I, Mudd: Sticks in the Mudd

I get that Chekov was added to the show to sorta-kinda represent the youth demographic with a Beatles/Monkeys/Davy Jones-esque thing going on; but, this episode’s crack about how fembots being programmed by a lech to be justlike real girls is “better than Leningrad” has me a little disappointed.

That aside, I am thrilled Mudd inadvertently created his own hell and that Kirk helped him to see it. I am, again, reminded of a bit of verse by playwright William Congreve:

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

Also, I would just like to point out that this episode marks the third occasion Kirk out-thunk a machine. I think it’s kind of adorable the degree to which folks believed that was possible back in the 1960s. Thank God storytelling is too human an intelligence. Am I right?

Starfleet Academy Lecture Recommendation: The Human Intelligence Of Storytelling And Why Computers Have A Hard Time Taking The Lead