Leonard Nimoy’s inexperience with voiceover work at this stage in his career shows through, as his performance here as a lovesick goon is so much doofier than his like performances in “The Naked Time” and “This Side of Paradise” and “All Our Yesterdays.” There’s no nuance, and it’s just painful to observe. It doesn’t help that we’re denied Nimoy’s facility for subtle facial expressions.
This also harms Roger C. Carmel’s performance, as the joy of watching Mudd is as much in Carmel’s facial expressions and especially his body language. Filmation’s crude animation can’t re-create that, instead giving Mudd a near-permanent used-car-salesman smile that doesn’t do the character any favors. (Also, what happened to that poor Rigellian hypnoid? Spock shot it and then it just wandered off. They could’ve at least taken it into custody or found it a home or something.)
Current Mood: disappointed
Current Music: "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon