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L.I. Underhill is a media critic and historian specializing in pop culture, with a focus on science fiction (especially Star Trek) and video games. Their projects include a critical history of Star Trek told through the narrative of a war in time, a “heretical” history of The Legend of Zelda series and a literary postmodern reading of Jim Davis' Garfield.


  1. Alex
    December 30, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    Mudd is (sadly) liked enough that the writers of Stargate Atlantis wrote 2 episodes with a very similar character in Season 4.


  2. K. Jones
    December 31, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    I've always felt the way to do a proper Harry Mudd story was "The Outrageous Okona". It's an episode that I feel like may be derided as a least favorite, but it's just how a rakish space pirate ought to be played – against expectations. Carmel is a fantastic actor and Harry Mudd is a spectacular fop but his schemes are always so pedestrian. I've only ever really loved him for occupying a "type" of tropish, Pulpy role that not many others in Trek ever occupied.

    But if you're going to be that kind of rogue, you probably ought to look like you walked off the cover of a romance novel.

    I love M'Ress, though, and hope we get an opportunity to really delve into discussing her merits.


  3. Josh Marsfelder
    December 31, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

    I too am a fan of "The Outrageous Okona". It's a fun story, one of the most memorable episodes from that season to me and the guest star literally makes the episode: He's such a fascinating guy.

    Ditto about M'Ress. I like her a lot, but I haven't found much of an opportunity to actually discuss her at length yet.


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