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Encyclopedia > Mirror, Mirror (Star Trek)
Star Trek: TOS episode
"Mirror, Mirror"
Image:STMirrorMirror.jpg
Kirk with Spock's "mirror" counterpart
Episode no. 33
Prod. code 039
Remastered no. 10
Airdate October 6, 1967
Writer(s) Jerome Bixby
Director Marc Daniels
Guest star(s) Barbara Luna
John Winston (actor)
Vic Perrin
Eddie Paskey
William Blackburn (actor)
Meade Martin
Roger Holloway
Frank da Vinci
Pete Kellett
Garth Pillsbury
Paul Prokop
Bob Bass (actor)
Bobby Clark
Johnny Mandell
Year 2267
Stardate unknown
Episode chronology
Previous "The Changeling"
Next "The Apple"

"Mirror, Mirror" is an episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. It is a second season episode, #33, production #39, and was broadcast for the first time on October 6, 1967. It was repeated on April 12, 1968. It was written by Jerome Bixby and directed by Marc Daniels. Image from Star Trek: The Original Series episode, Mirror, Mirror © 1967 Paramount Pictures, produced by Gene Roddenberry. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby (January 11, 1923 Los Angeles, California – April 28, 1998 San Bernardino, California) was a United States short story writer, editor and scriptwriter, best known for comparatively small output in science fiction. ... A television director is usually responsible for directing the actors and other taped aspects of a television production. ... Marc Daniels (January 27, 1912–April 23, 1989) was a television director from Pennsylvania. ... Publicity still of Barbara Luna Barbara Luna (b. ... John Winston (born October 24, 1933 in Leeds, Yorkshire) is an English actor best known for his appearances as Lieutenant Kyle, the Transporter Chief on Star Trek: The Original Series. ... Vic Perrin (April 26, 1916 – July 4, 1989) was an American actor and voice artist. ... Eddie Paskey-is an actor who is primarily known for playing the uncredited Lieutenant Leslie in the original Star Trek. ... Roger Holloway is an American television actor who portrayed the recurring character Lt. ... Bobby Clark was the tenor vocalist with the Cathedral Quartet from 1963 through 1968. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... The Changeling is a season two episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on September 29, 1967 and repeated May 17, 1968. ... The Apple is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. ... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... is the 279th day of the year (280th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Drexel Jerome Lewis Bixby (January 11, 1923 Los Angeles, California – April 28, 1998 San Bernardino, California) was a United States short story writer, editor and scriptwriter, best known for comparatively small output in science fiction. ... Marc Daniels (January 27, 1912–April 23, 1989) was a television director from Pennsylvania. ...


The episode introduces the alternate reality "Mirror Universe" concept in Star Trek for the first time. The episode has a transporter mishap swapping Captain Kirk and his companions with their evil counterparts in a parallel universe. In the so-called Mirror Universe, the Enterprise is a ship of the Empire rather than the Federation, promotions are earned by assassination, and Mr. Spock has a beard. The Mirror Universe (MU) is a fictional parallel universe in which the plots of several Star Trek television episodes take place, named for Mirror, Mirror, the original series episode in which it first appeared. ... Captain James T. Kirk James Tiberius Kirk, a fictional character in the Star Trek television series, was the captain of the starship Enterprise (NCC-1701 and NCC-1701-A). ... Spock, commonly called Mr. ...

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Plot

After failing to persuade the Halkan Council to allow the Federation to mine dilithium crystals on their planet, Captain James T. Kirk, along with Dr. McCoy, Scotty, and Lt. Uhura, return to the Enterprise. The effects of an ion storm however, create a mishap during transport, and the landing team beams aboard an unfamiliar Enterprise. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Trilithium be merged into this article or section. ... Dr. Leonard H. McCoy (nicknamed Bones), played by DeForest Kelley, is a character in the original Star Trek series, and the first six Star Trek films. ... Scotty redirects here. ... Uhura, played by Nichelle Nichols, is a character in Star Trek: The Original Series and the first six Star Trek films. ... Enterprise or USS Enterprise are the names of several fictional starships, some of which are the focal point for various television series and films in the Star Trek franchise created by Gene Roddenberry. ...


The team discover they have entered a universe parallel to their own, where the USS Enterprise is called an "Imperial Starship" or ISS Enterprise, and there is no Federation, with a brutal regime called the Terran Empire in its stead. Each high ranking officer is protected by one or more paid personal guards of dubious loyalty, the group's uniforms have changed into more "revealing" outfits, including a decorative sash tied about their waists, plus an assortment of sidearms. A dagger is standard issue for close combat between crew members. Uhura now sports a bare midriff, while Kirk's casual uniform top is replaced by a sleeveless tunic. Kirk also notices he now has a set of strange medals on his chest. The official emblem of the Terran Empire The Terran Empire is, in the fictional universe of Star Trek, the Mirror Universe counterpart of the United Federation of Planets. ...


