What’s a good Catholic girl to do? Nora’s brother is leading a group of vampires who want reinstatement as cops, and Nora herself has been bitten by the same vampire who killed all those cops. So she turns, naturally, to the Church. Hasn’t she seen any vampire flicks with crosses and stakes? Find out what happens when Nora O’Donnell tries to explain vampires to good Father Quinn, in chapter 32 of Martha’s Children, my serial of cops, vampires, and sorcerers in 1969 Chicago. If you’re not reading already, you can start here.
A change of pace today. The L. Palmer Chronicles recently mentioned this blog in a new post entitled, “What Keeps Me Reading (Blogs),” citing Sillyverse for its intellectual/educational content. Well, I tell you! It’s not why I started writing the blog, but I’m happy to provide knowledge and other food for thought. To any reader who has followed her link, check out the posts in my “History” category as the best way to find examples.
However, L. Palmer is more into nerd/geek culture, so today’s post is for her.
It is the birthday today of Roger C. Carmel (1932 – 1986), the only actor to twice play the same guest character in the original Star Trek, and then reprise the role for an episode of the animated Star Trek series. Carmel played Harcourt Fenton Mudd, commonly called Harry, a roguish trader whose antics always seemed to backfire while almost bringing the starship Enterprise to the brink of destruction. In “Mudd’s Women” (1966), he used crystals to make plain women look beautiful, while almost causing a failure in the Enterprise‘s engines. In “I, Mudd” (1967), he ruled over a planet of androids who took over the Enterprise. And the animated “Mudd’s Passion” (1973) crosses “Mudd’s Women” with the original series’s “The Naked Time,” to have Spock fall in love with Nurse Chapel, thanks to Harry’s crystals. Personally, I’d never seen the animated episode until last night when preparing this blog post. It was amusing, and was greatly in the same spirit as the two original episodes. On the other hand, in these post-feminist days, the attitude toward women in all three episodes (especially Nurse Chapel’s role in the animated episode) will grate on many people’s sensibilities.
Carmel’s acting career was hardly confined to Star Trek. He also performed in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Munsters, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Batman, along with many other television series and some movies in a career that lasted three decades.
So a toast to the late Roger C. Carmel on his birthday. Someday I want to write a lovable rogue like his Harry Mudd.