Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd returns in Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad

“Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” is a time loop episode! A time loop episode! A time loop episode!

We like time loop episodes.

Harcourt Fenton Mudd returns with a vengeance. Utilizing some time bending technology, Mudd intends to pay Lorca back for abandoning him on the Klingon Prison vessel by learning the secret to Discovery and selling it to the Klingons.

Behind the Camera

In the director’s chair for “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” is David Barrett this week. This is his first Star Trek Discovery episode, but not his first work in the Star Trek universe. Way back in 2005, he directed the Star Trek: Enterprise episode “Divergence.” Plus, he’ll be back for another episode in season two of Discovery with “Saints of Imperfection.”

Over on the writing side, we see the team of Aron Eli Coleite and Jesse Alexander returning. We saw them just a few episodes ago with “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like either of these two fellas have any writing credits the rest of season one, or any in season two.

In Front of the Camera

  • Rainn Wilson returns as Harry Mudd! Last time we saw him he was relaxing on a Klingon prison ship in “Choose Your Pain,” but things in his life have definitely seemed to have turned around. We’re also lucky enough to get an entire Short Treks dedicated to him with “The Escape Artist.” Both that Short Treks episode and this one bring a sense of levity and fun to the series I do hope to see more of.
  • Katherine Barrell also appears as Stella Grimes, who seems to have a very complicated relationship with Mudd.
  • Peter MacNeill drops in as Stella’s very important and very rich seeming father, Baron Grimes.

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