The group's first experience in this hellish reality is the unforgiving torture of the transporter operator, Lt. Kyle, by a mirror-universe Mr. Spock who now sports a menacing-looking goatee. Each low-ranking crewman wears a device called an agonizer, which is to be surrendered to a superior officer on demand for punishment of said crewman for failing in their duties. The mirror Spock administers the punishment to Lt. Kyle for almost losing the Captain to the operator's carelessness. Almost immediately, Kirk guesses that the mirror-universe landing party must have beamed aboard his Enterprise but the crew here does not know this. The team decides to impersonate their mirror counterparts for now, until they find a way to return to their universe. Spock, commonly called Mr. ... A traditional goatee, notice the mustache par does not touch A goatee is a beard formed by a tuft of hair on the chin and a moustache around the upper lip. ...


Fortunately, their fears of what their counterparts could be doing in their universe are groundless. Back on the USS Enterprise Mr. Spock immediately discovers the personae of his Captain and the rest of the landing party have changed significantly and orders security to take them to a holding cell. The mirror Kirk tries to bribe Spock with rewards of "a command of (his) own" if he's freed, among other offers. Spock simply replies "fascinating" and goes about his investigation into what has happened. Spock determines that the ion storm must have opened a barrier between parallel universes, and somehow, the landing team's counterparts switched places.


Back on the ISS Enterprise, Kirk visits his quarters and finds it very different from the one he has become familiar with. There he examines his mission orders learning that he has been ordered to annihilate the Halkans if they refuse the Empire's "request" to mine dilithium. Horrified, Kirk studies his counterpart's records further, learning he succeeded command of the ISS Enterprise by assassinating Captain Christopher Pike and that he also was responsible for massacring 5,000 colonists on Vega IX, among many other atrocities. Christopher Pike, played first by Jeffrey Hunter and then by Sean Kenney, is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe. ...


Mirror-Spock informs Kirk that the ship is ready to attack the Halkans, and Scott reports that he failed to sabotage the weapons systems. Desperately, Kirk orders a delay in the attack for 12 hours. This piques mirror-Spock's curiosity, but he obeys the order. Kirk then survives an assassination attempt by the mirror Mr. Chekov, and Spock subjects Chekov to torture within an agony booth as punishment. Kirk surmises that the fastest known path to promotion in the parallel universe is to successfully kill one's superior officer, especially when they appear to be neglecting their duties, especially "prime orders of the Empire" as Chekov notes. Pavel Andreievich Chekov, Cyrillic: Павел Андрейевич Чеков), played by Walter Koenig, is a Russian Starfleet officer in the fictional Star Trek universe. ...


Meanwhile, Scotty and McCoy work secretly to figure out what happened with the transporter. While Scotty is finding a way to return them to the correct universe, Kirk meets the beautiful Lieutenant Marlena Moreau, who refers to herself as the "Captain's Woman." At the same time, mirror-Spock reports the suspicious activity of his Captain to the Imperial Command, and receives orders to kill Captain Kirk if he does not carry out the order to destroy the uncooperative Halkans.


Back in Kirk's quarters, Marlena shows Kirk the Tantalus Field, a device which can secretly monitor anyone on the ship and "eliminate" them at his leisure. When he prevents her from eliminating the mirror-Spock, she realizes Kirk's personality is different.


Kirk continues to stall the mirror-Spock until his team can find a way back to their reality. Spock, not wanting command of the ISS Enterprise as it would make him an instant target of assassination, decides instead to study the Captain as long as he can. Marlena wants her Kirk back as well and helps the team return as much as she can.


Scotty reports to Kirk that there may be a way to return to their universe, but one of them would have to remain behind and manually operate the transporter. The mirror-Spock suspects the landing party are conspiring for some reason, and confronts them. In the ensuing fight, Kirk knocks the Vulcan unconscious. When mirror-Sulu and his thugs attempt to kill the landing party, Marlena eliminates the thugs with the Tantalus Field and Kirk knocks out mirror-Sulu. Uhura, Kirk, and Scotty head for the transporter room while McCoy stays behind to make sure that mirror-Spock is alright. Mirror-Spock suddenly comes to and quickly mind melds with McCoy. He discovers the switch, and subsequently offers to operate the transporter to return the landing party to their own universe. This gesture convinces Kirk that this universe's Mr. Spock is still an ethical Vulcan guided by logic despite the current environment. He suggests to mirror-Spock that a Federation-like system is better and more logical than the ruthless totalitarianism of the Empire. Mirror-Spock agrees to consider the idea and is encouraged when told about the Tantalus Field he could use. It has been suggested that Tplana-hath be merged into this article or section. ...


Meanwhile on board the USS Enterprise, Spock decides to attempt the beaming sequence at the same time the ISS Enterprise attempts theirs. He has the mirror-universe landing party take their positions on the transporter pads and prepares to beam them out. The transport begins at the same time the Imperials beam their party out. The exchange is successful, and the landing party is repulsed when they learn about their counterparts' barbaric personalities.


Later, back on the bridge, Kirk meets his own universe's Lieutenant Marlena Moreau, who is quite a different girl from what he experienced her to be in the other universe. Kirk tells Spock that Moreau "seems like a nice, likable girl" and that he thinks they "could be friends."


40th Anniversary remastering

This episode was remastered in 2006 and first aired November 11, 2006 as part of the remastered Original Series. It was preceded a week earlier by "The Trouble With Tribbles" and followed a week later by "Space Seed". Aside from remastered video and audio, and the all-CGI animation of the USS Enterprise that is standard among the revisions, specific changes to this episode also include: is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Trouble With Tribbles is a second-season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast on December 29, 1967 and repeated June 21, 1968. ... Space Seed is a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, that was first broadcast on February 16, 1967 and repeated on August 24, 1967. ...

  • The Halkan homeworld has been updated to look more realistic.
  • The transition effect between the mirror universes has been smoothed and reworked with a zooming video effect.
  • The ISS Enterprise now looks different from the USS Enterprise. The hull is gun-metal gray, the name "I.S.S. ENTERPRISE" is shown on the saucer. The front of the warp nacelles lack swirling light effects of the USS Enterprise and include antennas. The ends of the nacelles have a series of exhaust ports instead of a dome. Also, the bridge is taller, and a larger deflector dish is present.
  • The agonizer Spock uses on Mr. Kyle glows and sparks with red energy when activated.
  • The agony booth that Mr. Chekov is placed in now glows with red energy and includes an image warping effect.
  • The Tantalus Field effects have been enhanced.

Notes

  • This episode is the first and possibly only time Scotty calls Captain Kirk "Jim".
  • The mirror universe is featured in TNG novel Dark Mirror, by Diane Duane, which features a Galaxy-class ISS Enterprise, ICC-1701-D.
  • William Shatner and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Steven's Star Trek novels have featured the Mirror Universe established in DS9 continuity (see Spectre, Dark Victory and Preserver), including the return of the Mirror Kirk, calling himself "Emperor Tiberius".
  • The scene at the end of the episode where Captain Kirk met the Lt. Moreau of his own universe was edited into the DS9 episode "Trials and Tribble-ations" with the character of Benjamin Sisko inserted in place of Moreau.
  • The episode was referenced in the two part Megas XLR series finale "Rearview Mirror, Mirror," which features many references to the original Star Trek episode and Universal Century Gundam. The basic plot of the episodes, which center on an alternate universe where Coop and Kiva have gone evil and a battle-hardened Jamie opposes them, is taken from the Trek episode, as the title references.
  • The episode was spoofed in Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 611 ("Last of the Wild Horses"), where Gypsy and Tom Servo swapped universes with their evil alternate selves. In the alternate universe, Mike Nelson was now in Deep 13, sporting a goatee and wearing a costume similar to Kirk's while evading assassination attempts by Crow, and forcing his universe's version of Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank to watch bad movies on the Satellite of Love (Forrester and Frank even appear in the theater for a brief movie segment). The episode ends with the "normal" Forrester and Frank discovering the joys of the agony booth.
  • The episode was spoofed in South Park episode Spookyfish, where dopplegangers of Eric, Stan, and Kyle from a parallel universe appear with goatees.
  • The episode was spoofed on the show Robot Chicken, in a sketch in which two Michael Jacksons (one the currently known, the other the Michael Jackson from twenty years prior who had been abducted and replaced by aliens) fight to define which is the "real" one. The older one is, naturally, bearded, and the line "To be safe, you'll have to kill us both" is used.
  • The episode was referenced in A-Next issue 10. The character J2 doesn't grasp the concept of alternate universes, hence Thunderstrike explains it to him by reminding him of the Star Trek episode.
  • The episode was referenced in the Stargate Atlantis episode "Doppelganger," in which Col. Sheppard asks if his sociopathic dream counterpart "has a goatee."
  • The episode was spoofed in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer video game, during a meeting of the Scooby Gang, Buffy is surprised to hear Giles tell her he doesn't mind her returning to cheerleading, commenting that she "likes this alternate-universe Giles" and asks if "the old Giles [is] coming back." Giles replies, "Don't be ridiculous, Buffy; the alternate-universe Giles has a beard."
  • The episode is referenced in the Showdown at Cremation Creek (Part I) episode of the Venture Bros. in which Dean Venture uses a fake goatee for a disguise.
  • The progressive rock band Spock's Beard likely took their name from this episode.
  • In the animated series Futurama, the robot character Flexo is a reference to this episode. Flexo is the same as Bender in attitude, appearance and voice, the only difference between them being the presence of Flexo's metal goatee.
  • The episode is referenced in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Replacement" in which the Xanders (he's been split into parts - one cool, the other not so much) turn to each other laughing and say "Kill us both, Spock" paraphrasing Kirk's "To be safe, you'll have to kill us both."

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Mirror, Mirror (Star Trek) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1099 words)
A two-part Star Trek: Enterprise episode, entitled "In a Mirror, Darkly" provided a prequel episode to the Mirror Universe demonstrating how the Empire was formed and revolving around technology from the future stopping a 22nd century rebellion.
The Mirror Universe is also traveled to by the Star Trek: The Next Generation crew in the novel Dark Mirror by author Diane Duane.
The Mirror Universe Spock's goatee has since become a part of popular culture and the namesake of the band Spock's Beard.
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