[TOS] Mirror, Mirror

[TOS] Season 2, Episode 4 (Netflix: S2 E4): Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

Rating: 3

It’s the mirror universe episode that started it all, so that counts for something, right? It’s an interesting concept executed in a goofy way, even for TOS standards. It’s still a really entertaining episode, so it earns a 3.

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Notes:

Kirk and Uhura

Kirk is negotiating for starfleet to mine dylithium on this guy’s planet. There’s also an ion storm.

Things are different!

Something’s gone wrong! Things are more sparkly! Uhura’s belly is exposed! Awkwardly placed pins are on their uniforms!

Mirror Spock

oh no

Spock punishes Kyle with an "agonizer"

Spock punishes Kyle with an “agonizer”

They figure out that it's a parallel universe, one where Bones doesn't clean up all his chemicals

They figure out that it’s a parallel universe, one where Bones doesn’t clean up all his chemicals

Mirror Sulu wear red, and was scratched on his face

Mirror-Sulu wears red, and didn’t play nice with a cat.

The situation created where Kirk has to kill all the Hakonians, or be killed himself, is a cool way of motivating the plot forward

The situation created where Kirk has to kill all the Halkanians, or be killed himself, is a cool way of motivating the characters into action

Scotty

Scotty was supposed to screw with the phasers so they wouldn’t have to kill all the people on the planet, but there was a man standing in the way, so he doesn’t

Mirror-Chekov turns on Kirk!

Mirror-Chekov turns on Kirk!

Somehow in the middle of the showdown Kirk apparently has time to make a captains log

Somehow in the middle of the showdown, Kirk apparently has time to make a captains log which narrates over the incident

Bones is a doctor, not an engineer

Bones is a doctor, not an engineer

Meanwhile back in the normal universe, the Mirror-Kirk is sent to jail andd is really confused. Mirror-Kirk: "Spock, what happened to your beard?"

Meanwhile back in the normal universe, the Mirror-Kirk is sent to jail and is really confused. Mirror-Kirk: “Spock, where’s your beard?”

Another pain device

Another pain device. Can’t have too many

The one thing this actor was supposed to do was cross his arms

This actor’s one job was to cross his arms

Kirk finds a lady in his quarters. She shows him his killing machine

Kirk finds a lady in his quarters. She shows him his killing machine

Uhura gets some action in this episode

Uhura gets some action in this episode

Fight scene!

Fight scene!

Marlena's watching this episode too

Marlena’s watching this episode too

She takes out Sulu's men with the killing machine

She takes out Sulu’s men with the killing machine

Mirror-Spock doesn't know why people are acting so nice so he mind melds with Bones

Mirror-Spock doesn’t know why people are acting so nice so he mind melds with Bones

Marlena wants to go with them. Poor Marlena

Marlena wants to go with them. Poor Marlena.

Before Kirk goes back to the normal universe he gives Spock a lecture on how to start a revolution.

Before Kirk goes back to the normal universe he gives Spock a lecture on how to start a revolution.

Hey it's the Marlena from the normal universe

Hey it’s the Marlena from the normal universe

 

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  • http://buddymccue.wordpress.com/ Buddy McCue

    Kirk gives a lot of speeches in TOS, but the one at the end of this really stands out. He is advising Parallel Spock to defy the entire empire, to be the one who leads everyone to better days. Tough sell, but Kirk gives it all he’s got (and with only seconds to spare!)

    This is the best episode in my opinion, and deserves a solid 4.

    • http://www.letswatchstartrek.com/ Lets Watch Star Trek

      Yeah you might be right about it deserving a 4. It’s a good one. We’ll give it another watch

      • http://buddymccue.wordpress.com/ Buddy McCue

        While I’ve got your attention, I’d like to say that you folks are doing a great job with this website.

        I can see that a lot of time and effort went into it. It was only a couple of days ago that I ran across it, and I look forward to reading through the stuff I haven’t seen yet.