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Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd was a male Human , notorious for being a con artist , smuggler , and swindler, who lived during the mid- 23rd century .

  • 1.1 Early life
  • 1.2 Captivity by the Klingons
  • 1.3 Escape and reunion with Stella
  • 1.4.1 First encounter with the Enterprise
  • 1.4.2 Hot water on Deneb V
  • 1.4.3 Second encounter with the Enterprise
  • 1.4.4 Third encounter with the Enterprise
  • 2 Memorable quotes
  • 3.1 See also
  • 3.2 Appearances
  • 3.3 Background information
  • 3.4 Apocrypha
  • 3.5 External links

History [ ]

Early life [ ].

Mudd claimed that he had been screwed over since the day he was born, and justified his con schemes by claiming he deserved their prizes.

Mudd claimed to have once robbed a Betazoid bank by memorizing all the necessary codes; it was later speculated that in order to have really done this, he would have needed a time crystal like the one he used against the crew of the USS Discovery .

In the mid-2250s, Mudd was due to marry Stella Grimes , daughter of wealthy arms dealer Baron Grimes . ( DIS : " Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad ")

In Mudd's account of events, he fell madly in love with Stella, the only woman he ever loved. Her family did not approve of him, so he felt he had no choice but to try and buy her father's respect. He borrowed a large sum from some non-traditional lenders and gifted her with a moon . This scheme worked, but he eventually fell behind on his payments and his creditors came after him. They chased him into Klingon territory , where he was captured and deposited on a prison ship . ( DIS : " Choose Your Pain ")

However, when Starfleet researched Mudd, another version of events emerged. They suspected that Stella was merely Mudd's target after they discovered that he had fled her and taken her dowry with him. They theorized that he had fled into Klingon space not to escape his creditors, but to flee her father, who had offered a reward for finding him. ( DIS : " Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad ")

Captivity by the Klingons [ ]

For some time, Mudd shared a cell with Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler . As a method of preventing camaraderie amongst prisoners, when the Klingon guards periodically came to deliver a beating, they would allow the subject to choose one of their fellow prisoners to receive the beating instead. Mudd always chose that option. Mudd kept a pet while imprisoned, a small alien insect-like creature he named Stuart , which he trained to steal small objects such as food, sometimes from fellow prisoners.

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Mudd meeting Captain Gabriel Lorca

In December 2256 , Mudd and Tyler were then joined by the USS Discovery 's Captain Gabriel Lorca . After Lorca's interrogation by L'Rell , Mudd was discovered to be spying on his prisonmates for the Klingons, passing on information when other prisoners confided in him. Lorca and Tyler managed to escape soon after, but left Mudd behind. ( DIS : " Choose Your Pain ")

Escape and reunion with Stella [ ]

Escaping from Klingon custody with the help of Stuart, Mudd tracked down Captain Lorca aboard the Discovery in an attempt to steal and sell the ship to pay off his debts with the Klingons, equipped with a time displacement device and traveling inside a gormagander .

Unfortunately for Mudd, Lieutenant Paul Stamets was able to use a side effect of a recent spore drive -related eugenic manipulation to see through Mudd's temporal manipulation.

With his help, members of the Discovery crew ultimately managed to out-con Mudd, in reuniting him with Stella and her father. Although Mudd already spoke of his love in the past tense, Stella was eager to forgive and marry him, claiming that she had always known what kind of person he was. Her father supported the marriage, justifying this bizarre position by saying he'd do everything for his daughter. Before the duo left with Mudd, Stella's father promised to keep Mudd with Stella, and away from Starfleet. ( DIS : " Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad ")

Abandoning Stella and life as a con man [ ]

Mudd's interstellar exploits began again after he deserted Stella once more, becoming a peripatetic grifter who roamed through the galaxy practicing various cons, schemes, and scams – not always successfully. At some point subsequent to his encounter with Discovery , the Federation had charged Mudd with thirty counts of smuggling , twenty counts of attempted homicide , one count of attempted regicide, and "penetrating a space whale" (the aforementioned gormagander), and offered a bounty of 100,000 credits for his capture. In typical fashion, Mudd turned this to his advantage; he built or obtained a number of android duplicates of himself, and (while disguised as a female alien bounty hunter ) sold these androids to other bounty hunters, whose hopes of receiving the bounty on the real Harry Mudd were dashed upon discovering that they had paid for an android copy. ( ST : " The Escape Artist ")

Harry Mudd police record

Mudd's police record

By 2266 , Mudd had been convicted of smuggling (receiving a suspended sentence), transporting stolen goods, and purchasing a space vessel using counterfeit currency . For these last two crimes, Mudd was sentenced to undergo psychiatric treatment , the effectiveness of which was officially disputed. He held a master's license , permitting him to legally operate a spacecraft, but this license was revoked on stardate 1116.4 for operating stolen spacecraft and transporting illegal goods. ( TOS : " Mudd's Women ")

First encounter with the Enterprise [ ]

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Mudd showing Captain Kirk his "cargo"

Mudd was first encountered by the crew of the USS Enterprise in 2266. Mudd, using the illegal Venus drug , attempted to sell Eve McHuron , Ruth Bonaventure , and Magda Kovacs to a group of lithium miners led by Ben Childress on Rigel XII . The drug gave the impression that the three women were beautiful, when in fact they were not. Childress and the other miners married the women anyway, as they were more interested in companionship and the benefits that having three practical, intelligent women around could provide, and the women were happy to escape their previously lonely existence. Before leaving Rigel XII, Mudd asked Captain James T. Kirk if he could remain on the planet, saying it would be adequate punishment, though this request wasn't granted. Criminal charges were later pressed against Mudd for his actions and he spent at least some time in jail . ( TOS : " Mudd's Women ")

Hot water on Deneb V [ ]

Somehow, though, Mudd soon escaped. He then promptly began to sell the plans for alien technologies to various worlds – without bothering to pay any royalties to the actual off-world patent owners . This ended when an attempt to sell Vulcan fuel synthesizer technology to the inhabitants of Deneb V backfired. The transaction was unmasked as a hoax when the Denebians actually contacted Vulcan to ensure that Mudd had the rights to sell the technology in question, which, of course, he did not. ( TOS : " I, Mudd ")

Second encounter with the Enterprise [ ]

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Mudd with Kirk again

The penalty for fraud on Deneb V was death . However, Mudd managed to "borrow" a spaceship and escape before the sentence could be carried out. He ended up fleeing to a previously uncharted planet , one that was populated entirely by androids programmed to adapt the planet for productive use, who became interested in studying Mudd as a specimen of Humanity . This meant that while the androids attended to his every need, and even made him the titular ruler of the planet (later named Mudd in his honor), Mudd was not allowed to leave.

