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“Mudd’s Women” Remastered: Review + Video + Screenshots [UPDATED] April 28, 2008

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REVIEW
by Jeff Bond

“Mudd’s Women” was one of three teleplays considered for Star Trek’s second pilot, after “The Cage” was deemed “too cerebral” by NBC network executives. The others were “Where No Man Has Gone Before,” which was filmed as the second pilot, and “The Omega Glory.” “Where No Man…” and “The Omega Glory” both featured strong action/adventure elements missing in “The Cage”—fistfights, heavy dramatic conflict, and space action. “Mudd” seemed an attempt to show that the apparent humorlessness of “The Cage” would not be the template for the series: it’s a comedy with serious overtones.

Guest star Roger C. Carmel makes a great impression as con man Harry Mudd, although his initial “Leo Walsh” persona, complete with an Australian-style hat, a thick accent and a buccaneer’s outfit makes him a bit too much of an obvious “space pirate,” the sort of character you might expect to run into on Lost in Space.

The story is pure western, with Mudd’s mission to “wive settlers” and his “cargo” of beautiful space babes seeming rather incongruous with the technological and social advances shown on the series. It doesn’t help that the women are thinly characterized, with only Karen Steele’s Eve showing any intelligence or independence. Male viewers tend to remember Carmel’s appealing scoundrel and enjoy the eye candy of the women, but this has to be a tough episode for a modern female audience to swallow.

Like other uneven or downright bad first season episodes like “The Alternative Factor,” the strong guest star and the often spellbinding first season production values help carry the episode, especially during its first few acts. Jerry Finnerman’s lighting is particularly evocative, with a number of interesting angles and compositions—he lights Mudd’s big bald head like a moon in eclipse, backlighting the actor in some extreme, dramatic angles. Finnerman is also instrumental in getting across the mysterious effect of Mudd’s women with his patented, gauzy-lensed glamour photography. Carmel is extremely funny, adding a lot of amusing business to his initial scenes, and Shatner’s give and take with the actor is fiery and entertaining—Carmel is particularly good as his false cover is blown during the briefing room interrogation scene.

The comic value of the women’s affect on the male crewmembers pays off in several scenes—I love McCoy’s line “Are you wearing some special perfume or something radioactive perhaps, my dear?” But the downside is the story has to completely sideline all of the Enterprise’s female crewmembers in order to focus on the three feminine intruders—what does Uhura or Chapel think of all this? It’s fun watching Scotty and Kirk deal with the deteriorating condition of the ship (“lithium” crystals being the power controlling, pre-dilithium McGuffins here), and there’s a nice, quiet conference between Kirk, Spock and Scotty on the bridge—when Scotty refers to Mudd as a “jackass” (rather strong language for the time), Kirk says “That’s one jackass that you’re going to see skinned.” Shatner is always good playing Kirk’s awkward reactions to events that don’t jibe with his ship command skills and his reactions to the women are more entertaining than the otherwise stunned and dizzy looks the other crewmembers have.

Unfortunately the story, already on thin ice, goes even further downhill once the Enterprise gets to the Rigel mining colony. Mudd largely disappears from the scene and while Gene Dynarski gives one of Trek’s more subtle and convincing performances as the mining chief, his interaction with Eve isn’t quite enough to hold interest during the story’s final act. Even as a kid the demonstration of the Venus Drug never made sense to me (“So the drug styles their hair, applies makeup and puts a foggy field of distortion around them?”)—showing a placebo do the same thing is even more unconvincing despite the fairly laudable little lesson about self-confidence and loving someone for their inner self on display during the denouement. But Spock probably says it best at the end: “An unfortunate, emotional episode.”

CBS Digital’s work on “Mudd’s Women” provides a new starship for Harry Mudd, an asteroid field and an additional long-distance view of the Rigel mining colony. Mudd’s ship is seen fleeing the Enterprise in the distance on the viewscreen and its layout almost suggests a small, early version of the Voyager design (although the original effects aren’t much to speak of, they’re relatively effective and ambitious, especially the meteor work). We get a far more detailed look at the asteroid collision that destroys Mudd’s ship, although the timing is a little off—when Sulu says “There he goes!” in the original episode we cut to see the ship already flaring into an explosion. In the Remastered version as the line is said we cut to see the fatal asteroid still out in front of the ship and then impacting the vessel. But instead of the optical flare shown in the original episode we’re treated to the disintegration of the ship with parts flying off, followed by a gaseous blue explosion.

The Rigel mining colony shot is an interesting overhead view that gives an idea of the facility’s layout—but this is not one of the digital mattes created for other episodes like “Devil in the Dark,” but more of a computer generated environment with heavy, wind-blown clouds and dust sweeping across it—as such it doesn’t have the painterly beauty and depth of the other matte environments CBS-D has created for the show.

