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Star Trek - Mirror Mirror

episode 2.4
Raumschiff Enterprise - Ein Parallel-Universum

USA 1967
produced by
Gene L. Coon, Gene Roddenberry (executive) for Desilu, Norway Corporation/NBC
directed by Marc Daniels
starring William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, BarBara Luna, James Doohan, George Takei, Nichelle Nichols, Vic Perrin, Walter Koenig, John Winston, Garth Pillsbury, Pete Kellett
written by Jerome Bixby, created by Gene Roddenberry, music by Fred Steiner

TV series
Star Trek, Classic Star Trek, Star Trek (original crew)

review by
Mike Haberfelner




When returning from a peaceful mission, the Enterprise's landing team - Captain Kirk (William Shatner), Dr. McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) and Scotty (James Doohan) - have to realize their ship has changed, and so has the crew - in fact, due to a magnetic storm, they have been beamed into an evil parallel universe, where promotion is garnered by assassination, and the Starfleet is not a power of peace but a imperialistic military force to conquer the universe. Surprisingly though, our heroes all have the same rank and function as in their own universe, and so do all others on the Enterprise - even if Sulu (George Takei) here is constantly sexually harrassing Uhura, and Chekov (Walter Koenig) has schemes to kill Kirk for his own gain ... but ultimately fails. Even Spock (Leonard Nimoy) is rather ruthless in his actions, but even here he possesses the gift of logic.

Kirk puzzles everyone when he refuses to destroy a peaceful planet, just because its inhabitants refuse to give up their natural resources, and Spock even goes so far as to report it to Starfleet command and receive orders to kill Kirk. Kirk and company meanwhile make plans to return to their own universe, but pretty much everyone hampers their efforts, including Kirk's girlfriend Marlena (BarBara Luna), but ultimately it's her that helps Kirk, and Spock who makes their escape possible - but not before Kirk gives him an emotional speech to use his logic to make this universe a better place ...

 

You can of course argue about the logic of this episode - in fact, it is rather ridiculous that everyone would have an evil counterpart in a parallel universe and that that universe would still function -, but that would be dismissing all the fun this episode has to offer: Just seeing all the regulars as their mean selves is hilarious, and the situations the script offers them to exhibit their meanness are exhilarating. Sure, on a purely analytical level, this is not one of the better episodes, it not only lacks in logic (see above) but also the structure is weak and the climax mediocre, but all the small details that make up the episode's parallel world really make up for it and make this a very entertaining romp.

 

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