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Mudd surrounded by three of five hundred copies of Stella

Mudd then attempted to broker a deal where he would be allowed to escape if he provided the androids with other prime Human specimens to study. Therefore, in 2268 , Mudd identified the starship Enterprise to the androids as a likely source of exceptional examples of Humanity. (Mudd had no idea at the time that the androids instead planned to take over the galaxy and make all organic sapient races so totally dependent on them that they could effectively enslave these races.) Subsequently the android known as Norman , posing as a member of the Enterprise crew , successfully took control of the ship and took it to the planet Mudd. The crew of the Enterprise, however, was able to escape captivity by identifying Norman as the control for all of the planet's androids. With Harry's help, the crew proceeded to confuse Norman with illogical behavior, causing him to break down. After the androids were reprogrammed, Mudd was left behind on the planet as an example of a Human failure – along with five hundred uncontrollable android replicas of his shrill wife Stella for company. ( TOS : " I, Mudd ")

Third encounter with the Enterprise [ ]

Motherlode inhabitants riot

Mudd causes a miners riot on the planet Motherlode

Eventually, Harry Mudd stole another spaceship and escaped the androids' planet in 2269 . He traveled to the planet Ilyra VI and "sold" Starfleet Academy to its inhabitants. Mudd then used the proceeds of that con to travel to Sirius IX , where he discovered a love potion crystal that he sold to over a thousand of the planet's inhabitants. Unfortunately, the buyers suffered allergic reactions to the crystals , and Mudd was forced to flee to the mining planet Motherlode , where he also tried to sell the love potion drug. Once again, however, he encountered the crew of the Enterprise and was captured by Captain Kirk and Spock .

Mudd was incarcerated in the brig , where he gave the love potion to Nurse Chapel as a gift. She then took the potion to Spock, but found that it did not take effect immediately; as a Vulcan, the effects of the drug took longer. Later, the drug did affect him, and Spock fell in love with Chapel. Fortunately, the drug only had temporary main effects – and a rebound aftereffect. After yet another escape, Harry Mudd was again captured and sentenced to an indefinite period of rehabilitation therapy, without guarantee that it would be effective. ( TAS : " Mudd's Passion ")

Memorable quotes [ ]

" Ouch! " " Who are you? " " The name is Mudd. Harcourt Fenton Mudd, Harry for short. I reiterate – ouch. "

" You can't walk away from me, Lorca. I'm coming for you. You hear? You haven't seen the last of Harcourt Fenton Mudd! "

" You are mad! " " No. I'm Mudd. "

" But men will always be men no matter where they are. "

" You see, gentlemen, behind every great man there is a woman urging him on. And so it was with my Stella. She urged me on into outer space. Not that she meant to, but with her continual, eternal, confounded nagging. Well, I think of her constantly, and every time I do, I go further out into space. "

Appendices [ ]

See also [ ].

  • Mudd Incident

Appearances [ ]

  • " Mudd's Women "
  • " I, Mudd "
  • TAS : " Mudd's Passion "
  • TNG : " The Big Goodbye " (sketch)
  • " Choose Your Pain "
  • " Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad "
  • ST : " The Escape Artist "

Background information [ ]

Harcourt Fenton Mudd was performed by actor Roger C. Carmel in the three episodes he appeared in for TOS and TAS. With the exception of the Enterprise crewmembers, Mudd was the only character to be played by the same actor in more than one episode of Star Trek: The Original Series . He was later played by Rainn Wilson for his appearances in DIS and ST.

The character of Harry Mudd, as devised by writer Stephen Kandel , was inspired by the fact that NBC had announced fears that the first Star Trek pilot episode, " The Cage " (with its alien Talosians ), would not be understood by its audience. Kandel later recounted, " I said, 'What if we start with a character who isn't alien or highly technologized, but rather somebody with whom the audience would easily identify?' What we came up with was a roofing salesman, a con man. " ( Starlog issue #117, p. 44) Kandel also stated, " I originally had the idea of a kind of a traveling salesman and con man – the medicine salesman in The Wizard of Oz , that ends up as the Wizard , an interstellar con man hustling whatever he can hustle; a lighthearted, cheerful, song-and-dance man version of a pimp. "

Stephen Kandel was given the chance to develop one of Gene Roddenberry 's story outlines, "The Women", which was basically about "space hookers" bound to be sold as wives on a distant planet by an "intergalactic pimp", named "Harry Patton". Kandel felt the story lacked a focal point character, and merged it with his idea of the charismatic con man. ( These Are the Voyages: TOS Season One , pp. 43 & 133)

In a revised draft of the story outline for " Mudd's Women " (dated 23 July 1964 ), Mudd was described as " an old reprobate named Harry Mudd who has a colorful reputation in space for fly-by-night schemes, grandiose promotions, and suspected smuggling. And yet it is impossible not to like Mudd. "

In the final draft script of "Mudd's Women" (dated 26 May 1966 ), Mudd was initially described thus; " HARCOURT FENTON MUDD… Harry Mudd… scoundrel… delight… conniver… hustler… and much, much more… half the classic Scaramouche… half the classic almost everything else. Harry Mudd, in a word, is style… and all his own kind. " Later in the script, Mudd was referred to as having a "razzle dazzle, extra-legal kind of approach to life," and the teleplay continued, " His instinct is to scratch, scramble and con… his nature is precisely what he says it is and nobody believes. "

Stephen Kandel was highly proud of having conceived the character: " Harry Mudd was a marvelous character because of the highly recognizable Human quality set against the alien-in-time or alien-in-space activity that evolved, " Kandel remarked. " That's what made it amusing, and it's also hard to do because you had stern-jawed Kirk who would meet an eight-foot intelligent reptile and deal with him as any astronaut would. Then, the reptile would meet Harry Mudd, whose first impulse would be to run and hide, and second impulse would be to sell it scale enhancer. " ( Starlog issue #117, p. 44)

Stephen Kandel was also impressed with Roger C. Carmel's performances of the role, enthusing, " Roger C. Carmel was wonderful as Harry. He inhabited the character and expanded it [....] He developed the character physically as an actor [....] He WAS the character to such a large degree that no one else could possibly play the part. " ( Starlog issue #117, p. 44) " It was an ideal part for him, " Kandel also commented, and related that he believed the role fit Carmel to such a degree that the actor was slightly frustrated that the other roles of his career failed to measure up to it. ( The Star Trek Interview Book , p. 134)

Along with Khan Noonien Singh , Mudd was one of only two opponents to face Kirk more than once in live-action Star Trek productions. Mark A. Altman observed that the repeated appearances of Mudd served as a precedent for crossover appearances later in the history of Star Trek , such as the initially TNG characters of Q and the Duras sisters reappearing on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine . ( Trek: Deepspace Nine , p. 70)

Plans for a third TOS episode featuring Harry Mudd, entitled " Deep Mudd ", were scrapped when Carmel became unavailable. ( Starlog issue #117, p. 44)

In " The Big Goodbye ", an illustration of Harcourt Fenton Mudd was seen when Data was assimilating the Dixon Hill novels . This illustration was from the FASA RPG module The Federation .

The Art of Star Trek contained a photo of a raktajino bottle from Quark 's Bar which bore a label stating: "100% Colombian," "Made from the Green Hills of Earth" (a title of a short story by Robert Heinlein ), and "Imported by Harcourt Mudd." If this was canonical and referred to the same Harcourt Mudd, it would indicate that Mudd entered into this business sometime after the First Khitomer Accords and his original misadventures with the crew of the Enterprise , because raktajino was unknown to the Federation in the 2260s , as documented in DS9 : " Trials and Tribble-ations ".

