Star Trek: Enterprise: Season 4, Episode 18

In a Mirror, Darkly: Part 1 (22 Apr. 2005)
"Enterprise" In a Mirror, Darkly: Part 1 (original title)

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The Mirror Universe crew is at war with rebels of the Terran Empire when they discover the Tholians have captured a vessel from the future.



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Lt. Commander T'Pol
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Another Enterprise is traveling in a mirror universe where everything is a great deal different. Zefram Cochrane shot the first Vulcan setting foot on Earth and mankind went the aggressive way. Today humans have formed the Terran Empire, assimilating many other species, but there's a devastating war with rebels going on. First officer Jonathan Archer disagrees with a decision Captain Forrest is making. He decides to take matters into his own hands and starts a mutiny. In command of the Enterprise, Archer sets course for Tholian space. Reports have shown that the Tholians have captured an Earth ship that might have come from another universe. Written by Arnoud Tiele (

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The teaser features archive footage of Star Trek: First Contact (1996). Additional footage of the first contact between humans and Vulcans in the Mirror Universe was shot on traditional film instead of with digital cameras, so that the new footage would blend in seamlessly. See more »


When we first meet the mirror T'Pol, she wears the rank insignia of full Commander. Then, in a subsequent scene with Archer, she has the rank of a Lieutenant Commander, but she was never shown as being demoted. See more »


[first lines]
Vulcan Captain: Live long and prosper.
[from Star Trek: First Contact]
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The opening sequence is replaced with footage of various battles and a different theme song to reflect the fact that this is an alternate universe in which the Terrans are a warlike species. See more »


References Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror (1967) See more »


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Deliciously evil!
31 May 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Back during the runs of "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" and "Star Trek: Voyager", the "Mirror, Mirror" plot from the original "Star Trek" was resurrected again and again. While I loved the original "Mirror, Mirror", the great evil parallel universe idea was bled dry--with way too many revisitations of the idea. Fortunately, this idea was only used in this and the following the style and look of these shows is amazing. What do I mean by this? The normal, wimpy intro to "Star Trek: Enterprise" has instead been replaced with a militaristic intro--complete with the symbol of the evil parallel Federation!

When the show begins, the Zefram Cochran first contact scene from "Star Trek: First Contact" is shown and things seem just fine. However, this has been re-edited--and you realize it when Cochran (James Cromwell) opens fire--killing the Vulcan visitors!!

The scene now cuts to the evil Enterprise--complete with most of the same crew from "Star Trek: Enterprise". But, like in "Mirror, Mirror", these folks are evil, conniving and rotten. How rotten??!! See the show and see for yourself!!

The show that follows involves Commander Archer taking control of the ship from his captain! And, he then sets the ship on a secret mission into Tholian space. Why? What's all this about anyway?!

This is a mega-cool episode. Sadly, however, it's also one that was filmed AFTER the crew learned that the show was being canceled. Clearly a case of too little too late and this marks one of the better shows...yet only a few episodes later, the series sadly ended.

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