Jul 1, 2020
Star Trek (TAS) “Mudd's Passion” (part 1 of 7)
| SUMMARY: Swindler and raconteur Harcourt Fenton “Harry” Mudd returns once again to make life difficult for the crew of the starship Enterprise. Only, this time he’s a cartoon, and so is the rest of the crew, in this, the most hilarious episode of the short-lived 1970s Star Trek animated series (but is it intentionally hilarious? You be the judge).
Cartoon Kirk and Cartoon Spock arrest Cartoon Harry Mudd for trying to sell phony love potion crystals to miners. But by preying upon Cartoon Nurse Chapel’s unrequited lust for Spock, Mudd escapes, taking Chapel as a hostage. Much to Mudd’s surprise, however, the love potion actually works, which everybody learns the hard way when it’s accidentally released into the ship’s ventilation system.
Yes, it’s another “entire crew becomes love struck with each other” Star Trek episode, unfortunately sitting in good company with the likes of TNG’s “The Naked Now” and DS9’s “Fascination”, the latter also featuring a performance by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry. Coincidence? I think not.
Surprised? I’m assuming you are. Or at least you would be, if you lived in my world, where everything hinges on what I decide to recap next.
I’ve been saying for years that the Worst of Trek section would unfold in a predictable fashion: two recaps from each series, in chronological order of when the show debuted. After “Profit and Lace” and “Let He Who Is Without Sin…” from Deep Space Nine, the next logical thing to expect would be a Voyager recap. Or… so you thought.
I never expected to deviate from my long term Worst of Trek schedule, and to be honest, I don’t have a good explanation for this detour. Maybe it’s because we’re sort of at the halfway point in my initial runthrough of the Worst of Trek, and I deserve a breather. Or maybe I’m just really, really putting off having to deal with Voyager.
Or maybe it’s because just recently, I happened to discover this vastly underrated show called Star Trek. No, not the Star Trek that ran from 1966 to 1969, but the Star Trek that ran from 1973 to 1974, Saturday mornings on NBC.