During pre-production on DS9 : " One Little Ship ", Ira Steven Behr voiced regret that the episode's villain wasn't "someone like Harry Mudd." Behr went on to say, " He's a real villain, but essentially a comic character, and that would make the two sides of the story match up. " Because it was too late in the process of the episode's creation for such a drastic change, however, the concept of using Mudd was largely forgotten by the DS9 writing staff. The only exception was in the mind of Hans Beimler , who imagined an ending to "One Little Ship" if Mudd had indeed appeared therein. Relaying the conclusion, René Echevarria said, " Once Harry realizes he's been foiled, he steals a runabout and tries to make his escape from the Defiant [...] He gets pulled into the [episode's] anomaly and it's about to close up forever when we beam him onto the ship, and he's only [a fraction of an inch in size] [...] And Odo says, 'Well, at least we won't have to feed him very much!' " ( Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion  (p. 531))

Before actor Greg Grunberg portrayed Commander Finnegan in Star Trek Beyond , multiple individuals suggested to him that he should play Harry Mudd in the alternate reality films . " I would absolutely love to play Harry Mudd, that would be incredible, " Grunberg enthused. " I would have to redefine the character and do it the way I see doing it, but that character to me has comedy and brings levity and I would be able to work with robotic chicks. How fun would that be? " Regarding Mudd's appearance, Grunberg reckoned, laughing, " I would go with the big mustache and an earring, why not? " [2]

The casting of Rainn Wilson as Mudd followed a general meeting he had with the newly formed DIS writing staff, the actor having asked his agents, as soon as he had heard about the new series, if they could set up the meeting. During the conversation, he remarked to the DIS staffers that he would "love it" if there was a role in the series for him to play. Although the writing staffers were unsure if there was anything suitable yet, they promised to keep him in mind. [3] " We said, 'Well, we'll keep in touch,' " continued Executive Producer/Writer Aaron Harberts . " He left, and we got into thinking about these little Easter eggs and someone said, 'Oh, Harry Mudd has to make an appearance.' That's when we said, 'Oh my God, that's Rainn.' " [4] Approximately six months after the initial meeting, Wilson received a phone call asking him if he would like to portray Mudd, an offer he enthusiastically accepted. [5]

In adopting the Mudd role for DIS, Rainn Wilson was pleased with the amount of creative leeway he was given with the part. " I got to take what Roger Carmel did with the original character and then add my own, special sauce, " Wilson commented. " He created a fantastic, flamboyant, over-the-top, mischievous but kind of dangerous character. I get to bring a little more to it. " ( Star Trek Magazine Discovery Collector's Edition , p. 40) He also stated, " To get to go back and do a classic character from TOS... [....] It really was a dream come true for me. " One of the factors Rainn "really loved" about Mudd was that he had a backstory which preceded even his earliest appearances in DIS. However, Wilson was also of the opinion that his presentment of the Mudd character was in sync with how Carmel had previously played the role. " He was always deadly. Remember, in 'I, Mudd,' he's going to trap them on a planet with androids and take the ship and leave them to die. Mudd has always had a dark edge. He's a con-man and a merchant and a trickster, but he's always had a deadly edge. So, I think they're continuing in that tradition. " [6]

Mudd's outfit in "Choose Your Pain" was designed by Gersha Phillips , mostly cut from leather, and fabricated by the show's costume department. The outfit was inspired by the stage costumes worn by English musician Adam Ant . After being used in the series, it was displayed as part of an exhibition at San Diego Comic-Con in 2017 . ( Star Trek Magazine Discovery Collector's Edition , p. 41)

Ultimately, Aaron Harberts and the rest of the creative team have been pleased with the depictions of Mudd in DIS. Harberts consequently referred to the character as a "huge throwback, but one that reaped huge dividends." [7]

Apocrypha [ ]

FASA 's RPG sourcebook The Federation claims that Mudd was born in St. Louis.

In the video game Star Trek: 25th Anniversary , Mudd encountered Kirk again in 2268 , between the events of " I, Mudd " and " Mudd's Passion ". He was discovered on a salvage mission of a derelict ship of unknown alien origin. While aboard, he managed to accidentally sell weapon components to pirates , become infected with unknown alien drugs, nearly kill an Enterprise landing party with faulty equipment, and destroy a priceless archive of computer records. Following the conclusion of his investigation, Captain Kirk ordered Mudd to donate five of every artifact he found to research. Also, Lt. Uhura arranged for Mudd to meet his "long-lost wife" at a nearby starbase . In the game, Mudd's voice was provided by Tom Wyner.

In the video game Star Trek: Starfleet Academy , Mudd's notoriety had reached every known sector to such extent that by 2288 , his escapades were required study material at Starfleet Academy . One of the sophomore-junior year simulations was that of a mock rescue attempt which cadets were required to pass. In the simulation, the classroom/bridge was to protect his small freighter, the Stella , while also negotiate with a hostile Romulan warbird .

In US comic strip " It's a Living ", Mudd later purchased a planet for its rare ores, but found, to his dismay, that the planet was actually a large egg for a space-faring creature. After it hatched, Mudd sold the planet back to its original owner (who was unaware of the creature), but he still ended up losing out, as the ores were then floating in space and were actually easier to mine.

Other appearances of Mudd include Where Sea Meets Sky , Mudd in Your Eye , " The Business, As Usual, During Altercations " (from Mudd's Angels ), " The Light Fantastic ", " Operation Con Game ", " When You Wish Upon a Star...! ", " Mudd's Magic! ", " Mission: Muddled ", " The Sky Above... The Mudd Below ", " Target: Mudd! ", " Made Out of Mudd ", and " The Survival Equation ".

Harry Mudd (mirror universe)

Harry Mudd of the mirror universe

Harry Mudd's mirror universe counterpart appears in issues 1 and 2 of the comic series Star Trek: Discovery - Succession . He is known to be more of a humanitarian concerned with helping the refugees of Risa , although he has a prior relationship with the mirror universe counterpart of Michael Burnham . He has also smuggled weapons in the past, indicating a shady background.

Harry Mudd (alternate reality mirror universe)

Harry Mudd of the alternate reality's mirror universe

Harry Mudd's alternate reality mirror universe counterpart appears in the fiftieth and fifty-first issues of the Star Trek: Ongoing comic series, where he has been doing business with the mirror universe counterpart of James T. Kirk on the planet Arronia II. When he attempts to re-negotiate his terms with mirror Kirk, the deposed captain shoots and kills Mudd and leaves the planet on his ship.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' reveals an origin for Harry Mudd

One of Star Trek's most memorable characters returns. But is Starfleet to blame for the criminal ways of Harcourt Fenton Mudd?

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Entrepreneur or crook? Harry Mudd, played by Rainn Wilson.

He's the biggest thief, swindler and con man in the Star Trek galaxy, and it's all Starfleet's fault. At least that's the way Harry Mudd sees it in the latest episode of "Star Trek: Discovery".

Colourful crook Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd is one of the earliest and most memorable characters in Star Trek history, appearing in two episodes of The Original Series and one animated episode. In this week's episode "Choose Your Pain" of prequel series "Discovery", we meet a younger, angrier Mudd and get a glimpse into his roguish past.

"I used to have a life... a good one," Mudd tells Discovery's Captain Lorca when they meet in the bowels of a Klingon jail. According to Mudd, played by Rainn Wilson from " The Office ", he was a respectable businessman until the war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire blew it up.

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Harry Mudd, played by Rainn Wilson, blames Starfleet for his turn to dodgy dealings.

A bitter Mudd blames "Starfleet arrogance" for provoking the Klingons, asking if Lorca has "ever bothered looking out of your spaceship at the little guys below" who are "sick and tired of getting in your crossfire".

