Mirror, Mirror

Star Trek ClassicStardate not given: Returning to the Enterprise from an unsuccessful mission to ask the leaders of a planet for a possible mineral trade, Kirk, Uhura, Scotty and McCoy are being beamed up just as a freak accident hurls them into another reality, which still contains a USS Enterprise and a Spock and a Federation, but the other reality’s versions are cruel and inhumane – the crew the alternate Enterprise is readying for a strike against the planet Kirk just left to take their mineral resources by force. Kirk and his landing party must try to cover their inexplicable identities and try to fit in, while stopping the savage alternate Enterprise from carrying its reign of terror any further.

Order this episode on DVDDownload this episode via Amazon's Unboxwritten by Jerome Bixby
directed by Marc Daniels
music by Fred Steiner

Guest Cast: James Doohan (Mr. Scott), George Takei (Lt. Sulu), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), Barbara Luna (Marlena), Victor Perrin (Tharn), John Winston (Lt. Kyle), Garth Pillsbury (Wilson), Pete Kellett (Kirk’s Henchman)

Notes: The story of what becomes of the alternate Federation and the alternate Spock is told in the 1994 Deep Space Nine episode Crossover. The divergence in history which created the alternate Federation is chronicled in the Star Trek: Enterprise two-parter In A Mirror Darkly.

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Crossover

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: When a Runabout’s warp field doesn’t completely shut off as it enters the wormhole, Kira and Bashir are detoured into an alternate universe generated by the consequences of previous travelers’ interference. The station, still operating under its Cardassian name Terok Nor, and Intendant Kira Nerys lords over the station and its inhabitants with the help of first officer Garak and her Klingon cronies. Bashir is immediately forced to labor in the ore processing facility, while Kira meets her tyrannical, avaricious counterpart. Sisko and O’Brien are also to be found in this universe, as downtrodden humans living lives of virtual slavery under Kira’s whip. Treachery abounds aboard the station, and Kira and Bashir can only try to play all sides against each other in order to find a way back to their own universe.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonteleplay by Peter Allan Fields and Michael Piller
story by Peter Allan Fields
directed by David Livingston
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), John Cothran Jr. (Telok), Stephen Gevedon (Klingon #1), Jack R. Orden Star Trek: Deep Space Nine(Human), Dennis Madalone (Marauder)

Notes: Kira’s alter-ego explicitly states that this universe is indeed the same one that Kirk and his crew visited in the classic Trek episode Mirror, Mirror. The “Mirror Universe” would be revisited in several later Deep Space Nine episodes as well as the Enterprise two-parter In A Mirror Darkly.

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Through The Looking Glass

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Sisko is kidnapped by O’Brien’s counterpart from the parallel timeline visited by Kira and Bashir a year before, and is cornered into assuming the role of his violent, lascivious alter-ego who has died while fighting for the Terran rebellion against the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance. His mission – to get aboard Terok Nor and contact turncoat human scientist Jennifer Sisko before she can develop a new sensor array that will mean the end of the rebellion. Though his fellow rebels feel Jennifer could be assassinated as easily as she could be liberated, Sisko must do everything he can to keep the alternate timeline incarnation of his wife alive while not betraying the rebellion.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
directed by Winrich Kolbe
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Andrew Robinson (Garak), Felecia M. Bell (Jennifer), Max Grodenchik (Rom), Tim Russ (Tuvok), John Patrick Hayden (Cardassian Overseer), Dennis Madalone (Marauder)

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Shattered Mirror

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Sisko receives a surprise visit from Jennifer – the mirror universe version of his late wife, whom he met last year when he convinced her to join the rebels against the Alliance in her universe. Now, she says, the rebels have captured Terok Nor. Jennifer lures Jake back to her universe with her, as part of a plan to coerce Sisko into helping finish the mirror version of the Defiant. Sisko follows, and finds himself in a race against time to prepare the ship before the arrival of an Alliance fleet headed by the Regent – Worf.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by James L. Conway
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Felecia M. Bell (Jennifer), Aron Eisenberg (Nog), Carlos Carrasco (Klingon Officer), Andrew Robinson (Garak), James Black (Helmsman), Dennis Madalone (Guard)