 

SFX VIDEO


(higher quality version at YouTube)

SCREENSHOTS
REMASTERED v ORIGINAL
by Matt Wright


Hellooooo ladies


Who couldn’t trust a face like that?

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Comments

1. Rowedogg - April 28, 2008

First! Mudd rules.

2. Illogical (Bink) - April 28, 2008

Saw it today, still one of my favs!

3. Hat Rick - April 28, 2008

Beautiful shots. However, there appears no improvement on the original beauties — because none is needed. ;-)

4. OR Coast Trekkie - April 28, 2008

Good stuff here, though I admit to not being much of a fan of that blue explosion when the asteroid hit the ship.

5. Hat Rick - April 28, 2008

I note that the planet’s color has been diminished somewhat to a fairly boring brown. Who is to say that the original color was incorrect?

6. Green-Blooded-Bastard - April 28, 2008

I’m glad they lowered the price of these. i wasn’t going to get them at their old price. BTW, this new format isn’t so hot, just my opinion.

7. Matt Wright - April 28, 2008

New format of what?

8. OneBuckFilms - April 28, 2008

They did okay on this one. I like the blue of the original planet, but the new one matches the planetside set better.

I also like the new matte painting of the mining colony.

Helps to hilight the harsh conditions the miners live in.

9. Aragorn189 - April 28, 2008

I saw this on the DVD set and I must say that I was impressed with the job they did with this episode.

10. warptrek - April 28, 2008

#5 “I note that the planet’s color has been diminished somewhat to a fairly boring brown. Who is to say that the original color was incorrect?”

I’m with Hat Rick. I liked the original BLUE planet better.

11. demon barber of starfleet - April 29, 2008

I actually prefer the original effects But the new ones are great anyway.

Mudd’s Women was the first episode of Star Trek I ever saw. That was a while ago.

12. AJ - April 29, 2008

Changes look fine. I just never really liked Mudd until “I, Mudd.”

I remember some “noise” in the 1980′s when Gene Dynarski (Childress) showed up in Season 1 TNG as an Admiral.

13. Enc - April 29, 2008

what? no review?

i saw it. got a bad copy. it looked terible. contrast was dark. interlace-blur.

i think (not sure) the ship looked fine.

#8
ill agree to that, but the matte even though good was just a bit off to me.

14. Worked for me! - April 29, 2008

This was one instance where I thought CBS-D nailed each and every shot perfectly.

15. Granger - April 29, 2008

I saw this on the HD-DVD set, and it looks fantastic. An improvement on the original in every case – in my opinion.

If some prefer the original effects with brightly lit asteroids that look like they came shooting out of a 1950s B-movie and blue-black planet swirls that hardly make the planet seem the inhospitable place the episode portrays it to be, that is certainly their right and choice.

But I am convinced CBS Digital made correct choices in their updates. The new effects will be far more convincing for future Trek fans. I prefer that the youth of today watch the show and enjoy the acting and plot and not be distracted by 40-year-old effects that don’t come close to modern sensibilities.

16. Dr. Image - April 29, 2008

Missed the broadcast (pun intended), but since I have it on that unique and rare ancient format of lore, HD-DVD, I’ll have to check it out.
You have to admit, the E as rendered by CBS-D has a look that’s not Eden’s or Zoic’s or Daren’s or any other house’s. Very unembellished and “RAW” -in photographic terms.
I guess now I’m finally liking it. Sort of.

17. BrF - April 29, 2008

Nice job on this one, especially the scenes of Mudd’s small ship doing its little evasive bob and weave. Nice that the star field in the background is moving, too, to reflect that the Enterprise is turning, as well. And its nice that we don’t see the (not small) Enterprise bobbing and weaving.

18. Garovorkin - April 29, 2008

I loved Harry Mudd’s the man as a menace I wish he could have been in a few more episodes, making difficult for Kirk and company. I slo wish that Him and Cryano Jones could run into each other with Kirk caught in the middle that would have been truly priceless!! This is actually a fun episode and its basically got a good story. it is one of treks more memorable episodes and who can forget at the very end of the episode when Kirk offers to appear as a character witness at Mudd’s trial and Mudd’s replys “they”ll throw away key”! . that is classic all the way.

19. sherlockfreak - April 29, 2008

Wow…

The Enterprise looks GREAT in this one!!!

I’m pleasantly surprised and very impressed–it doesn’t look fake and plastic-y and completely CGI. It actually looks more tangible here (which is why I LOVE the old model so much.)

Good job, CBS!

