How Roddenberry Fixed TOS Mirror Universe (& Why His Changes Lasted)
Star Trek’s Mirror Universe episodes are still popular due to Gene Roddenberry’s modifications to TOS’s original “Mirror Mirror” concept.
The Mirror Universe is one of the Star Trekthe most intriguing and enduring concepts in large part thanks to Gene Roddenberry’s changes to alternate reality in Star Trek: The Original Series. The mirror universe debuted in To throw Season 2 episode “Mirror Mirror”, but the new book Star Trek: a celebration, by Ben Robinson and Ian Spelling, discusses how the themes that Roddenberry and CGUThe production team dramatically improved upon the original view that exact copies of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) and the USS Enterprise exist.
In Star Trek ‘In the original Mirror Universe episode, a transporter accident changed Kirk, Dr. Leonard McCoy (DeForrest Kelley), Scotty (James Doohan), and Lieutenant Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) with their Mirror Universe counterparts. Kirk and his friends met a bearded Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and learned that this universe was ruled by the Totalitarian Earth Empire instead of the United Federation of Planets. Before Kirk returned to his own universe, he planted Mirror Spock convinced to overthrow the Terran Empire, which was on its way to its own destruction. The mirror universe was explored further in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which depicts the Shattered Earthlings conquered by the Klingon / Cardassian Alliance a century after Kirk encountered Mirror Spock. A fan-favorite two-part Mirror Universe film was featured in Star Trek: Enterprise season 4. Finally, Star Trek: Discovery delivered the most in-depth look at the Mirror Universe to date and introduced the central character of Emperor Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh).
While the idea of Star TrekThe Mirror Universe’s came from science fiction author Jerome Bixby, who wrote a short story called “One Way Street” about a parallel universe and a character with a goatee, the 1964 document setting the rules for Gene Roddenberry Star Trek is … also had an idea called “The Mirror” where the USS Yorktown (before it was changed to USS Enterprise) encountered a duplicate ship with a crew of exact lookalikes. Star Trek Producers Gene Coon and DC Fontana joined Roddenberry to combine the concepts and they made changes that led to the Terran Empire of the Mirror Universe becoming the dark opposite of the Federation. The key to the Mirror Universe is the intrigue of Star Trekfamiliar characters living in a fascist society and examining how different they are from the fans of Team Enterprise that fans knew and loved.
In the original “Mirror Mirror” draft, Kirk was the only one Star Trek character who switched to alternate reality. Kirk has learned that the Mirror Universe Starfleet is at war with an alien race called Tharn, but humans have yet to develop the phaser. Kirk then helps create the phaser that helped Starfleet win the war. This story was altered to make the Terran Empire itself the villains of the Mirror Universe, which was a more interesting idea that created the contrast between the Idyllic Federation and the Fascist Mirror Universe that Star Trek continues to do. to explore.
Roddenberry also suggested that the rest of the cast be used in “Mirror Mirror”. As a producer he knew it was more profitable to use Star Trekregular company of actors than to bring in a slew of guests to work with Captain Kirk. But from a creative point of view, it was also an ingenious move. Much of the fun of the Mirror Universe is seeing Spock and other people’s evil doppelgangers. “Mirror Mirror” featured twisted versions of Mr. Sulu (George Takei) and Chekov (Walter Koenig) while in reality Prime, Spock had to lock the evil mirrors of Kirk, Bones, Scotty and Uhura into the brig.
The stories of the Star Trek Mirror Universe are still popular thanks to Gene Roddenberry’s decision to involve the entire cast. See alternate versions of heroes like DS9‘s Major Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor), who became the seductress called the Steward, BusinessEnsign Hoshi Sato (Linda Park), who plotted to become the Earthly Empress, and Star Trek: DiscoveryMichael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), whose Mirror counterpart is savage and ruthless, is why the Mirror Universe episodes are so entertaining. Whenever fans get a glimpse of the Star Trek Mirror Universe, it’s because Gene Roddenberry and his production team had the necessary vision for how best to mirror the Shattered Mirror. Star Trekbeloved characters of.
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