Star trek - The Original Series, Vol. 2, Episodes 4 & 5: Mudd's Women/The Enemy Within
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"Mudd's Women" (Ep.4): Conman Harry Mudd brokers the marriage of three beautiful women to a mining colony to escape Kirk. "The Enemy Within" (Ep.5): A transporter malfunction splits Kirk into good and evil entities.
This second volume of episodes on DVD from the original Star Trek includes the popular and sexy "Mudd's Women," which introduces the character of interstellar huckster and fugitive Harry Mudd (Roger C. Carmel, later to return in another classic episode, "I, Mudd"). The Enterprise beams aboard Harry and three beautiful and scantily clad women whom the con man is carrying as cargo. The transport damages the starship, forcing Captain Kirk (William Shatner) to take a detour to a mining world for a supply of dilithium crystals. Harry uses the women as bait to get the miners to help him flee from the authorities--but a revelation about his liberal use of an attraction-enhancement drug adds a twist to things. This clever and novel installment in the series grafted the unlikely element of a petty, colorful crook onto a science fiction show, an obvious forerunner of Deep Space Nine's inclusion of Quark among its own major characters.
Also in this volume is another outstanding episode, "The Enemy Within." Written by renowned novelist-screenwriter Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man), the story proposes a transporter malfunction that results in Captain Kirk being divided into two versions of himself, one aggressive and brutal, the other sensitive and good. Essentially, the personality mix that makes Kirk an effective leader and balanced man is scattered like so many marbles, and the result is one captain running around mauling women and wreaking havoc while the other is frightened and indecisive. The production is very effectively done, and Shatner's performance is among his most interesting. --Tom Keogh
- Volume 2 Contains 2 Episodes: Episode #4 Mudd's Women (Airdate: October 13, 1966) & Episode #5 The Enemy Within (Airdate: October 6, 1966)
- Digitally Enhanced and Remastered
- Special Added Bonus: Original Broadcast Preview Trailers
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It felt rushed in a lot of ways (as far as in getting it from idea phase to showing in the theater) and it paid the price for that in quality. It also looks low budget in many ways. And some of that either is because it really was rushed, or leads to the rushed look and feel of the movie.
They probably should've left this movie idea on the drawing board.... or spent a lot more time massaging it.
I liked the revelation of Spock having a half-brother and found Sybok to be a fun character, all things considered. I also liked Shatner's directing overall, though not as much as Nimoy's, of course. (Except for the cat woman with three breasts. What was up with that, Bill?)
I also really loved the relationship between Uhura and Scotty as it was shown in the movie, and as much as I love Spock and Uhura in Abrams' movies, a pretty big part of me wishes he'd put Uhura with Scotty instead.
All in all, it was a pretty enjoyable movie. Not as good as Wrath of Khan or The Voyage Home, but definitely worth watching and a lot better than it's reputation suggests.
Nichelle Nicols(Uhura) is a good singer, yet a pop singer's voice is still looped over her.
There's a pop version of the song A Moon is a Window to Heaven on the Star Trek V soundtrack album.
Star Trek V tries to emulate Star Wars(1977) with a bar and a colony in the desert on planet Nimbus III. ILM was busy working on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade(1989) and the special effects for this film are very cheesy and unrefined. I can't say anything bad about Jerry Goldsmith's music score for the movie. It sounds good. Roger Ebert didn't like this film and even Mad Magazine poked fun of it. I bought it on VHS when I was 13 years old at a shopping center. At the time, I had no idea it was a "flop". William Shatner did a decent job directing Star Trek V, but the film's lack of success didn't give him more opportunities to direct more TV shows and movies. At one time, the producers wanted Sean Connery to play Sybok, but he was busy working on The Hunt for Red October(1990). David Warner plays a Federation officer who is barely developed in the story. Warner was given a better role in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country(1991). The film does have some good character moments. Sybok shows Spock and McCoy's traumatic memories in vivid detail. There's some awkward slapstick with Scotty bumping his head on a door. There's another scene where Spock uses rocket boots to fly in a broken turboshaft. There are some continuity problems in the scene. William Shatner's real life daughter plays a yeoman in the film. The special edition DVD for Star Trek V makes up for the film's flaws. It's loaded with extra features. Star Trek V is a weak Star Trek film, but it is still worth watching.
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