20. Crewman Darnell - April 29, 2008

The CGI effects in Mudd’s Women were Grade A. I honestly wish I could say the same about all of the other episodes I’ve seen. :-/

21. diabolik - April 29, 2008

I can’t get the video to play or even show. Dead link? Or just me?

22. CmdrR - April 29, 2008

As of this writing, still waiting on Jeff’s review. Just saying that in case I duplicate something.

CBS-D stuff looks good. The old asteroid chase was what it was, not horrible but limited by the opticals they used. The new isn’t even up to Empire Strikes Back standards, but it’s good.

As for the ep, I always liked this one. Roger C. Carmel was college roommates with one of my uncles. (Look, if I was gonna make up something it would be better than that!) Anyway — this one also struck me as being true to Gene’s sales pitch: “Wagon Train to the Stars.” Imagine Harry Mudd showing up at the Ponderosa with a wagon full o’ lovelies. Little Joe needs medicine, but Harry won’t hand it over unless Hoss marries one of the gals. The episode basically plays out the same (except Harry’s wagon isn’t hit by an asteroid.) In the first season, you see a few eps that look like they came from other series. “Conscience of the King” especially looks like a retread. Mudd’s Women has enough sci-fi gloss (shiny pills) on it to look like Trek, but it’s really a story that works in any genre. And it works well here, IMHO.

23. Andy Patterson - April 29, 2008

I know it’s early but for the record, I have some observations and research analysis that I want people to look out for when they watch Assignment: Earth this coming weekend. One little interesting blooper/trivia you’ll see is related to Harry Mudd, oddly enough, and I’ve never heard anyone make mention of it. Guess it requires good ears or incredible fanaticism. Or both.

24. Adrian - April 29, 2008

Mudd is by far one of the cheesest lamest characters on Star Trek. Like the Nelix of TOS

25. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - April 29, 2008

Nice work on the asteroids — the field actually looks perilous to navigate through for both Mudd’s ship and the Enterprise. I also agree with the others who have noted that the bobbing and weaving of Mudd’s ship is to good effect.

Oh, and unless the surface soil is black and the skies dark blue overhead, the orbital shot of the planet should not be a psychedelic shade of blue either. It’s called science, folks, and science fiction must rely on it, otherwise it’s fantasy.

26. Sean4000 - April 29, 2008

Great capture! This is what I am talking about by consistency. The viewscreen was the best I’ve seen it in almost any episode short of making a CG one that isn’t so out of focus. The CG actually wasn’t too video game like and was adequate.

If this kind of care was given to all of the episodes, then I would not be assembling a fan edit as we speak.

Sure wish they would have gone back and re-remasterd some of those older eps. :(

27. Nelson - April 29, 2008

One of the magical moments when I saw Mudd’s Women on HD-DVD was the new CGI of the Enterprise right after Kirk and Mudd leave Childress’ quarters at the end. The combination of the music and the new CGI shot really felt like magic to me. The perfect combination of imagery rendered well and the original harp music.

28. eagle219406 - April 29, 2008

#5 Wouldn’t what the planet looked like on the surface be a clue?

I saw this one on DVD and it was awesome. They really got the effects right. Just one thing. People are always saying that it is the stories that make the show and not the effects. It is actually a little bit of both. George Lucas once said that “A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing.” I agree with him. For example, I did not see the remastered when it was ON TV the first time around. I found out about it much later, and the only thing I had to go on were the effect shots in this computer. Many of them didn’t even have sounds. I kept wondering, how will they look next to the story scenes.

I finally got my answer when the second season came around. The only things that really disappointed me was that they cut scenes out for syndication. That is why I want to see them on the DVD, so I can see the show in its entirety, Effects and story.

29. Hat Rick - April 29, 2008

I agree that the spot where they landed would indicate that parts of the planet were brown, but let’s take Earth as an example. Much of Earth is forested and much of it is desert. Even so, however, the Earth appears primarily blue with white swirls because two-thirds of it is covered by water. The browns of the land areas are comparatively muted.

If the planet in this episode had only a very small proportion of land to sea ratio, and if the atmosphere or oceans were purplish, then I think it’s possible that the planet as a whole could be more or less purple when viewed from space. I can’t recall if the sky was purplish in the episode, but that wouldn’t have any effect on whether the oceans were.

The planets in our own Solar System have a diversity of colors when viewed from space. Mercury is dark grey, Venus is white (from the cloud cover), the Earth is blue-and-white, Mars is ochre, Jupiter is striped brown, Saturn is tannish, Uranus is a pastel blue, and Neptune is a deep blue. Poor, demoted Pluto (now considered a dwarf planet) is apparently pinkish, as seen in this disco ball-like mosaic of its surface: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/30/Pluto.jpg

For what it’s worth.