In keeping with Trek's long history of using sci-fi to examine the problems we face today, Mudd gives us the perspective of the galaxy's ordinary citizens outside of the rarefied atmosphere of Starfleet, and his speech could be read as a look at western interventionist foreign policy. Boldly going into other nations and meddling with their problems can impact the lives of ordinary people like Mudd and could even radicalise and provoke, as with the Klingons.

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Of course, Mudd's definition of a reputable business might not look quite so upright and above board to the rest of us, and it's more than possible he's lying to Lorca -- and perhaps even himself. Still, it's an interesting glimpse into the way Mudd sees himself as he charts a course to become the loveable rogue we met in The Original Series.

The flamboyantly-dressed and ornately moustachioed Mudd first appeared in the third episode of Star Trek, played by Roger C. Carmel. By then Mudd is married to his wife Stella, and in "Discovery" we learn how he won over Stella and her disapproving family: by buying her a moon. If only he'd kept up on the back payments.

Wilson is set to play Mudd in more instalments of "Discovery" on CBS All Access in the US and Netflix elsewhere (Disclosure: CBS is CNET's parent company). But first he has to get out of that Klingon jail cell...

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After 57 Years, Star Trek Reveals the Epic Consequences of an Original Series Episode

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Thief. Swindler. Con man. Liar. Rogue. These are just some of the ways Captain James T. Kirk ( William Shatner ) described Harcourt Fenton Mudd, a.k.a. Harry Mudd (Roger C. Carmel), though Mudd himself would prefer "entrepreneur." The original Star Trek series had its share of lighthearted episodes and some of the most popular involved the irrepressible, but dangerous, rascal Harry Mudd. With his penchant for puffy pirate shirts and his flamboyant, over-the-top theatrics, it would be easy to take someone like Mudd lightly, but in his encounters with the crew of the original Starship Enterprise, Mudd has proven to be more than the mere "irritant" Kirk also once called him. In his way, Mudd has been a unique threat to Kirk's crew.

With Star Trek: Discovery set to re-introduce Harry Mudd, this time played by Rainn Wilson ( The Office ), in two episodes beginning with episode 5 "Choose Your Pain", let's look back at the dastardly machinations of Harcourt Fenton Mudd and the trouble he has caused throughout the Original Series.

THE ORIGINAL HARRY MUDD

Harry Mudd was one of the earliest antagonists introduced in the original Star Trek . Mudd debuted in "Mudd's Women", the third episode of season one, which involved him leading the Enterprise on a wild goose chase that ended up damaging their Dilithium crystals, the starship's main power source. When Mudd was beamed aboard the Enterprise, he didn't come alone. Mudd had three astonishingly beautiful women with him who inflamed the desires of the Enterprise's crew. Ultimately it was revealed Mudd's female companions were enhanced by the illegal Venus drug, which boosted their physical attractiveness. Mudd planned to sell the women as wives to three miners on the planet Rigel XII, which is a source of Dilithium crystals for the Federation. In a rather dated example of sexual relations, the miners eventually agreed to marry the women even after discovering they were enhanced by the Venus drug. Kirk got the Dilithium crystals the Enterprise needed, and Harry Mudd was taken into custody and incarcerated.

Mudd proved popular enough with fans to warrant a comeback. In the 12th episode of season two, "I, Mudd", Harry reappeared doing better than ever: suddenly he was the king of an entire planet. A mysterious android named Norman took control of the Enterprise and brought it to an unknown planet, which Kirk and his crew discovered was populated by a race of androids ruled by King Mudd The First. We learned that Mudd had escaped prison and gone back into a life of crime, this time selling alien technologies to other races without patents. Mudd's criminal scheme was discovered by the Vulcans, and though he escaped, he crashed on the android planet, which made him their king while they used him as a guinea pig to study humanity. Mudd planned to escape the planet by substituting the entire crew of the Enterprise for himself, trapping them on the planet while Kirk and company took his place.

In "I, Mudd" we learned Mudd had been married to a woman named Stella, who regularly chided him for being a lazy, good-for-nothing swindler. One of Mudd's reasons for living in space and engaging in criminal schemes was to escape his wife on Earth. The androids created 500 identical versions of Stella; Kirk used these androids to torture Mudd when he left him behind on the planet after he and the Enterprise crew figured out how to defeat the androids and escape. This was the last we saw of Mudd... at least in live action. Harry Mudd appeared a third time in Star Trek: The Animated Series , in the episode titled "Mudd's Passion". Somehow escaping the android planet, Mudd began selling a dangerous love potion across the galaxy. Mudd was again captured by the Enterprise, but he gave the love potion to Nurse Chapel (Majel Barrett-Roddenberry), who used it on Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy). Eventually Mudd was incarcerated yet again, this time sentenced to rehabilitation therapy. As Mudd never appeared again in Star Trek going forward, we are left to wonder if Harry Mudd ever reformed his ways.

HARRY MUDD ON STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

Discovery is not only introducing fans to a Harry Mudd who is a decade younger than the version who clashed with Kirk, the Harry Mudd played by Rainn Wilson will be an edgier re-imagining of the character to suit the tone of Discovery . From what we know so far about "Choose Your Pain", Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is captured by the Klingons and held aboard a prison ship. He is held in the same cell as Harry Mudd and another new character,  Starfleet Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif). Discovery 's version of Harry Mudd looks to be both mischievous and deadly at the same time. It will be interesting to learn more about him in his younger days (expect plenty of Easter eggs ), and whether or not he is already married to Stella in 2256-2257. With Wilson already set to continue appearing as Mudd, Discovery is banking on their version continuing the popularity of the original from the 1960s. It'll be a Star Trek first, however, to have a Harry Mudd episode where his name isn't in the episode's title.

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Harcourt Fenton Mudd

Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd was a Human criminal in the 23rd century. [1] During the Klingon War , Mudd was captured by the Klingons . The Klingons entertained themselves by giving their captives a choice: they could take a beating, or choose another prisoner to take it for them; Mudd invariably chose someone else to take his beatings, and began to act as a spy for the Klingons against the Starfleet prisoners placed into his cell. When Captain Gabriel Lorca effected an escape from the Klingon prison ship with the aid of Lieutenant Ash Tyler , Lorca left Mudd behind, locking him in the cell as he and Tyler left. [2]

Mudd, who had a penchant for escaping captivity against seemingly insurmountable odds, [3] concocted an elaborate scheme to get revenge upon Lorca. Somehow acquiring a time crystal to power a device that caused time to repeatedly loop back upon itself, but leave him immune to the effect, he hid a shuttle inside of a space whale , which was then taken in by the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031 . Commanded by Lorca, the ship possessed an experimental spore drive that was proving to be a decisive weapon for the Federation in the Klingon War. After killing Lorca dozens of times, and in dozens of different ways, he planned to seize control of the ship, which he would then present as a trophy to the Klingon Empire . The Discovery crew, however, was able to circumvent Mudd's plans, and instead of contacting the Klingons, his signal instead went to Barron Grimes , father of his paramour, Stella , and someone to whom Mudd was in significant debt. Mudd was left in Grimes' (and Stella's) custody. [4]

Mudd escaped once more, and this time enacted a scheme where he disguised himself as a bounty hunter, sold off an android duplicate of himself to another party for "a cut of the bounty," then disappeared before the fraud was discovered. He managed to pull the scheme off at least a half dozen times. [3]

