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In a Mirror, Darkly, Part One

Cast & Crew

Director: James L. Conway
Written By: Michael Sussman

Starring
Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer
Connor Trinneer as Charles "Trip" Tucker III
Jolene Blalock as T’Pol
Dominic Keating as Malcolm Reed
Anthony Montgomery as Travis Mayweather
Linda Park as Hoshi Sato
John Billingsley as Dr. Phlox

Guest Cast
Vaughn Armstrong as Captain Maximilian Forrest
Franc Ross as Grizzled Human

Episode Information

Originally Aired: April 22, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Eighteen
Production: 094

What Happened

In an alternate universe, an amoral, imperialistic version of the Enterprise crew, led by Captain Forrest with Archer as his treacherous first officer, makes an astonishing discovery during a mission into enemy alien territory.

While a power-hungry Archer schemes against Captain Forrest, his lover Hoshi, and loyal slave T’Pol, so he can lay full claim to the discovery. Later, Phlox happily tortures a captured Tholian for information requested by Archer.

Review

Well, I have to admit to being surpised off the get-go, including the opening credits. No cross-over, no mixed up crews, just a solo story with the alternate universe version of Enterprise. Capping it off was the perfect tie-in with “The Tholian Web.”

High Points

  1. I was bummed to see Adm. Forrest go the first time. It’s neat to see Vaughn back in action.
  2. I’ve always thought the cast of DS9 was very cool doing alternate universe versions of their tried-and-true selves. Looks like the Enterprise crew is no different.

Low Points

  1. T’Pol’s over-explaining how she got Trip to sabotage the ship.
  2. The pre-credits stuff was a little mismatched. It was obvious what was new and what was recycled from “First Contact”

The Scores

Originality: Alternate universe eps have been done a lot, but never as a solo story. 4 out of 6.

Effects: Awesome effects, including the updated Tholian web. 5 out of 6.

Story: The writers are having fun and are bringing us along for the ride. 4 out of 6.

Acting: The cast is going all out to have fun with this one. Billingsly, maybe a little too much? 5 out of 6.

Emotional Response: Some good laughs and a fair share of drama. 4 out of 6.

Production: Yes, it’s probably the set from “Relics” but it’s a great set. Kudos for going so far as to position the bodies on the bridge just as they were left from TOS episode. 5 out of 6

Overall: A fun episode that doesn’t drive us forward, but still respects the past. 4 out of 6.

Total: 25 out of 42

Enterprise’s Final Episodes

The schedule as of writing:

  • In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II (04.29.2005)
  • Demons (05.06.2005)
  • Terra Prime (05.13.2005)
  • These are the Voyages… (05.20.2005)

Next Week on Enterprise (April 29, 2005)

In a Mirror, Darkly, Part 2

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

Additional Notes and Comments

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