30. Ryan T. Riddle - April 29, 2008

I got a chance to see this on my parents plasma HDTV when I went to visit them over the weekend, and the shots looked great. While I prefer the original effects for nostalgia sake’s, not a bad job was done here. The shot of the Big E in orbit at the end was a thing of beauty.

31. mojonaut - April 29, 2008

Glad to see they’ve moved away from the “blob of light”, but I’m not sure the new ship is adequate to bring it into the 21st century. Could this be the work of the “b-team” again?

I never liked Harry Mudd until the fourth level of the Star Trek: 25th Anniversary game hah.

32. Turgenev - April 29, 2008

23
harry mudd / assignment eart tie-in goes like this:

A blooper occurs when Nimoy’s sudden hand cramp prevents him from making the correct Vulcan “live long and prosper” sign and he makes the gesture without splaying his fingers, thus his hand looks like the lower part of the state of Michigan…. Lansing is the state capital of MI and Robert Lansing is also the guest star… during the spring thaw, much of Michigan is extremely muddy… animals shedding their winter fur fill this mud with their discarded hair… and Harry Mudd is thus referenced!

That was easy!

33. diabolik - April 29, 2008

Sure wish I could view it… the little circle in the middle just keeps going round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round.. sorry, it hynotized me for a minute there.

Anyway, maybe it will load someday.

34. Confused - April 29, 2008

Administrator:

This page doesn’t load in IE 7.0, but seems to work fine in Firefox.

35. awesome-o - April 29, 2008

Maybe it’s just me… but this effort by CBS is really looking tacky at this point. I, for one, prefer the originals. It’s funny to say, but honestly, they look more real.

36. Green-Blooded-Bastard - April 29, 2008

#7 Matt

By format, I meant when I posted, all the posts were centered in the middle of the screen and I thought this was a new format for the blog. Here we are at 36 and the posts are in their regular place. The video images themselves look great, though.

37. Teleportation Girl - April 29, 2008

If the terrain of the surface is a medium tan color, then the orbital shot needs to reflect that. Otherwise, it would be inconsistent. I think the new shots are good and help support the story.

38. eagle219406 - April 29, 2008

#29 “If the planet in this episode had only a very small proportion of land to sea ratio, and if the atmosphere or oceans were purplish, then I think it’s possible that the planet as a whole could be more or less purple when viewed from space.”

That sounds logical in some ways. But there is one thing you didn’t take into account. Childress mentions that there wasn’t much water on that planet which was why his pans weren’t clean. Then Eve suggests he hang them outside and let the sand wash them. That line pretty much contradicts your theory.

39. eagle219406 - April 29, 2008

#34

Administrator:

This page doesn’t load in IE 7.0, but seems to work fine in Firefox.

it is not just you, I am having the same problem. In fact, I.E. seems to be going out little by little. I can’t even access my e-mails on I.E. anymore.

40. Hat Rick - April 29, 2008

Thank you for your response, 38 (eagle219406). I wonder, though, if the atmosphere could nevertheless convey a purple appearance to the planet. Viewed from a certain angle, hazy skies could make things look purple (hence the “purple mountains’ majesty” in our famous patriotic song).

I don’t think that this issue detracts from the value of the remastering, by the way. It’s really more of a nitpick than anything else.

41. CanuckLou - April 29, 2008

Now here is an episode I never cared for

….the adventure continues…

42. Anthony Pascale - April 29, 2008

sorry people…there was a problem with IE7 that is now fixed. Was trying to embed the new ‘high quality’ feature from youtube, but apparently that only works with FireFox. I have added a link to the higher quality version below the video. I also added a review from Jeff Bond.

43. COMMANDER KEEN - April 29, 2008

This was a fun episode for sure. I always liked Harry Mudd. I guess he was much like Han Solo was before he met Luke and Lea. The one thing that always cracked me up was when the computer was reading out Mudd’s “history”. At the end, the computer mentioned he was in for Psychoatric evaluation. The computer says “treatment results disputed”, or something like that. Meaning, not entirely cured!

Loved Mudd’s new ship.

44. KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - April 29, 2008

#42..SWEET. thanks Anthony. I can back to my normal “nam de plume” now (no longer confused) :-)

45. Kyle Nin - April 29, 2008

In the planetary orbit shot, are those tan-colored clouds or massive sandstorms?

46. Enterprise Fan - April 29, 2008

To those of you who previously denigrated Enterprise for its sometimes clumsy use of sexual innuendo, I submit Defendant’s Exhibit #1: Mudd’s Women.

I remember back in college we had a group of guys who got into the habit of watching Star Trek every Saturday night. I had 5-6 people hooked – until the night Mudd’s Women came on. One fo the guys who hadn’t watched Star Trek before said “boy, some of these episodes were really awful!” I was forced to agree.

