This weekend Creation is holding its first 2017 Star Trek-themed Continuing Voyage Tour conventions in Chicago which included a reunion of Star Trek: The Next Generation stars Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby and Jonathan Frakes. However, the biggest moment of the event was about another show, Star Trek: Discovery. If you don’t want to be spoiled, you should stop reading now.
Discovery goes Mirror
During the event Jonathan Frakes made a major revelation about Star Trek: Discovery. Frakes is in the know because he directed an episode of Discovery earlier this year. According to a number of social media posts from the event, the former Commander Riker divulged that Discovery will be doing a Mirror Universe episode. One of these tweets came from the popular Star Trek band 5 year Mission, who are at the Chicago con performing on stage for the event.
— Five Year Mission (@5YearMission) September 17, 2017
Frakes also predicted fans will be pleased by the pilot which airs next weekend.
Frakes says he has seen the @startrekcbs pilot and it's amazing. Says the freak outs are unfounded and you'll be amazed.
— Five Year Mission (@5YearMission) September 16, 2017
TrekMovie spoke to of Andy Fark of 5 Year Mission following the event and he confirmed the tweets and said that Frakes did not say the episode he directed was the one dealing with the Mirror Universe, but was talking about the show in general. Frakes did say the episode he directed was very Klingon heavy.
4th Trek series to use Mirror Universe
The Mirror Universe is an iconic part of Star Trek which was introduced during the second season of The Original Series. In the episode “Mirror, Mirror” written by Jerome Bixby, Captain Kirk, Lieutenant Uhura, Dr. McCoy and Scotty were transported into a parallel universe due to a transporter accident. This Mirror Universe had a dark and brutal Terran Empire in place of the peaceful United Federation of Planets and it took all their wits, and a little help from a the bearded Mr. Spock of that universe to return them home.
Star Trek: The Next Generation never revisited this Mirror Universe in the 24th century, but Deep Space Nine did and found a lot of changes occurred, which were set in motion by Kirk’s interaction with the Mirror Spock a century before. DS9 eventually did five episodes that dealt with the Mirror Universe in one way or another. Star Trek: Voyager never did an episode related to the Mirror Universe but Enterprise did.
However, unlike The Original Series and Deep Space Nine, on Enterprise there was no direct interaction between main characters from the different universes. Instead the 2-part “In a Mirror, Darkly” was set entirely in the Mirror Universe and it even included a more sinister version of the opening credits. The opening scene also showed a different take on Star Trek: First Contact.
It will be interesting to see how Discovery deals with the Mirror Universe and maintains canon. Will we see Discovery characters visit the Mirror Universe or Mirror Universe characters visit the Prime Universe? And is it Federation characters, Klingon characters or both? Or will they take the Enterprise route and have no character crossovers. They have a lot of options and we will just have to wait and see.
One thing is for sure, this shows that the writers and producers of Discovery are not afraid to play with some of the most iconic elements of Star Trek lore. Even though only a handful of episodes dealt with the Mirror Universe, it is still culturally relevant. Just this week when Apple introduced their new iPhones with facial recognition, to make the point that their ID software was accurate, they made a gag you only need to worry about someone unlocking your phone if you have an evil twin. And of course how else to demonstrate this then by showing the famous bearded Spock from the Mirror Universe.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on September 24th on CBS with all subsequent episodes on CBS All Access in the US. In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night. Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.
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