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Resurrection

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: A man unexpectedly beams into Ops. It is Bareil, the mirror universe’s version of the late Vedek Bareil. The mirror Bareil, a thief who used a multidimensional transporter to escape his universe, takes Kira hostage but she soon subdues him. As she gets to know him, she finds herself attracted to him. But Bareil – and Kira’s alternate self, the Intendent – have another agenda.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Michael Taylor
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Jay Chattaway

Guest Cast: Philip Anglim (Bareil), John Towey (Vedek Ossan), Scott Strozier (Security Guard)

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The Emperor’s New Cloak

Star Trek: Deep Space NineStardate not given: Grand Nagus Zek has disappeared while on a business trip, and Quark is visited by the alternate-universe version of Ezri, who has a message from Zek – the Nagus has gone to the other universe, and is now a hostage. Quark must obtain a cloaking device for the Alliance, or Zek will die. With Rom’s aid, he steals one, and mirror-Ezri takes them to her universe. There, they are captured by Terran rebels on Terok Nor, who take the cloaking device. How will Quark manage to save the Grand Nagus this time?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
directed by LeVar Burton
music by Dennis McCarthy

Guest Cast: Andrew J. Robinson (Garak), Jeffrey Combs (Brunt), Max Grodenchik (Rom), J.G. Hertzler (Martok), Tiny Ron (Maihar’du), Chase Masterson (Leeta), Wallace Shawn (Zek), James Darren (Vic Fontaine), Peter C. Antoniou (Klingon Helmsman)

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In A Mirror Darkly Part I

Star Trek: Enterprise100 years after a Vulcan ship landed in Bozeman, Montana, where a hungry human mob killed its crew and stripped the ship of its technology, the Earth Empire is already carving a swath of fear across the galaxy. Humanity’s greed for technology and territory has made the Empire’s Starfleet a formidable force, especially its flagship, the Enterprise, commanded by Captain Forrest. Forrest’s ambitious first officer, Jonathan Archer, is keen to follow up on leads regarding unusual activity in Tholian space. When Forrest dismisses Archer’s plans to see what the Tholians are up to, the Empire’s typical policy of attrition comes into play: Archer relieves Forrest of command by force, but leaves the captain alive and in the brig. Archer sets a course deep into Tholian space and locks the Enterprise’s helm controls. En route, an incident in engineering cripples many of the ship’s systems and sensors, and marks the beginning of another uprising – this time, science officer T’Pol and the other Vulcan crewmembers, who have survived only by existing in near-slavery to the Empire, sabotage the ship and free Forrest.

But their efforts are far too late – the Enterprise is already in Tholian territory, where they’ve found a ship that seems to be based on Earth Empire technology, but is far more advanced than the Enterprise. Archer theorizes that it could be from an alternate timeline, but again finds little support for his idea. Despite misgivings about Archer’s loyalty, the reinstated Captain Forrest sends his first officer on a mission to salvage the massive ship – the U.S.S. Defiant – but also sends T’Pol along as well, with orders of her own: Archer isn’t to return from this salvage operation alive. But before Forrest can see his orders carried out, the Enterprise becomes the Tholians’ primary target.

Get this season on DVDwritten by Michael Sussman
directed by James L. Conway
footage from Star Trek: First Contact directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner
music from Star Trek: First Contact by Jerry Goldsmith

Guest Cast: Vaughn Armstrong (Captain Forrest), Franc Ross (Grizzled Human)

Appearing in footage from Star Trek: First Contact: James Cromwell (Zefram Cochrane), Cully Frederickson (Vulcan)

