Star Trek: “Mudd’s Women”

Data
Title: Star Trek“Mudd’s Women”
Year: 1966
Network: NBC
Episode: the sixth (of twenty-nine) from season one; 50 minutes
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Director: Harvey Hart
Writer: Stephen Kandel, story by Roddenberry
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Roger C. Carmel, Karen Steele
Music: Alexander Courage (theme); Fred Steiner
I saw it: on video and TV several times, most recently a few days ago (have on DVD)
Synopsis: three beautiful women are a scheming man’s cargo

My reaction
Concept:4/4 (Great) A whimsical rogue, space babes, and a novel social situation – lots of potential.
Story:1/4 (Bad) It’s extremely frustrating that Kirk is unable or unwilling to use force against civilians to save his ship (and the lives of everyone on board). Especially when they end up resolving the story with nonsense.
Characters:1/4 (Bad) You can be hypnotically beautiful, if only you believe in yourself!
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great)
Acting:3/4 (Good)
Music:4/4 (Great)
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good, 3/4 (Good)). The first half or so, when it’s about Harry Mudd, is fantastic; if it kept on like that, it could have been one of my favorite episodes. But as it goes on, it degenerates into crap.
Objective Rating (Average):2.7/4 (Good)

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