Jonathan Frakes Reveals That 'Star Trek: Discovery' Will Travel to the Mirror Universe

Monday, 18 September 2017 - 10:03AM
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Monday, 18 September 2017 - 10:03AM
Jonathan Frakes Reveals That 'Star Trek: Discovery' Will Travel to the Mirror Universe
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In a moment of unexpected honesty, Star Trek alum Jonathan Frakes (best known as Commander Riker from The Next Generation, but also a director for Discovery) revealed a tasty spoiler for the upcoming show while attending a fan event this past weekend. Get ready to see Sonequa Martin-Green turn evil, because Star Trek: Discovery is headed to the Mirror Universe.

As part of a panel at The Continuing Voyage, a press tour for Star Trek: Discovery, Frakes reportedly let slip that the new show will feature at least one episode in which the crew of the titular ship (if not the sister ship, the USS Shenzhou) find themselves face-to-face with their Mirror Universe counterparts.

For those who love diving deep into Star Trek lore, this is a pretty big deal. There are many alternate timelines and dimensions across Star Trek canon, but out of all of them (even the one where Captain Picard meets the X-Men!), none are as beloved as the Mirror Universe. This alternate dimension runs parallel to the main Star Trek universe, but various heroes and villains have very different motivations and backstories—essentially, good guys are generally bad, and bad guys are good.



Mirror Universe Captain Kirk is a murderous jerk (well, even more so than his Prime Universe counterpart), while Mirror Spock is the owner of the most infamous facial hair in the series (he sports a dashing goatee that makes him look like Vulcan Tony Stark).

The big question that remains is whether or not the crew of the USS Discovery in the Prime Universe will find themselves crossing over into the Mirror Universe to meet their counterparts. Canonically thus far, the Mirror Universe was first encountered by the crew of the Enterprise, which means that if Discovery, as a prequel, follows a similar story pattern, it'll mean throwing a new wrinkle into existing Trek lore.




This wouldn't be the first change that the show has been reported to make, as showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts are already clearly playing fast and loose when it comes to adhering to established Star Trek chronology.

Of course, the show doesn't have to break continuity in order to fit in a Mirror Universe episode. Star Trek: Enterprise, itself a prequel show, managed to get around the restrictions of the timeline by setting two episodes completely in the Mirror Universe without actually featuring a crossover with the Prime Universe characters. Discovery could do something similar in order to avoid annoying fans, although given what we've seen of the show thus far, it looks unlikely that anyone at CBS is particularly concerned about what the existing Star Trek fan community thinks about canon.


In other words, if CBS takes Star Trek: Discovery into the Mirror Universe and doesn't make Sonequa Martin-Green wear a silly fake goatee, they've really missed out.
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