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In A Mirror Darkly Part II

Star Trek: EnterpriseArcher’s gambit to salvage a ship from a hundred years in the future works as he watches the destruction of the Enterprise from the bridge of the U.S.S. Defiant. Liberating the Defiant from the clutches of the Tholians is no easy matter, however, and even once the ship is free from their asteroid salvage yard, Archer discovers an unwelcome passenger aboard. With the most advanced ship in the fleet, Archer experiences delusions of grandeur and power, but after hearing the service record of the Captain Archer who lived in the alternate universe from which the Defiant came, he begins to experience other delusions as well. The Empire’s top brass proves incapable of removing Archer or his mighty new ship, and an uprising among the enslaved Vulcans proves no more effective. But Hoshi, lusting for a power beyond what she can achieve as the “captain’s woman,” may just succeed where Archer’s other opponents have failed…

Get this season on DVDteleplay by Michael Sussman
story by Manny Coto
directed by Marvin V. Rush
music by Dennis McCarthy & Kevin Kiner

Guest Cast: Gary Graham (Soval), Gregory Itzin (Admiral Black), Derek Magyar (Kelby), John Mahon (Admiral Gardner), Pat Healy (Alien), Majel Barrett (Computer voice)

Notes: This episode marked the first appearance of the Gorn since the original Star Trek episode Arena; there were some notable physical differences, with some subtle touches lost in the rubber suit-to-CGI transition, but those can probably be chalked up to evolutionary differences between “our” Star Trek universe and the Mirror universe. The Defiant’s service records of the 22nd century Enterprise crew note that Archer was considered that century’s pioneering explorer and has even had planets named after him (possibly including Archer IV from Yesterday’s Enterprise), and also credits Hoshi Sato, in her late 30s, with the development of the Linguacode translation matrix first mentioned in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Guest star Gregory Itzin appeared with Scott Bakula once before in a 1993 episode of Quantum Leap; he has also appeared in Max Headroom, twice (as different characters) on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and in the Critical Care episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He also appeared alongside classic Trek alumnus George “Sulu” Takei in the TV movie DC 9/11: Time Of Crisis, in which Itzin portrayed Attorney General John Ashcroft to Takei’s Norman Mineta.

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Despite Yourself

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: Mere moments after Discovery‘s latest spore drive jump, it’s obvious that the ship isn’t where it’s supposed to be. Rather than Starbase 46, Discovery is surrounded by debris from Klingon vessels, but not just any Klingon vessels: they were crewed by Vulcans and Andorians. Analysis of a data core from the wreckage reveals that Discovery has jumped into another universe, a parallel timeline in which the xenophobic Terran Empire wages war against all those not from (or subjugated by) Earth. The Empire’s reign of terror dates back to the 21st century arrival of Vulcans on postwar Earth, but its reach was rapidly accelerated by the arrival of a more advanced starship from a variation of its own future. Discovery‘s crew has to act the part to find a way back to their own universe, and their own war, without arousing enough suspicion to get themselves killed.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Sean Cochran
directed by Jonathan Frakes
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Sam Vartholomeos (Captain Connor), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Julianne Grossman (Discovery Computer), Sara Mitich (Airiam), Alo Momen (Kamran Gant), Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Bryce), Chris Violette (Britch Weeton), Romaine Waite (Troy Januzzi)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: The Defiant‘s arrival from the future is chronicled in parts one and two of In A Mirror Darkly (2005), one of Star Trek: Enterprise‘s final adventures, though the ship’s initial disappearance from several years into Discovery’s future was first seen in 1968‘s The Tholian Web.

