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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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"Mirrored" Part 2
Star Trek #16 (IDW)
Writer: Mike Johnson
Inspired by the original teleplay "Mirror, Mirror" by Jerome Bixby
Artist: Erfan Fajar, Hendri Prasetyo, and Miralti Firmansyah of Stellar Labs
Cover by Tim Bradstreet

 

In the mirror universe, Kirk instigates his plan for Vulcan.

 

Didja Notice?

 

Christopher Pike is depicted as a senator in the mirror universe rather than the admiral he currently is in the "rebooted" ST universe. He also wears an outfit that looks almost identical to the maroon and black uniforms worn by Starfleet personnel in the original series Star Trek movies II-VI.

 

Page 3 reveals that what we know of as the Golden Gate bridge is called the Black Gate Bridge in the mirror universe. 

 

The emblem of the Terran Empire seen on page 3 is closer to the one used in the ST-Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" than it is to the one seen in the "Mirror, Mirror" episode of the original Star Trek series, though it's a bit different even from that.
TE emblem from "Mirror, Mirror" TE emblem from "In a Mirror, Darkly" TE emblem from "Mirrored" Part 2

 

The ship that arrives through the wormhole on page 6 is, of course, an alternate universe version of the Jellyfish, the ship used by Spock-Prime to pursue the Narada in "Countdown" Part 4 and which arrived in the "rebooted" ST universe in "A Perfect View".

 

While interrogating an alternate version of Spock-Prime on page 10, Kirk asks, "What the hell is Starfleet?", apparently not aware of the term. But the Empire's fleet of starships is still referred to as Starfleet in previous installments taking place in the mirror universe, i.e. "Mirror, Mirror" and "In a Mirror, Darkly".

 

Kirk confronts the Vulcan elders in the katric ark on Vulcan. The katric ark was seen briefly in "The Vengeance of Nero".

 

The depictions of the Enterprise in this issue are, inaccurately, of the refurbished Enterprise of the original movie series, not the one seen in the rebooted Star Trek franchise. The depiction is the same in "Mirrored" Part 1.

 

Unanswered Questions

 

Some fans have interpreted the end of this issue, with the mainstream McCoy and Scotty concluding their discussion of alternate universes begun in "Mirrored" Part 1, as an indication that the whole mirror universe story just told as being simply Scotty's fabrication. So, was the mirror universe story we've read in "Mirrored" parts 1 and 2 "real"? From my point of view, the story is intended as depicting actual events that occurred in the altered mirror universe, just bookended with the scenes of the mainstream Scotty and McCoy having a discussion about multiple universes. 

 

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