On Stardate 1329.1 , Mudd was arrested by Captain Kirk of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 on charges of operating a spacecraft without a navigational beam (presenting a hazard to navigation to other ships), operating a spacecraft without a license (as his license had been suspended on Stardate 1116.4 ), trafficking in narcotics , and for outstanding charges of transport of stolen goods and purchase of a space vessel with counterfeit currency . Mudd had previously had psychiatric treatment, but its effectiveness was disputed. When the Enterprise first encountered Mudd, he was operating under the pseudonym of Leo Francis Walsh , but it was soon revealed that the real Leo Walsh had passed away, and Mudd stole the other man's identity. [1]

During that encounter, Mudd was discovered to have given an illegal Venus drug to three women who wanted to be wiving settlers , planning to make a handsome fee from brokering their arranged marriages on Ophiucus III , but when his stolen ship was destroyed fleeing pursuit by the Enterprise, he instead brokered a deal with three miners on Rigel XII . By the time his fraud was exposed, two of the men had already married two of the women via subspace radio , though Kirk was confident the marriages could be annulled if they so chose. [1]

Mudd somehow escaped from prison after that encounter, and attempted to sell a Vulcan patent to the Denebians , who proscribed the death penalty to nearly every infraction. Escaping, he found an uncharted planet , which was inhabited by thousands of androids . With the androids obeying his every command, he attempted to seize control of the Enterprise. Instead, the Starfleet crew turned the tables on Mudd and his androids, and rather than take him back to prison once again, Captain Kirk left him in the custody of 500 android duplicates of his wife, Stella . [5]

Mudd managed to escape yet again, and attempted to sell Starfleet Academy to the Ilyrians . He also conned the natives of a planet in Omega Cygni into buying their own ocean, then tricked dilithium miners out of their crystals with fake Federation currency vouchers. When the Enterprise found him once more, he was selling what he thought to be a fake love potion to the miners on Motherlode . By the time he discovered that the potion actually worked, he had been captured by the Enterprise crew and bemoaned the lost opportunity to become wealthy by selling it. He was once again remanded to a penal facility for rehabilitation. [6]

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Notes and References

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "Mudd's Women" . Star Trek , season 1, episode 6 (Production number 04). Directed by Harvey Hart . Written by Stephen Kandel . Desilu Productions . 13 October 1966 .
  • ↑ Fuller, Bryan et al (Executive Producers). "Choose Your Pain" . Star Trek: Discovery , season 1, episode 5 (Production number 05). Directed by Lee Rose . Story by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts & Kemp Powers . CBS Entertainment . 15 October 2017 .
  • ↑ 3.0 3.1 Kurtzman, Alex et al (Executive Producers). "The Brightest Star" . Star Trek: Short Treks , season 1, episode 3 (Production number 03). Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski . Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt . CBS Entertainment . 6 December 2018 .
  • ↑ Fuller, Bryan et al (Executive Producers). "Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad" . Star Trek: Discovery , season 1, episode 7 (Production number 07). Directed by David M. Barrett . Written by Aron Eli Coleite & Jesse Alexander . CBS Entertainment . 29 October 2017 .
  • ↑ Roddenberry, Gene ( Executive Producer ). "I, Mudd." Star Trek , Season 2, Episode 12. Directed by Marc Daniels . Written by Stephen Kandel . Desilu Productions , 3 November 1967.
  • ↑ Scheimer, Lou & Norm Prescott (Producers). "Mudd's Passion" . Star Trek: The Animated Series , season 1, episode 10 (Production number 08). Directed by Hal Sutherland . Written by Stephen Kandel . Filmation Associates . 10 November 1973 .
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Star Trek: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Harry Mudd

Thief, swindler, con man, liar, rogue, intergalactic matchmaker and importer of Klingon coffee.

Harry Mudd

Harcourt Fenton Mudd is one of Star Trek's most memorable characters. He is a, to quote Captain James T Kirk: "Thief, swindler and con man, liar and rogue". A forerunner to other intergalactic chancers like Quark, Harcourt (Harry for short) first appeared in the very third episode of The Original Series, Mudd's Women. He's introduced as a human trafficker who arrives with a group of beautiful women whom he refers to as cargo, rather than crew. It might sound like a typically sexist plot for an old TV show, but the network themselves were concerned about the portrayal of a space pimp.

However, Roger C Carmel's performance is so overblown and extravagant that he can't help but be charming in a roguish way. And, ultimately, he always gets punished for his schemes, even if he does connive a way out. The character appeared in future episodes of both TOS and The Animated Series.

Decades later, the character returned for two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, attempting to steal the titular ship's revolutionary spore drive by triggering a catastrophic time loop. It was quite an elaborate scheme by the con man, who perhaps learned his lesson and settled for more low-key scamming by the time he met Kirk and the Enterprise crew. Here are 10 things that you may not know about the Star Trek villain.

10. Roger C Carmel Also Played A Niche Batman Villain

Harry Mudd isn't the campest antagonist played by actor Roger C Carmel in a much-loved 1960s TV show. That honor goes to Colonel Gumm, the foreman of the Pink Chips Stamp Factory. Like many of the 60s Batman villains to face Adam West, he had a very niche criminal interest - stamps. His main crime was the counterfeiting of stamps and he also had various stamp-themed implements of torture like the Enlarged Perforating and Coiling Machine, presumably designed to turn Batman and Robin into stamps.

Colonel Gumm appeared in Batman a year after Carmel's first appearance as Harry Mudd in Star Trek. It's likely that it was Carmel's performance as Mudd that caught the attention of Batman casting agents. Both Mudd and Gumm were inherently dishonest men with a keen interest in financial gain, be it stamps or latinum.

Unlike Mudd, however, Gumm didn't stick around for long. The character only made one appearance in the Adam West and Burt Ward series and has never appeared again. However, with Nicolas Cage stating an interest in playing a similar niche villain, Egghead, in a future Batman movie, perhaps Rainn Wilson or Greg Grunberg could revive the role of Colonel Gumm opposite Robert Pattinson's Batman.

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Rainn Wilson Trying To Get Harry Mudd Into ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’

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| August 13, 2021 | By: Brian Drew 44 comments so far

Actor Rainn Wilson jumped from The Office into the 23rd century to play the classic Star Trek character Harcourt Fenton Mudd in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery and Short Treks . And he is actively trying for more.

Wilson asked SNW producers to bring him back

Wilson appeared on Thursday at Creation Entertainment’s 55-Year Mission Star Trek convention in Las Vegas and the actor was asked if he would like to return to the Star Trek franchise, to which he replied, “Yeah, absolutely!” However this isn’t just an openness to the idea, Wilson revealed he has actively worked to make it happen, specifically for the upcoming live-action series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds . Wilson told the Las Vegas crowd:

I’ve written the producers and said, “Bring Harry Mudd back.” I’d love to come back. I wrote to [executive producer/co-showrunner] Akiva Goldsman about Strange New Worlds . Ahd he was like, “I don’t know, I would need to think about that.” So it’s out in the ether. Maybe if the fans write in to producers saying they want more Harry Mudd, they will listen to that. But I would love to do more, yeah.

