REVIEWED ITEM: Star Trek® Original Series DVD Volume 21: I, Mudd © / The Trouble With Tribbles ©
I, MUDD © PRELIMINARY BRIEFS:
Moral, Ethical, and/or Philosophical Subject(s) Driven Into The Ground: The Human Need for Challenge
Historical Milestone: Harry Mudd as the only recurring guest character in the original Star Trek series
Expendable Enterprise Crewmember ('Red Shirt') Confirmed Casualty List: Several incapacitated
REVIEW/COMMENTARY: What this episode lacks in drama-- or melodrama to be more accurate-- it more than makes up for in downright silliness, with what is quite possibly the goofiest 'jailbreak' ever seen on TV as the crew uses the wildly illogical 'performance art' to confuse their android captors. Even the titular guest star Harry Mudd gets into the act, even though he's responsible for getting our Enterprise™ stalwarts in this predicament in the first place! Top it off with Kirk giving one of his heavy-handed spiels about how humans must be presented with challenges to keep them from atrophying physically and spiritually, and you've got a big ol' slab o' ham to go with all that cheese!
THE TROUBLE WITH TRIBBLES © PRELIMINARY BRIEFS:
Historical Milestone: Considered by many to be the original series' best episode
Expendable Enterprise Crewmember ('Red Shirt') Confirmed Casualty List: None
REVIEW/COMMENTARY: Continuing this volume's theme of Star Trek's most whimsical episodes, we now arrive at what most consider the most whimsical of them all! Although I do like this particular show, unlike most of the Trekkie nation I don't think it comes even close to being one of Star Trek's best efforts. Sure, there's quite a bit of good-natured fun and a nice dose of levity, but dramatically it doesn't hold a candle to City on the Edge of Forever © or Journey to Babel ©. But at least we get to see William Campbell again, this time 'round as the Klingon antagonist that Kirk must try to outwit. And you gotta admit the tribbles had more realistic hair than Shatner ever did...
If you're a big fan of The Trouble With Troubles ©, you may also wanna check out the animated series follow-up eppie More Tribbles, More Troubles ©, and the DS9 'wraparound' show Trials and Tribble-ations ©.