What an incredibly ridiculous (and chauvinistic) portrayal of the relationship between men and women. And don’t tell me that we should forgive this one because it was made in the 1960s. Oh well, I guess we can thank portrayals like this for giving us the modern feminist movement. If I were a woman living in that time, I’d be pretty disgusted.

Next time we have a debate about Enterprise and its supposedly poor comparison in relation to TOS, I’ll look forward to calling out anyone who posted praise for this episode. Probably one of the most distasteful of the entire series.

47. Andy Patterson - April 29, 2008

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No,…that’s not it. Good try. The opening shot of Gary Seven when he first appears on the transporter pad has the music and the sound effects from “I Mudd”. You hear the machine inner workings of Norman’s tummy with the bed of music they use for both episodes. It’s like they just pulled all the audio from that episode and didn’t notice it, or care. You can hear the Bwee Bwee Bwee underneath Barbara Babcock’s meowing voice over. It’s kind of like Jimmy Page’s guitar solo on “The Ocean” where you can hear the phone ringing in the studio. (None of my ‘lost that high frequency hearing’ friends seem to be able to hear it)

48. Engon - April 29, 2008

In the original, the mining camp was actually on the other, unseen side of the planet – the appearance of which would have been 100% scientifically accurate if only we had been able to see it.

49. diabolik - April 29, 2008

#46… I grok, brother. I was always trying to convince my parents of the quality of trek, (you would have thought they found P.A.S.T., “Parents Against Star Trek”) but every time I got them to sit down and give it a chance, it was a stinker like “Spock’s Brain” and “Plato’s Stepchildren.” Needless to say it only enforced their belief that a stupid show was taking me over.

50. Izbot - April 29, 2008

The new matte painting was a nice touch but they could’ve animated the little antennae/radar dish/weather vanes on top of the quonset huts to match their spinning we see on the actual set.

Harry Mudd’s new ship looked a bit like the ship from Galaxy Quest!

The early 60s television obssession with how-men-are-different-from-women weighs heavily on this episode. Reminds me of the Flintstones.

51. Demode - April 29, 2008

How hard would it be to go back and fix some of the re-mastered episodes? This episode looked gorgeous. With all of the Enterprise shots we have now, it should be simple to go back and “replace” old CGI shots with the newer, more improved Enterprise shots. I really hope this happens before I spend any money on a DVD set. In fact, I won’t spend any money if it’s released “as is.”

52. Dave Rolf - April 29, 2008

Jeff,

Not a single mention of the score to this episode? One of the top 5 scores of the entire series?? What gives?

53. star trackie - April 29, 2008

This episode looked gorgeous..great lighting, color popping off the screen. And the FX look as good as ever. Watched it on the HD DVD, sure is perty in 1080p.

54. diabolik - April 29, 2008

I’ll take the dark-haired girl in the green.

55. the king in shreds and tatters - April 29, 2008

Can we get a shot of the ship model, FX guys? Like you did with the Gorn ship?

56. Marc B - April 29, 2008

52- You are so right!

I always thought that the male vs. female comments on Trek were made to point out how wrong they were…but even this episode stretches it a bit far.

Still, this episode is one of my favs…all the elements are there: the lighting, soft lens, the lines, music, etc.

57. dan - April 29, 2008

i hate the way the Mudd’s ship is weaving around. How come CBS-D doesn’t make ship’s feel they have MASS?

Some beautiful close ups of Enterprise.

58. Jeff Bond - April 29, 2008

Oh yes–good score! :) Sorry, I have 5-month old twins here so sometimes I can’t think of everything…or anything…

59. Adam - April 29, 2008

Well, I think they look great, the new FX shots. The music is pretty good, too. Sorry, I have nothing to complain about.

60. Izbot - April 29, 2008

“Scotty refers to Mudd as a ‘jackass’ (rather strong language for the time)”

Actually “jackass” was not considered strong language in the mid-60s or even the early 1940s (as evidenced by its’ occasional use in Bugs Bunny cartoons). It referred to a the stubborn and foolish characteristics of a donkey and not the human posterior. “That’s one jackass that you’re going to see skinned” is a play on skinning a mule (ever hear the Dolly Parton song “Mule-skinner”?) and not on skinning Mudd’s backside. Though it works as a double-entendre.

I also wouldn’t call this episode “a comedy with serious overtones” but a serious episode with one comic character and a few comical moments.

And, yeah, no mention in the review of this episode’s memorable score? That’s too bad, this one is exceptional.

61. GNDN - April 29, 2008

In Mr. Bond’s defense (not that he needs any), he covered Fred Steiner’s considerable contribution to Star Trek quite nicely in his book “The Music of Star Trek” (ISBN-13: 978-1580650120).

