Star Trek celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this month. So, here on Redeeming Culture, we’re going to release a short review of every episode of Season One, one episode per day, all month long; for each episode, we’re writing a 3-sentence recap, a 3-word review, and (as much as we can) answering the questions “What fears or hopes are conquered or realized?” and “How does this point to Jesus or to the way God made us?”
For more about Trektember, read our preview post. Please note that there are minor plot spoilers for this episode below.
Today’s episode is Mudd’s Women.
The Enterprise rescues a man and his “crew” from their damaged vessel, but things don’t add up. They soon discover that the man, Harry Mudd, is a smuggler, and his “crew” is actually a trio of mail-order brides. Mail-order brides with a secret.
Raucous. Uneven. Misogynistic.
Big Sci-Fi Concepts
- When anyone can look like anything, what is the meaning of true beauty?
- What is the role of men and women in a society that thinks it is enlightened?
Fears Conquered/Hopes Realized
- On one level, the women represent a goal of physical perfection, a realized hope for a simple way to improve one’s outward appearance. But on another level, Kirk urges and encourages them to face the fear of ugliness, as encapsulated within the Venus Drug, and reject it in favor of confidence and emotional beauty.
- The women face a fundamental fear that they will be found out as frauds. To some level, we all feel this at one point or another; it’s known as “Impostor’s Syndrome.” But when the women are found out as frauds, Eve discovers that the truth isn’t as bad as she thought.
What does this episode tell us about God or about man?
No matter how beautiful, skilled, erudite, strong, or powerful you are, someone is always more than you are. Impostor’s Syndrome is real, on that level; we’re all only a pale shade of what God is in each of those categories. But the beauty of the Gospel is that we’re made in His image; He places within each of us a reflection of who He is and a piece of the perfection that He represents. We have value, not from a drug that confers beauty, but from being His creations.
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Thank you for reading Redeeming Culture! Come back tomorrow for more Trektember as we look at the fourth episode of Star Trek: “The Enemy Within.”