Wilson appeared in two episodes of the first season of Discovery . He returned in to appear and direct for Short Treks in an episode written by Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan. Of course, the character of Harry Mudd interacted with members of the crew of Captain Kirk’s USS Enterprise on a few occasions, played on the original Star Trek by Roger C. Carmel. Having Mudd appear on Strange New Worlds – set on the USS Enterprise under the command of Kirk’s predecessor, Captain Pike – could work within Trek canon. And it certainly makes more sense than a return to Discovery , with that show now set in the 32nd century.

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Rainn Wilson at 55-Year Mission convention, Las Vegas, August 12, 2021 (Photo: TrekMovie.com)

Mudd as a dream job

This is not the first time that Wilson has been proactive when it comes to Star Trek. During his panel he talked about how he came to be on Discovery , revealing that discussions began at a very early stage:

I read about it in the paper that they were going to reboot Star Trek at CBS/Paramount. Bryan Fuller was the original creator [of Star Trek: Discovery ] and I met with Bryan and some other folks. I said, “Hey, just so you know, I want to throw my hat in the ring.” I love Star Trek. I’d love to be a part of this somehow. I don’t know what that looks like. I’m not sure I want to move to Toronto for years. I’m not sure I want to sit in a chair and get makeup put on for two hours every morning. Because that’s brutal, what Doug [Jones] does, but it’s amazing. And then I didn’t hear anything and things came and went, and up and down. And and then, fortunately, they gave a call, “What about Harry Mudd?” It was fantasic!

The actor also talked about how the character was developed for him.

They were excited to write in a kind of a reboot of Harry Mudd who, granted, is a lot darker in the Discovery universe. But everything is a lot darker [in Discovery ] than in any of the previous series. So I thought it kind of fit in well. I wanted to bring that same lovable dastardly-ness, but also give him a real edge as well.

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Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd with Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Ash Tyler in “Choose Your Pain”

The 55-year old actor also talked about his love of Star Trek, starting at an early age in the 1970s:

I would come home from school and watch Star Trek reruns and it just blew my mind. I can in all honesty say it really changed my life. Star Trek allowed me to see a world in an entirely different way, which was: what was possible with technology – not just in terms of weapons and space exploration – but things like replicators. The idea that we could eliminate hunger, we could eventually eliminate financial systems. We wouldn’t need them to work in the same way. Racially we could get along in new ways and there was gender equity and the whole human race participated. We were grateful in the diversity that we had on the planet.

He even explained how the show meshed with his faith:

I grew up a member of the Bahá’í Faith and [Gene] Roddenberry’s vision fits in beautifully with what it means to be a Bahá’í and to look at the future of humanity and where we’re headed as a species on this planet and beyond. So, to go from that to having a meeting to play Harry Mudd to going back and watching the great Roger C. Carmel and what he did for the role was fantastic. It was a dream come true. I got to sit in the captain’s chair. I got to fire a phaser. Fun fact: in a line I improvised when Harry takes over the ship, I do a captain’s log just very briefly. I think I am the only non-captain to have done a captain’s log? That was really fun.

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No one is ever going to say no to a paying gig. Okay, fans, do we want more Harry Mudd? Put me down as a qualified no.

Put me down as an enthusiastic yes.

I’d also like to see more of the Tellarite merchant captain from the Short Trek.

I’m in.

Yes, please. Obviously.

It has to line up with the original series episode Mudd’s Women, where Kirk and Spock first meet him. If he were to be in Strange New Worlds, he’d likely interact mostly with Captain Pike and Number One.

Also I would like to see Harry Mudd and Cyrano Jones together.

Exactly, it would be easy to give Spock a b story that keeps him away from him. I quite like the idea of Mudd and Cyrano Jones scheming together as well. I would just tweak the portrayal of Mudd to bring it closer to what we see in TOS.

Agreed there.

As a Trek fan who would like to see old things revisited and redone, sure. But as someone who would like to see the show stand on its own and not rely too heavily on TOS then, no.

BIG mistake if Mudd comes aboard ‘Strange New Worlds’.

Please elaborate….

It would stretch continuity to its limit. I get that they could keep him away from Spock for the whole episode, but why would they never mention him to Spock at least in passing? Why wouldn’t the encounter be in the ship’s log? Yes, they can explain all of that, but it’d be a painful stretch. The DISCO appearances were already that.

I would agree. It just isn’t necessary. I suppose Harry Mudd could be using an alias the whole episode and only the audience really knows. But it’s an (unnecessary) stretch.

No. Not a mistake at all.

I think we can pretty much guarantee continuity and canon are going to be screwed, with the coming of SNW. I’m just going to go with it being held in an alternate reality, and call it a day.

re: Continuity

What’s the thinking, here? That Spock never forgets a face? Even one disguised as Leo Walsh? Or are you claiming thorough Spock, didn’t do a cursory check of his Walsh ID until the hearing even though Kirk called “Walsh” a liar prior to it?

That Mudd, trying to maintain his Walsh cover, would flush his deception by commenting on his familiarity with Enterprise from his adventures with Pike upon immediately hearing its name?

Also Kirk’s ship was refit which would explain why Mudd did not recognize it as the E chasing him.

I thought he was one of the brighter moments of DISCOVERY, so I’d be happy to have him feature in SNW somewhere along the way. I’ll be looking on it as a ‘parallel universe’ show to TOS anyway, so I won’t be fussed if he’s involved with it’s particular ‘Spock’. ;)

But I’m sure some creative writers could find a way to keep things ‘canon’-friendly for those that want to look on this as a ‘true’ prequel to the original show’s events.

It’ll most likely start out as a prequel to TOS but if it’s successful they might turn it into its own thing. And the very story is there. It has been established on DSC that Pike’s fate was set the moment he touched the time crystal. But if he finds a way breaking that time lock, we might end up with two timelines and eventually a remake of Kirk’s TOS…

True. Ouch.

Would pay good money for a Harry Mudd centric series. Rainn Wilson’s take on Mudd was brilliant and fun and if they don’t give him his own series, I’d love to see him on Strange New Worlds. I’d also love if he’s added to Section 31 if that ever becomes a reality.

I’d love to see his Mudd interact with Georgiou.

And Ash Tyler may have some follow up to do with Mudd on the subject of time crystals.

I support his return! I would love to see him on that or shoot – give him a series! That would be fun! 

I’d love to see more Mudd, but I don’t think SNW is the right place to do it. Spock obviously didn’t know Mudd in Mudd’s Women, and Mudd didn’t seem to be familiar with the Enterprise. Its possible for Pike or somebody to meet Mudd away from the Enterprise and then never mention it to Spock, but it seems like a bit of a stretch. It the S31 show is set in the 23rd century, that would be perfect for Mudd.

See my continuity comments here:

https://trekmovie.com/2021/08/13/rainn-wilson-trying-to-get-harry-mudd-into-star-trek-strange-new-worlds/#comment-5533981

I thought the episode with him and the time crystal was one of the least funny and dumbest episodes of a science fiction series i’ve ever seen. If there was some reason for him to be in Strange New Worlds that suits the plot and isn’t really dumb then sure, but am i dying to see him again, the answer is no.

You must be tremendous fun at parties. Sitting in the corner brooding about the seriousness of time crystals as everyone just has a good time.

Or… hey, he has a different opinion than you do and doesn’t deserve to be insulted by dysfunctional gatekeepers.

The reactionary name-calling, my word! Adult with us, please.

@skyjedi Agreed. And I’d gladly hang out with you at the next party.

No, thanks.

