice level of whimsy as Kirk and the crew fight android efficiency with good old human illogic. "I, Mudd" also sets a benchmark achievement for the Star Trek design crew: It called not just for beautiful women in revealing costumes, but for beautiful twins in revealing costumes. Truly a tough one to top, cheesily foreshadowing the "Fembots" of Austin Powers infamy. --Ali Davis
"The Trouble with Tribbles"
It's time to face one of the great questions of the television age: Is "The Trouble with Tribbles" really as good as everyone thinks it is? You bet. While the story might be a little slower than many of us remember, the episode is deservedly beloved for writer David Gerrold's witty, mildly acerbic script, and the way the cast took to heightened comic possibilities against network resistance. (Heavens! Comedy on a science fiction show?) Stanley Adams is delightful as the huckster Cyrano Jones, who gives a trilling furball called a tribble to Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), who brings it aboard the Enterprise and watches it reproduce... and reproduce... and reproduce. Soon, hundreds of tribbles are in every part of the ship, making Captain Kirk (William Shatner), already grouchy about guarding a mere grain shipment from Klingons, even grouchier. There's no question that Gerrold made a major contribution to Trek culture with this show, setting a tone that Star Trek has visited again and again, including the feature film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and sundry episodes of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager. --Tom Keogh
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I, MUDD: Roger C. Carmel returns as that lovable rogue Harcourt "Harry" Fenton Mudd, still causing trouble. Again surrounded with beautiful women, this time of the android persuasion, Harry has proclaimed himself king of a planet inhabited only by himself and willing androids. Trouble starts when the androids bring the Enterprise to them and announce their plans to take over and enslave humanity! Another one of the "Kirk versus the computer" episodes, but this is one of the best, with the crew performing an outrageous pantomime to short circuit the androids. Spock's definition of logic is classic! Like Harry, my jaw dropped when I saw that there were 500 Stellas!
THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES: From Kirk versus the computer to Kirk versus a stuffed-shirt Federation bureaucrat, both popular themes in TOS. This time around, he wants a shipment of "wheat" (or a variety thereof), guarded, and Kirk chafes at the supporting role in this. When you mix in bar room brawls with Klingons and a loving little animal that eats everything in sight and breeds beyond belief, the laughs never stop. To this day, I still get cracked up each time William Campbell's Klingon bows to Kirk each times he leaves the room.
I MUDD: This is a great showcase for the late Roger C Carmel. He was wonderful in playing the character Harcord "Harry" Fenton Mudd, that this was the one episode they wrote for him after his other stellar performance in MUDD WOMEN. Funny and excellent example of how Star Trek can take a serious subject and make it entertaining and funny.
THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES: Simply - David Gerold at his very best. Filled with Tribbles, Klingons and attitude this romp to save "Wheat" is histerical. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy shine in this one too!. William Campbell comes back (He was Trelane in THE SQUIRE OF GOTHOS in an earlier epsiode) but this time as the Klingon Captain to yet again be at odds with Captain Kirk.
All the supporting cast get their shinging moments in each film. Espeically, Chekova nd Uhura. (Koenig and Nichols)
This is a must DVD to have for evry original Star Trek fan! Write me, tell me what you think.
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