At Emerald City Comic Con this weekend Rainn Wilson broke the news that Harry Mudd will be a no show for Star Trek: Discovery Season 2.
There can be no argument that the first season of Star Trek: Discovery had its fair share of highs and lows. However, almost everyone will agree that one of the best moments of the season was the arrival of the one and only Harry Mudd.
Mudd, played by Roger C. Carmel in two appearances in Star Trek: the Original Series, was a thief and a con man who twice ran afoul of Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. Played mostly for laughs, the character is one that is fondly remembered by fans with both “Mudd’s Women” and “I, Mudd” regularly listed among the series’ best.
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The character made a surprising comeback in the first season of Discovery, this time played by Rainn Wilson (The Office). He showed up in both “Choose Your Pain” and “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” and this time viewers were treated to a more devious, less buffoonish version of Mudd.
Wilson’s portrayal of Mudd proved popular enough that the character was even given his own Short Treks episode titled “The Escape Artist” which Wilson also directed.
Given how popular Mudd has become, there was some hope that Wilson and his alter ego would pop up during the second season of Discovery. Possibly to add some comic relief to what is turning out to be a very emotional season.
But alas, it isn’t meant to be.
This weekend at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, Wilson appeared on a panel with SyFy Wire’s Tara Bennett. During the panel Wilson confirmed that Mudd does not show up in Discovery Season 2.
Which, considering all that has happened so far isn’t all that shocking. Given the whole Red Angel storyline, the Spock/Burnham relationship and the addition of Captain Pike to the show, I don’t see how they could have added Mudd to the mix.
That being said, Wilson also mentioned that if the producers wanted, he would be more than willing to return for Season 3. Which, depending the direction the writers went in would be more than welcome by most fans. And of course, there is always the possibility for another Short Treks installment featuring Harcourt Fenton Mudd.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 2, now with 100 percent less Harry Mudd, continues every Thursday on CBS All Access.