Despite how I feel about the show, it’s nice to hear a story from a true fan of the franchise who got to live his dream. Impressed.

I want another season of Utopia.

I just want any excuse to see somebody stick Harry Mudd’s phaser in some jello.

I see what you did there…

If that happened on SNW it might be worth the effort! And it would be funnier than ANYTHING that LDX has done.

Discovery turned a profit-driven, but mostly harmless ruffian into a (mass) murderer.

only because of the effects of him endlessly using the time crystal made him that way but it was erased by the end.

YES PLEASE!!!!!!!

I’m sure there’s a place for more stories involving Mudd. I’m just not sure that SNW is the right place for them.

I think it’s a given he will show up.

  • Please… Just…. No.
  • The writer said “ And it certainly makes more sense than a return to  Discovery , with that show now set in the 32nd century.” Since when has what Star Trek Discovery had to make any sense?

Continuity issues aside, I don’t want Mudd on SNW because I dislike Wilson’s version of the character.

Carmel’s Mudd had some menace, sure, especially in his first appearance — but there was also some charm.

Wilson’s Mudd is just a thug.

If they recast the role? Maybe.

One Lower Decks Easter Egg Tells Us What Happened To An Old School Star Trek Villain

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This post may contain spoilers for "Star Trek: Lower Decks" season 4.

The character of Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd, as played by actor Roger C. Carmel, appeared in two episodes of the original "Star Trek" and one episode of "Star Trek: The Animated Series." In 1966's "Mudd's Women," he served as a seller and transporter of mail-order brides. The women he transports (they all hitch a ride on the Enterprise) happen to be the most attractive women imaginable and are decked out on the finest diaphanous parkas that 1960s sci-fi fashion had to offer. It's later revealed that Mudd is a notorious swindler and smuggler and is wanted for various criminal endeavors throughout the quadrant. It's also revealed that the women he is transporting are made artificially more attractive through the regular ingestion of a miracle pill that temporarily transforms them into models. In an additional, even stupider twist, the pills are revealed to be placebos. The beauty was inside of you all along. Roll eyes. Roll credits. 

Mudd returned in 1967's "I, Mudd," now seen in charge of a planet populated by androids. He used an android-replicating machine to surround himself with hot babes and to recreate his nagging ex-wife just so he had the pleasure of shutting her off. At the end of that episode, he's abandoned on the same planet with 500 clones of his ex-wife, all nagging at once. Mudd's episodes are the most sexist in a show that often orbited sexism a little too closely. 

By the events of the "Star Trek: Lower Decks" episode "The Inner Fight," set a century later, Mudd's name seems to have lived on. At some point in the future, he will have opened a series of bars where seedy criminals hang out. Captain Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) visits a Mudd's Bar.

An attempt to go straight

Carmel reprised the role of Mudd in the "Animated Series" episode "Mudd's Passion." In that episode, Mudd happened upon some pheromonal crystals that forced people to fall in love, and Spock becomes emotional and passionate with Nurse Chapel. However, when the love potion wears off, the users are afflicted by several hours of intense hatred. Mudd is eventually apprehended and forced to go through rehabilitation therapy. In terms of a straightforward "Trek" timeline, this was the last we saw of Mudd. 

Of course, Mudd was also a villain in "Star Trek: Discovery" several decades later. "Discovery," however, takes place about 10 years before the original "Star Trek," and the younger version of Mudd was played by Rainn Wilson . This version of Mudd was far more insidious and murderous, rather than just being a comedic criminal buffoon. This is a character who discovered he had a time-travel widget and used it to go back in time and murder people before the timeline resets, allowing him to kill the same people over and over. This was hardly the sexist goofball who dreamed of an ex-wife robot. The young Mudd appeared in two episodes of "Discovery" and one episode of "Star Trek: Short Treks." 

It seems that Mudd's Bar was once, long ago, Mudd's attempt to go straight. Presumably, he underwent the therapy suggested to him in "Mudd's Passion," and he exited determined to be a successful business owner. As far as we know, at least one of Mudd's bars survived ... as a seedy hangout for criminals. The character's illicit background caught up with him, even after death.

The Mudd Incident

Mudd was also mentioned in the 2012 film "Star Trek Into Darkness," which, of course, exists in its own continuity. Mudd was not seen on camera, but it seems that the Kelvin version of the USS Enterprise did meet Mudd in perhaps a parallel rendition of the "Mudd's Women" or "I, Mudd" events. In that film, Kirk (Chris Pine) requires a non-Federation ship in order to go on a rogue-like mission to the Klingon homeworld in order to pose as an arms trader. The film's screenwriters, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, however, couldn't think of an organic way for Kirk to get a non-Federation ship in a pinch. The writers revealed in a Buzzfeed interview that they thought up "the Mudd Incident" as a way of explaining the presence of a random vessel on the Enterprise. 

It seems, then, that Mudd exists in the Kelvin-verse, and is also a criminal there. At least, he's the kind of person who would have his starship confiscated by Starfleet. Sadly, there was no fun casting revealed for a young Mudd in 2012. 

Roger C. Carmel was only in his mid-thirties when he appeared on "Star Trek: The Animated Series." If we are to assume Mudd is the same age, then he had many years ahead of him following his arrest. Indeed, given the quality of medicine in "Star Trek," there's no reason to assume that Mudd didn't live into his 120s or 130s. If he truly was rehabilitated — as most diplomacy-minded Trekkies might assume — then he had a long time to become an honest businessman. 

Until "Lower Decks" gives us more information, we won't know if the Mudd's Bar on screen is the very first branch, or the very last. 

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Harcourt Fenton Mudd (or just Harry Mudd ) was a human trader and con man in the 23rd century . In 2268, Mudd discovered an Andorid colony of Andromedan origin ("Planet Mudd"); one remnant of which was held at Starfleet HQ . These androids are occasionally termed "Mudd" Androids after their discoverer.

Mudd holds the patent on Nanopulse technology, as used on the [ Nanopulse Edge Lirpa ] and [ Nanopulse Edge Bat'leth ] . He is also the originator of the [ Universal Kit Module - Mudd's Time Device ] .

His descendant, Phinneas Q. Mudd , is a trader in sector space, like Harry.

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  • Mudd's Market

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Of Mudd and Men

The classic Star Trek villain Harry Mudd left his mark on the franchise for years to come.

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In Star Trek : The Original Series , Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise faced numerous threats over the course of three seasons. But their first recurring adversary on the show wasn’t a conqueror like Khan Noonien Singh or an all-powerful alien child like Trelane. Instead, it was Harry Mudd. Or Harcourt Fenton Mudd, if you prefer.

Mudd may not have been able to match Kirk’s physicality or Spock’s intellect, but he nearly brought the crew to its knees in two episodes of the original series, and in his singular appearance in Star Trek: The Animated Series . How could one seemingly unremarkable man cause so much harm? Because he was a human unlike the rest of his kind in the 23rd Century. While humanity had largely moved past the desire for wealth, Mudd embraced his baser instincts. Mudd’s gift for duplicity gave him power and it allowed him to become one of the galaxy’s most prominent con artists.

A close-up of Harry Mudd as he cheekily tilts his head towards his shoulder while looking over in Star Trek: The Original Series' 'Mudd's Women'

"Mudd's Women"

In the first season's “ Mudd’s Women ,” Mudd was already established as a criminal in Starfleet’s logs. That’s why he introduced himself as Leo Walsh when he finally met Kirk on the Enterprise . But first, Mudd led the Enterprise on a dangerous chase inside of an asteroid field that ultimately destroyed Mudd’s ship and nearly completely depowered the Enterprise .

