Star Trek: Enterprise

Season 4 Episode 19

In a Mirror, Darkly (2)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Apr 29, 2005 on UPN
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Episode Summary

In the mirror universe, Archer commandeers the 23rd-century Defiant from the Tholians and uses it in a nefarious power grab.

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  • The alternative version of the Enterprise is not very nice...

    This 2-part storyline is great. All the actors show a different side to the normal characters in this alternate universe story. While Archer, Reed and Trip sneer, growl and torment each other, T'Pol shows a hero-rebel side trying to overthrow the current Earth Empire while Sato shows a Lady Macbeth manipulative side - sleeping with whoever is in power while pulling strings behind the scenes. Her final scene where she declares she's the new Empress of the Empire is a fantastic ending to all the duplicity and killings shown in this story. The only thing that was slightly jarring was the 'Kirk-era' ship representing the more modern ship. When compared to the 'Archer-era' ship in several scenes, this was a little hard to believe.moreless
  • exelent counter characters

    this was the finishing touch, the episode was making its statment about how the futher will be when people are just do what they want and let the universe know that whe are the bad asses and not the aliens. i like this form of star trek more then the old one, the only thing that is missing are good and nice klingons :P
  • Evil Archer takes the Defiant for conquest

    Okay what gives? this had absolutely nothing to do with the main Enterprise storyline, it features mirror versions of the characters, it comes off like fan fiction but it's very entertaining.

    We have character conflict, a very dinosaur like Gorn running amuck and never a dull moment.

    I loved Mayweather and Hoshi assasinating Archer, maybe it's a nod to the fact those two characters are overlooked for storylines in favour of a forced trioka.moreless
  • Linda Park's turn to shine

    This is one of the two Enterprise episodes in which Linda Park had an opportunity to shine. The first was "Exile", the episode where she visited Tarquin, an alien with telepathic powers, living alone on a chunk of rock in space. I think of that as “the Linda Park episode”. There she got to show off her feminine side. She was wined and dined and actually wore lingerie.

    In "In a Mirror, Darkly" Linda got to be an entirely different character, scheming and power hungry. It is always refreshing to see an actress like her, usually bottled up in a narrow character depiction, able to show her chops and take on a very different role. Linda played a great villain in the episode.

  • Fantastic, proof that Enterprise is a good show. I have always liked the mirror universe concept in all incarnations of Star Trek and this stood out as one of the best installments.moreless

    This is a fine example of Enterprise and its worth, it was truly a "for the fans" episode with appearances of aliens from the original series that havent been seen since, a 23rd century constitution class ship, original series starfleet unifirms, and so much more. This was executed to perfection and I honestly cant see a better way of doing a mirror universe episode of Enterprise, the characters were better than in "our universe", the feel of the show was better and it was refreshing to see such different personalities from the Enterprise crew - particularly the under-developed Sato and Mayweather. All in all, brilliant.moreless
John Billingsley

John Billingsley

Dr. Phlox

Connor Trinneer

Connor Trinneer

Commander Charles "Trip" Tucker III

Anthony Montgomery

Anthony Montgomery

Sergeant Travis Mayweather

Linda Park

Linda Park

Lt. Hoshi Sato

Dominic Keating

Dominic Keating

Major Malcolm Reed

Jolene Blalock

Jolene Blalock

Commander T'Pol

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • The CGI Gorn encountered in this episode is radically different from the one previously fought by Captain Kirk in the TOS episode "Arena". The original slow moving Gorn having insect like compound eyes and no discernible tail.

    • The final battle between Phlox and Tucker was scripted originally to be filmed in the Emergency Manual Monitor, a room overlooking Main Engineering. However, the expense of building this set, and the CG effects showing Engineering through a window, demanded the scene be moved elsewhere.

    • Bobby Clark, who played the Gorn Captain in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Arena", was on set during the filming of Archer's fight with Slar. Clark was a guest of Enterprise stunt coordinator Vince Deadrick, Jr., the son of Vince Deadrick, an actor and stuntman who appeared in numerous episodes of the original series.

    • As of this episode, Majel Barrett has appeared in, or been the computer voice for, all five live-action Star Trek television series.


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      References 1 Corinthians 13:12(ASV), "For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known."