As regards the production values of “Mudd’s Women”, both Jerry Finnerman’s lens work and Harvey Hart’s direction were superb. The camera was incredibly fluid in this episode and the blocking of the actors was particularly well-thought out. The bridge never looked more like the con of a WW II sub than during the “jackass” scene. Bob Justman commented that some of the early episdode directors were quite good, but the number of setups used and other creative decisions made by some were more than a weekly television drama could afford. Hart, along with Lawrence Dobkin (“Charlie X”) and Leo Penn (“The Enemy Within”), were among those not invited back. Arguably, those three episodes did more to cement the style of Star Trek than any others.

We get a variety of Kirks, too, Angry-Kirk leaning into the intercom of his chair; Befuddled-Kirk disengaging from a woman (!); Anguished-Kirk, shoulders hunched, head down, as his million gross ton starship falls to earth.

And what about James Doohan? These early performances had none of the broad slapstick Scotty was prone to in later outings. He is at least as unflappable as Spock (somewhat moreso, actually, in “The Corbomite Maneuver”), and really works well with the Vulcan.

All of these elements: innovative camera work and finely-crafted performances are what make me remember the first half-season of Star Trek the best ever. Even when the stories were pretty awful.

62. Steve Short - April 29, 2008

Can’t wait to see this weekend’s “Assignment Earth” and how much has been done with it. Like the launch pad and the rocket scenes in Florida. I’m hoping it can be as good as the Enterprise and the jet flying through the sky in “Tomorrow Is Yesterday”. In the old “Assignment Earth” the rocket looked like one of the Apollo launchings to the moon, not a rocket with a nuclear warhead.

63. Andy Patterson - April 29, 2008

My guess is they don’t do anything to launch pad. Seems like one of those “time consuming” shots they talk about all the time

64. Redjac - April 29, 2008

CBS-D did a great job on this one!

I really liked the matte painting of the mining colony and the explosion of Mudd’s ship…great stuff!

ST:Remastered was an uneven project…some moments of true greatness marred by equal moments of mediocrity…

65. US Taxpayer Dude - April 29, 2008

Reading some of these comments explains this site’s demographics, lol!

Normal girls don’t ordinarily like Trek, because Trek was intended for an audience of adult men. Men in the 1960s were much more mature and responsible, at any given age, than their equivalents today. Further, they were largely married with families, so there was no point to injecting feminist ideology — they already knew about women from personal experience. Expecting it to appeal to today’s females is almost funny.

No amount of wishful progessive thinking, even by the feminist courtier “Great Bird” of the Galaxy, would alter that fundamental human reality.

So relax boyz. Enjoy the eye candy in this obivous male fantasy for those blessed with abundant testosterone and self-confidence. Pretty soon you might be jonesin’ for a Venus fix … for your own use.

;-)

So loosen up boyz. Enjoy your testicles for a change and you’ll understand why God gave you testosterone.

66. starfall42 - April 29, 2008

I’m also guessing they leave the stock NASA footage alone for next week.

Spock had this somewhat lecherous side in early episodes that was thankfully written out. He seems to be stunned by Mudd’s cargo along with the rest in the transporter room. And he gives an odd leer when he escorts them out of the captain’s quarters.

67. Dave in RI - April 29, 2008

I’ve always liked the Harry Mudd episodes, though as a child I liked ” I, Mudd” more for the broad comedy. After seeing the newly remastered “Mudd’s Women”, I have a new appreciation for it…beautiful, vivid colors the just pop out of the TV!
Anyone have any idea who did the actual signing on Harry Mudd’s I.D.?
I had purchased Harlan Ellison’s “City on the Edge of Forever” book over the weekend, and it looks like the cover photo of Harlan with Len Nimoy and Bill Shatner was taken from this episode…it’s the establishing shot when they beam down.

68. Redjac - April 29, 2008

The camera setup for the early first season episodes was much more experimental and cinematic than it would become in later episodes of the series…

Great stuff. I really liked the framing of the “jackass” scene…

69. Garovorkin - April 29, 2008

#67 I have that same edition of City on the Edge of Forever and now that I look at the cover Yeah, I see what you mean.

70. Jeff Bond - April 29, 2008

I do know what a “jackass” is BTW and yes, doctor, I was able to gather the meaning of Kirk’s follow-up line. I am also an adult male. And I don’t recall hearing the word “jackass” used very often in Sixties television, just as Trek was I believe one of the first television dramas to have a character say “Let’s get the hell out of here.” I’m confident there was a subversive intent to all those lines–just take a look at “Corbomite Maneuver” and McCoy’s line to Kirk: “What are you going to do with that extra six percent [efficiency] when you get it, Jim?” Kirk: “I’m going to take it, and I’m going to…”–now what do you suppose Kirk would have said had he not been interrupted at that point? :)

71. Engon - April 30, 2008

Well, I wasn’t going to mention this, but…speaking of lines which MIGHT be subversive…

When Mudd’s women materialize in the transporter room, the music and gauzy photography go into high gear. Scotty and McCoy are struck dumb (so much so that McCoy runs back to Sick Bay and changes into his smock for one reaction shot).

