Enterprise Review: In a Mirror, Darkly (Part 2)

Evil. Like the fruits of the devil. Eeeeevil

In a Mirror, Darkly, Part Two

Cast & Crew

Director: Marvin V. Rush
Teleplay By: Michael Sussman
Story By: Manny Coto

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
Gary Graham as Soval
Gregory Itzin as Admiral Black
Derek Magyar as Kelby
John Mahon as Admiral Gardner
Pat Healy as Alien

Episode Information

Originally Aired: April 29, 2004
Season: Four
Episode: Nineteen
Production: 095

What Happened

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

Review

Another fun-filled romp into the Mirror Universe, this time with a Defiant-toting megalomanical Archer in command.

High Points

  1. The cast is having just too much fun here.
  2. Empress Sato? Anyone see that one coming?

Low Point

  1. The Gorn could have been a little better done. Though he looks better than the TOS version.

The Scores

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

Effects: Same great effects. 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. 5 out of 6.

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

Production: Sets are great. 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 (note the change for the final episode):

  • Demons (05.06.2005)
  • Terra Prime (05.13.2005)
  • These are the Voyages… (05.13.2005)

Next Week on Enterprise (April 29, 2005)

Demons

On Earth for a historic Starfleet conference to ratify the coalition of planets, Archer and the crew uncover a plot by a radical xenophobic group of humans called Terra Prime, led by Paxton, who want to put an end to the increasing number and influence of aliens on Earth. Meanwhile, although T’Pol contends she has never been pregnant, she and Trip learn that Terra Prime has information about their child. Later, a female reporter from Travis’ past pursues him for a story.

Additional Notes and Comments

If you’re interested in what’s in TheAngryMob’s review queue, check out my What’s Coming page.

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8 replies on “Enterprise Review: In a Mirror, Darkly (Part 2)”

  1. nycgeoff says:

    burying enterprise
    At the end of the episode I was left saying “so?” There wasn’t anyone nice in the mirror universe, no one to root for, so who cares? Everyone just walked around being eeeeeevil.

    Why mirror-Archer thought it was ok to trust mirror-Sato was strange.

    Although I did enjoy the failed sabotage attempt.

    • valen1260 says:

      Re: burying enterprise
      I think you’ve identified exactly what this episode was supposed to be and why it was so good. I kept waiting for the tie-in with Enterprise during part 1, thinking "How are they going to explain this not being in ‘Mirror, Mirror’?" But, since there was no crossover, things work out okay.

      Archer was too lustful to think (and seemingly pyschotic), hence the Empress.

      Yes, in being all things NOT Star Trek, the good guys lost. It was fantastic!

      The greatest part of the episodes, though, was seeing B&B over the Terran Empire logo. How wonderfully ironic. (And the change in title sequence was a nice touch, as well.)

  2. babasyzygy says:

    Um, 31 out of 42
    You must be using that evil mirror, mirror math.

    In this universe, 4+5+4+5+4+5+4=31.

  3. coyote says:

    Voyager ending
    That reminds me of the Voyager ending I would have written.

    Starfleet appears at wormhole, prepared for desperate fight. Borg ship emerges, then is blown apart by the long lost Voyager!

    She is hailed, Janeway responses. “Take me to my empire!”
    Pause as it sinks in that this little ship has just destroyed a Borg ship that would the rest of the fleet might have been unable to handle, and it somehow did it from the inside. And Janeway was so confident – could she really take on the whole of starfleet?

    Then after the appropriate pause she adds “just kidding! It’s been a long day and we’ll fill you end once we get this ship home.”

    I know, it’s rare for anyone in the Trek universe to have a sense of humor. But this is a situation where her words will be remembered throughout history, e.g., “Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!” and all she managed was “I’ll talk to you later”?!

  4. shayward says:

    Evil Sato
    What a fantastic ending. I love endings where you just can’t see it coming.

    Here in this universe, we could probably handle a story with almost all good guys. The mirror universe had almost all bad guys. I thoroughly enjoyed these two episodes.

  5. TechnoGirl says:

    Speaking of Sucky Enterprise Episodes….
    Did anyone else catch "Demons" yet?
    Ohhhh….have I got a few comments for **this** one!

    To get you in the mood please listen to these Lyrics to "The U.S.S. Make-Shit-Up " here:

    http://www.voltaire.net/mp3/Voltaire-The_USS_Make-Shit-Up.mp3

    • shayward says:

      Re: Speaking of Sucky Enterprise Episodes….
      You’re pretty hard on Enterprise, aren’t yah, TechnoGirl?

      :-)

      While I enjoy many of the episodes that you don’t, I love the spin that you put on them. And as much as I’d like to disagree with you on this one… well… I really can’t.

      • TechnoGirl says:

        Re: Speaking of Sucky Enterprise Episodes….

        You’re pretty hard on Enterprise, aren’t yah, TechnoGirl?

        You Betcha! :)

        :-)

        While I enjoy many of the episodes that you don’t, I love the spin that you put on them. And as much as I’d like to disagree with you on this one… well… I really can’t.

        I am SOOooo agravated with really really crappy science fiction!

        And while we’re on the subject of making sh*t up….if Earth had a super “verteron” (arrrgh…) weapon on Mars then …WHY DIDN’T THEY JUST USE IT ON THE XINDI SHIPS WHEN THEY CAME TO EARTH??? ! WTF !

        I got more (you betcha!) ….but I’m waiting for the review…

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