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The Wolf Inside

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: Aboard the Shenzhou, “Captain” Burnham receives orders to wipe out an enclave of an organized resistance. These renegades, inclduing Klingons, Vulcans, Andorians and Tellarites, have banded together to fight the xenophobic oppression of the Terran Empire. With Tyler at her side, Burnham beams down to meet with the resistance leader – the Klingon known in Burnham’s timeline as Voq. The sight of Voq has a strange effect on Tyler; moments after this timeline’s Sarek establishes that Burnham is telling the truth, Tyler screams in Klingon and attacks Voq, but is nearly killed for his trouble. Burnham manages to plead for his life and return to the Shenzhou, where Tyler admits that his recent confusion and flashes of trauma are a glimpse into a horrifying surgical procedure that transformed him from Klingon to human.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Lisa Randolph
directed by T.J. Scott
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler / Voq), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), James Frain (Sarek), Michelle Yeoh (Emperor Georgiou), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Riley Gilchrist (Shukar), Julianne Grossman (Discovery Computer), Devon MacDonald (Service Engineer), Alo Momen (Kamran Gant), Dwain Murphy (Captain Maddox), Tasia Valenzia (Shenzhou Computer), Chris Violette (Britch Weeton), Romaine Waite (Troy Januzzi)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: After months of fan speculation, Voq and Ash Tyler are revealed to be one and the same. This episode features the first Andorians and Tellarites seen since Star Trek: Enterprise, as well as continuing the odd Mirror Universe tradition of male Vulcans wearing goatees (Spock, Soval, and now Sarek; only Tuvok seems to have bucked the trend).

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Vaulting Ambition

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate not given: Burnham and Lorca brace themselves for a reunion of sorts with Emperor Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. For Burnham, it’s like seeing a ghost of the captain she admired and then betrayed, but for Lorca, it’s a trip back to the agonizer booth. Stamets, still unconscious in the spore chamber of Discovery‘s engine room, meets his counterpart from the alternate universe, but is unimpressed with the other Stamets’ ends-justify-the-means approach…and indeed leaves his other self behind when he thinks he spots Dr. Culber. Burnham, under threat of death, reveals the truth to Georgiou…who, in turn, reveals that Burnham’s recent twists of fate have been deliberately engineered by someone native to this treacherous timeline.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Jordon Nardino
directed by Hanelle M. Culpepper
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler / Voq), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Michelle Yeoh (Emperor Georgiou), Sam Asante (Senior Guard), Jeremy Crittenden (Lord Eling), Raven Dauda (Dr. Pollard), Billy Maclellan (Barlow), Dwain Murphy (Captain Maddox), Tasia Valenzia (Shenzhou Computer), Marie Ward (Junior Guard)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: The “interphase” referred to here, along with the resulting homicidal madness that consumed the original 23rd century crew of the Defiant (TOS: The Tholian Web), was a product of Tholian experiments conducted in the mirror universe in the 22nd century, which eventually dragged the 23rd century Defiant back in time and across the divide between timelines (as detailed in Enterprise: In A Mirror Darkly).

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What’s Past Is Prologue

Star Trek: DiscoveryStardate 1834.2: Having learned that Captain Lorca is, in fact, a native of the other timeline, Burnham races to contact Discovery to warn Saru of what she has learned. Lorca’s insurrection against Emperor Georgiou comes to a head, and Burnham is caught in the middle. On Discovery, Saru and the crew brainstorm a mission to attack Georgiou’s flagship, the Charon, to rescue Burnham and destroy Charon‘s power source, unleashing a torrent of mycelial energy in the process, allowing Discovery to return to its native timeline. But Discovery may not survive the rescue attempt, Georgiou may not survive Lorca’s attempt to seize the throne, and Burnham may not be able to resist the temptation to undo a tragedy for which she feels responsible.

Stream this episode via Amazonwritten by Ted Sullivan
directed by Olatunde Osunsame
music by Jeff Russo

Star Trek DiscoveryCast: Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Doug Jones (Lt. Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Lt. Ash Tyler / Voq), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Sylvia Tilly), Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Michelle Yeoh (Emperor Georgiou), Rekha Sharma (Landry), Emily Coutts (Keyla Detmer), Jeremy Crittenden (Lord Eling), Patrick Kwok-Choon (Rhys), Sara Mitich (Airiam), Oyin Oladejo (Joann Owosekun), Ronnie Rowe Jr. (Bryce)

Star Trek DiscoveryNotes: Mirror Lorca’s attempt to beam away from the crippled Buran in the middle of an ion storm mirrors the transporter accident that took Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scotty to the Mirror universe in Mirror, Mirror (1967).

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