The Edge 56: Fifteen-Minute Format / by Trek fm

The Escape Artist.


Running Time: 56 minutes 59 seconds
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The fourth episode of Star Trek: Short Treks highlights Harcourt Fenton Mudd, a character that has been around almost as long as Star Trek itself. Rainn Wilson not only portrays Mudd, but also directs. The twists and turns of Mudd being captured and turned over to Starfleet again and again make for a fun episode to watch while the writing and comedic timing make it even more fun to listen to.

In this episode of The Edge, hosts Patrick Devlin and Amy Nelson are joined by Brandon-Shea Mutala of Warp Five and Melodic Treks to discuss the brilliance of “The Escape Artist” and the concept of Short Treks. We debate the Mudd timeline compared with The Original Series and which actions were taken by Mudd himself or which by his androids. And, in closing, we rank the four Short Treks episodes.


Intro (00:00:00)
Initial Thoughts (00:02:35)
Memories of Other Androids (00:06:49)
The Brilliance of Short Treks (00:13:36)
Memories (00:19:06)
The Resistance (00:27:57)
Turning in Mudd (00:30:09)
The Bounty Hunter’s True Identity (00:34:19)
Ranking the Short Treks (00:36:13)
Closing (00:50:59)


Amy Nelson and Patrick Devlin


Brandon-Shea Mutala


Patrick Devlin (Editor) Amy Nelson (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Tony Robinson (Associate Producer) Lisa Slack (Associate Producer) Tom Puleo (Associate Producer) Shoaib Mirza (Associate Producer) Richard Rutledge (Associate Producer) James Muldrow (Associate Producer) Cornelia Reutner (Associate Producer) Ryan Maillet (Associate Producer) Chris Tribuzio (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Tony Robinson (Show Art) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)