Anyway, over the visual of these gentlemen experiencing the “mysterious magnetic effect” of the women we hear Kirk on the intercom…

“Captain to transporter room.”
(no response)
“Are you reading me, Mr. Scott?”
(no response)
“Bridge to transporter room… How many did we get off?”
(pause)
Scotty: “Oh, Um… four in all, sir.”

If you don’t see the possible double-entendre, it’s just as well.

72. Iowagirl - April 30, 2008

#60
- I also wouldn’t call this episode “a comedy with serious overtones” but a serious episode with one comic character and a few comical moments. -

Agreed. The significance of the episode’s overall message may serve as prove of the theory.

“There’s only one kind of woman…”
“Or man, for that matter–”
“You either believe in yourself or you don’t.”

But there definitely is a wonderful comic element as well, delivered perfectly by everyone. That moment when the women enter Kirk’s quarters, that stunned look on Kirk’s face, and Spock’s hinted smirk are just priceless.

73. AJ - April 30, 2008

US Taxpayer Dude: 65:

“Men in the 1960s were much more mature and responsible, at any given age, than their equivalents today. Further, they were largely married with families.”

My recall of the history of the 1960′s involves throngs of young hippies, the beginning of the free love movement, and the rise of a massive counter-culture.

The main demographic is always skewed toward the younger viewers, because they offer a sustainable base. So “18-45,” let’s say, is more concerned with 18 than 45.

Young adults in the ’60s were going to war, and/or jumping into the Woodstock generation.

What’s interesting, is that perhaps Paramount saw the demographic as you put it, and researched it as a stable and sustainable one, when it actually was disintegrating rapidly.

74. FredCFO - April 30, 2008

If “Omega Glory” had been the 2nd pilot, this would lostinspacemovie.com.

75. Andy Patterson - April 30, 2008

I’ve alwyas loved “Omega Glory” despite what some say. Ron Tracy, best baddie ever.

76. Dr. Image - April 30, 2008

#64 Redjac- An uneven project indeed.

Though, still, I’m really getting used to the new shots of the E, in general.
The original stock fx flyby shots look lamer every day by comparison.
Even the crappy early nacelle cap versions are basically better, but I really wish they’d fix them before future releases.

77. Hat Rick - April 30, 2008

Speaking of nacelles, I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that the clips of the Enterprise in TOS that show the nacelles as having exhaust ports, rather than the better-recognized hemispherical protrusions, do not seem to have much by way of rationalization associated with them. I’ve searched in vain for a good explanation of why the Enterprise nacelles once had these ports and why — either in-universe or in reality — the change to the hermispheres was made.

78. John Gill - April 30, 2008

Is it just me, or did anyone else notice that the sound quality was much better in this episode, especially The Shat’s voice on the “Captain’s Logs”? Cleare, crisper, bolder, and more bass.

79. Dave in RI - April 30, 2008

Speaking of nacelle caps, I wonder why CBS-Digital didn’t show them completely dark after the final lithium crystal burned out and the ship was running on battery power only. I think it would have been pretty neat, not to mention consistant with what the dialog was saying.

80. Hat Rick - April 30, 2008

Regarding 77, a clarification: I am referring to the hemispherical protrusions at the end of each nacelle.

81. eagle2193406 - April 30, 2008

#70: Actually there was one that came before that although not in Star Trek. I believe the line was, “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a Damn.” I think that was also said by Abott and Costello in the famous, “who’s on first” Skit. It was the name of the Short Stop.

#77, 80

Actually what I always wondered was why those Protrusions or domes were sometimes there and sometimes not. And Why the domes in the front of the nacelles were sometimes perfectly round with flashing lights and sometimes they were just dark brown, with spikes sticking out. Also why sometimes the Deflector dish was wider than what was behind it and sometimes narrower. THey finally fixed that with the new footage.

82. AJ - April 30, 2008

81:

There was a “pilot” model of Enterprise with pointed nacelles, an oversized deflector dish, and no “hemispherical protrusions” at the rear of the warp nacelles. You see it in The Cage and WNMHGB, and for a “point” of difference, they used it for the ISS Enterprise in “Mirror, Mirror.” That’s it.

I would suppose there are multiple stock shots of the ship leaving orbit without the protrusions that were used throughout the series.

