io9 Is Stuck in a Time Loop of Explaining Star Trek: Discovery's Use of Harry Mudd

Image: CBS
Image: CBS

Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson) reappeared this week in an episode that took a crack at one of scifi’s most venerable tropes: the time loop. In our livestream, we take a look at how well the show did with the opportunities presented by repeating the same 30 minutes over and over again (it’s pretty good!) as well as the brand new romance brewing in the crew (it’s pretty bad!).


“Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” felt like the most self-contained story we’ve had to date, which really helped it stand out. But almost more important than keeping the Discovery’s technology from falling into the hands of the Klingons, whatever is happening with Stamets’ DNA, and Burnham and Tyler’s new romance was that this episode answered an important question about how the 24th century parties. All that and more in the livestream.

Katharine is the Associate Director of Policy and Activism at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the former managing editor of io9. She writes about technology policy and pop culture.



I don’t get the hate for putting Burnham and Tyler together. He’s absolutely smoldering, and she’s definitely grown on me as a character. This won’t end well for either of them, but it’s fun watching them play off of each other.