7 New Photos From ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ep. 5 Featuring Rainn Wilson As Harry Mudd

CBS has just released new images from this weekend’s episode of Star Trek: Discovery. The fifth episode is titled “Choose Your Pain” and is the first one to feature guest star Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd.

Here is the official synopsis:

While on a mission, Lorca unexpectedly finds himself in the company of prisoner of war, Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler and notorious intergalactic criminal, Harry Mudd.

Seven new photos

Doug Jones as Saru; Wilson Cruz as Dr. Hugh Culber; Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Paul Stamets

Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham

Doug Jones as Saru with Sonequa-Martin Green as Michael Burnham

Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca; Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd

Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca

Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd

Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd; Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler

 Video preview

If you missed it, we posted this video preview of episode 5 earlier:

Episode 5 will be available on CBS All Access on Sunday, October 15 by 8:30 pm ET. It will air in Canada on the Space Channel at 8:00 pm ET and be available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada on Monday, October 16 at 8 am BST.

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Gary 8.5

It would Harry Mudd likes his rings.

Michael Hall

Definitely not the Hartcourt Fenton Mudd I remember, but also definitely a different look for Rainn Wilson. Could be interesting.

(Who writes and vets these synopses, though? “Notorious intergalactic criminal”–ugh. That’s interstellar to you, idiot. Try getting this stuff right, it’s 2017, not 1967.)

David F. Guy

Overreact much? Sheesh.


Not overreacting at all … the ‘inter-‘ part is utterly wrongheaded, like confusing inches for light years, the kind of mistake you expect in Harve Bennett’s largely science-free TREK. The worst promo line wasn’t a science error one though, it is the ‘detonated the fleet’ promo for INTO DARKNESS, when there isn’t even a fleet in the movie.


Totally agree. Solar systems are not galaxies. I learned this in the 2nd grade…


It measures… My God… Over eighty-two A.U.s in diameter!


Definitely over 9000


Hmm. Maybe the announcer got “intra-” and “inter-” mixed up? /jk


Oh! How I agree … I hate when writers misuse “galaxy” and “universe.” /Grammar Enforcer out

I really wish they could’ve gotten Jack Black to play Mudd, though. he has just the right brand of crazy … at last for the scoundrel I remember. It’ll be interesting to see what Rainn Wilson brings to him. I think this’ll be a much darker, more sarcastic Mudd than we recall from TOS. [Although, lest we forget, the guy was a pimp; that’s pretty dark.]

Michael Hall


You’re not the first the first to use the “pimp” reference–I think even some of the TOS staff did at the time–but I’ve honestly never understood it. There was nothing presented in the aired episode to even suggest that the women were selling sexual favors (and the broadcast code in 1966 would have never tolerated such a thing, with the ever-amusing “subspace radio marriage acting as confirmation to Middle America that its morals were being respected even in the future). Mudd’s mail-order bride business may have been sleazy, and the deception regarding the true nature of the women made it sleazier. But that’s still a far cry from prostitution, and while Mudd was indeed a serial liar, there was also nothing to contradict his claim that the women were present of their own free will. So why the comparison? Am I missing something?

Jennifer L. Schillig

I guess it’s a matter of cultural perceptions. In the 60s (when Westerns were still a viable genre on TV), it was taken to be a sci-fi update of the Old West practice of women marrying settlers they barely knew and moving out to the frontier to get a better shot at life. These days, it can be seen as something a bit darker.

(A whole TV series, Here Come The Brides, was based around the “wives for settlers” premise–it has a couple Trek connections in that it starred Mark Lenard, and formed the basis of the amusing Trek novel Ishmael.)

Michael Hall


Yes, I’m old enough to remember HCTB, where Lenard co-starred with heartthrob Bobby Sherman. Probably his biggest continuing role on TV, even if Sarek (and the Romulan Commander) is what he’ll be best remembered for.


I’m really liking DSC, but… It is somewhat disconcerting that no one involved in this production seems to understand the difference between galaxies and the universe(s) :/

Michael Hall

Where do you get that no one involved in the production understands the difference?


Wish they would add waxed handlebars to all that face foliage. Yeah, I know Harcourt Fenton Mudd will not be all campy like we remember, but still… and let’s get Sarah Silverman for Stella! She’s already a Trek vet.


Handlebar mustache would be a nice touch. Silverman… eeeeeeehhhhhhh, I can do without.


