‘MIRROR, MIRROR’ (TOS)
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This is one of my favourite episodes from ‘The Original Series’ of ‘Star Trek’! ‘Mirror, Mirror’ is a really exciting episode, as this happens to be the first time we get to see to the Mirror universe here.
During a transporter accident in an ion storm, Captain Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Uhura end up on the Enterprise in a parallel universe. It’s where thing are the same but some things are a little different.
The world that Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Uhura are in is a savage and violent place. The Enterprise crew have become evil and malicious, since they glorify in the Terran Empire that our heroes are in.
Spock even looks different, as he has a full-grown beard on him. Sulu is also different, since he’s now the Enterprise security officer, has a nasty scar on his face and he lusts after Lt. Uhura on the bridge.
Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhura gradually realise what this parallel universe is and what they’ve stumbled on in this the evil Terran Empire. They need to find a way to return to their home universe.
Watching this episode was really interesting. We get to see opposite versions of some of the regular cast including Spock, Sulu and Chekov. It is pretty disturbing that they’re not who we love and know.
It was also interesting to see that the female crewmembers wear uniforms that show their belly buttons. This is true for Uhura, since her belly button is exposed when with Kirk, Bones and Scotty.
Parallel universes are great ventures for telling good science-fiction stories. I’ve seen quite a number of parallel universe stories that have been so interesting both in ‘Star Trek’ as well as ‘Doctor Who’.
There’s a moment in the episode when we get to see the Mirror versions of Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Uhura in our universe. They’re pretty belligerent and they end getting locked up by Spock in the brig.
Mr. Spock is also interesting as a character in the Mirror universe. He’s still the same logical man that we know and love, despite having the beard. But is he really malicious and savage as everyone else?
When Kirk holds back on making an attack on the Halkans in the Mirror Universe, the Mirror Spock informs him of something. He’s instructed by Starfleet to kill Kill and take command o the Enterprise.
The episode guest stars Barbara Luna as Lt. Marlena Moreau. Marlena is Captain Kirk’s woman aboard the Enterprise in the Mirror universe. Kirk meets her as she is lying on his bed in his quarters.
The relationship between Marlena and Kirk is interesting. Marlena gradually begins to discover that Kirk isn’t the man she thought he was, as she notices his behaviour isn’t what it used to be as before.
There’s a machine in Kirk’s quarters aboard the Mirror Enterprise that can kill people instantly by the switch of a button. Marlena uses this device when she watches Kirk and saves him from his enemies.
Eventually, Spock begins to suspect that Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Uhura are not what they seem which leads to a fight in sick-bay. But will Spock soon help our four heroes return to their Enterprise?
At the end of the episode, Kirk tries to persuade Spock to change things around in this Mirror Universe. It’s interesting that Kirk tries to persuade Spock. Will Spock consider starting a revolution?
‘Mirror, Mirror’ is a great, tense, thrilling episode of ‘Star Trek’. I like how we get to see a twisted and different version of the Enterprise in a parallel universe and how Kirk and his friends survive in this.
The DVD special features for this episode are as follows. On Disc 1 of the original DVD and on Disc 2 of the re-mastered DVD of ‘Star Trek: The Original Series – Season 2’, there is a preview trailer for this episode.
‘Mirror, Mirror’ (TOS) rating – 10/10
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