Mudd’s illicit “cargo” was three unimaginably beautiful women — Eve, Magda, and Ruth. Mudd said that the women were bound for the settlement on Ophiucus III in order to get married. That may have been the truth, but Mudd conveniently neglected to mention that the trio had been augmented by illegal Venus drugs to become even more stunning. Their physical appearance mesmerized the men of the Enterprise , which led Mudd to say—

Men will always be men no matter where they are. You'll never take that out of them.

Harry Mudd, "Mudd's Women"

Eve McHuron, Magda Kovacs, and Ruth Bonaventure are beamed aboard the Enterprise as Harry Mudd's 'cargo,' as he's trafficking them as mail-order brides in 'Mudd's Women'

That line betrays Mudd’s fundamental misunderstanding of the Federation and its values. He truly believes that all men and women are like him, even if they don’t want to admit it. Mudd’s not entirely wrong either, as the three women were able to get almost anything they needed from the crew. Even the miners on Rigel XII turned their backs on the Enterprise ’s hour of need in favor of a deal they made with Mudd. In exchange for Mudd’s freedom and badly needed lithium crystals for the Enterprise , the miners wanted to marry Mudd’s women.

Earlier in the episode, Eve apologized to Spock for Mudd’s conduct, saying, "He's so used to buying and selling people.” That implies that Mudd ran this scam several times before. During Mudd’s hearing, his previous infractions against the Federation were revealed to include smuggling, transport of stolen goods, and purchase of a space vessel with counterfeit currency. But those were far from his only crimes.

Aboard the Enterprise, Scotty, Bones, and Kirk listen to Harry and his captive cargo's testimony during the con man's hearing in 'Mudd's Women'

While Mudd couldn’t understand the morality that Starfleet strived to live up to, the Federation also failed to realize that Mudd could never become a productive citizen. His punishment for his crimes was psychiatric treatment, as if he could simply be treated for the diseases of greed and vice. Conversion therapy doesn’t work in any century, and it certainly didn’t work here.

Mudd returned in the second season episode, “ I, Mudd ,” having once again managed to get away from Federation custody. Shortly after his escape, Mudd returned to his con artist ways, and he nearly got himself killed when his ruse was discovered. He fled to an uncharted world ruled by androids, and he even renamed their world “Mudd” after himself.

Harry Mudd sits on a throne as ruler of an android planet and flanked by two women servants by his side in 'I, Mudd'

"I, Mudd"

However, the androids wouldn’t let Mudd leave because they wanted to learn more about humanity. As a measure of revenge against Kirk and his crew, Mudd arranged for the Enterprise to be forcibly brought to planet Mudd, and its crew imprisoned in luxury at the hands of the androids.

Mudd viewed this as a suitable punishment for Kirk, but he stopped short of seeking physical harm for anyone. Unfortunately for Mudd, he failed to realize that the androids had no intention of letting him leave either. The crew subsequently escaped, and Kirk “generously” allowed Mudd to remain behind with android copies of his wife Stella, whom he could no longer control.

Close-up of an animated Harry Mudd in the Animated Series' 'Mudd's Passion'

"Mudd's Passion"

Harry’s lone animated appearance came in “Mudd's Passion,” when the Enterprise caught up with Mudd during another one of his signature scams. This time, Mudd was peddling a love potion that ultimately wreaked havoc on the ship and its crew. There was a side effect of the short-acting love potion that Mudd had neglected to mention — it turned love to hate as it wore off. For his crimes, Mudd was once again sentenced to rehabilitation therapy, which only demonstrates that Starfleet didn’t know how to handle Mudd beyond simply incarcerating him.

Surprisingly, Mudd’s appearances in Star Trek: Discovery revealed even darker shades to his character. In "Choose Your Pain”, Mudd endured Klingon captivity by informing on his fellow prisoners and by encouraging them to be beaten if it meant sparing himself physical harm. That’s why Captain Gabriel Lorca and Ash Tyler left Mudd behind on the Klingon ship. Mudd proved that he couldn’t be trusted, and Lorca wasn’t very forgiving.

Harry Mudd forces Paul Stamets and Michael Burnham down the Discovery hallway as he trails behind them holding them at phaser gunpoint in 'Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad'

"Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad"

Mudd’s subsequent return in “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” was even more horrifying than his turns in the original and animated series. Thanks to a Klingon Time Crystal, Mudd is able to trap Discovery in a time loop in order to learn about the ship’s secrets before selling it to the Klingons. Mudd also took the opportunity to murder Captain Lorca on several of the time loops, as well as any members of the crew who got in his way. While the time loop was eventually broken with Lorca and the crew still alive, that doesn’t diminish what Mudd tried to do. He’s still a murderer, even if all of his victims survived.

It’s possible that the decision to classify the existence of Discovery in the Season 2 finale had the inadvertent effect of hiding Mudd’s track record. If the full extent of Mudd’s crimes had been known a decade later, then perhaps Kirk and his crew would have been more cautious around Mudd. His genial demeanor hid the monster within, which may also be why Mudd kept getting light sentences from Starfleet.

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In the 24th Century, the Ferengi displayed a level of greed that was on par with Mudd’s. But unlike Mudd, the Ferengi had the Rules of Acquisition to live by. Mudd had no code of his own, and no honor to live by. That’s because Mudd represents modern day greed and amorality. He is the dark reflection of humanity’s worst impulses. Mudd could be considered a throwback to mankind’s present. That’s why he proved to be a dangerous threat to both the Discovery and the Enterprise . Neither crew was fully prepared for a man who would do anything to get rich while staying ahead of the authorities one con at a time.

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This article was originally published on November 2, 2020.

Blair Marnell is a freelance writer for several different sites, including Superhero Hype, Marvel.com, Fandom, Digital Trends, and more!

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Dr. McCoy : [referring to large darkened pane on wall]  Harry, what's this?

Harry Mudd : [pressing button by pane to reveal Stella android]  Ah. That, gentlemen, is a shrine to the memory of my beloved Stella.

Capt. Kirk : Who?

Harry Mudd : Stella, my wife.

Dr. McCoy : Dead?

Harry Mudd : Oh, no, no, no, merely deserted. You see, gentlemen, behind every great man there is a woman, urging him on. And so it was with my Stella. She urged me on into outer space. Not that she meant to.

[with increasing irritation] 

Harry Mudd : But with her continual, eternal, confounded nagging--well, I think of her constantly, and every time I do, I go further out into space.

Dr. McCoy : That's very interesting. You leave your wife and then bring her along.

Harry Mudd : I had the androids construct a perfect replica of Stella, so that I could gaze upon her, and rejoice in her absence. Gentlemen, attend. Stella, dear...

Stella Mudd : [switching on, angrily]  Mm, Harcourt? Harcourt Fenton Mudd, what have you been up to? Nothing good, I'm sure. Well let me tell you, you lazy, good-for-nothing...

Harry Mudd : Shut up!

Stella Mudd : [switching off]  Nothing... thing... thing.

Harry Mudd : Marvelous, isn't it? I finally have the last word with her...

[to Kirk] 

Harry Mudd : and with you.

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