LOL, yes. Maybe once he gets out of prison he can get back to his silken raiment, swagger, and yes, waxed mustache! I’m not fond of the fuzz face. Maybe they’re trying to hide any signs of “Dwight Schroute” ….


Not sold on the revamped Hartcourt Fenton Mudd but…. we shall see this coming Sunday.

El Chup

Well, he’s got ten years to get bald, fat and have a shave!

David F. Guy

And change his accent.


David F. Guy,

Aren’t faulty accents more a function of the Universal Translator being only in its beta release?


Of all the Trek tech, I still think that univ. translator is one of the most complicated ones, even more complicated than warp core. A device that INSTANTLY translates known and UNKNOWN languages in realtime? Only if it employs some sort of brainwave scanning, so that it has enough time to compute the syntax. And there’s still masking the original voice and superimposing the translated one.


Ya, would likely take billions of years to develop or evolve into something that could do this – like a babelfish.


While the Universal Translator seems like a fantastic idea that will never become reality, Google says “hold my beer…”



P.S. There’s another thing, it’s the combadge. For example, when Picard says “Picard to Data”, Data instantly hears the same sentence, even before Picard said the word “Data” (that is, destination of the message).


Universal Translator version 10, from Microsoft

Praetor Tal

Maybe he spends a few years in an English prison. Or marries an Aussie sheila!


I like that idea :^)

Praetor Tal

Could be both. The warden can perform the ceremony.


It’s not an English accent, it’s Mid-Atlantic dialect, a non received accent that was taught in schools across America for years. It was the favored accent of theatre in the first half of the 20th century and many actors also spoke this way on film. Very common in “old movies.” :)


Same probably goes for Simon Pegg.


True that, but at least Pegg speaks with a Scots accent; it’s just Glaswegian, not Hibernian.

Erwin Schrodinger

I can see after years of being beaten down by the Federation, he would become the bumbling fool we’ve all know and love.


Erwin Schrodinger,

Re: … years of being beaten down …

I don’t think there’s any evidence of beatings. However, there IS evidence of vastly ineffectual psychological rehabilitation if we recall Captain Garth and the machine used on Van Gelder that might explain it.

Erwin Schrodinger

Now did I say physical beatings?


So… are they going to play Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 to Lorca?


Yeah I hate the eyelid grippers, so torturous. Not family-friendly for sure. So much casual cruelty in television these days.

[Proper grammar falls off in conversational mode]


I can really see the Mudd moustache coming through over the beard!


Those medical unis are tremendous. They would have been worthy dress uniforms.

And Lorca looks like a badass just standing there doing nothing.


I’m loving them too!


I think they’d have been better dress uniforms than regular uniforms. Doctors have to kneel in the dirt and sometimes get blood all over them. Whites are a dumb idea.

Instant retcon, medical uniforms have instant soil and stain release features built into the fabric …!


Re-watch “Mudd’s Women,” not “I, Mudd,” and I think you’ll agree Harry was pretty sinister and even threatening. He played the scamp when he thought it might get him out of trouble, but when he thought he had the upper hand, he could be menacing. Modern film acting telegraphs much less than what was commonplace in the 60’s. I think placing the 1906’s Harry in the context of this iteration of Trek along with today’s acting sensibilities, you end up right in the ballpark of Wilson’s portrayal from the few snippets we have seen so far. I’m excited to see if this holds true through an entire episode.

Michael Hall

I actually think Mudd had one of the best bits of dialogue in the Season 1 trailer: “Do any of you Starfleet types in your big ships ever think about the little people? . . . There are a lot more of us down here than there are of you up there, and I’m sick of getting caught in your crossfire.” Even if that turns out to be a self-justification for bad behavior, it’s still a legitimate POV for the character beyond simple greed.


Good perspective.
War presents dangers, challenges, and, ahem, opportunities for the crooks in the galaxy ….

Michael Hall

Why not? It’s always been a great business opportunity for the moral deplorables right down here.


Reminiscent of Joss Wheedon’s comments about his goal when creating Firefly. Something along the lines of: these are the people the Enterprise would fly right past.


Assuming they are on a Klingon ship, those sets look very TNG Klingon inspired. much more inline with what we’ve come to know from the Klingons in terms of design

Michael Hall

I like the show but at this point that would be a relief, honestly.


The Klingon ship we’ve seen so far was ancient, remember.


I literally groaned when I heard Harry Mudd was going to be on this show but since I seen clips of Wilson’s version I’m actually excited. A character I never particularly liked I’m not really looking forward to. He sounds comical but has some depth at the same time.