83. Hat Rick - April 30, 2008

Thanks for the info, AJ. Most interesting.

84. Andy Patterson - April 30, 2008

83

Yeah, I believe Dochterman says that the one with the exhaust port looking things was only about 3 inches long too.

85. Engon - April 30, 2008

Both the 3 foot model and the 11 foot model were built for the pilot.

86. Michael Hall - April 30, 2008

“So loosen up boyz. Enjoy your testicles for a change and you’ll understand why God gave you testosterone.”

Thanks, Dude, for the advice. In point of fact, I enjoy me stones just fine. I also have no problem with any defense of “Mudd’s Women” as a fun, spirited romp with plenty to recommend it–the cast, Carmel, and the girls are great, as are the production values and the humor. What doesn’t need defending–because it’s purely indefensible–is the rampant sexism. Thankfully a product of its time (and the episode needs to be viewed in that context if you can manage it, Enterprise Fan), the leering Madonna/whore condescension towards one-half of the human race need have no place in ours.

87. Jim Profit - April 30, 2008

I’m sorry to say that almost every week, but why do you headline the article

“Mudd’s Women” Remastered: Review + Video + Screenshots [UPDATED]

if what comes is just

“Mudd’s Women” Remastered: Review + Streaming + Screenshots [UPDATED]

instead? I still don’t understand why you capture HD material but show it with the LD (better: vLD, very Low Definition) quality of YouTube clipses. When this site started, there were wmv-files in pretty good quality every week.

P.S.: Beside this nuisance, I still think this site is great, one of the best regarding Star Trek.

88. Cyrus - May 1, 2008

Nice review Jeff.

Initially I also thought that the timing was off in that “There she goes!” line. But Sulu, via his instruments, should know that an asteroid is about to hit the ship, so I think it’s OK.

89. diabolik - May 1, 2008

That shot of the Enterprise shown just before Harry’s ship blows up was awesome! Love the way it gets up close to the nacelle before cutting away. A very dynamic shot.

90. TJR - May 1, 2008

I agree that the new effects did a lot to enhance this episode.

I hadn’t seen this episode in ages (and I remember not caring for it then), so I saw it with new eyes and found that I enjoyed it.

I think this episode was trying to make a point about the Fantasy that men want from women vs the reality of what they really need from a woman.

That’s a strong statement to be making even now with all of the (fantasy) sexuality that is thrown at us now in TV ads and music videos.

I think it tried to make this point, but I also think it fell just a little bit short of it.

I still enjoyed the episode much more now than I did all those years ago.

91. Dep1701 - May 2, 2008

Has anyone else noted a little sound blooper in this episode ( always there…not just in the remastered version )? In the briefing room after the tial, as Kirk attempts to disengage himself from Eve, you can clearly hear the director yell “LIGHTS!” just before they start fading.

A similar event occurs in “The Enemy Within” as Fisher is heard ( off-screen ) to tumble of the boulder. Listen right after Sulu says “That’s nippy.”; As the sound effects start, you can hear the director yell “NOISE!” cueing Shatner and Takei to look off stage for their reaction.

92. Spocko - May 4, 2008

All these new explosions don’t look real or star trekkish.

93. RD - May 13, 2008

CBS Digital suffers from a lack of directorial talent. I continue to see “blatant Film-school 101″ errors creeping up. When Eve looks out the window and the miner comments that the wind always blows like that, instead of her POV, they re-use their OVERHEAD establishing shot, completely disconnecting the moment. I noticed the exact same error in in COURT MARTIAL when the camera moves in on the Ion Pod replacement and then they cut to Kirk entering the bar on the planet! Not that you can’t go from a focus on the enterprise and then jump to the planet, but when you move in on a subject like that you expect the next scene to be within the subject. My first reaction to seeing that cut was, “where am I?” and I’ve seen that episode a dozen times. No one in the audience should ever have that feeling. Whoever is directing the restoration has lost perspective and is focused on “cool shots” rather than good directing.

94. Grady Christie - May 4, 2009

One of my all-time favorites! Glad to see it redone.
Grady Christie

95. tiki-god! - July 4, 2009

Anyone else notice that during the cutaways to McCoy during the 3 beauty’s initial beam up his costume changes from regular starfleet to his medical togs? Only for one cutaway though.

96. LC - September 2, 2009

Speaking of “good directing” — I maintain that “Mudd’s Women” is the best-directed episode of the original series. Period. No other episode quite matches the other-worldly feel of both the Enterprise and the planet. The gliding camera shots and unusual angles make it look more like a feature film than a weekly TV show.

It’s a pity Harvey Hart wasn’t allowed back to direct more episodes (he reportedly went over-time on shooting and his elaborate camera set-ups were difficult to edit.)

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