Enterprise In a Mirror, Darkly
original airdate: 04-22-2005
run some pretty stupid promos for Enterprise, but
this week’s just might be the worst.
an all new Star Trek: Enterprise: the universe…
has an EVIL TWIN!!!”
hurdles like these that Enterprise wasn’t
able to clear and thus land a fifth season. Aren’t
there entire marketing departments working together to lure
viewers into their programming blocks? Who thought this
one would be a good idea?
know anything more about Star Trek than there are
Tribbles and Vulcans, then you know there is an alternate
universe where good people are bad and bad people are good.
Kirk and a few others beamed through to the parallel universe
in “Mirror, Mirror” where they encountered the
evil Spock complete with a beard.
Space Nine expanded the universe considerably by visiting
the alternate reality several times throughout their run.
By Sisko’s time the Cardassians and Klingons formed
a super empire and crushed the weakened Terran Empire.
to enjoy this episode you need to have a little background
knowledge of a second classic Trek episode: “The Tholian
Web.” Kirk and crew beamed over to Enterprise’s
sister ship, the Defiant, just as it was pushed out of the
known universe. Kirk was seen as a ghostly image bouncing
around the ship, as Spock and Bones fought against space
madness and the menacing Tholians.
It’s clear this two part Mirror Universe
story was written with Trek fans in mind.
matters even more there isn’t a CLEAR explanation
of the mirror universe – unless, again, you’re
familiar with a lot of Trek.
cut scenes from the final moments of Star Trek: First
Contact (the movie foundation for Enterprise),
Dr. Zefram Cochrane (James Cromwell) meets the Vulcans for
the first time. Instead of shaking their hands he blasts
them with a pistol and the humans plunder the Vulcan ship.
So begins the evil Terran Empire.
the title sequence is altered from the peaceful progression
of Earth ships to a history of Earth weapons and violence.
But the change in music makes it a dramatic improvement.
Trekfanboys can enjoy watching pieces of
their favorite shows and movies meld into one story. Anyone
else watching only knows… The universe has an evil
parody of the ‘regular’ universe is additionally
lost on anyone who doesn’t tune in to Enterprise
mirror universe the Terrans have conquered the Vulcans as
well as the Tellarites, and who knows how many other races.
Also, besides being murderous, Reed and Mayweather are MACOs.
Dr. Phlox is a mad scientist. Admiral Forrest is alive and
is Captain Forrest, commanding the Enterprise. Oh, and Hoshi
is his whore. Fitting since, in the mirror universe women’s
uniforms stop just bellow their DD breasts.
These are all fun details, but lost on so
The Next Generation first aired, part of the fun,
besides knowing Star Trek was back, was seeing
how the universe had evolved since Kirk went to dry dock.
Why were the Federation and the Klingons friends? How does
the ship separate in two? Why do the men wear skirts?
had an opportunity to capture that lightning in a bottle
a second time. Fans now can now see the primordial ooze
the universe grew from. Instead we wasted a season on the
Xindi. And we wasted viewers.
This time last year people would have jumped
at the chance to see the nerdy little details like the same
position of the dead Defiant crew members from “Tholian’s
Web.” Or the hole in space is exactly the same as
the one from Spock’s diagram. Or in the mirror universe
a team of Tholians can spin a web considerably faster then
the one that wrapped the NCC 1701-D.
thanks to the countless hurdles Enterprise stumbled
over, no one is watching. The race is already over. And
now we’re just trying to break the finish line.
Next week the other half of the Mirror will
reveal Archer and crew in 23rd century uniforms, kicking
Tholian butt and squashing a rebellion from one of its conquered
if enough people watch next week, the universe’s EVIL
TWIN will get its own spin-off on SPIKE TV.