Star Trek & Botox I’ve had it in the back of my mind to make this post for ages, but the Kirk/Spock Community Rewatch thread has inspired me. The episode being discussed right now is “Mudd’s Women”. http://community.livejournal.com/kirkspock/347137.html#cutid1 A few years ago I decided to rewatch all the Classic Trek episodes. (Many plot bunnies ensued). When I rewatched “Mudd’s Women” my first thought was, “Oh, this is *so* dated.” But the very next week, at my job, I spent some considerable amount of time doing bookkeeping work for a client – a “Botox” doctor. After endless hours of running income totals for his various procedures – Botox injections, collagen injections, dermabrasion, etc., ad infinitum, I began to wonder if “Mudd’s Women” was all that dated. And then I suddenly remembered: I’ve met a man right here in Los Angeles county who, just a few years ago, ordered a mail order bride from Russia. And then I considered that if Harry Mudd’s “Venus Drug” were actually available, quite a number of people would be gulping them down like the proverbial candy. And I got thinky on all kinds of subjects: - One of AOL’s headline stories today was about how Photoshopping (previously airbrushing) is used to make models and actors/actresses thinner/sexier/smoother/hotter/more unrealistic/more unattainable: http://www.stylelist.com/blog/2009/10/15/ralph-lauren-ad-distorted-skinny-model/?icid=main|htmlws-main|dl7|link3|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.stylelist.com%2Fblog%2F2009%2F10%2F15%2Fralph-lauren-ad-distorted-skinny-model%2F - I once knew a woman who was taking Phen-Fen (before it was taken off the market). She was so desperate to lose weight that she just didn’t seem to care it was screwing with her brain. (Boy, did it ever! The last time I saw her, she was barely capable of carrying on a conversation). She sacrificed her brain for her figure. It was terrifying. - The “dress code” in Corporate America. (Remembering a group of women I worked with in the 90s, all of whom colored and cut their hair the exact same way, had the same French manicure, wore the same skirt-length (slightly mini), etc. And here was me, with my ankle-length skirts and purple nail polish... Always the iconoclast, I guess. :-) “Mudd’s Women”? Not so dated after all. PS: Here's a fun publicity still from that episode. Check out Spock's body language - and the way Kirk is looking anywhere but at the woman in his arms.